Locksmithing etc. June 2014

June 2, 2014

Rite Touch Digital Glass Door Lock

Adams Rite’s surface-mounted RITE Touch RT1050D Digital Glass Door Lock provides keyless access control for single or double all-glass doors. This touchscreen lock offers two credential options:  keypad and card. The RITE Touch features dual unlock functions from the inside of the door using the thumbturn or the override button. An auto lock sensor automatically locks the door within five seconds after the door has been closed. The feature operates only if the magnet has been installed and activated.

This auxiliary, indoor application, wrap-around lock mounts onto the edge of a 7/16” to ½” thick glass panel door using an adhesive mounting plate. The twin 1-1/8" throw, 13/32" diameter bolts provide the locking mechanism. For large gap double doors, extension is available providing 2-1/8" throw. The RITE Touch standalone lock is powered by 4AA batteries.

Important: Make sure the glass surface does not have a film or protective cover.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Adams Rite, 10027 S. 51st St., Suite 102, Phoenix, AZ 85044. Telephone: 800-872-3267. Web Site: www.adamsrite.com.

Electro-Magnetic Lock: Important Points

When installing an electro-magnetic lock, do not touch the magnet face with your fingers. Once the lock is installed, use a soft dry cloth to clean the surface. Never use an abrasive. Contact the lock manufacturer if the surface plating is damaged or if there is corrosion.

GM Recall

As a result of the General Motors recall that affects Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn vehicles, a new key is being issued. The main difference between the new key and the previous key is the size of the key ring hole.

Hiring Tip

When hiring an employee, remember that nothing breaks the ice like a smile.

Continuous Hinge Maintenance

Continuous hinges should be properly maintained to ensure an extended lifetime of durability and operation. It is normal for dust to accumulate on hinges, as opening and closing the door creates a small static charge that attracts particles from the air. Maintenance of a continuous geared hinge should occur every six months.

Step 1. The hinge should be cleaned to remove any dust that has collected around the bearings.

Step 2. The hinge should be inspected annually to ensure proper operation and screws seated.

Performing these two tasks will provide worry free operation for many years.

New Ilco Key Blank

Ilco has introduced the EMKA1 metal head single-sided key blank for EMKA Locks. EMKA Keys are used for key-operated electric switches used on electronic equipment, large construction equipment and stationary machinery. If rubber headed key blanks are wanted, they are available from Steel City.

Chevrolet Van at ISC West 

At the ISC West Show, General Motors displayed a new compact van to replace the Astro Van. The new, 2015 model Chevrolet City Express Van is a rebadged Nissan NV200. The remote head key blade appears to be a Nissan DA34.

Fire Door FYI

Fire doors must meet the requirements of the International Building Codes (IBC), the International Fire Codes (IFC) and the NFPA 80. Building codes dictate the fire rating requirements for each wall in a building. The fire rating of the wall into which a door is mounted dictates the fire rating of the door.  At a minimum, the fire door assembly must be as high as the fire rating of the wall.

There are five fire ratings: 20 minute, 45 minute, 1 hour, 1 ½ hour and 3 hour. The rating of a fire door assembly is based on the lowest rated component.

California AB211

California Law Assembly Bill (AB) 211 became law on July 1, 2011. Article 8.5 of AB 211, requires all new construction projects to be submitted to the Division of the State Architect to include locks that allow doors to classrooms and rooms with an occupancy of five or more persons to be locked from the inside, except as specified.

Replacement locks must satisfy the requirements of AB211.


With all of the attention surrounding access control, I am finding it interesting that more companies are turning to the lowly padlock for additional security. In the attached photo, an entry gate and a drive-in gate are using padlocks. Two padlocks to control access through the drive-in gate and an auxiliary padlock used to secure the walk-in gate.

Extended Door Closers Warranties

The Sargent warranty for some door closers has been increased to 25 years. The Corbin warranty for some door closers has been increased to 25 year.

Dorma has a 25 year warranty on some closers for many years.

LCN has increased the warranty to 30 years on the 4040 Series door closer.

Handing Cam Locks

In the base configuration, the conventional cam lock key can rotate 360 degrees in either direction, returning to the start point to insert or remove the key. Most cam lock applications have a more limited operation to avoid the full rotation and to eliminate obstacles that can restrict the movement of the cam. The cam lock plug normally has an oval shaft that permits a variety of cams to be installed either vertically up or vertically down with the keyway vertical. Some cam locks have additional spline grooves on the horizontal having the locked position of the key and cam at either vertical or horizontal.

The application determines which cam position is the locked position. To configure a cam lock to a specific locked position and unlocked position, use a cam shifter (cam stop) with or without a stop pin. If no stop pin is required, the cam shifter has a built in stop that limits the travel to either 90 or 180 degrees. This could be a notched- out area that is either one quarter or one half the cam stop.

In addition to limiting the degree of rotation, the cam lock needs to be configured for direction of rotation. The direction of rotation is determined by the location for and configuration of the cam lock. Start and stop positions are determined by either the cam stop or a stop pin that impedes the travel of the cam.

The final option is whether the cam lock has key retaining, requiring the plug be rotated to the locked position in order to remove the key.

For example, drawers and cabinet door cam locks normally have a 90-degree swing between the locked position to the unlocked position. The unlocked position is normally vertical for cabinet doors and horizontal for the locked position. Some office furniture is configured to permit the key to be removed in only the locked position.

Car-Opening Techniques:  1993-2003 Volkswagen Eurovan

This month we will offer car-opening tool manufacturer's recommended techniques for opening the 1993-2003 Volkswagen Eurovan. The Volkswagen Eurovan is equipped with vertical (diagonal) linkage rods with an exposed vertical button. There are two models options, manual door locks and power door locks.

Important: Be very careful when you contact the lock buttons. Too much force can result in scratching or marring the button. Placing electrical tape over the tip of the tool can help protect the plastic controls.

The following methods can be used to unlock the 1993-03 Volkswagen Eurovan:

Use the High Tech Tools Double Tool #26 and a wedge to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Place a wedge forward of the passenger door outside door handle. Insert the longer end of the Double Tool between the glass and the weather stripping. Lower the tool into the passenger compartment with the tip inline with the vertical locking button. Carefully raise the car-opening tool until the tip contacts the bottom of the vertical locking button. The locking button will move when it is contacted by the tip of the car-opening tool. Raise the tool to unlock the door locking mechanism.

Use the Pro-Lok AO-10 “Original Slim Jim” tool and an inflatable wedge to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the inflatable wedge 10 inches from the rear edge of the passenger door. Inflate the wedge according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Insert an inspection light and identify the vertical rod directly beneath the locking button. To accommodate this opening method, bend the tip of the AO-10 approximately 35 degrees, starting at about six inches.

Insert the AO-10 tool 1 inch from the rear edge of the window glass with the tip facing the inner door panel. Lower the tool into the door cavity 12 ½" and position the tip on the vertical rod. Watch the locking button. When the car-opening tool contacts the vertical rod, the locking button will move slightly. Slide the rod into an opening in the AO-10. Twist the tool to bind the vertical rod. Pull up on the car-opening tool to unlock the locking mechanism.

Use the Slide Lock Flush Mount Tool (FMT) and two wedges. Insert two wedges towards the front and rear of the window glass, sufficiently wide apart to accommodate the FMT. Insert the tool into the door cavity until the tip curve is beneath the bottom of the window glass. Twist the tool slightly until the tip is on the passenger side of the glass. Slowly raise the tool. Stop when the tip curve just slides through the weather stripping. Remove the wedges. Continue to raise the tool until the tip is in the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tool until the tip contacts the vertical locking button. Place a small amount of pressure against the locking button. Carefully lift the car-opening tool to unlock the door locking mechanism.

Use the Tech-Train Productions TT-1008 car-opening tool and a wedge to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge into the door cavity from above the outside passenger door handle. Insert an inspection light and identify the vertical rod from the anti-rattle cushion onward. Carefully insert the TT-1008 tool into the door cavity with the tool pointing rearward. Carefully lower the tool until the hooked tip in the tool is beneath the vertical linkage rod. Pull up on the TT-1008 until the linkage rod is within the hooked tip. Twist the car-opening tool to bind the linkage and carefully lift to unlock the door locking mechanism.

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 manufacturers of car-opening tools:

High Tech Tools, 1628 NW 28th St., Miami, FL 33142. Telephone : 305-635-1011. Fax : 305-635-1015. Website: www. AccessToolsUSA.com

Pro-Lok, 655 North Hariton Street, Orange, CA 92868. Telephone: 714-633-0681. Fax: 714-633-0470. Website: www.pro-lok.com

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

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

Lockmasters Inc., 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 300, Arlington Heights, IL 60005. Fax: 847-454-2759. E-mail:[email protected].