RSA Laboratories FAQ on RFID
Is it possible to destroy an RFID tag in a microwave oven? Yes. This is an effective approach, but a dangerous one. RFID tags can purportedly catch fire in microwave ovens.
For more information, contact http://www.rsa.com/rsalabs/node.asp?id=2120#13
Decoding Ford Locks
Tolerance on some Ford, Lincoln and Mercury locks is relatively loose on the Huf-made door and trunk wafer locks and very tight on the Huf-made ignition wafer lock, for example the 2009 Ford Fusion locks. In fact, you can decode these door or trunk locks one wafer depth higher in each space and the key will operate the locks. However, a decoded key will not operate the ignition lock with even if there is only one depth higher or lower in only one space. Note: Attempting to decode the wafers in the ignition lock is difficult to read, due to the roller in the front of the keyway.
To complicate matters, the spring perch on the wafers one, two and three depths are in the same position. However, they are slightly lower than the spring perch position on wafer four and five depths. The difference between wafer depth three and four becomes a problem when trying to decode the wafers. Because of the spring perch being lower, it makes the window ledger for the active side of the key to be approximately half the distance of two adjacent depth wafers having the same spring perch.
To solve this problem, pick the door or trunk lock first then decode the wafers.
Major Mfg Oversized Repair Screw Assortment
Major Manufacturing has introduced its Oversize Repair Screw Assortment, part number LSA-3, containing 180 machine and wood screws of different sizes. These screws have oversized threads with an undersized head. For example, the LS-28 #10 Phillips Flat Head screw has 12-24 threads. This combination enables these screws to be retrofit into stripped holes. The #8 head machine screws have 10-32 threads and the #12 has 14-24 threads. The wood screws have the larger thread size. The screws have different finishes; nickel plate, black oxide (zinc) and yellow zinc.
The kit contains the following screws:
- 20 ea LS-28 #10 PFH x 12-24 threads nickel plate
- 20 ea LS-29 #10 PFH x 12-24 threads black oxide
- 20 ea LS-30 #12 PFH x 14-24 threads nickel plate
- 20 ea LS-31 #12 PFH x 14-24 threads black zinc
- 20 ea LS-35 #12 PFH x 1-3/8" x #14 wood screw yellow zinc
- 20 ea LS-36 #12 PFH x 1-3/8" x #14 wood screw nickel plate
- 20 ea LS-37 #12 PFH x 1-3/8" x #14 wood screw black zinc
- 20 ea LS-39 #8 PFH x 10-32 threads zinc plate
- 20 ea LS-40 #8 PFH x 10-32 threads black zinc plate
Also included in the kit are a 10-32 tap and a #21 drill bit.
For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Major Manufacturing, 1825 Via Burton, Anaheim, CA 92806. Telephone: 714-772-5202. Web Site: www.majormfg.com.
As an attempt to stop the unauthorized from gaining access into a marina bathrooms and laundry rooms, custom anti-tampering plates were installed to close the opening on inswing doors in order to prevent “loiding” (retracting) the latchbolt. The plates appear to be aluminum.
Curtis Key Machines Supplies
Hawley Lock Supply stocks parts for Curtis Key-Matic 2000 and 3000 key duplicating machines and Curtis #14 and #15 hand-held code cutters. The Key-Matic parts include key guide stops, springs and key guides as well as cutters and wire wheels. The #14 and #15 parts include punch and anvil kits, tool parts, cam and carriage sets as well as cams and carriages. For those who are interested, new #15 code cutters are available.
For more information, contact Hawley Lock Supply at 800-398-2458 or online at www.hawleylocksupply.com.
Lishi Lock Vise
The Lishi Lock Vise provides a very secure mount for servicing automotive locks. The vise is thin enough to replicate how an automotive lock is held in the door, tailgate or trunk. The opening in the vise is somewhat diamond shaped, making it easier to fit the rounded contour shape of the lock housing in just about any position.