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Detex ECL-230X Series Panic Device Detex Corporation has introduced the heavy-duty, single and multi-point deadbolt-equipped panic devices, the ECL-230 Series for protection against back door break-ins. The non-handed Detex ECL-230X Series devices are...


Detex ECL-230X Series Panic Device

Detex Corporation has introduced the heavy-duty, single and multi-point deadbolt-equipped panic devices, the ECL-230 Series for protection against back door break-ins. The non-handed Detex ECL-230X Series devices are equipped with photo-luminescent sign and a 100 decibel alarm. They are life safety and code compliant.

ECL-230X Series panic devices are available as a single-point (center case), dual-point (top rod only and center case), dual-point (top and bottom rod), and three-point (top and bottom and center case) deadbolt panic devices. The top rod only and top and bottom rod equipped panic devices are surface mounted. The top and bottom bolts have ¾” throw with 5/8” engagement. The center case deadbolt has a 1” throw with ¾” engagement.

For maximum protection, Detex offers the ECL-230X-TDB-DX3 panic device with six locking points. The DX bolts provide hinge side protection. For outdoor or wet environments, Detex offers the ECL-230X-W-TDB.

Optional features for the ECL-230X Series include the Inside Pull, DX bolts, interchangeable core and the hardwired kit.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Detex, telephone 830-629-2900, web site www.detex.com

 

High Copper (Brass) Prices

High copper prices mean higher brass prices. Before you order any solid brass (i.e. sheet brass or cast brass products), find out today’s cost. Copper prices are hitting the locksmith industry hard. Do not just order brass products and figure the price you paid weeks, months or a year ago will be the same today. According to one door hardware manufacturer, brass is hovering around $6 a pound.

 

Key Blanks with Ferrous Metal

Some Asian and North American brass key blanks are being manufactured with an increasing amount of ferrous metal. This may be because of the high cost of brass. I believe there is a specified maximum amount of ferrous metal that can be in a U. S. manufactured key blank. As key blanks are manufactured with more ferrous metal, they become more attracted to a magnet. If a key blank contains a small amount, it can be dragged with a magnet. If there is enough ferrous metal, the key blank can become magnetically attached. The more metal there is in a key blank, the harder it is to cut and the harder it is on your rotary cutter.

Keep a magnet near each of your key machines. Test key blanks before cutting them. Too much ferrous metal in a key blank can cause problems for the cutter.

 

Custom Code Cards

A locksmith from New Hampshire suggested this application for custom code cards. He had a code machine cutter that was damaged and then sharpened. The good news was the cutter could and was able to be sharpened. The bad news was the operating diameter of the cutter was smaller than expected as key the code cut were a few thousandths too shallow. To confirm this, he originated a Schlage key with all different depths. Each depth of cut was just about .005” off. He then made a code card for Schlage keys using the .005” shallower. This way he could use the cutter on a dedicated Schlage code machine and originate keys and use the custom code card to have accurate depths of cut.

Note: If you change cutters, you probably will end up mis-cutting keys because of the different diameters.

Suggestion: Gil-Ray Tools, from Bay City, Mich., offers a service to sharpen all of your code machine’s cutter to a uniform diameter. This way you can adjust the code machine for this specific diameter and change cutters without worrying. Web Site: www.gilraytools.com

 

Desk Lock For All Purposes

I was recently at a hospital and had to take this photo. A wafer tumbler desk lock was being used to secure the used syringe container!

 

Door Lock Removal Tip

I have received several telephone calls from locksmiths asking for a method to remove the manual window operator handle. I take a locking pliers, attach a one-inch finish nail at the head and place a 90-degree bend about ¼” from the tip. Position the nail at the edge of the jaws that touch the door panel. Slide the nail tip into the space between the handle and hopefully the plastic spacer. Either way, be very careful to not damage the door trim panel.

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