Tools Of The Trade

Decoders Save the World…

Thank heavens for Decoders, writes one advocate…otherwise it’d be Curtains for us all. Geraint Jones of GJ Locks explains why he thinks Decoders can help save the average locksmith’s family world by reducing the amount of time spent out on the road There are a lot of locksmiths who sit on the fence and can’t decide…

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The Peterson Euro Cylinder Dismantling Tool

In view that Tradelocks have now stocked the full Peterson range from across the big pond, we re-visit the company’s Euro cylinder dismantling tool as one of our Tried & Tested features for this issue. Picture 1 – clip in place And with luck on withdrawing the plug (Picture 2) the clip remains behind holding…

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Burg-Wächter Launching Aluminum Padlocks

Burg-Wächter is launching the Alutitan 770 range to help retailers capitalise on the growing trend for aluminium padlocks. The new Alutitan 770 exploits the inherent strength and lightness of a special aluminium alloy to deliver a strong padlock that is light on weight yet still delivers good all round performance. The solid aluminium body and…

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Would You Like To Drill With Skill?

Geraint Jones of GJ Locks takes us through a strict drill on how to open locks through the timeless art of drilling. Drilling mortice locks has always been frowned upon by most, described as ‘The Cowboy’ method or what an unskilled locksmith would do. Despite what the keyboard warriors on the many locksmith social media groups might have…

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Like Me, Are You a Rivnut?

RivNuts – what are they and how can they help? By Nigel Tolley   Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about tapped holes is when the thread is ruined. Another issue is when there is only a thin sheet or thin-walled tube, and you would really like to attach something removable to it. There…

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Be A Doormaster With Yale

Over the coming months and years, growing numbers of multipoint locks are expected to fail, presenting a significant opportunity for replacement sales Multipoint locks are fitted to 80% of all new external residential doors and many older multipoint locks are reaching the end of their lifecycle. Over the coming months and years, growing numbers of…

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Picking the Union Strongbolt With The CB RPCP

Although we have used the union strongbolt for this guide, the process is identical for the new generation of ERA Fortress locks, the old warded fortress locks as both locks share the same internals and levers, making the picking process identical for this. The Levers We begin by looking at the levers used in this…

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Keeping One Step Ahead Of The Criminals

With lock snapping on the rise and consumer awareness of this attack method growing Stephen Roberts, Head of Marketing for Yale, looks at how the market is evolving and explains what locksmiths can do to ensure customers are fully informed when it comes to the latest security solutions. Criminals’ methods of breaking entering homes in…

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Rivetting Drill Pins

An easy lock repair Richard Phillips A common problem on pipe key locks is the drill pin coming loose, or being lost completely. As well as some safe locks (many, but not exclusively, old) there are millions of old cabinet locks, which can be made reliable with a simple repair. If the drill pin is…

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