About Tyler J. Thomas

I am a locksmith working in Atlanta, GA, USA. Connect with me on LinkedIn or email me.

Tyler’s Take: Do It the Right Way

2018-11-05T19:46:51+00:00 November 8th, 2018|All, Business, Tyler's Take|

Introduction In the July/August 2017 edition Keynotes I wrote an article titled Locksmithing Risk Mitigation: Preventing Callbacks. In this article, I identified the 3 sources of call backs: User error Technician error Manufacturer error As I noted in the article, we don't have much control over user and manufacturer error. Yes, [...]

November and December Manufacturer Price Updates

2018-11-02T14:56:26+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|All, Business, Industry|

Multiple manufacturers will change their prices in November and December. Below is a list of these manufacturers along with effective dates, increase percentage(s), and, if available, a link to the new price book(s). Please note that some of these figures have been gathered indirectly; please consult with your local rep [...]

Exploded Views Added to Tools

2018-10-29T07:46:33+00:00 October 29th, 2018|All, Tools Update|

We've launched our newest addition to the Tools section: exploded views. Exploded Views will contain high-resolution, exploded view/diagram PDF files for various locks. This information can be very useful for assembly instructions as well as determining missing or broken parts. At launch, we have uploaded nearly 50 exploded views for [...]

Medeco Turns 50

2018-10-21T15:33:59+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|All, High Security, History, Industry|

On Saturday, Medeco celebrated 50 years in business with a large party at their Salem, Virginia headquarters. I was lucky enough to be there. Before I discuss the celebration, let me stress how beautiful of a place Salem and the Roanoke Valley is. I took these pictures from Medeco's parking [...]

Tyler’s Take: Online Locksmith Diplomas

2018-10-07T09:33:45+00:00 October 11th, 2018|All, Business, Industry|

Introduction I was recently contacted by someone from a staffing agency who had seen our How to Become A Locksmith article. Her client is interested in becoming a locksmith. In her client's area there were no active ALOA or locksmith chapters to join. Furthermore, there were no classes scheduled anytime [...]

Lever/Safe Deposit Key Bitting Specifications Added

2018-10-14T10:22:29+00:00 October 8th, 2018|All, Key Bitting Specifications, Safe Deposit, Tools Update|

5 lever/safe deposit key bitting specifications are now available on the Key Bitting Specifications page in the Tools section. The first 5 key bitting specifications are for Sargent & Greenleaf. They are as follows: 41XX Series 4231 Guard 4231 Renter 44XX Guard 44XX Renter The new key bitting specifications for [...]