Back Page, January 2018

Jan. 2, 2018

Twenty Years Ago

An article described Abloy Lock improvements in their new Disklock Pro. Jerome Andrews provided an update on Kaba Peaks High Security key systems. Locksmith John Grist showed servicing methods for the Abus Diskus padlock. Jerry Levine reported on the TriPoint key system by Miwa Lock USA. Where are they now? Jerry Levine also provided features of popular lever locksets. Locksmith Dave Franchulk suggested safe work as a good market segment for locksmiths. Medeco introduced their new key-based, electronic retrofit solution called SiteKey. Fred Kosloske, Strattec, updated readers on the latest Strattec automotive products. Locksmith Hubert Curry reported on various products from Securitech. Jerry Levine completed an installation of a Yale 5300LN lever lock. Keedex cylinder servicing tools were featured in an article. Milt Wolferseder outlined features of several electronic safe locks. Tom Thill described how to service Ford ignition lock since they were proving to be prone to failure. Hubert Curry tested a Z-Tool kit for opening vehicles. Billy Edwards wrote about a new interchangeable core (LFIC) lock cylinder from ASSA. Jerry Levine explained why "Locks Are Able to be Picked."

Ten Years Ago

Rod Oden suggested institutional locksmithing as a career choice. Black & Decker introduced their K2 commercial hardware to the marketplace. Locksmith Ledger visited the Intermountain convention in Denver, CO. Jerry Levine demonstrated how to install a Norton 2800ST cam action door closer. Gale Johnson installed a Sure-Strike to strengthen a deadbolt installation. Tim O’Leary reported on power transfer accessories for continuous hinges. Chris Clark suggested developing service contracts for recurring revenue. Steve Young explained the basics of VATS systems which were used by GM between 1986 and 2003. Honeywell described advances in video surveillance. Steve Kaufman offered a humorous evaluation of his move from practicing locksmith to sales for a locksmith distributor. Locksmith Tony Fiorini wrote of his tricks to get more use from batteries used for portable drills. Our January, 2008 issue carried an annual listing of all articles printed in the previous year.

Schlage Everest Question

A subscriber sent in pictures of a Schlage showcase lock. The lock definitely has Schlage stamped on the lock face, but the subscriber could not determine a key blank to use.

The key blank mystery was solved, but still leaves unanswered questions. The keyway is one of the Schlage Everest keyways, but which one? The best solution may be to ask the customer if they have other locks with a similar keyway and check the keyway number printed on those keys.