Dixie Security Systems Blog

By Admin . 18 Apr, 2017
When asked to describe a key, most people would probably resort to describing an ornate, vintage key or the variety they’d use on their home’s front door. However, many do not realize there are a wide variety of keys available on the market. Although these keys serve the same general purpose, each is cut using different techniques and are best suited to different locks.

Sunk Keys

Often used in heavy machinery or automotive work, sunk keys are a type of key that utilizes a specific metal shape to insert into a key shaft of exactly the same shape and size. Sunk keys are available as rectangular sunk keys, square sunk keys, parallel sunk keys, gib-head keys, feather keys or woodruff keys.

Each of these types is shaped slightly differently and cannot be interchanged between keyholes. For example, a square-shaped sunk key cannot be forcibly inserted into a tapered keyway.

Saddle Keys

Saddle keys are comprised of two sections that fit perfectly into a keyway. In a flat saddle key, the shaft of the key has a recess that fits a flat, rectangular member. When the shaft with the member is inserted into the keyway, the precise shape of the keyway holds the member in place. In hollow saddle keys, the shaft is completely smooth and cylindrical, while the member is rectangular with one carved-out, curved side to perfectly match the curve of the shaft.

The cylindrical shaft is inserted into the keyway and the member slides into a recessed keyway along the shaft, holding it in place. Saddle keys can fall out of the keyway with enough movement, so it is recommended these keys be used for light-duty work.

Tangent Keys

Tangent keys are typically used in heavy-duty work. These keys tend to be rectangular or wedge-shaped. There are one or two recesses carved into a metal shaft. The tangent members are placed into the recesses at an angle, allowing one edge to lock into the shaft and another to extend out past the shaft.

Once these tangent members are placed, the key is inserted into a keyway that is the exact shape of the key with one or two negative recesses to accommodate the tangent members.

Round Keys

Round keys are fairly common in light-duty work. On the cylindrical metal shaft of the key is a small drilled recess that accommodates a rounded, protruding section. The entire key is placed into the keyway, sized to fit the cylindrical shaft and a pathway for the protruding section. The key is typically turned to lock into place.


Splines are a slightly more complicated variety of key usually used in gear machinery. While they still include a metal shaft, a section around the outer circumference of the shaft is formed into small teeth. The teeth like structures lock into the keyway and provide torque while turning the key.

Secure Your Home or Business with Dixie Security Solutions

With so many varieties of keys, you can get creative with protecting your most valuable assets. To learn more about locking mechanisms, contact Dixie Security Solutions online or call 713-643-5767.
By Admin . 23 Mar, 2017
By Admin . 23 Mar, 2017
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By Admin . 22 Mar, 2017
By Admin . 22 Mar, 2017
At first glance, putting a padlock on a bridge might not sound very romantic, but it has become a popular trend worldwide. The practice involves locking a padlock inscribed with a pair of sweethearts’ names or initials to a public fixture such as a bridge, gate or fence. The keys are then thrown away, often into the body of water underneath the bridge to which it’s locked, symbolizing an everlasting, unbreakable love.

The practice has been traced back to the early 20th century in Serbia. Love padlocks started to appear in the rest of Europe in the early 21st century, partially inspired by the 2006 book Want You. Placing these locks has led to several controversies around the world, but they are also encouraged in certain locations.

One very popular place for love locks was the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, France. The city expressed concern in 2010 over the growing number of locks, claiming they “raise problems for the preservation of our architectural heritage.” The locks were cut off in 2014 after causing structural damage and collapsing part of the bridge due to their extra weight. The Paris bridge drew in many tourists, but also inspired the No Love Locks campaign to preserve the heritage of the city.

Americans who want to take part in this ritual can do so in a variety of locations, including the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas and Lover’s Lock Plaza in Lovelock, Nevada. While the practice of throwing the keys into the river is supposed to symbolize everlasting love, the reality is that sometimes locks need to be opened when a key is not available, which is where a professional locksmith comes into play.

Locksmith Services in Houston

Being locked out of your home, car or business can be a very frustrating experience. Although you may not fall in love with the locksmith who comes by to let you into your property, chances are you will feel a nearly indescribable feeling of relief when you see our truck pulling up!
Dixie Security Solutions provides a full suite of locksmith services including:

  • Residential Services
  • Commercial Services
  • Automotive
  • High Security Locks
  • Safe Services
  • Rekeying and Master Keying
  • Access Control
  • And More
Dixie Security Solutions has been providing locksmith services in the Houston, Texas area since 1980, and provides fast and efficient customer service at a fair price. To receive a fast price quote, contact us online or call us at 713-643-5767 today.
By Admin . 27 Feb, 2017
By Admin . 27 Feb, 2017

If you own a gun, you probably know how important it is to keep it locked up securely in a gun safe. What you may not realize is that once your gun is locked away, it is still vulnerable to another potential danger: moisture.

Moisture can be a gun’s worst enemy and can even destroy a safe itself. The only time that fresh air gets into your safe is when you open the door, which for most safe owners isn’t very often. Having your guns securely locked away is a good idea, but depending on your climate they may be stored in a dark and damp space that can easily be a breeding ground for mold.

If you are going to invest in a gun and a gun safe, you need to seriously consider spending just a bit more for a gun safe dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will eliminate the moisture from inside your safe so the safe and its contents will stay dry. This is especially important for guns, which are made of metal and will rust and corrode over time. Moisture can even seep deep inside your guns and corrode them from the inside out. Ammo is also certainly not immune from moisture, especially gunpowder.

Two Types of Safe Dehumidifiers

The two main types of gun safe dehumidifiers are electric dehumidifiers and desiccant dehumidifiers. Electric dehumidifiers use a heating element to eliminate moisture. The great thing about using electric dehumidifiers is that you can plug them in and you won’t need to do anything else.

A desiccant dehumidifier works by placing one or two small packets that contain special materials into your safe to absorb moisture. One good thing about desiccants is that you can bake them in the oven and re-use them without needing to buy more, although many people aren’t actually going to go to the trouble of doing this.

Gun Safes in Houston

The safe experts at Dixie Security Solutions can show you all of your options as well as help you with safe repair and maintenance. We offer multiple gun safe sizes to fit something as small as a single pistol to safes capable of holding a larger collection. Contact Dixie Security Solutions today for all your gun safe needs.

By Admin . 27 Jan, 2017

Storing your valuables at home means you need somewhere secure to keep them, and that means a home safe. In order to best protect your prized possessions, you won’t just want to choose any old safe without spending a bit of time learning about the options available to you.

A good home safe should protect your valuables in case of a fire, water damage or would-be thieves. In case of a fire, your most important documents and possessions should be able to survive in a fire-resistant safe, which is one of the biggest concerns of most safe buyers.

Fire Protection

You may think your home will never catch fire, but there is actually a one in four chance of experiencing a fire in your home severe enough to warrant a call to the fire department.1

You may be surprised to learn that safes rated to protect paper documents can still get up to 350° F inside. If you need to store DVDs or computer disks you won’t want the inside of the safe to exceed 125° F, so you will need to spend a bit more. Most home safes offer 30 minutes of protection, but paying more may be able to increase that time.

Burglary Protection

If you see a safe with a TL rating, such as TL-15, it means that particular safe is designed to withstand an attack of 15 minutes with common tools. You may find that most home safes don’t have a burglary resistance rating, as this feature is more common for commercial use such as in jewelry stores.

There are, however, some built-in measures to protect your valuables against the dregs of society. Safes typically weigh 100 pounds with nothing in them, making them difficult to carry. Many of them also come with bolt-down kits or are concealed in a wall or floor.

Water Protection

If your home becomes flooded, you won’t want that water to seep into your safe. Even if you don’t live in an area prone to flooding, you can’t be too careful just in case a plumbing emergency happens.

Other Factors to Consider When Choosing a Safe

·        Size based on what you want to keep in it

·        Portable or permanently installed

·        Combination or keyed lock

·        Price of safe

Choosing a Safe in Houston

Dixie Security Solutions is here to help you choose the best safe for your home. We can help you understand all your options and also provide safe repairs and maintenance. If you have an old safe you can’t get into, we can open it and recommend what to replace it with. Contact Dixie Security Solutions today for all your commercial and residential safe and lock needs.

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