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Do you work on Small Format Interchangeable Core type locks or SFIC, the best locks like this. If so, you are aware that you need to be able to cap them when you're done keying. Eject existing cylinders to rekey, and sometimes, you need to decode the cylinders. Let me show you a product, the LAB annex, that does all three of those well.
Once you open the Annex packaging, you're going to see three different items in it. You're going to find the capping, decoding, and ejecting block.
And the Ejecting pin.
HOW TO USE THE CAPPER/PINNING CAP
Let's put them into action using a cylinder here. I've already pinned and capped two chambers, so we'll do the next two.
To do that, we need to put them right in here to the side with the LAB logo. So, we're going to get it put in just like that.
Take our springs, put them in chamber three and top it up using the best caps. Now, I like to put them up here just like that and then push them in with my fingers. That way, I know that it's going into the right chamber because sometimes, when trying to drop them straight in, I can't get them.
Also, I want to point out that if you run out of little best caps to get out of a pinch, you can use a .030 or .033 universal top pin.
Since we have the spring and best cap inside, time to get a capping pin put it in just like that, and tap it using a rubber mullet.
Note: It is better to use a rubber mallet instead of a metal hammer. Because even though this is a high-quality product, it is made of soft metal. But if you find yourself in a position where you need to use a metal hammer, be extra careful.
Repeat the same process for chamber four.
And that is how you cap the spring and best cap using the pinning cap; it's that simple.
HOW TO USE THE EJECTING PIN
The next thing we'll do is to take this existing core. It's all pinned up; only one chamber isn't, so we'll go ahead and eject the second chamber.
Take your IC core and flip it upside down. These are the little ejecting pinholes which the ejector tool needs to go through to push or pop out all the pins.
Install it upside down on the side that has the LAB logo, just like that.
Once we do that, we'll go ahead and put this in here in the second chamber. Ensure that your ejecting pin has the whole piece; from then, we'll start hitting it.
Once the cap got pushed through, all the other pins are just going to follow it straight into the chamber. You can see that the second hole is empty.
Now, if you needed to decode it, all the pins are inside the block. That's the significant part. At this point, once you did them all, you ejected all of them. You could decode it and figure out what the control key is to take other existing cylinders at a lock.
So that is how the LAB annex works. If you're working on Small Format Interchangeable Core, also known as SFIC, it's a great tool to have in your toolbox to cap, decode and eject SFIC course.