Library Update: ANSI/BHMA Lock Function Reference Chart

2018-10-14T10:05:46-04:00 February 26th, 2018|All, Cylindrical and Tubular, Deadbolt, Library Update, Locks, Mortise|

We've just added a reference chart (direct link here) to the Library which contains function numbers, common names, and descriptions of the most popular ANSI/BHMA mortise, bored (cylindrical), interconnected, deadbolt, deadlatch, and deadlock functions. It’s laid out in a way that we think is streamlined for locksmiths who may have not [...]

Patents That Shaped American Locksmithing, Part 2: Frank Ellison Best’s Interchangeable Core

2018-10-14T10:04:54-04:00 February 19th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, History, Locks|

Patent Number: 1,561,771 (Google Patents) Filing Date: March 18, 1922 Issue Date: November 17, 1925 Inventor(s): Frank E. Best Background Frank Ellison Best was a high school custodian for a large high school in Washington state (incorrect, see update below). His key ring reportedly carried upwards of 100 keys, one for virtually [...]

Tyler’s Take: Lead Tracking

2018-10-14T09:59:15-04:00 February 8th, 2018|All, Business, Tyler's Take|

There are many metrics a business owner can use to assist in the development of his or her business. Business owners regularly track things like sales revenue, profit margins, gross margins, and maybe even retention rates and the cost of customer acquisition. One business metric that is highly undervalued in [...]