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Back to School - Locker Lock Help  

It may not be fall yet officially, that begins on September 22nd this year. Nearly all students have gone back to school now. For many of them, this is their first year with a locker. Be it a hallway and/or gym locker, in order to keep belongings safe, the locker will either have a built in locker lock, or latch with an eye to accept the shackle of a portable padlock to secure the locker. Either way, using a locker lock for the first time can be a very troublesome task for many students; especially with all of the pressures of a new school year and potentially even a new school.


To try and help ease the pressures of the educational institution and a new school year on students, the focus here will be how to open a locker lock.


Locker Lock Portable Padlocks

The Master Lock No. 1525 and No. 1502 are the most popular standard dial combination portable padlocks used with school lockers. The difference between the two is that the 1525 has a keyway on the back for locker lock system administration via the K1525 Control Key. Never the less, both of these padlocks are operated the same way. The instructions that appear on the combination tag, included with the lock are as follows:

 
                   
  1. TO OPEN – Turn RIGHT 3 Times. Stop at the 1st number
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  3. Turn Left one full turn passing the 1st number to stop at the 2nd
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  5. Turn RIGHT and stop ant the 3rd number - Pull the shackle.


   

 If you make a mistake, it is best to start over then suffer the frustration that comes with trying to correct an error.
 
Built-In Locker Locks

The built-in locker locks are operated in a similar fashion to the portable padlocks, except they are not removable without tools.


   


Important Note for Students: DO NOT OVER FILL YOUR LOCKER WITH A BUILT-IN MASTER LOCK LOCKER LOCK.


All Master Lock Built-In Locker Locks (with exception of the newly redesigned No. 1652) have a button on the back of the lock housing that is used by the administration to change the combination. If you over fill your locker, you run the risk of having your books and belongings pushing the button and you could accidentally change the combination to your lock and you will not be able to open your locker. If this happens, you will have to find an Administrator with access to your school’s Locker Lock Combination Chart to help you get back into your locker.

It will be very helpful to take some time and practice with your locker lock until you feel comfortable with the combination dial sequence. Once you are comfortable using your locker lock, before you know it you will be opening your locker lock like a champ.

If you have trouble remembering your combination, be sure to take advantage of the free app available at www.MasterLockVault.com



New Master Lock 878 and 975 Higher Security Resettable Combination Padlocks  

Master Lock 878 975 975LH

Master Lock recently debuted their new resettable combination padlocks at the Associated Locksmiths of America Convention & Security Expo, ALOA 2014 Convention July 24th-26th in New Orleans, Louisiana. These new padlock models feature dual deadlocking security in a streamlined design. The dual deadlocking mechanism provides enhanced physical security protection against prying shimming and rap attacks. Master Lock also added a shackle seal and dust cover to better protect the locking mechanism components to allow for trouble-free operation of the padlocks.

Master Lock No. 878 Product Features:
                   
  • Set-your-own 4-digit combination for convenience and security
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  • Reset to any of 10,000 personalized combinations – combination reset tool not required
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  • Dual deadlocking mechanism protects against prying, shimming and rap attacks
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  • 2” (51mm) powder coated black zinc body for durable security and weatherability
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  • 2” (25mm) tall, 5/16” (8mm) diameter hardened steel shackle for superior cut resistance
Master Lock No. 975 Product Features:
                   
  • Set-your-own 4-digit combination for convenience and security
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  • Reset to any of 10,000 personalized combinations – combination reset tool not required
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  • Dual deadlocking mechanism protects against prying, shimming and rap attacks
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  • 2” (51mm) wide brass body for strength and weatherability
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  • 1” (25mm) tall, 5/16” (8mm) diameter hardened steel shackle for superior cut resistance
Master Lock No. 975LH Product Features:
                   
  • Set-your-own 4-digit combination for convenience and security
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  • Reset to any of 10,000 personalized combinations – combination reset tool not required
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  • Dual deadlocking mechanism protects against prying, shimming and rap attacks
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  • 2” (51mm) wide brass body for strength and weatherability
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  • 2” (25mm) tall, 5/16” (8mm) diameter hardened steel shackle for superior cut resistance
All of these models are recommended as best used for:

Master Lock 975 cutawayThese new padlock models may look similar to the No. 175 and No. 178 combination padlocks but looks can be deceiving, it is what is on the inside that counts. The Master Lock Company has taken great steps innovating the old models to produce the new 878 and 975 models. The dual deadlocking mechanism (pictured to the right) allows for resetting the combination without the use of a combination change tool, such as the K175, which is required for model numbers 175, 176 and 178.

Master Lock 878 975 combination setting

Best of all, instead of being offered in only commercial boxed packaging, each of these new resettable combination padlock models are available in carded packaging for Commercial Showroom Displays [975DCOM, 975DLHCOM, 878DCOM]. This helps make these padlocks ideal for the locksmith retail shop that caters to commercial customers.


Color Dials - Master Lock® Custom Dial Options  

Letter Lock™

The Master Lock Company offers a range of color dials in addition to the standard black combination dial. These color dials are available on various models from the 1500 Series of standard dial combination padlocks. Most recognizable from the 1500 Series of padlocks are model numbers 1525 and 1502. While most people are familiar with the standard Black dial, these locks are also available in Blue, Gold, Green, Gray, Orange, Purple and Red (product color codes BLU, GLD, GRN, ORJ, PRP and RED as pictured). The Master Lock No.  1585 and No. 1572 Letter Lock™ padlocks also feature the same range of color choices. These four portable padlock models are only available to Businesses and Institutions because they include combination control charts for locker lock system management. The No. 1525 and No. 1585 also include the control key option to incorporate the K1525 Control Key, sold separately.

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The color dials are recommended as a way to bolster school spirit at educational institutions. Color dials can also be used by businesses and organizations to help strengthen the brand, especially if the dial color is a match to your corporate colors. The aesthetic affect alone is enough to create a sense of unity among locker lock users. However, there is also the added benefit of enhanced security. If all of the locker lock dials are the same color, this makes it easy for the Lock System Administrator to identify any locks that do not belong.

The next time you need to procure portable locker locks for your school or business, specifically the standard dial combination padlocks from Master Lock’s 1500 Series; the color dial option is worth exploring. The color dial padlocks can be keyed to match your existing locker lock system on the No. 1525 and No. 1583. Plus you could be the one responsible for the rise in school spirit or employee morale.

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It is not as easy as one might think to find information on this topic, outside of Wikipedia. Most of the time a search for Love Locks will turn up results for Locks of Love, which is a great charitable organization, or the township of Lovelock in Pershing County, Nevada; but neither of them have anything to do with the topic at hand. This is going to be short and sweet, like the chocolates that are being consumed today.

According to the best historical blurb on the subject of Love Locks, they can be attributed to Serbia, “where they can be traced to even before World War II… As young girls from Vrnjačka Banja wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, together with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where Nada and Relja used to meet.” (Wikipedia – Love lock). In 1992 Italian author Federico Moccia’s self published his first book Tre metri sopra il cielo [Three meters above the sky]. Moccia’s first and second books started to draw in a younger Italian audience that emulated the actions of his novels' protagonists in their approach to a declaration of eternal love by use of a padlock attached to a railing of the Ponte Milvio (Milvio Bridge over the Tiber) in Rome with their names scrawled on the lock body.


History of Love Locks

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The historic lore and popular culture resurgence has led many to believe that by putting their names on the body of a padlock, locking it to a bridge rail (or other permanent public structure) and discarding the key (most often in the body of water under the bridge) their love will spring eternal. While the sentiment is lovely, Love Locks have led to some level of controversy these days over the grooving number of Love Locks or the aesthetics. These controversies have lead to many city municipalities having the padlocks removed. Ironically, this unlocks the question, ‘if a Love Lock is removed, will the love be eternal’?


Operating the Master Lock 1500iD Speed Dial™ Combination Padlock

Master Lock 1500iD Blue

Introduced in 2009, the World’s first directional combination padlock includes Master Lock’s patented technology that is faster, easier and more secure than a standard combination lock with anti-shim technology. The 1500iD uses directional movements of up/down/left/right to open the lock. However, many users have issues with their 1500iD. With this blog, and some help from Master Lock’s 1500iD Speed Dial™ Instructions [available in Instructions section], we are going to help answer all of the questions you may have so that you can successfully operate the Master Lock 1500iD Speed Dial™ Combination Padlocks.

Locating the instruction tag with the supplied preset combination for the Master Lock 1500iD seems to be one of the more difficult issues.

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Please note that the preset directional combination will vary from lock to lock, so you will want to keep your instruction tag.

To remove your 1500iD from the packaging you will need to know how to open the lock.

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The instructions reiterate “IMPORTANT: ALWAYS REPEAT STEP 1 EACH TIME YOU OPEN THE LOCK!” which is the most important step that when skipped will cause any user to be unable to open their 1500iD. Whenever you are going to unlock your 1500iD, be sure to squeeze/depress the shackle TWICE before entering your directional combination and opening your lock.

Now that you have located your preset combination and successfully removed your 1500iD Combination Padlock from its display packaging, you can set-your-own directional combination.

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You may want to practice with the preset combination a few times to get the hang of using the lock before you change the combination. Once you feel confident using your Master Lock 1500iD, this resettable combination padlock will allow you to set-your-own combination anytime. Most importantly, after you change the combination on your 1500iD, be sure to write down or record your new combination somewhere you won’t lose it, because no one will remember it but you. You could write it down on your instruction tag or you could also use www.MasterLockVault.com to save your combination.

Now that you are soon to be a Master Lock 1500iD Combination Padlock operational expert, here are the Master Lock recommended best uses for the Speed Dial™ directional combination padlocks:

 

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