About Tyler J. Thomas

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

The Professional Locksmith Dictionary Added to Tools

2018-09-19T12:25:32+00:00 September 20th, 2018|All, Locksmith Terminology, Tools Update|

We've recently added the The Professional Locksmith Dictionary to our Tools section. First published in 1982 and routinely updated through the years, The Professional Locksmith Dictionary is a peer reviewed, readily available document provided by the Lock Industry Standards and Training (LIST) Council. The LIST Council’s goal has been to standardize locksmith [...]

Manufacturer & Tech Support Directory Added to Tools

2018-09-16T14:35:30+00:00 September 17th, 2018|All, Tools Update|

Introduction We have launched our Manufacturer & Tech Support Directory in the Tools section.  This directory contains pertinent contact information, such as addresses, phone and fax numbers, website URLs, and even specific technical support instructions, for hundreds of manufacturers involved in the locksmith industry. These manufacturers cover areas including, but [...]

Tools Update: New Key Bitting Specifications and Pinning Worksheets

2018-10-14T10:21:49+00:00 September 10th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Key Bitting Specifications, Keys, Tools Update|

New Key Bitting Specifications There are 5 new key bitting specifications (KBS) available on the Key Bitting Specifications page in the Tools section: Chicago Disc Tumbler Corbin Russwin Access 3 (AP) Master Lock Pro Series National Disc Tumbler (Single Sided) Sargent Degree (DG1) The Chicago and National Disc Tumbler represent [...]

Introductory Locksmithing: Lock Functions

2018-10-14T10:18:32+00:00 September 6th, 2018|All, Cylindrical and Tubular, Introductory Locksmithing, Locks, Mortise|

Introduction Locks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, finishes, backsets, etc. These features were implemented to fill needs. Lock functions too were designed to fill needs. Situations exist where a door should always be locked, when it should never be locked, or when it should do X or Y. Locks with a variety of functions were and are therefore necessary to meet the needs of [...]

Tyler’s Take: Don’t Ignore the ‘Bible’!

2018-10-14T10:18:24+00:00 September 4th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Locks, Tyler's Take|

Introduction Far too often I have seen cylinders rekeyed incorrectly. I've seen this in person and online, specifically on YouTube. The incorrect rekeying process typically goes like this: Remove the cam/tailpiece. Remove the plug with a follower. Dump the old bottom pins. Install new bottom pins. Re-install plug. Re-install cam/tailpiece. [...]

Safe Moving Equipment Added To The Library

2018-08-30T09:04:05+00:00 August 30th, 2018|All, Safe and Vault, Safe Moving Equipment|

The Safe Moving Equipment page is now live in the Safe and Vault section of the Library. This page covers safe moving equipment as well as safe moving procedures/techniques. Manufacturer's Literature and Manuals Product brochures, specifications, and manuals have been added to the "Manufacturer's Literature and Manual" tab for the following manufacturers: Advance Metalworking Co., Inc. [...]

September Manufacturer Price Updates

2018-08-30T09:47:31+00:00 August 28th, 2018|All, Locksmith News|

Update 8/30/2018: Add Hudson Lock LLC (Husdon, ESP, HPC) to this list. Their price increase goes into effect on September 1st as well. Two manufacturers will change their prices in September. On September 1st, Kaba Ilco Corp. will update their MSRP price list. To see the new prices, please click [...]