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September 28, 2016

Meroni Nova Privacy/Bathroom Lock Installed To Communal Restroom in Local Bar

 Last week we were called to a project for a local bar/grill where the communal restroom door was a hodgepodge mess left by a previous installer.
The door in question was fitted upside down and used a D pull plate fitted to the inside with a surface barrel bolt used as the interior lock mechanism.

You can see in the first picture, the exterior door side with the old plates removed, revealed large coach-bolt holes where the old plates were fitted.

The inside D pull had been broken off and exposed bolts looked unsightly. They were using a packing box strap to pull the door open, but inspection by the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), required a properly operating door handle to be installed.
Picture 2 shows another angle of the pre-repaired door. The crack in the door, part way down was the result of a patron kicking the door once to get it open.

We removed the damaged plates which revealed the poor workmanship from the previous installer.
 We decided that the use of 2 Rockwood Push Plates on each side of the door would cover the holes left by the previous products.

You can see that we used 4" x 20" push plates and over lapped the bottom plate and top plate.

The cross bore hole was in the wrong position, because the door was fitted upside down.

The cover plates easily covered most of the damage, effectively improving the aesthetics, expertly. A clean look is a professional look.
Picture 4 here, shows the exterior side with the cover plates installed and the high-quality Meroni Nova N12 Privacy/Bathroom lock installed.

We were required to drill a 40mm (1-3/4") cross bore hole in the cover plates to accept the new lock. These plates are stainless steel and our hole saws were not sharp enough to easily complete the desired holes. As a consequence, we were required to lace-drill the holes in the plates.

Lace-drilling is a term coined by professional metalworkers to explain a method of making a larger hole in an application, when a larger drill bit or hole saw would not work easily. The installer will drill a series of smaller holes in the application and cut the material out to make the hole desired, larger.
Picture 4 above shows the exterior side of the door, while picture 5 here, shows the interior side of the door. The customer requested that we leave the surface barrel bolt fitted to the door.

Because the door frame was a commercial steel frame, the existing strike plate was located in a different position to the existing cross-bore hole in the existing upside-down door.

We were required to accurately allign the new lock with the existing strike plate and drill new cross-bore holes accordingly.

You can see the finished look is very professional. The new lock operates flawlessly.
The door is a high trafficked door with sometimes hundreds of daily uses, hence the decision to use high-quality hardware.

Meroni hardware is uniquely designed with very few moving parts, that reduce the typical wear of many other brands of door knob hardware, making a product that is easy to operate and very long lasting.

Below, find a small video of the completed install and the operation of this simple to use lockset.

Meroni hardware is made in Italy by a company that produce various different designs of aesthetically pleasing, simple to operate lock hardware.

Meroni also is one of the largest furniture/cabinet hardware manufacturers in Europe, with many high-quality cabinet makers and designers across the world choosing their products for their ease of installation, professional look and simple-to-operate designs.

Master Key Systems America LLC are proud to represent this fabulous product line in the North American market. The prices are competitive without being low end, ensuring customer satisfaction.

We also will supply to various customers across the world, with recent customers purchasing from Ecuador, Chile, New Zealand, Australia apart from our Canadian neighbors.

Browsing through this site, will reveal more details and pictures of Meroni hardware products that will provide good looking alternatives to the more mainstream hardware products available.

Our sister site, http://www.locksmiths-st-louis.com/ has some articles and videos and purchase options for your consideration.

We are a professional locksmith and door repair company providing premium quality products and services across the greater St Louis region. We also sell to other states, cities and countries and can provide quality professional contacts for local installations in those places.

Feel free to contact us for expert assistance by qualified and experienced technicians.

September 22, 2016

Window Security Film - Reduces Casualties In Recent Spate Of Bombings In NYC

We have written about a security product called Shattergard, that we make available to discerning customers, a number of times in the last few years and now we read with interest about windows in NYC that use shatter proof glass and how effective they were in preventing widespread injuries in the recent bomb blasts that rocked the city.

In the article (in the source below - now since removed) the authors hold that since 9/11, New York City "elders" decided that one way to reduce potential injuries while at the same time reducing the smash and grab crimes of opportunity, was to invest in shatterproof glass and/or products like Shattergard.

Shattergard is a product created and sold by Global Security Products out of Atlanta. My friend and colleague Jordan Frankel designs and produces unique security products aimed at minimizing damages caused by criminals that affect our very lives.

Global Security Products produce products like Shattergard, and related products, Ongard Door Brace, Outdoor Security Lighting and Wirelsss CCTV Camera Security Systems


September 20, 2016

NUKI - Another European Access Control Sollution

NUKI is another intelligent creation by some talented German designers and engineers hoping to cash in on the ever growing home automation market.

This product differs from the competition because instead of installing to the interior side of the key lock, the product requires you to insert your existing key in the outer cylinder and then clip the NUKI over the top of it. (Addendum: Assuming a double cylinder is being used, interior NUKI use is advised - this is especially important for countries that adhere to the International Building Code - Egress Rules)

Check out this second video that might better explain the product...

Then operating from your cellphone becomes innate.

I see some security issues with this type of product, specifically if the product is damaged or removed from the door, an attacker now has your mechanical key.

I will agree that this product might suit internal access control in an established office or dwelling, without the increased expense of modifying an installation to accept a relatively expensive modern standalone access control lock.

And in the current economic climate, solutions that provide better value for money, are made from quality and lasting components, more competitively priced alternatives are certainly being sought more frequently by cost conscious consumers who also understand that security, aesthetics and ease of use without a large learning curve, are the solutions many of us want.


Bold - Smart Cylinder Access Control Technology

Bold Security Technologies just recently released their own iteration of a smart lock. But this particular design is somewhat different.

Technologies like this have been around for a few years now, with industry leaders like Salto, already including a similar product in their vast range of high security mechanical and electro-mechanical access control systems.

The Bold is trying to secure crowdfunding thru Kickstarter and it may even come off, although at $129 per cylinder and only aimed at the (relatively small and already competitive) European market, it is a tad dear.

I think the premise has merits and the idea may even have legs, but competing in an already top-heavy market, with many of the established industry players including Assa-Abloy, Salto, Simmons-Voss and others already producing much broader ranges of smart cylinders that operate across more markets than just the Euro cylinder segment.

The market has seen a number of recent entrants, all vie for share, including August, Kevo, Lockitron to name a few.

One of our signature product lines Meroni, are knee-deep in R&D to bring their nouveau, modern style product line of unique door hardware into the "smart" family. Meroni are perfecting their recent auto-magnetic latch mechanism design, that already provides an almost silent and hidden latch mechanism, with a system that can be locked and unlocked by smart-devices (cell phone, proximity device, etc).

We are anticipating a release of late next year on the Meroni.

September 1, 2016

Our Recent Computer Catastrophe Has Proved Unrecoverable

It is with deep regret that we unhappily announce that our recent computer catastrophe has rendered our database 99% unrecoverable.

This means that all our high security restricted key system data has been lost forever. The computer failure was sudden and unexpected and compromised our backups too.

We apologize to our many clients who trusted us to maintain these records.

NOTE: None of our systems have been compromised or lost to hackers or stolen details. We have simply lost the intellectual data. That means that all systems already in existence are still secure. We just cannot access any of the data required to produce new key copies or generate new cylinders keyed to existing cylinder loadings or run reports of current quantity of issued keys.

Each System's Contact Information, including all recorded signatories have also been lost.

We will try to contact some clients to update their authority signatory forms and enroll the systems in our new updated and backed up (in multiple locations including the cloud off-site) software.

To our customers, if you require additional keys or any service on your systems, we will require to view an image of all your different existing keys in your system. This way we can rebuild the database by hand and can service and update your systems.

We apologise again and thank you for your understanding.

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Danny was very professional and friendly at the same time. He not only gave me the quote and fixed the exterior door and explained his work. He was prompt and upfront about the work and did the work. He came in time took care of it on the same day. (Sasheethn K St Louis MO) June 2018d out problems but assured not urgent. Please feel free to have Danny pass out my number for my total experience review 314-351-5553

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 8, 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 at Master Key Systems has succeeded in making the purchasing of our Meroni door locks, from Italy, an absolute breeze. Even though I live in Australia with a 16hr time difference and was ordering door knobs from Italy that weren't in stock, the whole process was faultless. Danny was prompt and efficient with all his emails and made sure we had covered every possible variable so that the product I received was exactly as required. I would have no hesitation in recommending Danny for your next purchase.
Patrick Carr (Canberra, Australia)

Your product really helped because I needed to secure a nurse's station adjacent to a waiting room and needed a pocket door. Unfortunately, no real options were available to lock a pocket door effectively that would keep me compliant with HIPAA and secure an area that stores medical supplies. This was vitally important as this particular waiting room was for "waiting detox patients". Thank you very much.
Randall R The Fritz Clinic (Birmingham, Al) March 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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