Is your filing system as tidy as this?

What’s in your shoe box?

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]f course I refer to your accounts filing system, I used shoe boxes and then large folding crates for a number of years, The only way I could keep on top of it was to have a person what does, into the shop every week to enter the details onto the computer – thankfully sales…

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German Engineering – The CES Vario Flex

German Engineering What’s in the box? The packaging and case of the CES Vario Flex may be compact but what comes inside is a Meccano kit that any locksmith would be proud to have on his or her premises or stored away safely in the van , as tried and tested by Mick Friend  …

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Picking and Decoding the GT15 Fiat Lock Using the Lishi 2in1 Pick/Decoder

Picking and Decoding the GT15 Fiat Lock Using the Lishi 2in1 Pick/Decoder by Martin Pink [dropcap]O[/dropcap]ver the coming months I’ve got lots and lots to write about and in fact some of the planned articles are so long, we may need to split them over two issues. However, this month I’ll be relatively brief –…

Keeping Up The Standards

Keeping Up The Standards

Keeping Up The Standards Kevin O’Reilly, Operations Director for Securefast plc Group, and one of the UK’s leading technical experts for Panic & Emergency Exit Hardware comments of changes introduced in January 2010 to EN179 & EN1125. [dropcap]I[/dropcap]n a recession it is very easy to think more of reducing prices and forget the standards and…

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Tried and Tested – ABUS van lock

Gold Award for Abus Van Lock Mick Friend does a virtual road test on the new Abus product Having just sold his van, Editor and working locksmith, Mick Friend was obliged to take Abus’ counter display in order to put the company’s new van lock through its paces [dropcap]A[/dropcap]s you know, I like to see…

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Was I Impressed By This Kit

Was I Impressed By This Kit? Tools and products. Do they do ‘what it says on the tin’? Find out here – first. The MPP Impressioning Tool [dropcap]T[/dropcap]his month we look at a chunky piece of kit – the Tradelocks MP-PIT (Martin Pink Professional Impressioning Tool). This is part of Tradelocks’ signature range. It is…

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Cylinder re-pinning: Part 2

How to strip a Nightlatch cylinder when you DON’T have a key   Tools required Standard bench tools Plug follower of the correct size Curved shim and if you need it a shim holder (Closing pliers)   Method. Read & understand Cylinder re-pinning: Part 1 first. Make sure you have clear space on the bench.…

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Cylinder re-pinning: Part 3

So you need to make a key to this cylinder? Or Maybe you need to change the pin sequence and make a new key. Simples! Picture 1 – first make yourself a pin block styrene is good push them in and number (too late to drop and get them wrong)   Picture 2 – you…

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Mechanical or electronic? Choosing the best push-button lock

by Grant Macdonald, Managing Director, Codelocks [dropcap]B[/dropcap]attery powered push-button locks have been on the market for several years. There are now many different products available to suit a variety of access control needs. Despite the ready availability of electronic locks, our survey of buying habits found that the sale of mechanical push-button locks still outweighed…

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Cylinder re-pinning: Part 1

How to strip a Nightlatch cylinder when you have a key   Skill level – beginner H&S risk mild providing proper care is taken -eye protection mandatory – single operative No known regulations   Tools required Standard bench tools Plug follower of the correct size (Closing pliers) Method. Make sure you have clear space on…

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