Residential Security

  • New Products From CCL

    CCL has been a manufacturer of specialty lock products since 1882. The company originally featured a quality line of pin tumbler utility locks. Later, the CCL name became synonymous with Sesamee combination padlocks. CCL is now offering several new...

    Article • March 31st, 2011

  • Boost Revenue With Decorative Hardware

    Mixing and matching of Grade 1 commercial and lesser Grade residential door hardware is becoming a major trend in commercial (and even residential) projects. One reason for this trend, of course, is budgets. This has been the case in the multi-family...

    Article • March 30th, 2011

  • Door Closers: Adjusting For Changes

    For the purpose of this article, we will discuss surface-mounted door closer basics to better understand the design, operation and limitations of a mechanical door closer. Optimizing the installation of a door closer can be very beneficial by requiring...

    Article • March 7th, 2011

  • Electronic Door Hardware For Residences

    Electronic locking systems have been popular for many years in commercial applications. Electronics have also been applied to automotive security beginning with a VATS system on the 1986 Chevrolet Corvette. Electronic door hardware for residences is...

    Article • January 31st, 2011

  • No Key Required: Emtek Electronic Keypad Locks

    With an electronic keypad lock, there’s no more need to hide keys in the planter or under a rock for those just-in-case happenings. This is just one of the advantages provided by a battery-operated residential or light commercial leverset or deadbolt...

    Article • January 28th, 2011

  • Trends in Electronic Locks

    The electromechanical lock is not new. I installed battery operated motorized deadbolts and electronic locks way back in the 1980s. I remember a “key free” electromechanical knob and deadbolt lockset that was pretty amazing. To enter the...

    Article • January 27th, 2011

  • 30 Under 30: Jeff Styer

    As part of Locksmith Ledger’s 30 Under 30 series of interviews with 30 young locksmiths, I approached Jeffrey Styer about answering some questions about the world of locksmithing. Jeff is a very friendly and personable guy who made a point to show me...

    Article • January 14th, 2011

  • Improving Home Security

      Home security has become more complex with the introduction of electromechanical locks and the additional benefits they provide. However, unlike commercial and institutional facilities, residential security does not appear to be embracing the...

    Article • January 4th, 2011

  • Not So Easy Money

    During my locksmithing days I occasionally worked for the government when they were exercising an eviction. Foreclosure was a term I never heard until recently, but the routine was the same when a tenant did not pay their rent. After the owner got court...

    Article • December 13th, 2010

  • What Does IP Mean?

    Contrary to what you may have been told, IP does not necessarily mean “In for Problems.” IP is the acronym for Internet Protocol which is the set of techniques used by many hosts for transmitting data over the Internet. The current version of the...

    Article • December 10th, 2010

  • Decorative Hardware The Emtek Way

    Emtek product displays enable their dealers to show their customers a “touch and feel” sampling of the available designs.

    Article • November 1st, 2010

  • Brompton Lever

    MARKS USA Custom Lockset Division brings a unique design to The Brompton in New York City. The Custom Lockset Division manufactured solid brass, nickel-plated leversets for this twenty-two story luxury condominium located in Manhattan's Upper East...

    Product • October 14th, 2010

  • 30 Under 30 Interview

    Seth and Alex Hecht, Able Locksmith

    Article • September 3rd, 2010

  • Choosing and Selling Safes Via the Internet

    AMSEC’s Build-A-Safe feature lets your customers research and then select and configure their safe online.

    Article • August 5th, 2010

  • Impulse Buying Through Customers’ Eyes

    The sales of impulse items and the standard over-the-counter sales of duplicate keys, etc., can go a long way to cover the costs of day-to-day operation.

    Article • July 6th, 2010