About Tyler J. Thomas

I am the Vice President of Security Engineering Consultants in Atlanta, GA, USA. I am a member of ALOA, the Clearstar Security Network, Locksmith Nation, and the Locksmith Security Association of Michigan. Email me here or follow me on Twitter.

Exit Alarms Library Update

2020-03-03T20:44:44-05:00 March 5th, 2020|All, Exit Alarms, Library Update|

We have updated the Exit Alarms page in the Library using our new format.  We have new literature and manuals for the following manufacturers: Alarm Lock Systems Inc. Arrow Lock & Door Hardware Detex Corporation Positive Lock, Inc. SARGENT Manufacturing Company Security Door Controls (SDC) We have also included a [...]

How Yale’s Large Format Interchangeable Core Works

2020-03-02T06:17:25-05:00 March 2nd, 2020|All, Cores and Cylinders|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKBwarkq18k Yale Large Format Interchangeable Core History Yale began producing their proprietary interchangeable core format, commonly called Yale LFIC, in 1960. They would receive a patent for this core in November of 1961. In the book The Core of the Matter, AJ Hoffman mentions that Yale also offered an Oval-shaped [...]

DIY Pin Kit

2020-02-26T18:44:42-05:00 February 26th, 2020|All|

I Dropped a Pin Kit A few weeks back I did the unthinkable: I dropped a pin kit. I've dropped pin kits before, don't get me wrong, but never in my locksmith career have I had one spill out. Here is the aftermath: Spilled Pin Kit You may [...]

How Schlage’s Modular Cylinders Work

2020-02-22T21:51:44-05:00 January 20th, 2020|All, Cores and Cylinders|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLEluOi-3R8 Introduction In July of 2010, Schlage started transitioning their cylinders to a modular design. This design allowed one cylinder to be used as a key-in-lever/key-in-knob cylinder, or a rim cylinder, or a mortise cylinder, depending on the components used and their configuration. For example, instead of carrying 6 individual [...]

See You In 2020!

2020-02-22T22:06:06-05:00 December 18th, 2019|All|

As we enter the final stretch of 2019, we're going to take a much needed/deserved break for the remainder of the year to tie up some loose ends and get fully prepared for 2020. We have a lot of new projects on the horizon nearing completion, such as the Exit [...]