Installs, repairs, and emergency calls all require a service technician to arrive on site with the tools to perform the job right. Setting up a work truck with the right tools to get the job done is the best way to service the needs of any job, and also maintain good profit margins. We will look into some great locksmith tools that will help out on the next door hardware job.
A common issue that locksmiths run into is that the doors have been improperly prepped for hardware. Misaligned holes for the strike and hardware can lead to several types of lock and security malfunction. A perfect locksmith tool for fixing this problem is the backset relocation tool. It is used to “move over” an existing 2-3/8″ backset hole to 2-3/4″ or 2-3/4″ to 2-3/8″ or to correct a mis-drilled hole. The HIT-23 attaches by screwing into the existing latch faceplate mortise. A standard hole saw (not supplied) can then be guided to correct the bore. The HIT-23 is supplied with a drill blank to replace the hole saw pilot bit to reduce wear on the guide holes.
Other times, the customer may simply be looking to add security to their home by adding a deadbolt. PRO-LOCK offers a quality drill jig to do just that. PRO-LOK decided to design the Killer Jig for many reasons. They felt that a professional high quality jig was needed that was both light in actual weight while maintaining the high quality that professional installers expect. Also, versatility and speed were important qualities that PRO-LOCK wanted to incorporate into our design. The jig is made from machined aluminum with hardened bushings and a durable powder coating finish and is easy to change backsets. An important feature when looking into a jig is that it has soft rubber pads to protect the door, which the Killer Jig offers. The best results of this kit are accuracy & most of all efficiency with the new Lock Boring Installation Jig. Their kit includes: Killer Jig, both 2-1/8″ & 1-1/2″ cross-bore spur bits, 1″ edge-bore bit, strike locator, 4 different heavy duty latch and faceplate mortise tools, unique deadbolt height gauge and custom molded carrying case. The benefits go on!
Metal Door Installation
Metal door hardware installation can cause a few added difficulties that a few locksmith tool companies have looked to solve. The first of these are the installing a latch on a hollow metal door. A latch forming tool, called the Pit Bull, is used to form a rectangular pocket in the edge of a hollow metal door. Application of the tool is almost effortless. Simply drill the latch and cross bore holes and install the Pit Bull. Using a few turns with a wrench will squeeze an indentation into the door’s edge. The result is a pocket that will accept both 1″ and 1 1/8″ wide by 2 1/4″ tall latches. After installing a lock in a steel door, a technician will need to locate the strike plate location. Another locksmith tool, the HIT-24 locator can be placed in the latch hole and use the 1/4″ transfer tool to mark the exact location. This locator makes the job accurate, fast and easy.
These are just a few of the great locksmith tools available when servicing residential or commercial doors. If you find yourself looking into stocking replacement hardware as well, see our article on Cylinders and Hardware, or visit our website at clksupplies.com.