Home Security Tips

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Wed, Jun 16, 2010

Never hide keys above the door header, or under the door mat. Never hide keys around the outside of your home. Keep your keys in your possession at all times. Be aware of bump keys and how easy it is for anyone to obtain them. Upgrade your locks or rekey them to render them bump resistant. Render bump keys useless by upgrading your most vulnerable doors to high security locks that include secondary locking designs that cannot be compromised by bump keys.

Master Padlocks

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Mar 14, 2010

Master Locks Master Lock Products Master lock Company, a Unit of MasterBrand Industries, inc. is the world’s leading producer of padlocks. More than 1,500 employees are involved in the production of padlocks at an 800,000 sq. ft. facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Master Lock Company was founded in 1921 by a Wilwaukee locksmith, Hary Soref, who introduced the “Master laminated keyed padlock”. A warded padlock, operated by a stamped key, had a body assembled of steel plates.

Atrium Lock Opening

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Sun, Feb 14, 2010

Opening Malfunctioning Atrium Locks This is a common problem which will require the attention of a locksmith, and is your opportunity to rise to the challenge. First, don’t forget to rule out the possibility of opening the lock from the other side. Rule out all other doors as a means of entry and verify that access cannot be gained by using the other side of the door. What often causes the inoperability of these locks is poor alignment between latch bolt and/or dead bolt and strike, so take a moment to ask your customer if they remember having to push or pull on the door from the side you are standing.

MacLock 1500 Blade Locking System

Harold Fink, Locksmith, CRL CPS
Mon, Feb 1, 2010

MacLock 1500 Blade Locking System Residential High Security Locks without a Deadbolt The commercial and residential door locking hardware industry has produced some significant product improvements over the years. Interchangeable cores, cylindrical locksets, patented key systems and lifetime finishes have all provided increased value to end users over the years. Improvements in mechanical locking mechanisms have included improvements with regard to unauthorized key duplication, or key control. Key control is often not a primary concern of homeowners, whereas resistance to brute force attacks often is.

Bump Keys

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

Bump Keys Bump keys are a very real security threat because they work How Bump Keys Work Bump keys are a very real threat, and are easily obtained on the internet. A bump key, when used effectively, will create a separation between the bottom pins and drivers in a pin tumbler lock, allowing the cylinder plug to turn. How bump keys work is the key is cut to all 9’s, or the deepest cuts called for in that particular manufacturer’s specifications.

Sliding Patio Door Locks

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

SLIDING PATIO DOOR LOCKS Means of entering through sliding patio doors and opening sliding patio door locks The four most common means of entering through sliding patio doors or opening sliding patio door locks are use of key or inside latch, prying between the door and frame, lifting of the door from the track, and breaking of the glass. There are some sliding patio door locks, secure installation techniques for sliding patio doors, and considerations for sliding patio doors that make such means of entry harder.

Decorative Residential Hardware

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

DECORATIVE RESIDENTIAL HARDWARE Residential hardware can be much more than deadbolts and lock sets. In recent years, residential hardware has come along from the extremes of the lower-priced hardware used by tract builders to the higher-priced custom residential hardware used by speculation builders. Today, there are medium priced, good grades of hardware worth adding to your inventory of goods. Many homeowners would like to have a dead bolt installed or a lockset rekeyed.

Weiser Powerbolt

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

Weiser Powerbolt Electronic Lock The Weiser Lock Powerbolt is an electronic deadbolt which offers both keyed, and keyless entry. The unit will fit the same size hole as a standard cylindrical lock requiring a 2- 3 /8 or 2- ¾ backset for the bolt. The deadbolt is adjustable for either a 2-¾ backset.The bolt is easily adjusted by holding the front of the bolt and turning the back of the bolt.