Back Page, April 2014

April 2, 2014

Twenty Years Ago

Lori Lock introduced a lever conversion kit for Arrow and Schlage heavy duty cylindrical knob locks.  Louis George offered hints on installing exit devices. James Glazier described various alarmed exit devices. Locksmith Larry Schwalb suggested selling Instakey interchangeable core systems.  American Device showed their line of narrow stile battery-operated exit devices.  An article on U.S. Lock brand cylindrical locksets was printed.  Locksmith Shawn Meyers discovered one of the first Kia models to hit our shores in 1994 and reported on the new lock system.  Jerry Levine showed how to remove the door lock from a Lincoln Continental. Tom Gillespie used Pro-Lok tools to unlock a Honda Accord.  Fred Wessells wrote about early tries at electronic vehicle security which has now become commonplace. Locksmith Larry Chumley was prevented from installing access control after a Tennessee law was passed. He described how he joined the access control revolution. David Halls, Rutherford Controls, assisted readers in learning about access control products.  Ed Hite contributed an article on electrified mortise and cylindrical locksets.  Tim O'Leary offered one of his first Ledger articles on maglocks.  Milt Wolferseder serviced a Mosler 1612CL.

Ten Years Ago

Jerry Levine provided a special report on "everything you ever wanted to know" about electric strikes.  A section was dedicated to the unusual Securitron Unlatch.  Jerry Levine also contributed an article on HES 4500 electric strikes. Rod Oden started part 1 of a series on CCTV basics.  An informative article on servicing a Sentry 5560 fire safe was printed.  Tim O'Leary suggested service contracts as a source of recurring income.  Dale Bowman introduced locksmiths to the Medeco3 Freedom Program. Tiny fit keys to a Honda Gold Wing cycle.  Steve Kaufman interviewed Lou Gildenberg, then president of the Greater Philadelphia Locksmith Association.  Interesting questions and answers about joining an association.  Jerry Levine explained Chrysler transponder key changes that prevented STRATTEC aftermarket keys from operating some Chrysler models. The transponder game will never end.

Antique Railroad Car Lock Questions

Mike Schmidt, a Minnesota locksmith, is working on an antique railroad car. His customer uses the cars as sleeping quarters for a bed & breakfast business. Mr. Schmidt is seeking help in determining how to remove the lock for servicing. The car is a Barney Smith Pullman car from approximately 1902. Have any reader had experience with these locks? E-mail [email protected] and he will forward responses to Mr. Schmidt.