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 [...]

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. [...]

Introductory Locksmithing: Decoding Keys

2018-08-21T15:24:04+00:00 August 20th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Introductory Locksmithing, Keys|

Introduction Examples abound of instances where you must decode a key in the field or in your shop. At its most basic level you may simply want the bitting from a key. You may need to decode a key to determine which key bitting specification it uses so that you know how to pin cylinders or cut additional keys to match the manufacturer’s requirements. Whatever the case [...]

Introductory Locksmithing: Shimming Cylinders

2018-10-14T10:17:46+00:00 August 14th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Locks|

Introduction Locksmiths are usually lucky enough to have the current, soon to be old, keys available when rekeying locks. That’s not always the case, however, and there are times when you are expected to rekey pin tumbler cylinders, known hereafter as cylinders, that don’t have keys. Keys or no keys,you must first remove the cylinder(s) [...]

Locksmith Terminology: Pin Tumbler Cylinders

2018-06-28T07:22:54+00:00 June 28th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Locksmith Terminology|

Introduction As I mentioned in last weeks Tyler's Take, learning and utilizing proper locksmith terminology is very beneficial to locksmiths. This week we're going to start our series of articles defining and illustrating locksmith terminology, in accordance with the LIST Council's Professional LOCKSMITH Dictionary, with arguably one of the most [...]