I Need Your Vote, ALOA!

Last July, I announced my intention to run for ALOA’s Southeast Director position. Voting has just opened and I am running opposed. I am writing for this to ask for your vote. To keep things short, I want to increase membership numbers, increase revenue for the Association, attract “young blood” to the trade and Association, expand education opportunities, revitalize the PRP, and increase convention attendance while lowering vendor/attendee costs. To find out how I plan to do that, click the link above.
There are two ways to vote. First, you may choose to vote online – ALOA will has already sent emails out to members with a voting link and instructions. Second, you may choose to mail in the ballot enclosed within the May edition of Keynotes. However you choose to vote, I am asking for your vote and would be greatly appreciative for it!

By |2019-04-29T07:55:58+00:00April 29th, 2019|All|0 Comments

Aftermarket Blanks Library Update

We have updated the Aftermarket Blanks page in the Library using our new format.  We have new key blank catalogs for the following manufacturers:

  • BlueDog Keys (Framon)
  • Börkey
  • H Davenport & Sons Ltd.
  • The Hillman Group, Inc.
  • Jet Hardware Manufacturing Corporation
  • Kaba Ilco Corporation
  • Keyline USA (Bianchi)
  • Silca S.p.A.
  • Strattec Security Corporation

In the “Resources” tab, we have also debuted an Axxess Key Blank Cross Reference. This cross reference contains equivalent Ilco and Ilco-EZ part numbers for over 100 Axxess key blanks.

By |2019-04-22T09:00:36+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Aftermarket Blanks, All, Library Update|0 Comments

Antique Lock Literature Tool Updated

We have added 18 files to our Antique Lock Literature Tool. Manufacturers represented in the newest batch of files include:

  • Independent Lock Co. (ILCO)
  • Lockwood Hardware Manufacturing Co.
  • P & F Corbin Co.

The full list of the files are as follows:

  • History of The House of P & F Corbin
  • Independent Lock Co. (ILCO) Catalog No. 21 (1972)
  • Lockwood Hardware Manufacturing Co. Catalog (1894)
  • Lockwood Hardware Manufacturing Co. Catalog (1914)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog (1871)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog (1876)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog (1881)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog (1885)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog (1890)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog (1892)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog (1895)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog (1896)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog (1905)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog (1911)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog No. 26 (1923)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog No. 27 (1932)
  • P & F Corbin Catalog No. K553 (1931)
  • P & F Corbin Store Door Handle and Locks Catalog (1897)
By |2019-04-15T09:00:44+00:00April 15th, 2019|All, Antique Literature, Tools Update|0 Comments

Locksmith Reference Slack/Chat Launched

Locksmith Reference is now on Slack! Slack is a free “communication hub” software that allows users to chat, share files, and integrate a number of tools/apps to assist with discussions and projects. Mobile users can get the Slack app from the App StoreGoogle Play, and the Microsoft Store. Desktop users can choose to download the Slack software or simply use it in their browser of choice.
We have created our own channel (lockreference.slack.com) where locksmiths and lock enthusiasts from around the world can chat about locks and locksmithing.
To join, click our invite link and follow the instructions. Hope to see you there!

By |2019-04-12T09:00:29+00:00April 12th, 2019|All|0 Comments

Combination Safe Locks Library Update

We have updated the Combination Safe Locks page in the Library using our new format.  We have new training and service manuals, guides, and more for:

  • American Security (AMSEC) Products Company
  • Big Red Safe Locks
  • Kaba Mas LLC (dormakaba)
  • LaGard (dormakaba)
  • LP Locks
  • MESA Safe Company
  • Sargent and Greenleaf
  • SecuRam Systems, Inc.

In the “Resources” tab, we have links to Kaba Mas, Kaba X-10, LaGard, Sargent & Greenleaf, and SecuRam instructional videos. Also included are safe lock review videos from Wayne Winton as well as an article on safe lock ratings by Brendan Sullivan.

By |2019-04-11T09:00:20+00:00April 11th, 2019|All, Combination Safe Locks, Safe and Vault|0 Comments

Welcome Locksmith Reference's First Sponsor: Pacific Lock Supply

We are excited to announce Locksmith Reference’s first sponsor: Pacific Lock Supply!
Pacific Lock is a door hardware wholesale distributor that is very easy to work with. Pacific Lock calls their salesmen Solution Specialists.  They have an in-depth knowledge of product and brand compatibility.  They offer advice about products best suited for each job and invaluable time-saving installation and door prep tips.  Their excellent support team makes sure customers reliably receive the right products on time and at the right price.

“Solutions Specialists at Pacific Lock don’t just sell parts, we solve problems.  Our goal is to make a locksmith’s job easier.  We strongly believe long-term relationships result from consistent personalized service, direct communication, and professional accountability.  We stock all major brands and models at competitive prices, and ship anywhere in the United States.”
– Braden McGee, VP of Sales

If you are in search of a distributor, either to start with or to add to and complement your current distributor network, check out Pacific Lock Supply!
Pacific Lock Hardware Supply
(844) 858-2558

By |2019-04-09T09:00:09+00:00April 9th, 2019|All|0 Comments

Spring Manufacturer Price Increases

Multiple manufacturers will change their prices this spring. Below is a list of these manufacturers along with effective dates and links to the new price book(s) when available. For more information, please consult with your local rep and/or the manufacturer for confirmation.

April 8th

BEST Access Systems (dormakaba)2019 Mechanical and Electronic Locks Price List
PHI Precision (dormakaba)2019 Exit Devices Price List
Stanley Hardware (dormakaba) 2019 Commercial Price List
Stanley Hardware (dormakaba) 2019 Sliding and Folding Hardware Price List
Stanley Hardware (dormakaba) 2019 Hinges and Door Accessories Price List
Stanley Hardware (dormakaba) 2019 Door Closers Price List

May 4th

Allegion –  3% average price increase across the commercial hardware portfolio. Schlage residential, Ives, and Locknetics will not see a price increase.

June 3rd

ASSA ABLOY –  Anticipated 3.5% average price increase across Corbin Russwin, Norton, Rixson, Sargent, and Yale Commercial brands.

By |2019-04-05T09:00:37+00:00April 5th, 2019|All, Industry|0 Comments

Door Closer Footprint Comparison Version 4.0 Released

We have updated the Door Closer Footprint Comparison Chart in the Tools Section. We’re now at Version 4.0 with 41 manufacturers/brands represented across 34 unique footprints and 289 unique models.
As always, footprints are organized by horizontal center-to-center measurements, smallest to largest. If multiple footprints exist with the same horizontal center-to-center measurements, they are further organized by vertical center-to-center measurements, smallest to largest. Manufacturers/brands are organized alphabetically. Column A is freeze paned for the included footprints. Row 1 is freeze paned for the included manufacturer/brands. This means that as you narrow down a specific model/models or manufacturer/brands, this information stays locked in your screen. This allows you to quickly find information.

By |2019-04-04T09:00:37+00:00April 4th, 2019|All, Door Closers, Tools Update|0 Comments

April 2019 Industry Events

It’s April and things are starting to warm up, both outside and in the industry! Here are some of the industry events taking place during April:

  • April 1 – 6 SAFETECH 2019 Convention & Tradeshow (Lexington, KY)
  • April 3 – 4 Installing Hollow Metal Frames (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)
  • April 5 Electric Strike Installation Class (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)
  • April 7 – 14 2019 DHI Spring Technical School (Leersburg, VA)
  • April 11 – 14 Just Cars Auto Expo 2019 (Las Vegas, NV)
  • April 11 LSA of Michigan General Meeting (Troy, MI)
  • April 14 Penn-Ohio Locksmith Association (POLA) Meeting (Canton, OH)
  • April 22 – 27 KDL Hardware Supply Inc. Centennial Events (Newcastle, WA)
  • April 25 IDN-Hardware Kansas City Trade Show (Overland Park, KS)
  • April 26 – 27 Central & Southern Colorado Locksmith Association (CSCLA) Auto and Motorcycle Classes (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • April 26 – 28 Alabama Locksmith Association April Classes (Decatur, AL)
  • April 29 Corbin Russwin Master Keying Workshop (Monroe, NC)
  • April 30 Sargent Master Keying Workshop (Monroe, NC)
  • April 30 – May 2 ASSA ABLOY Master Keying Solutions Class (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)
  • April 30 – May 2 Corbin Russwin, Norton, Sargent, and Yale Product Installation and Servicing (ASSA ABLOY) (Ontario, CA)

Help support the industry by attending these events. A lot of planning and hard work goes into making these events a reality.
For more information on these events, visit our Events page. Additional information, including links, is included with each Event entry. To add an event, please Contact Us.

By |2019-04-01T09:00:37+00:00April 1st, 2019|All, Events Update, Industry|0 Comments
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