DIY - Keys
| China has many types of locks and keys
- many of which are pretty good and unknown of outside
Copying keys can be easy, or a nightmare. You obviously
want another set or two for your apartment, so try the
local smith. Whilst these copies usually cost a few
RMB, and less than Y10; most times they may not actually
Therefore we advise you to only get one copy of each
key done at first, and if they work, get more next time
(From the original).
Simple keys are not usually a problem, but complex ones
that have 3 dimensions, or a weird configuration can
Padlocks are normally for show, rather than fit for
purpose. The standard ones for bicycles are particularly
useless and easily broken (If you know how?) Similar
for Motorcycles, so pay extra and judge by western standards.
Padlocks for doors are less of a problem, as any decent
retailer sells a range of products - the higher end
of which are pretty reasonable.
If your apartment door lock is playing up, the chances
are your Landlord will not be at all interested. First
by a can of Chinese 'WD40' and spray everything, including
the internals, and work the lock for a minute or so.
This should ease the problem for a few months, but may
not last long, as you really need an engineered silicon
grease for this purpose.
You can easily replace this lock yourself, but do not
do so without your Landlords permission, and when done,
offer him/her a key for it. This does not apply to your
own padlock put on extra to the main apartment door
This information is as supplied by ourselves, and ably
supported by our friends and various internet portals.