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File Cabinet Locks

File Cabinet Lock - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I have a HON file cabinet with a oval knockout - which lock kit do I need?
We are not able to reference Manufacturer model numbers to suggest which lock kit you need. Please review the three HON lock kits listed on  this page. The dimensions of the knockout are listed for the F24/F28, and F26 style kits on each of the product details page - this should be an indicator of the needed lock kit. Please review the pdf installation instructions file on each of the detailed product pages to ensure you are ordering the correct kit. Hint: If you have other cabinets in the office, you might compare the lock installed in your existing cabinets with the parts we show in the individual lock kits.
Where can I get a copy of the installation instructions?
Some lock kits are provided with instructions in the package. Most of the lock kit installation instructions are available as a downloadable (pdf) file from the detailed product information page.
I have a newer file cabinet that uses the F24/F28 type lock, can you convert this to the older push-in F26 style lock?
There is no special lock kit adapter to accomplish this, and the hole size in the cabinet is larger for the push-in/plunger style kit.
I need all three file cabinets to use the same key, how do I do this?
When purchasing locks of the same type, we stock them KA, or Keyed Alike. This means the locks will work with the same key. If you order three locks Keyed Alike, all three locks will work off the same key, in addition, most locks are provided with 2 keys, so you would have 6 identical keys to work the three locks (in this example).
Can you supply a replacement lock for my Chicago file cabinet?
We sell several different replacement locks for Chicago file cabinet lock cylinders. The dimensions of the replacement locks we sell are shown on this page. You will need to remove your exisiting lock, and compare the dimensions listed on the above reference page. Review the products detailed information page for larger images.
There is a number on the lock, does this tell me what lock to buy?
The number stamped into the face of the lock (by the keyhole) does not necessarily indicate the lock type, however we can supply some precut keys for certain lock codes, or manufacturers. For more information on precut keys, please review these pages: Chicago,Hudson, Anderson Hickey,Timberline. Email us for further questions.
Can you send me a lock for my File Cabinet?
Maybe... There are many different types of locks that fit file Cabinets. The lock type vary from standard vertical files, to lateral files, and custom files, and will vary by manufacturer. If you know who manufactured the file cabinet it might help in determining the lock type. File cabinet manufacturers typically do not make the locks, they are supplied by a company that specializes in manufacturing utility locks.
We stock some lock kits for Hon, Anderson Hickey, Global and others here: Click Here. Reviewing the installation (pdf) instructions may help determine if it will fit your application.
If you need a replacement push-in style key cylinder only, then you will need to measure your lock dimensions. We stock replacement cylinder by several lock manufacturers. Please click the various links aboue for dimensions, and keying options.
If your file cabinet has a oval metal knock-out plug - it does not ensure the cabinet has the internal locking rod hardware to work with a lock kit. We are not able to reference Manufacturer model numbers to suggest which lock model you need. If you have other cabinets in the office, you might compare the lock in your existing cabinets with the parts we show in the individual lock kits. 
The best way to determine lock type, would be to examine an identical cabinet with a working lock (if you have this option). If the cabinet does not have locking rods internally then we can suggestion the external locking bar: Click Here.
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