Moving house is a chore. Many new homeowners are wrapped up in moving efforts, closing expenses, arranging removalists that they tend to overlook the fundamentally important task of having their new home rekeyed.
Many homeowners are unfortunately unaware or even misled by agents and sellers about the exact state of their door-ware or key system in their new home.
Many residents are unaware that home construction companies will purchase their locks and door-ware in bulk from manufacturers and distributors directly, and all those locks will be purposefully keyed to that construction companies internal master key system. This allows the construction company to only hand out 1 key for all their properties everywhere and allows their construction tradespeople to access all the different and separate properties they may be working on, without scrambling to find each separate sites individual key.
The important attribute is the bottom pins. These are the pins that correspond to the cuts on your keys.
In the above picture you can see the essential components of a typical pin tumbler cylinder. The little holes to the left of the primary bottom pin holes, are for construction keying. Construction keying is a process that some manufacturers use to build specific sets of locksets for different builders.
At the end of the construction phase, the new homeowner will usually insert their individual key in each keyhole and turn. That first turn of the key, will drop some ball bearings into the holes, thereby preventing the old construction key from operating in future.
However, in my many years practising the locksmith trade, I have found time and time again, that many homeowners delay or forget to rekey their locks upon taking possession of their new abode.
You will notice a set of master pins between the bottom pins and the top pins.
These master pins enable multiple differing keys to potentially operate in your keyhole, effectively reducing the security of your door locks.
For a business or residence that wants to restrict key holders from operating certain particular door locks, without handing out or using separate keys, usually they will ask for their locks to be master keyed to a unique master key system.
But, all too often I see in the field, many circumstances where a lock has been master keyed and then the new resident or dweller will be unaware of such and live with it in oblivion to the potential disaster awaiting them.
Just last week, we attended a commercial customer (who had obviously contacted another company to rekey their locks). This customer has been using us for a number of years, but obviously someone else decided to use a competitor.
I have no qualms about any customer using their choice of professional, but I do draw the line at improper or mischievous techniques those "other" service companies might employ.
The 4 keyholes I rekeyed, actually were master keyed, unbeknowest to the store manager. 2 of the four keyholes included multiple master pins in each chamber, indicating that a significant number of differing keys also operated those locks. Again, without the knowledge of the store manager or corporate management. Besides this important detail being overlooked, the other 2 keyholes had pin tumblers missing completely from their chambers, effectively eliminating virtually any security for the particular locks.
Besides these plugs (cylinders) missing some pins and having multiple master pins in a few chambers, the plug itself (the barrel you put the key in), the top of the barrel had been filed. That single act alone, of filing the barrel, renders an already flawed cylinder even less secure because now, multiple differing keys, including some keys that may be completely different, will operate these locks.
Kwikset in recent years, altered the design of their mainstream lock cylinders to their new Smartkey system. A system that allows the customer to rekey their own locks as desired. The new Smartkey locks CANNOT be master keyed.
When master keyed locks are requested, we recommend customers to purchase a high-security restricted key profile to prevent unauthorised duplication of keys. This will protect a resident or business from those who would surreptitiously duplicate keys for nefarious purposes.
July 24, 2017
July 9, 2017
Our recent visit to the Assa-Abloy Lockwood Australia headquarters and original manufacturing facility in Huntingdale, Victoria, Australia allowed us to see in person many of the companies new products being manufactured and assembled.
One of their new products we viewed is the new Cortex Digital Door Lock. This product differs from competing products because it is available for narrow stile aluminum, steel or wooden doors, standard dimension, aluminum, steel or wooden doors using the Lockwood 5782 Narrow stile door mechanism or the Lockwood 3772 Standard stile mechanism.
The narrow stile Lockwood 5782 mechanism allows for typical shopfront aluminum doors to enjoy a stand alone electronic digital access control device. The standard stile Lockwood 3772 mortise lock allows typical doors fitted with mortise locks to also enjoy electronic digital access control.
The narrow stile or standard stile door locks also include 3 options for gaining access. Keyed (by way of the exterior key cylinder), PIN code, by way of the touch screen keypad and Card access by way of the built in card reader.
The PIN code digital touchscreen allows for up to 20 individual separate PIN codes to be programmed while the Card controller allows for up to 40 individual cards to control the lock. The added benefit of a mechanical door key allows for high-security key cylinders to be included. This enables mechanical key entry (if the batteries are flat), but there is also a 9 volt battery connection on the bottom of the unit to allow temporary power for a non-keyed user to gain entry to a flat battery unit.
Lockwood also make a version that uses a typical tie-bolt entrance set latch mechanism, allowing typical residential or commercial lever or knob entrance sets to also enjoy the benefits of electronic digital, PIN or Card access control. As there is a 9 volt battery terminal on the exterior, there is no need for the mechanical key cylinder on the Lockwood CTX530.
The video above shows how easily programmed the product is.
We expect to offer these in the local USA market in due course
(Price On Application)
June 12, 2017
Last week, we installed the Meroni Pigio 1-13E to a high-traffic door in a local luxury car dealership.
As expected, teething problems occur with many new products. We went back today to adjust and re-allign the product and fitting.
The installation was in place of a typical lever handle set, that was causing no end of problems for staff and they were taping over the latch to keep the door from locking/closing.
Using a Meroni Pigio enables efficient and simple intrinsic operation of the door by anyone, with the benefit of virtually hands free use. Operate the handle with your elbow, your arm, your butt, your hip or even your hand. No handle to turn or grip, makes physically challenged or arthritis suffering users feel more in control because physically gripping and turning a knob or lever can be painful.
In this environment, we installed the product to a heavy steel door and were required to use additional Don-Jo scar plates to cover the old holes, for a clean professional look.
This version of the Meroni Pigio is the emergency unlock feature, which unlocks the locked handle from inside when the paddle is activated, turning the locking turn-button (a design change recently adopted by Schlage in their F51 series residential knobset)
Meroni Pigio locks come in 3 versions, P1, P2 and P3
|Meroni Pigio P1|
|Meroni Pigio P2|
|Meroni Pigio P3|
Check out the source below for the MSDS.
With a range of accessories and functions that suit many varying styles and sizes of doors, using the Meroni Pigio lock system offers advantages that other brands do not offer and often attempt to emulate.
June 11, 2017
Extra-Strong Security Blocker Plate And Concealed Continuous Hinge Installed To Very High Traffic Shopfront Door
Our loyal returning customer, who has used us consistently for the last 5 years, a user of our Extreme Security Bilock Restricted Key Control System for multiple properties, owns this convenience store on a busy main arterial road in the North County of St Louis.
The area is experiencing a gradual rebirth, especially since the recent issues with nearby Ferguson Missouri, a site that was in the national and international news a few years ago due to the unfortunate shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager by a police officer.
The incident sparked riots and protests unseen in the St Louis region for a great many years.
We were required to custom design and install mild steel blocker plates with sex bolts. There was a 3/16" clearance difference between the operating door and the fixed leaf
door. We had to remove the existing security bars, cut them down in length to enable the concealed continuous hinge to fit correctly (not pictured).
Installing sex bolts (also known as concealed bolts) is the obvious solution to providing top security for externally mounted product because they prevent would be burglars from using conventional tools to remove the bolts.
Drilling through 2 separate mild steel plates, that were deliberately separate and not conjoined, providing a minimal gap between the plates increases the security application due to the laminating effect.
Laminating is a term used when there is a slight separation between panels. The effect of laminating, naturally increase the strength of the product (depending on the laminate material).
You can see the inside screw under the internal security bar in this image. We installed a number of these sex bolts to the application to increase the security across multiple points, providing significantly greater strength to the application.
The customer, had new doors installed only 2 months previously by a shop fitting company. Unfortunately the installer decided to use only 2 regular butt hinges on this extremely high-trafficked door. The door is operated between 10,000 and 20,000 times daily.
The extreme use and operation of these doors by customers, meant that the 2 4" butt hinges were not up to the job requirement for continued longevity and efficient operation. In 2 months, the door was already beginning to sag, to the point where the owner required to pay an employee overtime to maintain a continued presence on site, because the doors would not secure correctly.
We have not provided an external image of the concealed continuous hinge, but it is fitted with more sex bolts securing it permanently in place.
The concealed continuous hinge is manufactured by Select Hinges, a company that produces there products in America and are designed to last 50 years and that is their warranty period too.
With correct installation these doors will not sag, due to the number of fastener points, increasing the strength of the fitting.
We have installed a significant number of continuous hinges in recent years, mostly to shopfront doors due to the standard pivots wearing quite quickly and customers having many issues relating to sagging doors, inability to secure properly and causing angst for staff.
We were required to modify the security bars on this door to enable the continuous hinge to install correctly.
The entire project was required to be completed before the late Sunday opening time, because it is the only day of the week, where traffic is quietest before 9 am. We arrived at 6 am and began the project at 6.30am. Total completion in 5 hours. Certainly a mean feat in extreme heat conditions (but before the main heat of the day).
We will return at another time to upgrade the door locks at this property to the customers Bilock Extreme Security Restricted Key Control system. Then they will enjoy 100% bump proof and virtually pick proof lock cylinders with virtually impossible to duplicate color coded restricted keys, that will increase the security while protecting the owner from would be surreptitious attempts to copy keys.
June 9, 2017
Always Affordable Locksmiths Ltd are a family owned professional locksmith company in Canada that produce the fabulous Bolt Buddy deadbolt protection product.
The product, as described in the video above, is an effective security protection device that can thwart the most typical method of door break ins - kicking the door down.
We have been touting the strength and usability of the fabulous Strikemaster II Pro Door Frame Protection device for many years now and continue to offer the product as one of the best protection and jamb repair products on the market. American made and from North Carolina, The Strikemaster II Pro is unsurpassed in it strength, design and quality.
While we do find that some customers are proactive enough to install the Strikemaster II Products, most appear to wait until the horse has bolted before doing anything to "fix" their issues. This means that most customers wait until they have been broken into to install quality security protection products.
When you compare the average cost of replacing an entry door and frame in today's market to the sense in using the Bolt Buddy or the Strikemaster II Door Protection products, it really is a no-brainer. Yes, you can purchase a new door and frame at the big box store for $300-$500 and pay a cheapo handyman another $300-$500 to install it, but remember,"if you only want to pay peanuts, expect to get monkeys". The average cost for a professional door installer in my local market to supply and install a new entry door and frame, depending on desired model, is between $1200 - $1500.
The Bolt Buddy is a product designed to offer tentamount security at a fraction of the cost compared to other products. The ease of installation is attractive because a DIY'er or locksmith can easily install them in minutes.
I receive many calls to repair doors after being broken into. Over the last 10 years, I think it is one of my most called for project requests, to repair a kicked in door. I swear by the quality of the Strikemaster II Pro product. I am a user of it myself and it has protected my home from an attempted break in, so I am very happy to recommend it, from first hand experience.
I am really impressed with the simplicity in the design of this Bolt Buddy product. The small footprint and ease of installation will protect entrance doors for many years. The security protection of your family and your belongings is paramount in maintaining a happy balanced life and using a Bolt Buddy will help to ensure you are protected.
We are not a reseller yet of this product, but hope to be soon. It is not expensive and worth considering if you're proactive about the security of your home and family.
June 7, 2017
Steel Desk With Non-Removeable Drawers - No Match For An Experienced Locksmith Using Meroni Cabinet Furniture Locks
The application was a steel built desk with non-removeable drawers.
There is a lockable tray directly under the midst of the desktop they had also lost the keys for, but the lock didnt secure the drawers too.
They wanted a system that allowed them to lock the side drawers.
Because of the weight and construction of this type of steel desk, conventional cabinet lock products would not easily install to the application.
You can see that the drawers fit into relatively thin metal walls, that are strong but thin. The issue was being able to secure the new locks but not having enough material to install with metal thread self-tapping screws. We couldnt remove the drawers to access the internals of the desk drawers so that made using nuts and bolts impractical either.
The drawers, when open would pull out somewhat, but not enough to completely withdraw the drawer to enable easier access to the insides.
We would have been required to flip this heavy desk over to be able to work on the project, meaning the customer would have had to remove everything from the desk and all it's contents in advance of completing the project - a task not heavily favored.
You can see the insides of the drawer and desk body where the position/location of a lock would have been difficult to install.
With thin but strong steel walls, we determined that using a push lock with an extension threaded bolt, we could rivet the lock body to the outside of the desk, in such a position to miss the drawer walls and channels.
But due to the distance between the back of the bolt and the actual drawer itself when locked, the bolt was not long enough for many other brands to accommodate.
You can see here that by using the Meroni 2224 Push Lock with Brass Cylinder Body, with a threaded hole at the back of the bolt, we were able to extend the length of the bolt sufficiently using a stainless steel screw. This enabled us to have a conventional cabinet lock that could be mounted externally and have enough distance to secure into the body of the drawer wall itself.
Installation to the outer body of the steel cabinet, under the desk makes an almost hidden locking feature to secure each individual drawer separately.
We simply drilled the appropriately sized hole in the steel body and secured the cabinet lock with rivets.
The benefit of riveting instead of using screws or nuts and bolts in this situation, is that the lock is mounted permanently and there is less likelihood of fasteners coming loose over time.
This means that little to no service will ever be required in future.
June 1, 2017
He describes the method as a "handshake free zone".
According to an article that appears on NPR, the doctor tried these "handshake free zones" in an attempt to minimize the spread of germs often transferred in hospital (clean) environments.
The article talks about how harmful bacteria are too easily spread in hospital environments, suggesting that patients dont come to hospital to get sick, rather to find treatment for illnesses.
EDIT: Another article has appeared on ABC News today that expands upon the NPR article. I found this quote particularly interesting...
"WHO estimates of compliance for hand hygiene in medical settings frequently fall below 40 percent, Sklansky said. Poor hand hygiene can mean increased risk for hospital-acquired infections, which kill approximately 80,000 patients in the U.S. each year, according to the WHO."
We have talked about the fabulous Meroni Anti-Bacterial door handles on a few recent occasions and have received a number of diligent inquiries about these products.
The Meroni Anti-Bacterial handles are especially designed using a special polymer designed by Meroni to lessen the spread of pathogen micro-organisms, thereby mitigating the spread of germs through contact.
|Meroni Pigio Anti-Bacterial|
The Pigio Anti-Bacterial handle offers not only a method to mitigate the spread of germs, but is the first handle of it's kind to be awarded CE EN179 certification by European Door and Hardware Federation, in compliance with building codes for emergency exits. A truly "hands-free" mechanical door lock that you can open with your hip or your elbow.
By offering the anti-bacterial components too, Meroni make available high quality, simple to operate door handles that will match almost any decor or ambience in use by many hospitals, clinics and medical or laboratory facilities.
|Meroni Combina Anti-Bacterial|
The Combina Anti-Bacterial handle offers a typical door knob type model, that can fit in replacement of many other brands with little to no door modifications. Also available in conventional coatings, the broad color range of the Combina product line make it another product that will fit in with modern decor and ambience, desired by many interior designers, architects and floor managers.
Meroni products are exclusively brought to you by Master Key Systems America LLC
May 26, 2017
I think I'm In Love With A New Product - Codelocks CL4410 and CL5510 - Pure Excitement In A Door Lock
The new Codelocks CL5500 series digital entry door lock combines the best of all possible worlds into this brilliant design.
The video above shows a product that is sure to set the world of security hardware products ablaze. Combining the most desired features of many competing products into one single yet beautiful design, the CL4410 & CL5510 appears to offer the features every discerning home owner, resident, tenant, office manager, sports team player (with clubroom access priviledges) might possibly want.
Mobile Cell Phone Access
Digital Keypad Access
Proximity Card Access
Mechanical Key Overide
Wireless/Battery Powered Stand Alone Control
Temporary Access Code Assignment
Time Lock Features
Two distinct models that offer a slightly cheaper residential version that uses a conventional 5 pin tumbler cylinder mechanical key overide mechanism and the slightly more expensive conventional, replaceable 6 pin tumbler cylinder (allowing for higher-security restricted key control cylinders) to be used in a commercial environment.
We are about to order a few of these to test them out ourselves. From my research, these appear to be the bee's knees!
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Charlie M. (St Louis, MO) November 2015
Danny was pleasure to meet and was very knowledgable. He explained several lock replacement options but I decided none of them were a good fit for a storm door, however, I did replace a lock on my entry door with a type of lock I had never seen before. I would highly recommend this company.
Patricia J (Bridgeton, MO) March 2014
They were prompt and showed up when he said he would show up. He knew his stuff. I had ordered new handles and he was honest enough to say that we don't need them that he can fix the doors and he did. Made me lock and unlock my doors to his satisfaction so that I knew what to do. Am very, very pleased with the service and cost.
Joyce K (Glencoe, MO) May 2015
Showed up on time for appointment. Was very knowledgeable about the project and offered a solution beyond what I asked to be done.
Stephen G (Chesterfield, MO) May 2015
Daniel was right on time, assessed the problems I had with two doors, made the repairs, and explained what caused the problems to begin with .... He is a "door expert" and a true professional. I highly recommend him.
Vince V (St. Louis MO) May, 2015
Danny was fabulous! He went over my concerns and he provided me with more than a fair quote. He was there when he said he was going to be there. I would highly recommend Danny. Cheers!
Denise S (Imperial, MO) May 18, 2014
Hired Danny to re-key locks on "new" house purchase. He advised to replace with new deadbolts & door knobs on 3 entry doors instead which I agreed with. All doors have 1 matching key & the safety of excellent quality product & workmanship. He also added new strike plate to door frame to complete project.. I recommend as your 1st & only call to a Locksmith.
Denise F (St. Louis, MO) April 3, 2014
Danny was very helpful in solving a pretty complex problem involving many lock.
Scott C (Eureka, MO) March 27, 2014
Needed patio door track to run smoothly. Arrived early, fixed door and explained what he was doing during repair. Quick and easy. Door works great, my wife will now speak to me, and I've become a better dancer.
Mike W. (Arnold/Oakville MO) July 2013
The owner spent a longtime with me on the phone helping diagnosis the problem. He was on-time, friendly and helped resolve my issue. I will definitely use him again!
Chris C (Lake St Louis, MO) July 2013
I had a very pleasant experience with Master Key Systems. They came out, did the job (which took longer than expected) and they did not change the price they quoted me. Now, I am not certain that it was a great value for the money because I don't have a comparison, but they did what they said, when they said, for the price they said. Enough said!!!
Antonio B (Saint Louis, Missouri) March 2013
Professional.. Upfront about charges. Fixed the sticky door within 20 minutes. I will recommend Master Key for exterior door issues.
Muthu R (Ballwin, MO) July 2012
Danny was a master craftsman, knowledgable and professional. I will be calling on him again in the future as well as passing on his services to friends and family.
Marsha L (Saint Louis, MO) July 2012
Danny was excellent! I called him on a Monday to fix a sliding glass door. He happened to have the exact part we needed (and it was not an easy find - we had looked everywhere) and he came over Tuesday evening. He stayed until 8:00 until the job was done, and cleaned up afterwards. He was courteous, professional, and efficient! I could not be happier!
Rachel P Maryland Heights, MO (July 2012)
He did an excellent job. Got there on time and quickly solved the issue. Was very pleasant and explained the situation and how to keep the door from sticking in the future. Would definitely use Master Key LLC again!
Neil F. (Saint Louis, MO) April 2012
Danny was very friendly and knowledgeable, although his apprentice seemed to do most of the work, Danny kept an eye on him to make sure it was done right. He had very reasonable pricing for re-keying.
Greg D (St Louis, MO) October 2011
He was extrememly fabulous and helpful and did a wonderful job. He was very professional.
Shannon M. (Arnold, MO) October 2011
Growing up spending so much of my time in Italy, the uniqueness of the Nova Classico left quite an impression on me. To be able to have and enjoy them in my own home here in the states is a nostalgic indulgence I'm enjoying beyond words. Thank you Danny for coordinating this transaction.
Joseph M (Chicago, IL) September 2011
great job. hired on the spot and he did job right then at great price
Ron B (Arnold, MO) July 2011
I searched the internet and found your services. I received three phone calls within several days. A service call was scheduled. Two gentlemen arrived promptly, analyzed the problem and fixed it.
James & Florenc M Saint Louis, MO July 2011
The repairman was on time and did an excellent job of fixing a very stubborn door lock. He was persistent and cleaned up the work area afterwards. I would use this service again.
Brenda F (Saint Peters, MO) June 2011
Danny was very polite and knew what the problem was and how to fix it. He also gave me some information about other issues that could arise with my door and locks. Will hire again if I ever need that type of work done.
Jason M Imperial, MO March 2011
I had an exterior basement door that dragged when opening and closing. The hinges were not fitting properly and the door frame had shifted, probably due to the age of the house.The screwswould not go far enough into the wall without hitting stone...even using a special drill bit. Dan worked a long time drilling and sanding to shore up the door as best as possible. I know it will never be perfect. He could have easily sold me a new door and the same issue would happen. He was honest, thorough, and did an excellent job without charging me a fortune. I'm satisfied with the door now. If you want an honest, experienced man, Then Dan is the man
Roger M Saint Louis, MO March 2011
I purchased the Cowdroy P697 Pocket door lock with key over the internet. I emailed questions before my purchase and was provided with the answers quickly by return email. The purchase was quick and easy and the lock was shipped immediatly. Installation is quick and easy. But you do need to convert millimeters to inches (use the internet) in the installation instructions. And the lock looks great and works great. I will do business with them again. THANK YOU
Ed D (February, 2011)
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