About Tyler J. Thomas

I am a locksmith working in Atlanta, GA, USA. I am a member of ALOA, the Clearstar Security Network, Locksmith Nation, and the Locksmith Security Association of Michigan. Connect with me on LinkedIn or email me.

Inside U-Change Cylinders

2018-11-18T09:58:11+00:00 November 19th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders|

The following article was written by Gordon, a locksport enthusiast from Arizona.  Note: I frequently come across people who still think this lock is the same internally as a Kwikset SmartKey.  Let me be clear on this from the start - internally, the U-Change is nothing at all like a SmartKey. Yes, the front of [...]

Door Operators Library Update

2018-11-15T06:55:20+00:00 November 15th, 2018|All, Door Closers, Door Operators|

We’ve recently updated our Door Operators page in the Library. In the 'Manufacturer's Literature and Manuals' tab, new documents have been added for the following manufacturers: Arrow Lock & Door Hardware CDVI Americas Detex Corporation DORMA Americas Falcon Hager Companies LCN Norton Door Controls Power Access Corporation Rixson Specialty Door Controls Security Door [...]

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 [...]