I’m a big fan of streamlining my ability to learn. Short of hands-on or on-the-job training, I have found that videos, for me at least, are the fastest and easiest way for me to learn about X or Y when it comes to locksmithing. Videos discussing and/or demonstrating product overviews or servicing/installation techniques and the like are excellent educational tools. Thanks to YouTube, these videos are becoming ubiquitous by an increasing number of manufacturers and, best of all, they’re free.

It seems that just about every lock or access control related manufacturer has a YouTube channel these days. Just a few years ago, that wasn’t the case. The most you could really hope for in those days were a handful of videos and most of those only focused on product overviews. It seems that YouTube was just a “neat aside” for manufacturers at the time and they really only uploaded content that they already had. That, fortunately, has changed. More and more manufacturers are either producing content specifically for YouTube or at least making more of an effort to get their existing content onto it.

Some of my favorite manufacturer YouTube channels include:

Perhaps the brightest lights of that list are Allegion’s US channel along with their brands, specifically Falcon, LCN, and Von Duprin. These channels contain dozens of videos detailing product overviews, installation instructions, and troubleshooting methods along with door hardware basics, such as how door closers or exit devices work. Allegion’s US channel contains a series called “Decoded” which, like Lori Greene’s blog, discusses code requirements for various hardware and situations.

Granted, this is not a full or exhaustive list of all manufacturer’s channels; it’s only a small sample of what’s out there. Next time you’re searching for specific information, such as the aforementioned product overviews or servicing techniques, it might be a good idea for you to see if the manufacturer has a YouTube channel and if they already have a video covering the topic. You might be surprised!