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Padlocks & Chains

Choosing Padlocks

Padlocks come in many shapes, sizes and materials, choosing can be difficult. we have put together a guide on how to choose.

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Things to consider when choosing

Padlock Guide

Dimensions – Look at the location and the size of the Hasp (the bar that is hinged) and Staple (the piece with a hole in) to assess the space you have to fit the padlock and the size of hole in the Staple.
This will indicate the size of padlock that will fit into the space and shackle diameter for the staple.
Long shackle padlocks have more vertical clearance which allows extra room below the Hasp.
See the padlock guide diagram for what each specification means.
Overall width (W) - Horizontal clearance(H) - Vertical Clearance(V) - Shackle Diameter(S)

Material – Padlocks come in a variety of materials, mostly based on the toughness when attacked. Brass is harder than Steel, and laminated steel is harder to cut than normal steel. Depending on the risk your shed faces choose an appropriate material.

Environment – If the padlock is going to be exposed to the elements a lot you might consider a water resistant padlock. These generally have some plastic protection for the main body and the lock where water can get in.

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