Key Duplication

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Tue, Mar 2, 2010

Key Duplication Authorized Key Duplication Key duplication is something that all of us have had to do at one time or another, and in most cases, it is something that people want to do easily and without any complications. Many people enjoy the convenience of being able to duplicate keys that are readily available at home centers, hardware stores, wal-marts, dry cleaners, and neighborhood locksmith shops. The reason the keys are readily available is because the material used to cut the key with, the key blank, is readily available to the establishment cutting the keys.

Modern Electric and Electronic Egress Options

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Fri, Feb 19, 2010

Modern Electric and Electronic Egress Options Electric and electronic locks have been separately controlled by card readers, push buttons and other devices for years, but have been limited in their use until solenoid bolt locks, shear locks and surface mount electromagnetic locks became popular. When much of the electric locking industry began to concentrate on the top of the door and frame, the electric or electronic egress mechanisms became distinctly separate from mechanical lock installations, resulting in two or three security components installed on the door instead of one.

Back Door Break in Prevention

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Fri, Feb 19, 2010

Back Door Break in Prevention Back door break in prevention is often a difficult situation for store owners. Breaking in back doors, which constitute upwards of 80% of burglaries, has caused retailers, chain stores and restaurant owners to resort to many locking devices (barrier bars, slide bolts, padlocks, etc.) which are not connected to any panic hardware. Use of locking devices which disallow proper egress from a building without a key and without any prior knowledge of how to unlock the door from inside violates basic fire and life safety codes and puts building occupants at risk.

Safe Deposit Locks - Key Changeable

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sat, Feb 6, 2010

Safe Deposit Locks - Key Changeable Key Changeable Safe Deposit Locks Safe deposit locks have been manufactured for many years but very few safe deposit locks have been more confusing than the Sargent and Greenleaf, Precision Products, and ILCO Unican key changeable safe deposit locks. The 4540 was the first key changeable safe deposit lock with a movable fence manufactured by Sargent & Greenleaf. Precision Products started to make their own version of the double key changeable safe deposit lock called the 5400 series.

Exit Detector or Exit Button ?

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Electronic Access Controls Exit Detector or Exit Button ? Exit Detector The purpose of the exit detector is to detect an individual’s legitimate exit through a supervised door. The detector must capture the individual’s hand movement towards the door handle or panic bar, and prior to the actual opening of the door, warn the system of a pending exit. When the door opens, the system is able to discriminate between a valid exit and a forced entry.

Electronic Access Control System Door Survey

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Electronic Access Control System Door Survey Download pdf: Electronic Access Control System Door Survey The site survey is perhaps the most important activity you engage in as security professional.You didn’t arrive at the location by accident, and you or your company most likely had to spend a considerable amount of money to create the opportunity that a site survey provides for you to offer your services. Although electronic communication has changed radically the way we do business, it amazes me how effective personal meetings are to make things move.

Factory set combination for Kaba Ilco Unican Simplex series 1000 or 2000 model Pushbutton Combination Lock

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Factory set combination for Kaba Ilco Unican Simplex series 1000 or 2000 model Pushbutton Combination Locks - Original combination for Simplex Locks out of box or New in Box The factory set combination for the Kaba Ilco Unican Simplex series 1000 or 2000 pushbutton locks is to press buttons 2 and 4 together, then press button 3. This is widely known and is the reason why you need to immediately change the out of box original combination for the Kaba Ilco Unican Simplex series 1000 and 2000 pushbutton locks.

KABA ILCO UNICAN SIMPLEX 1000 Combination Changing

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Changing The Combination for Kaba Ilco Unican Simplex series 1000 or 2000 push button locks. The factory set combination for the Kaba Ilco Unican Simplex series 1000 or 2000 push button locks is to press buttons 2 and 4 together, then press button 3. This is widely known and is the reason why you need to immediately change the out of box combination for the Kaba Ilco Unican Simplex series 1000 and 2000 push button locks.

Kaba Ilco Unican Simplex 1000 Pushbutton Lock Operation

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Kaba Ilco Unican Simplex 1000 or 2000 Push Button Lock Operation Testing the operation of the push button lock with factory set combination 1) Enter the factory-set combination: Depress buttons 2 and 4 at the same time, release both buttons. You should feel a slight click as each button is depressed. Now press button 3 only and release. 2) Turn the outside lever or knob until it stops and hold it there.

KABA ILCO UNICAN SIMPLEX 1000, 2000 Resetting Unknown Combinations for Pushbutton Locks

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESETTING UNKNOWN COMBINATIONS FOR KABA ILCO UNICAN SIMPLEX 1000 AND 2000 PUSH BUTTON COMBINATION LOCKS These locks used to be known simply as “Simplex” Locks, sometimes referred to as “cypher locks”, or Unican series 1000 or series 2000 push button combination locks. Simplex locks then became Ilco Unican locks, therefore these locks could also be identified as Ilco Unican series 1000 or series 2000 push button combo locks. Ilco Unican is now Kaba, therefore these locks could also be identified as Kaba series 1000 or series 2000 pushbutton combo locks.

Power Assisted Door Closers

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Power Assisted Door Closers The advent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 created many changes in the door and hardware industry. Power assisted door closers are one of the commercial door hardware products that evolved as a result of this legislation. The Americans with Disabilities Act placed broad emphasis on accessibility. The most sweeping change in door hardware came in the form of a lever handle, which provides increased access over the knob.

Commercial Door Selection and Installation

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Commercial Door Selection and Installation Selecting the correct door for any building is not an open and shut case. All aspects of the door must be considered, including its usage, frequency of use, size, finish, desired durability and required safety features, including fire ratings. When choosing the appropriate door, questions must be answered regarding its construction. Should it be aluminum, glass, steel, wood or composite? Should it be fire-rated or not?

Exit Devices

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

EXIT DEVICES - What you need to know Some confusion will always exist over where and when exit devices are required as a means of egress. Whether installing surface mounted, motion activated, interconnected, or mortise lock and latch type hardware, Life Safety codes need to be understood and complied with in order to ensure the safety of a building’s occupants. The confusion surrounding proper installation of exit devices is generally felt by persons whose job boundaries overlap many jurisdictions, allowing several building codes to come into play.

Detex ECL 600

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Detex ECL 600 Exit Device Detex Corporation has introduced the ECL 600, a surface mounted, fire rated, latch bolt and dead bolt locking device that deters unauthorized entrance while allowing emergency egress. The Detex 600 has an automatic re-latching mechanism enabling the door to relatch upon closing. This Warnock Hersey Listed Grade 2 Fire Exit Hardware meets or exceeds ANSI/ BHMA A 156.3 standard for Exit Devices.The ECL 600 is code compliant with NFPA 101 Life Safety Codes.

Electronic Access Controls - Do you always need a door contact?

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Electronic Access Controls Do you always need a door contact? In most applications, the low cost door contact is the only supervisory element that protects the investment made to control access to a door. The door lock and card reader (or keypad) provide security and prevent unauthorized entry only when the door is closed and locked. By means of a simple door contact, it is possible to monitor several door conditions such as: door forced open, door remains open, or left open too long after a valid access, door relocked by a schedule while still open, or a user was granted access but never actually entered (important for anti-passback applications).

Electronic Access Controls - Readers, Keypads and Proximity Devices

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Electronic Access Controls Card Readers, Keypads and Proximity Devices Should you use a card reader, keypad or both? The selection of reader and keypad combination affects the level of security at an entry point. Use of proximity devices may increase convenience, but have drawbacks in security as well. Keypad Only Generally, a keypad only installation is considered less secure than a reader only installation. The reason being that users may illegitimately lend their codes to another person but cannot prevent further use (in comparison to getting a card back) unless the code is changed.

Replacing Concealed Vertical Rod Exit Devices on Narrow Stile Glass Doors

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Wed, Jan 27, 2010

Replacing Concealed Vertical Rod Exit Devices on Narrow Stile Glass Doors by Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS I once was shown a narrow stile glass door with a concealed vertical rod exit device that had been a maintenance and security problem for the company ever since they took occupancy. Employees were using the door to exit the building, sometimes with company property, often to smoke, or to take an anauthorized break, or to use it as a short cut to the parking lot.

Commercial Security Systems

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Tue, Jan 12, 2010

CCTV, Electronic Access Controls, Delayed Egress, these are all terms familiar to locksmith security professionals. It is very convenient to have a security system that is designed to provide audit trail and allow staff to move about freely on your premises. Workers need to focus on the work they have to do and usually do not want to be inconvenienced by locks that require keys or locking systems that do not recognize their badge or other token being used as a “key”.