Back Page, January 2019

Jan. 2, 2019

Twenty Years Ago

Jerry Levine reported on the Schlage Everest system as used with SFIC lock cylinders. Yardini Products Limited, a Middle Eastern manufacturer, was the subject of an article featuring locks with a European flavor. Another article featured Mul-T-Lock, a second Middle Eastern company which has developed locks expressly for the U.S. market. Master Lock introduced their system integration program which can provide both padlocks and commercial door cylinders set to the same key system. Our Locksmithing Etc. column displayed information on the short-lived Daewoo trio of vehicles. Have you seen one on the street recently? Richard Formica detailed his key fitting adventures for a VW Jetta roof rack and a 1939 Rolls Royce. Joey KIngma, Medeco Security Locks, explains how Medeco can assist you with any retrofit lock situation. Locksmith Wade Landrum explained how a skunk, a radio antenna and ignition keys locked in his service van affected his work day. Wade Landrum also described the workings of a BiLock key system. Gale Johnson explained the Abloy Storekeeper system which allows one direction turning without changing any parts in the lock cylinder. Jeff Fenwick, LCN closer division, recommended new Quest door closer from LCN. Writer Tom Thill explained how to service broken Lexus ignition locks. Milt Wollferseder serviced an AMSEC safe cabinet.

Ten Years Ago

A how-to article showed the steps in replacing a lever handle key-in-knob lock with a mortise lockset for one-hand unlocking. Jerry Levine reported on a Trine Axion 4850 surface mounted electric strike. Tom Gillespie suggested ways to promote your business to the community. Tim O'Leary offered some hints for solving typical problems in a CCTV installation. Tom Demont answered questions concerning mechanical key systems. Gale Johnson tested and approved the ITL Sidewinder Machine. Where are they now? Gale Johnson also reported on the how cards are used with the HPC 1200 CMB manual code machine. Tim O'Leary offered pointers about wireless access control systems. Jerry Levine installed a CompX eLock horizontally on a commercial refrigerator door. Billy Edwards answers the question, "What is Key Control?" Steve Young then answers the question, "What Are Marshal Keys? Jerry Levine discovered the latest Auto Security Products (ASP) auto lock catalog. A comprehensive listing of construction equipment keys was printed.

All Sizes And Shapes

This month we have some of the more interesting lock cylinders from the Locksmith Ledger collection. Did you know that Yale once made a cylinder that was adjustable in length? Did you now that aluminum door companies made unusual mortise cylinders without threads or that Welch made a three pin cylinder for sliding gate locks?

Every old cylinder has its story. The large cabinet lock has an "ODJ2708" code number. This is for slot machines once made by O.D. Jennings company. It uses a Yale keyway but depth and spaces are only used by ODJ locks. At least two companies, Amarlite and PPG, used cylinders which slipped into aluminum door deadbolts and were retained by a "C" clip or set screw. Night latches from 100 years ago used peanut sized rim cylinders. Our picture shows an antique Lockwood model. Several companies made adjustable mortise cylinders. The Yale cylinder shown here was adjusted by spinning the collar to the desired length.