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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The ability to send a certified installer to your customer boosts your reputation and signifies your professional standing. The Marray Dor-Cor drill fixture is a precision instrument made to close tolerances.
After practice you can drill a wire chase through a door in a few minutes. The Dor-Cor’s simple design allows for easy mounting without hand tools. A gunsight down the edge allows for easy placement and alignment from the hinge to the lock.
This tool comes in a blow-molded protective carrying case and comes with complete instructions. Adjustable from one and three-eighths inch to two and one-quarter inch thick doors, protective nylon feet protect the door finish. The tool is designed for use with 4,0 x 4.0 through 5.0 x 6.0 size hinges.
The special 58-inch long Evacuator drill bit cleans out chips as they accumulate. Special high-speed Delron bushings keep the bit cool and aligned to within one-quarter inch of center.
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Another specialty tool to drill a raceway through the door is offered by Keedex. The Door Laser is an affordable tool for core drilling doors. The use of a laser sight assures accurate drilling and the tool includes a one-quarter inch bit for drilling the pilot hole.
Along with a variety of locksmith specialty tools, Keedex offers a complete line of weldable gate boxes. The iCAN is a 14 gauge welded steel enclosure with a powder coat finish. The stainless steel faceplate is secured to the box with a tubular key cam lock.
The iCAN accommodates two single gang devices and can be welded to almost any gate, fence, post or structural support. Uses include a mix of intercom, keypad, card reader, prox device or key switch.
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Most stand-alone access control locks can be installed in place of standard locks by drilling or re-drilling the cross-bore holes in the door. The ability to perform this function quickly and accurately helps determine your profit margin.
PRO-LOK offers a line of lock installation templates to install stand-alone access control locks as well as most common lever, mortise and deadbolts. The complete range of IN-Series templates revolves around a universal clamp.
All plates include hardened bushings Optional back plates are available for some models. Mortise and standard lock installation tools, parts and accessories help round out the installation tool section.
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A specialty tool for the locksmith is great to find. It is also what Major Manufacturing does. In addition to a wide variety of installation tools for mortise, stand-alone keypad locks, knobs, levers and storefront locks they have templates for electric strike installation.
Major Manufacturing offers a line of HIT-41AR Series that quickly and accurately allow you to cut out an aluminum frame for an electric strike installation. Hand guiding a jigsaw, filing and grinding to fit is a thing of the past. These are professional tools for the security professional.
Another aspect of access control is handling, modifying, removing and installing doors. The Door Tote 100 and Door Tote 200 make moving and positioning a heavy door a one-man job.
The long handle and guide brackets on the DT100 allow easy movement of the door, even over long distances. The DT200 is a smaller overall size with elimination of the handle. Both units use pneumatic rubber tires for easy rolling and eliminating damage to the carpet or floor.
The DL 150 is a simple door-lifting leverage tool that goes hand-in-hand with the Door Tote. These tools minimize the chance of a back-strain injury to the technician.
In addition to door handling tool, Major Manufacturing has a complete line of specialty installation equipment, servicing tools and supplies in order to install electrified hardware and components.
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CCTV work often combines with access control to complete a security installation. There are a number of specialty tools for the CCTV installer.
Some basics include a quality selection of wire service tools such as, cutters, crimpers and strippers. Co-Ax cable requires that you make a secure connection to provide static-free video and audio signals. Various service kits are available from a variety of manufacturers and suppliers.
One helpful product is the technician service monitor. A recommendation from a local specialist is the Vitek VTM-LCD351. This is a three and one-half inch color TFT LCD service monitor worn around the neck or on a belt clip.
Operating on eight AA batteries or a 12VDC power supply, the 480 x 234 resolution will allow you to set the placement, pan, tilt, zoom, focus, etc. of virtually any camera as you install it the first time.
The beauty of this type of product is that when you’re on top of the ladder installing and adjusting a camera, you can monitor it. Instead of running up and down a ladder and into the other room to look at the monitor, do it all at once!
Why yell back and forth to your coworker “a little to the left, no the other left. Wait. Now go down a little, not that far…”. I’m sure you get the idea and realize the frustration that can be eliminated with a tool like this.
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