Tyler’s Take: The Case for ALOA’s Webinar Revival

2019-05-15T19:05:33-04:00 May 16th, 2019|All, Industry, Tyler's Take|

Introduction Webinars are web-based seminars (web + seminar = webinar). Webinars allow anyone with a computer/tablet and an internet connection to attend a class, presentation, lecture, workshop, etc. Consider the problems that locksmiths typically encounter when seeking continuing education related to the trade: The opportunities might not exist within a [...]

Tyler’s Take: Locksmith Nation

2019-01-29T11:18:50-05:00 January 30th, 2019|All, Tyler's Take|

Introduction Over the last year, the focus of this website has shifted a bit. As we've tried stay true to our name (Lock/Locksmith Reference), certain early mainstays, such as the 'Tyler's Take' editorial, have gone away. We've tried to get away from opinion and focus solely on facts, information, you [...]

Tyler’s Take: Do It the Right Way

2018-11-05T19:46:51-05:00 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, [...]

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

2018-10-14T10:18:24-04:00 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. [...]

Tyler’s Take: Standardized Locksmith Terminology

2018-06-21T09:57:38-04:00 June 21st, 2018|All, Tyler's Take|

Adoption of standardized terminology is vital for many industries, disciplines, and professions. Whether it be for medicine or computer science or electricians, it's important that the terminology being used is standardized so that everyone involved in those industries, disciplines, and/or professions are on the same page, or speaking the "same [...]