Locksmith etc. May 2013

May 2, 2013
News You Can Use

RIDGID® Tools Limited Lifetime Service Agreement

RIDGID Tools offers a free lifetime service agreement in addition to the a three-year Limited Service Warranty on RIDGID Brand Hand Held Power Tools. For a limited time (90 days from date of purchase), purchasers may elect to receive a free Lifetime Service Agreement. To accept the Lifetime Service Agreement, you must register your product and submit proof of purchase. The Lifetime Service Agreement provides the original owner a lifetime of free replacement batteries, free service and free replacement parts subject to the limitations.

For more information, contact RIDGID Tools at www.ridgid.com.

ILCO 2013 Auto Truck Cross Reference

Kaba Ilco Corp has introduced its 2013 Auto Truck Key Blank Reference. This is the 31st annual edition. This 144- page automotive reference contains key blank numbers for domestic and world vehicles, a manufacturer’s index and a model index. Programming and cloning information is listed for transponder equipped vehicles including on-board programming instructions and a separate list of transponder equipped key blanks. There is a 10-page glossary of terms.

The 2013 Auto Truck Key Blank Reference is available as a printed copy and as a .PDF file. To download this reference, go to: www.ilco.us or www.kaba-ilco.com/key-systems. It is posted in Literature & Support, Key Blanks, Automotive Key Blanks, General Information, under Reference/Guide.

Wireless Remote Release

Wireless remote release is becoming quite popular for companies that want a person to control who gains access. Wireless remote release has two definite advantages; no wires that have to be run and the transmitter is not in a fixed location.

To install, the receiver (controller) is wired into the system within range of the transmitter's location, for example a desk in view of the entry door or a counter.

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

High Security Cam Locks

FJM Security Products has introduced Pagoda (ABBA) high security cam locks. The locks are available with the following features: one- and two-key pull, zinc alloy housing and optional straight and offset cams. They can be ordered keyed alike or keyed differently. These chrome finish locks are available in 5/8”, 7/8”, and 1-1/8”.

For more information, contact FJM Security Products, 184 24 Hwy 99, Lynnwood, WA 98037. Telephone: 800-654-1786. Web: www.fjmsecurity.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.

Fire Door Obstruction

I guess they do not want people tripping as they leave without paying their bill.

Lever Abuse

It is amazing to see the amount of damage people can inflict onto a door lock by just gaining access.

Company Identification

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.

Mfg                                                                         Ilco #          EZ #

Ford                                                                      H92-PT          ---

GM Emergency Key                                            B116             ---

GM High Security Emergency Key                 B117             ---

Hyundai Emergency Key                                  HY21            ---

Hyundai Emergency Key                                  HY22            ---

Gatehouse                                                              1682          GH5

Hayworth                                                              1683        HAW5

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor.

Car-Opening Techniques: 2007-up Volkswagen EOS

This month we will offer car-opening tool manufacturer's recommended techniques for opening the 2007-up Volkswagen EOS. These vehicles use electronic locking mechanisms. There is no mechanical lock linkage in the doors.

Entry into these vehicles require gaining access to the inside release handle or operating the power door lock controls.

These vehicles are equipped with multi-layer weather stripping. Before inserting a tool, use diluted liquid dish soap to lubricate the weather stripping. Dish soap will dissipate with water, while a lubricant can stain the door trim panel or the surrounding area.

The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2007-up Volkswagen EOS:

Use the High Tech Tools 78SG Tool and a glass wedge to unlock the driver’s door locking mechanism. Insert the wedge at the top rear of the door opening. Insert the car-opening tool into the passenger compartment through the opening edge of the door with the tip pointing downward. Slide the tool until the tip resting on the lock button and pull back to unlock the vehicle. Place the tip of the tool within the opening for the inside release handle and pull back once to unlock the door. Open the driver’s door by pulling on the outside door handle.

Use the Slide Lock Frameless Window Tool™ car-opening tool, a wedge and two wedges to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the thin wedge along the opening side of the doorframe toward the top of the window to relieve gasket pressure. Insert the second thick wedge directly above the first wedge. Remove the first wedge.

Note: when inserting a wedge, slide it into the opening with the sloping side facing the interior of the vehicle. This should help to protect the door gasket.

Make sure there is enough room for the Frameless Window Tool.

Slide the Frameless Window Tool Blue Tip into the passenger compartment above the thick wedge. Slide the tool in carefully to avoid the coupler damaging the car’s finish or damaging the weather stripping. Manipulate the tool over the inside door handle. Pull back on the tool to move the handle into the unlocked position. Open the passenger door by pulling on the outside door handle.

Use the Steck Manufacturing BigEasy “Glo” and a wedge to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge or inflatable wedge into the top corner of the door. Once the door has been wedged out, insert the BigEasy tool into the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tip of the tool to contact the lock/unlock control or position the tool's 90-degree bend tip behind the inside door handle. Pull back on the tool to move the handle into the unlocked position or move the control to the unlocked position. This will unlock the locking mechanism. Open the passenger door by pulling on the outside door handle.

Use the Tech-Train Productions TT-1015 car-opening tool and two wedges to unlock the front passenger door lock. Carefully insert the two wedges into the front passenger door positioning them near the inside door release handle. Carefully insert the TT-1015 tool into the door cavity with the tip pointing forward until the bend is beneath the window glass. Rotate the tool until the bend is on the inside of the window glass and slowly raise the tool. As the bend becomes visible, stop and immediately remove the two wedges. Continue to lift the TT-1015 until the tip is visible. Manipulate the tip of the car-opening tool until it contacts the power door lock control or the inside door handle. Use the tool to unlock the locking mechanism or pull the inside door handle. Open the passenger door by pulling on the outside door handle. Carefully remove the tool according to manufacturer’s instructions.

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

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. Website: www.hightechtools.com.

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

Steck Manufacturing Company, 1115 S. Broadway, Dayton, OH 45408 . Telephone: 800-227-8325.  Web Site: www.steckmfg.com.

Lockmasters Inc. (Tech-Train), 2101 John C. Watts Drive, Nicholasville, KY 40356. Telephone: 800-654-0637. Fax: 859-885-7093. Website: 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: [email protected].