What is Building Egress Code?
“Egress” is a building term that refers to “a means or place of going out”. In other words, it’s an exit.
Both commercial buildings and residential homes contain codes regarding the paths of egress. Any door that is along the path of exit (the egress path) is considered an Egress Door. That is, if someone needs to go through that door to exit the building, then that door is an egress door. This includes office doors, hallway doors, etc…. For safety reasons, municipals have adopted new fire code for exit doors.
Nearly every door in a commercial building is classified as Read more
Google Fake Business Listings: A Key Duplication Kiosk Becomes the Top Locksmith
Google is suppose to be smart. They are a high-tech company solving high-tech problems, but once again, they have been beaten by an unscrupulous company. This company, KeyMe, has figured out how to trick Google Read more
Can Every Lock be Picked?
We recently started our YouTube Channel where I discuss our favorite locks. Often we’re talking about the best locks for a specific function.
For example, “What’s the best lock to stop lock bumping,” What’s the best padlock to just keep honest people honest,” etc…
We see a lot of comments about how a specific lock can be bypassed, “That lock can be picked using XYC….” or “So and so shows how to bypass that lock.”
The reality is that nearly every lock can be picked and if not picked, bypassed using some other method. The secret to security is having locks that are extremely difficult to pick and or bypassed. You want a pick-resistant Read more
How Do Locks Work – Lock Functions: Passage, Entry, Storeroom, Classroom, Privacy
Locks behave differently based on their lock function. Do you want a lock that always locks every time the door closes? There’s a lock function for that. Do you want a lock that cannot be locked from the inside (only the outside) so that you never get locked out of a room? Yep, there’s a lock function for that too. Here are the most common types of lock functions. Read more
Lock Grades 1 2 3 Explained
The ANSI lock grading system was developed to setup a standard testing procedure to measure the strength and durability of a lock. The ANSI lock grade system provides an indication as to the quality of the lock being purchased. The system is composed of three Read more
Purchasing a safe can be a big investment, but how do you know you’re getting the right safe for your needs? Safe burglary ratings can be very confusing. What do b-rated, c-rated, RSC, TL15, and TL30 burglar ratings mean? Here, I break down the common safe burglary ratings so you know what they are, and you can make a safe purchase with the confidence of understanding what level of security you are buying.
There are a couple systems for safe ratings (at least in the United States). One is developed by insurance companies, and mainly focuses on safe construction, and the other by Underwriters Laboratories (UL Safe Ratings), which offer test performance ratings. Read more
Arizona Swimming Pool Code & Lock Requirements
Here in Arizona, home of Acme Locksmith, a good percentage of homes have in-ground swimming pools. We have the perfect climate for them, and having a swimming pool means you can entertain in another space at your home almost the whole year round. But a swimming pool can also be a hazard source, and each year we hear in the news of drownings; the saddest instances are when a small child is lost to a pool drowning.
For this reason, the State of Arizona, and Arizona cities, have building codes in effect for homes that have above-ground and in-ground swimming pools, applicable to all new construction and, generally, in the sale or transfer of existing homes.
For Arizona, the pool code is found in Read more
When Should a Business Rekey Their Building?
When you’ve terminated an employee or just moved your business into a new location, perhaps maybe even a theft, it’s time to rekey you business locks. Rekeying your locks means that only authorized team members will have keys to your business (and even those employees will only have keys to the doors they need). But what does it cost to rekey a business? Read more
How Much Does it Cost to Rekey A House Lock?
Just bought a home? Just tossed your roommate? Fired your cleaning crew or no longer need that house sitter? It’s time to rekey your locks! How much is a rekey? This post will give you the information you need to understand the rekeying process, and the costs associated with it. Read more
How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Panic Bar?
An “Exit Device”, also known as a “Panic Bar” or “Crash Bar” is hardware designed to be installed on the secured side (inside) of a door which opens outward. It provides single motion, almost effortless, ease in exiting the door; while also providing security against intrusion. Most people never even think about them until something goes wrong and they stop operating correctly. Technically, these exit devices are either “Panic Hardware” or “Fire Exit Hardware.” The devices should be physically labeled as one or the other, and must meet the criteria to be labeled as such.
The following table summarizes the cost for specific Read more
How to Secure French Doors from Burglars
French doors are one of the weakest security points in your home due to two individual doors meeting in the middle. When they are not properly locked, or the locks provided during the installation have not been modified, these doors can be made to easily swing open even when the deadbolt and door lever have been locked. Read more
How to Adjust Door Closer Speed
An hydraulic door closer is a mechanical device which automatically closes a door using springs and a system of chambers filled with a hydraulic fluids to control the motion/speed of the door. The most common adjustments that are done are:
- The close swing (or ‘sweep’) speed – the speed at which the door closes.
- The latching speed – the last few inches of the door closing to latch properly.
- Some hydraulic door closer models also allow adjustments to the back-check. Door closer BC (or Back Check) means how the door responds when fully opened – the amount of resistance when opening the door past a certain point.
How to Check Crime Rate Before Buying a Home?
When you’re buying a home, one of the most important factors in that decision is the safety of the neighborhood. This is especially true if you have a family with small children. Luckily there are several online resources that will report crime rates and statistics with information displayed in easy-to-read maps. Read more
Removing a Broken Key Stuck in a Lock
Keys get worn, keys get weak, keys get broken. But when a key breaks inside of a lock cylinder, how do you get it out?
There are several techniques commonly used to remove a broken key from a lock. They are:
- Take the lock apart
- Key removal tool (or key extractor)
- Needle nose pliers or tweezers
- Small jigsaw blade or paper clip
- The online method you should NEVER try
- What if you still can’t get the broken key out?
How to Strengthen a Commercial Door – Steel, Aluminum/Glass or Wood
By default, most commercial doors do not come with the security improvements necessary to make them as secure as they can be. In fact, by default most commercial door locks can be bypassed in minutes by nearly anyone wanting to break into a business. To improve your commercial door security, a few of the things to do are the same as those to reinforce a residential door, but many are unique to commercial / business doors. This article focuses on improving commercial door security.
To reinforce your commercial door to the best of your ability, you need to:
- Use the best commercial grade locks,
- Install door security hardware to protect those locks from being bypassed and
- Reinforce the door and door frame as necessary.