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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…


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…


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…

LASM issue 11 November 2011

LASM issue 11 November 2011

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Caption competition

Take a look at this photograph from the MLA expo. What’s going on in the picture? Come up with a great caption and you could win an ABUS van lock! The rules: no bribery no crying if you lose if you’re going to use rude words, spell them correctly the competition will be judged by…



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What to expect from LASM Online

What to expect from LASM Online

This month sees the launch of an industry first – an entirely online issue of our magazine. Before now we’ve always offered a page flip version of the print magazine online, but December will see an entirely web-based issue, delivered to you in an easy to read, newspaper website style format. This innovation heralds a…