DIY Sargent 700 Series ET Trim Conversion

2020-04-03T10:58:37-04:00 April 2nd, 2020|All, Exit Devices|

This article originally appeared in the April, 2015 edition of Keynotes. Introduction This article can be digested in 3 ways: a DIY method to change the function of the 700 Series ET trim used on a Sargent 8800 rim exit device, an example of the thought process associated with thinking [...]

How Sargent’s 6300 Large Format Interchangeable Core Works

2020-03-23T09:35:33-04:00 March 23rd, 2020|All, Cores and Cylinders| Sargent 6300 Large Format Interchangeable Core History Sargent began producing their proprietary large format interchangeable core, the 6300, in the late 70s. It isn’t Sargent’s only core, they’ve actually manufactured 4 different core designs. It is, however, is the newest design they’ve manufactured so you’ll sometimes see/hear it referred [...]

Exit Alarms, Part 2: Standalone Units

2020-03-14T11:45:55-04:00 March 16th, 2020|All, Exit Alarms|

Standalone Exit Alarm Units As a quick recap from Part 1, compared to integrated units, standalone exit alarm units are usually the more cost-efficient option. They are surface-mounted and generally do not require any modifications to the door or frame beyond the mounting screws for the hardware. Additionally, the existing [...]

Exit Alarms, Part 1: The Basics

2020-03-06T16:31:35-05:00 March 9th, 2020|All, Exit Alarms|

Introduction As their name implies, exit alarms sends notification of an an egress, or exit, via an alarm. There are multiple reasons why building occupants would need to be made aware of an open door: Elopement - In healthcare, childcare (schools and nurseries), and senior care facilities, the monitoring of [...]

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| 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 [...]