Introductory Locksmithing: Decoding Keys

2018-08-21T15:24:04-04:00 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

2018-10-14T10:17:46-04:00 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

2018-06-28T07:22:54-04:00 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 [...]