Locksmithing etc. October 2013

FYI: Fire Rated Doors

A fire rated door equipped with surface or concealed vertical rods at the top and bottom cannot be converted to "less bottom rod." The hardware originally specified for the opening must remain on the opening.


Ives 157XY Continuous Hinge

Ives has introduced the heavy duty 157XY Adjustable Full Surface Continuous Hinge. This patented aluminum geared continuous hinge is laterally and vertically adjustable after the hinge is installed onto the door and frame. This continuous hinge is designed for door up to 48" wide and a maximum weight of 550 pounds. The standard lengths for the 157XY are 83", 95" or 119" and are available in Clear (CL) or Dark Bronze (DB) finishes.

The Ives 157XY continuous hinge is compatible with hollow metal and narrow stile doors. They can be installed onto minimum reveal and narrow faced frames.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Ives Architectural Hardware Products , Telephone : 877.613.8766. Web Site: www.ives.ingersollrand.com.


Collegiate Vehicle Hackers

VW wants to stop an academic paper's publication that reveals how to bypass and hack late model vehicles' anti-theft systems. The University of Birmingham in England wrote a paper that outlines how the electronic keys' (immobilizer code) algorithm can be defeated (reverse-engineered) with the right equipment and knowledge.


Restroom Dispenser Keys

A locksmith was out on a job and needed to provide the customer with a key to a paper towel dispenser. The lock securing the dispenser had two wafers in positions two and three. The cuts were what appeared to be a number two and a number three depth. The keyway according to the locksmith looked like it would accommodate an Ilco 1096EN. However, this key blank is not wide enough for the ward in the lock.

We recommended using the pre-cut E114 key, which is designed for dispensers. They are made by the Wind Lock Company. A substitute is the Ilco 1054UN key blank. You can order precut keys to operate these locks from Blue Dog The Key Company in Florida. Web Site: www.bluedogkeys.com.


GKL Over Boring Jig

GKL Products has introduced Over Boring Jigs for enlarging cross bore openings. GKL Products’ kit contains four diameter guides: 5/8", ¾", 7/8" and 1-1/2". The most common over boring job is to enlarge a 1-1/2" diameter opening to a 2-1/8" diameter cross bore opening. The guides are placed within the desired diameter holesaw.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or GKL Products,  P.O. Box 533, Herald, CA 95638. Telephone: 888-446-4337. Web Site:  www.gklproducts.com


Combi-Cam E-Series Electronic Cabinet Lock

FJM Security Products has introduced the Combi-Cam E-Series Electronic Cabinet Lock. This 12 pushbutton (1-0/*/#) electronic lock mounts using into a standard cam lock 5/8" to ¾" diameter cutout or a 15MM or 25MM deadbolt door prep. The lock can be mounted for left or right hand applications.

This battery operated electronic cabinet lock has a master, manager and one-time use code. According to FJM Security, the Combi-Cam E-Series Electronic Cabinet Lock has up to a ten year battery life.

For more information, contact FJM Security Products at Web Site: www.fjmsecurity.com.


CompX eLock 300 Series eLocks

CompX eLock 300 Series eLocks are keyless, electronic access control locks for cabinetry or temperature controlled environments including refrigerators, freezers and incubators. For temperature controlled environments, temperature monitoring is an available option. The 300 Series eLocks use a motor-driven latch mechanism that provides automatic relocking.

The network ready, keyless 300 Series eLocks can be operated by up to 3,000 unique ID Codes. The audit trial maintains the last 15,000 access attempts by tracking date, time and user name that can be viewed using the LockView 4 software.

The 300 Series eLocks are available in two configurations:  the cabinet version, which is made up of three separate components and the refrigerator/freezer version that has the three components build into a housing. This housing is designed to mount onto the appliance door.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or CompX Security Products, 715 Center St., Grayslake, IL 60030. Telephone: 847-752-2500. Web Site: http://compx.com/csp.html


Stylish Residential Lock Finishes

There are a large number of choices for residential lock finishes. Many of the newer finishes appear to be alternatives to Oil Rubbed Bronze (10B). The traditional Oil Rubbed Bronze has two issues. First, the final color can vary by manufacturer and by batch. Some of the newer finishes have either been chemically aged to give the look.

Offering the non-traditional finishes can provide an opportunity to up-sell your customers to new products. As an alternative to brass and antique brass, consider finishes including French Antique, Nickel, Satin Nickel, Aged Bronze, Rustic Bronze, Satin Bronze, Pewter, Antique Pewter, Iron Black and Flat Black. The above names are from different lock manufacturers. Some of these brand specific finishes are very similar.

Caution: Make sure that all of the customers locks are available from the lock manufacturer.


AccuPower® AQTVA Series Power Supplies  

Securitron has introduced AccuPower AQTVA Series 24VAC Power Supplies for CCTV and video surveillance equipment ranging in size from 4 to 7.3 Amps. These UL 2044 Listed AQTVA power supplies are available with four, eight or 16 output channels. Eight- and 16 channel models offer surge/lightning protection and noise suppression. The AccuPower AQTVA Series are backed by the Securitron MagnaCare Lifetime Replacement No Fault Warranty.

For more information, visit www.securitron.com.


Jet Hardware “Less Chip” Key Blanks

The following is a list of the “LC” or “less chip” key blanks available from Jet Hardware. Should a customer’s transponder-equipped automotive key wear out or break, simply remove the transponder from the bow of the key and decode the depths of cut. Originate the cuts onto the Jet Hardware "LC" key blank and install the transponder chip into the bow. This method eliminates the need to clone or program a new transponder, saving your customer time and money.

Y160-PHT-LC. Chrysler Y159 keyway. Y160-PHT-LC has a gray head. Can be used for Y160-PHT or Y165-PHT.

H72-PHT-LC. Ford 8-cut keyway. Can be used for H72, H74 and H86.

S30FD-PHT-LC. Ford/Jaguar 6-cut Tibbe keyway. S30FD-PHT-LC key blank has the Master tip.

H94-PHT-LC. Ford sidewinder high security keyway. Also used Land Rover. Same blade as HU101.

HD106-PHT-LC.  Honda 5001-8442 code series. Same blade as the HD103. Can be used for HD106-N-PHT, HD113-PHT or the Isuzu Rodeo and Axiom transponder key.

TR48-PHT-LC. Lexus short keyway. Can be used for TR48-PHT, TR60-PHT and HY20-PHT.

TR49-PHT-LC. Lexus long keyway. Can be used for TR49-PHT, KK7-PHT and KK9-PHT.

DA34-PHT-LC. Nissan DA34 keyway. Can be used for DA34-PHT or DA40-PHT.

HU67-PHT-LC. VW HU66 keyway with VW-style head rounded head. Can be used for HU66VW-N-PHT or HU68-PHT.

HU69-PHT-LC. HU66 blade with rectangular Audi-style head. Can be used for HU69-PHT or to make an HU67-PHT rounded style head.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Jet Hardware at Web Site: www.jetkeys.com.


Car-Opening Techniques:  2004-12 Volvo V50 Estate

This month we will offer car-opening tool manufacturer's recommended techniques for opening the 2004-12 Volvo V50 Estate, a five-door wagon. The five listed car-opening tool manufacturers recommended opening methods are to unlock the door operating the unlocking button or the inside release handle in the passenger compartment.

The vehicle has a sash style door with a heavy metal frame surrounding the door window glass. Do not attempt to force the wedge tool as the door frame can be bent.

Important: When using through the door tools, it is recommended to tape the end of the tool to prevent scratching the interior.

The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2004-12 Volvo V50 Estate:


Use the High Tech Tools Long Reach Tool 78SG to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin with a One Hand Jack System to wedge out the door enough to insert an inflatable wedge along the top of the front passenger door. Inflate the wedge to provide working room for the 78SG car-opening tool. Insert the tool into the opening between the window and the weather strip with the tip facing down. Insert a wedge beneath the tool to help guide it to the inside door release handle. Capture the handle and pull back to unlock the door locking mechanism and open the door. According to High Tech Tools, this opening method is for Extreme Emergency Opening Only.


Use the Pro-Lok AO-35 “MCOT-Wide” tool and an inflatable wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the inflatable wedge 12 inches from the front edge of the passenger door window. Inflate the wedge according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Insert the AO-35 car-opening tool into the door seven inch from the front edge of the window with the tip facing forward. Lower the tool 10 inches into the door cavity. Rotate the tool until the arch is on the passenger compartment side of the window glass. Deflate the wedge. Carefully lift the tool until the tip is in the passenger compartment. Rotate the tool 95 degrees counterclockwise and manipulate the tip of the tool to the electric lock-unlock button. Carefully the electric lock-unlock button, unlocking the locking mechanism. Follow the manufacturers instructions for removing the car-opening tool.


Use the Slide Lock Frameless Window Tool™ and a wedge to unlock the front passenger’s door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge at the top rear corner of the doorframe to relieve gasket pressure. Slide the Frameless Window Tool into the passenger compartment above the wedge. Slide the tool in beneath the inflatable wedge. Carefully slide the car-opening tool to avoid the coupler damaging the car’s finish. Manipulate the tool over the inside door handle. Pull back on the handle twice to unlock the door locking mechanism. Open the door using the outside handle.


Use the Steck Manufacturing BigEasy “Glo” and a wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the plastic wedge or inflatable wedge into the top of the door. Insert the BigEasy tool into the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tool to position the 90-degree bend tip against the lock release button or pull out on the inside handle to open the door.


Use the Tech-Train Productions Jiffy-Jak Vehicle Entry System and an inflatable wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by levering the rear edge below the corner of the front passenger door outward slightly to accommodate an inflatable wedge. Once the inflatable wedge has been properly inserted and inflated, insert the Jiffy-Jak into the created opening to the passenger compartment. Remove the tip and use duct tape to cover the threads to avoid damage to the trim. Work the end of the Jiffy-Jak between the handle and the handle trim being careful not to scratch the interior. Pull out on the handle to unlock the door locking mechanism and open the door.


The direction to rotate the driver's door lock plug to the unlocked position is clockwise.


For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or the following car-opening tool manufacturers:

High Tech Tools, 1628 NW 28th St., Miami, FL 33142. Telephone: 800-323-8324. Fax: 305-635-1015. Web site: www.hightechtools.com.

Pro-Lok, 655 N. Hariton St., Orange, CA 92868. Telephone: 714-633-0681.  Web site: www.pro-lok.com.

Slide Lock Tool Co. Inc., 1166 Topside Rd., Louisville, TN 37777 .Telephone: 800-336-8812. Web site: www.z-tool.com.

Steck Manufacturing Telephone: 800-227-8325. Web site: www.steckmfg.com

Lockmasters Inc. (Tech-Train products), 2101 John C. Watts Drive, Nicholasville, KY 40356. Telephone: 800-654-0637. Fax: 859-885-7093. Web site: www.lockmasters.com.

We are interested in printing opening methods from other car opening tool manufacturers. Contact Jerry Levine, C/O Locksmith Ledger, 3030 Salt Creek Lane, Suite 200, Arlington Heights, IL 60005. Fax: 847-454-2759. E-mail: jerry.levine@cygnus.com.