Helpful Tools for the Access Control Installer

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Do you remember the first time you installed an electric strike? Standing at the jobsite, you looked at the scope of the job and realized you didn’t have the right tools. Although you were properly prepared to do regular lock work, you forgot to bring a jigsaw, concrete bits, wire and...


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Do you remember the first time you installed an electric strike? Standing at the jobsite, you looked at the scope of the job and realized you didn’t have the right tools. Although you were properly prepared to do regular lock work, you forgot to bring a jigsaw, concrete bits, wire and connectors, fish tape, etc.
Whenever you attempt to do a specific job without the specialty tools that make the job easier, it takes longer and may not yield the professional results you or your customer is expecting.
The security professional gradually builds an arsenal of tools to do the job correctly. Some tools just help you to do the job easier; others save time, and others increase the safety factor on the job.
Tools cost money. Time wasted costs more. And injuries cost a whole lot more. Do your jobs safely, efficiently and profitable. Whenever the job calls for specialty tools, do the right thing the first time.
The tools in this article are mainly focused on the locksmith who installs access control and CCTV components.

PERFECT RACEWAY
Training is a valuable tool. Access control installation often includes drilling a hole through the door to run wire from the electrified hinge to the electrified lock unit. Drilling a door in many applications requires neither a special certification nor re-labeling the door. However, special training and equipment is required to make any field modifications to a fire rated wood door. You do not simply modify the door, install the new hardware and hope no one notices. You are liable.
According to an article on Entrepreneur.com: “The process is tedious, time-consuming and inconvenient. The situation has tempted some to cut corners, doing these modifications on-site without the proper tools or certifications. The result: the doors may no longer meet fire rating codes because improper drilling has compromised their performance. Ironically, the building may be more secure in terms of monitoring comings and goings, but occupants’ lives are in greater danger if the building catches on fire.
NFPA 80 recognizes that on site work, without any guidelines, can void a fire door. They, in turn, state that any modifications not specified in NFPA 80 must be done under the auspices of a “label service” program if done at the site of the door installation -- or “in the field.”
Intertek, a leading fire door testing and certification organization, understands that the current practice of making changes in the field can be a dangerous solution. This process can, in fact, endanger public safety for all of us. Their solution is the launch of The Perfect Raceway Program. This four hour training course, combined with several auditing aspects, falls under the guidelines of the NFPA 80 label service requirements.”
Through Intertek’s Perfect Raceway Program you will be trained and certified to modify door while retaining their fire resistance rating.
Intertek’s WH (Warnock Hersey) Mark is one of the most recognized certification marks. An independent company hired by Intertek provides certification classes. Your final certification will be based on passing an exam and using a Dor-Cor drilling tool patented by Marray.
The tool allows you to drill a raceway through a wood door without voiding the fire rating. Training also includes study of applicable code requirements and how to properly identify a door after installation of the Perfect Raceway.
Multiple classes are held during the year around the USA and Canada. Classes require enrollment about two or three weeks in advance of the actual seminar.
For information on certification training classes and an educational video go to www.perfectraceway.com or www.whmark.com/raceway

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