For some installations, the available frequency for some wireless remote release mechanisms does not have the necessary range. Problems are either too great a distance for the frequency, RF interference, obstructions or dead spots.
Inovonics EchoStream 900mHz wireless transmitters and receivers operate at higher frequency, eliminating many of the problems. A locksmith replaced an existing wireless remote release because of continual problems. He installed the Inovonics EN4204 Four Zone Add-On Receiver with Relay Outputs and the EN1210 Single Input Universal Transmitters. The EN4204 has five Form C relays and supervises up to four Inovonics transmitters.
For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Inovonics at Web Site: www.inovonics.com
Key Blanks with Ferrous Metal
Some Asian brass key blanks and some North American-made brass key blanks are being manufactured with an increasing amount of ferrous metal.
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.
It is amazing to see the amount of damage people can inflict onto a door lock by just gaining access.
A number of locksmiths have been providing their service personnel with company identification that they wear when making service calls. The identification usually has the word locksmith in large letters. Additional information can be the state and the business license office. Most have a photo and name of the employee. The badge/identification can be placed in a holder or laminated and attached to a lanyard.
In today’s world, visible identification does help to create trust and security for your customers.
New Ilco Key Blanks
Ilco, a member of the Kaba Group, has introduced some new key blanks including automotive emergency, cylindrical, utility and Ford 80 Bit. These include:
- Ford: Ilco #H92-PT
- GM Emergency Key: Ilco #B116
- GM High Security Emergency Key: Ilco #B117
- Hyundai Emergency Key: Ilco #HY21
- Hyundai Emergency Key: Ilco #HY22
- Gatehouse: Ilco #1682, EZ #GH5
- Hayworth: Ilco #1683, EZ #HAW5
For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor.
Car-Opening Techniques: 2007-Up Chevy, GM Trucks
This month we will offer car-opening tool manufacturer's recommended techniques for opening the 2007-up Chevrolet and GMC full size pickups. These pickups are equipped with vertical linkage rods and locking buttons.
These vehicles are equipped with multi-layer weather stripping. Before inserting a tool, use diluted liquid dish soap to lubricate the weather stripping and help prevent breaking the window. Dish soap will dissipate with water, where a lubricant can stain the door trim panel or the surrounding area.
The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2007-up Chevrolet and GMC full size pickups:
Use the High Tech Tools Double Tool 26 and a wedge to unlock the driver’s door locking mechanism. Insert the wedge forward of the outside door handle assembly. Position the car-opening tool with the shaft in line with the front of the outside door handle assembly. Insert the car-opening tool into the door cavity with the tip pointing to the rear of the vehicle. Lower the tool until the tip is beneath the bottom of the window glass. Manipulate the 26 Tool until the tip is beneath the bottom of the vertical locking button. Raise the tool to unlock the door locking mechanism.
Use the Pro-Lok A0-35 "MCOT-Wide Tool" and an inflatable wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge eight inches from the rear edge of the front passenger door window glass. Inflate the wedge. Insert the A0-35 car-opening tool 17 inches from the rear edge of the window glass with the operating end of the tool facing forward. Lower the tool 15 inches into the door cavity. Rotate the tool slightly counterclockwise so the tip is on the passenger compartment side of the window glass. Deflate the wedge. Do not remove it. Carefully raise the tool until the tip is in the passenger compartment. Position the tip of the tool onto the power lock/unlock rocker switch. Depress the unlock button to unlock the door locking mechanism.