Ziptide April 2019

April 2, 2019

Visit Our Online Forums

Part of our redesigned website,, our discussion forums for locksmiths offer a place to ask questions or share information with colleagues. Forums are divided into General Locksmithing, Electronic Access Control, Safes and Automotive. Following is a sample recent question and reply:

Does anyone have any tips or tool for new installation of Von Duprin Power Transfers in storefront doors? I see a template on the IR VD site but what if the door does not swing much more than 100 degrees?

You might consider using a power transfer hinge or pivot. They work great, and are inconspicuous.

Another option is to use the search function on our website, which found this helpful feature article from 2015: Power Transfer for Locking Electronic Access Control Components, 12032411/.

Lishi Clarification

Wording is confusing between Original and Genuine Lishi tools, featured in our March issue (Lishi 2-in-1 Tools - A Quiet Revolution, Always ask your distributor who manufactured the  Lishi tools you plan to purchase and be sure there is a liberal return policy in case you are dissatisfied.

Coming In May

The May issue of Locksmith Ledger includes our comprehensive Know Your Distributors chart, which features detailed information on the distributors serving the locksmith market. Along with contact information, this reference chart includes product categories, shipping policies, and value-added services.

In addition to our annual Know Your Distributors section, our May 2019 issue will include the special supplement Automotive Locksmithing 2019. Meanwhile, the 2019 Automotive Supplement can be downcoaded in a pdf format at

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