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Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • How Keys Work Inside of Pin Tumbler Locks

    Posted on June 30th, 2014 0 Comments

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    A pin tumbler lock keeps a door securely closed until it’s opened with a key. Of course, it can’t be opened by just any key. The key must be specially made to fit the lock. Consider the various parts of a pin tumbler lock and how a key is used to open one.

    The Parts of a Lock and a Key

    The body of a pin tumbler lock is known as a bible. The springs, the driver pins and the key pins are all parts of a lock’s bible. The plug of a lock is located directly beneath the bible. The body of a key is made up of notches and ridges. Sometimes the ridges are called teeth. Each key is unique to a particular lock. In short, a key’s notches and ridges have a design that will only fit one lock.

     

    How a Key Turns in a Pin Tumbler Lock

    The springs of a lock as well as the driver pins are all the same length and size. The key pins are different sizes. When a key is put into a lock, the lock will open or close if the key pins correspond with the ridges and notches in the key. If the key pins inside a pin tumbler lock do not correspond with the ridges and notches of a key, the lock will not open. When a person puts the correct key into a lock, the driver pins will drop down and the key pins will move up. These pins line up at a point in the lock called the shear line. When this happens, the key will turn and the door will unlock. A pin tumbler lock is a precise instrument. The pins must all line up before a person can turn the key and disengage the lock.

    Issues That Make a Key Unusable

    Sometimes a key that goes with a particular pin tumbler lock doesn’t work. There are a variety of reasons why this happens. For one, the notches of the key may have been filed down or changed in some way. The key pins in a lock do not change in design. Consequently, if someone files down the ridges on a key, it will no longer correspond to the design of the key pins. This makes the key worthless. Sometimes a key can be bent making it impossible to fit it into a lock. There are also times when a user breaks a key, leaving part of it inside the lock. This can happen when a lock is old and the person turns the key with too much force. Once a key is broken, a new one must be made to replace it.

    Finally, a pin tumbler lock is a basic type of lock that’s easy to use and secure. If a key is difficult to turn in a lock, sometimes a little bit of WD-40 can loosen the lock and make it easier to put the key inside it.

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  • 30 Things to do in Chicago this Summer

    Posted on June 20th, 2014 0 Comments

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    The arrival of summer was delayed slightly in Chicago thanks to Mother Nature. With 80 degree temps on the horizon, and the start of the June solstice, the summer season in Chicago is brimming with 30 fun things to see and do.

    1. Ahoy Matey

    Chicago boating is alive with rentals, charters, water taxis and architectural boat tours. 
     
     

    2. Bike and Brew

    Make this a daylong excursion to bike and sample the brews from the Lake Bluff Brewing Company or Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana.
     
     

    3. Famous Homes

    Witness some of the most famous digs such as architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the glass home from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
     
     

    4. Kayaking on the River

    Chicago has tons of water fun for kayaking, wind-surfing, jet-skiing and paddle boarding. 
     
     

    5. Rock Climbing

    Challenge your best mate to a rock climbing wall in Old Town’s The Ledge at Fitness Formula Club or Lakeview Athletic Club. 
     
     

    6. The Chicago Symphony

    Pavilion seating at Ravinnia is affordable and showcases talented musicians such as the Chicago Symphony, Maxim Vengerov and Itzhak Perlman.
     
     

    7. Taste the Rainbow

    Start your summer with a taste of the Rainbow Cone at the historic Rainbow Cone ice cream shop. 
     
     

    8. Chicago Summer Dance

    This outdoor venue has a series of dancing that includes salsa, ballroom, country and jive.
     
     
     

    9. Movie Night 

    The 13th Annual Chicago Movie Night in the Park has over 195 films in their line-up.
     
     

    10. Chicago Sport and Social Club

    Here you can join a league and partake in a summer of softball, whirlyball or kickball. 
     
     

    11. Rickshaw Ride

    The pedi-cab is a great way to enjoy the fun and exciting atmosphere of the city in this famous outdoor ride.
     

    12. The Adler

    The Adler Planetarium is the ideal romantic setting to catch a glimpse of the night’s sky’s offerings. 
     
     

    13. Communal Gardening

    Get your green on by volunteering in one of the over 50 communal gardens this season.
     
     

    14. Rooftop Dining

    The Twisted Spoke and ROOF of the Wit downtown are two great places to enjoy rooftop dining. 
     
     

    15. Fireworks Celebrations

    Navy Pier offers spectacular shows every Wednesday and Saturday evenings through August 31st.
     
     

    16. Dance the Night Away

    Dress up in your suspenders and vintage skirts for a night of swing dancing at Fizz, Honky Tonk or the Green Mill.
     
     

    17. Namaste

    The free workout series in Millenium Park allows yoga revelers to get their Zen on. There’s also Pilates, Tai-Chi and Zumba classes.
     
     

    18. Jane Adams Hull House

    Humanitarian and writer Jane Addams West Side home is a well-preserved treasure for history buffs. The museum tours are also free. 
     

     

    19. Watch The Game 

    Chicago has some of the most popular teams such as the White Sox, Cubs, Chicago Sky and Blackhawks to name a few. 
     

    20. Chicago Cultural Center

    From ongoing lunchtime music concerts to film screenings, the Chicago Cultural Center has a host of free offerings. 
     

    21. Neighborhood Arts Festivals

    Wicker Park Fest, North Halsted Market Days and Milwaukee Avenue Arts are some of the most well-known arts festivals to traverse through. 
     
     
     

    22. Osaka Japanese Gardens

    Osaka Japanese Gardens is a place of rich history and sheer beauty.

    23. Farmer’s Market

    The Farmer’s Market has some of the finest bounty of the season. 

     
     

    24. Lincoln Park

    The Lincoln Park Zoo is a great spot to relax for free and enjoy over 1,200 exotic.
     
     

    25. Dine Al Fresco 

    Outdoor table dining at Café Sushi in Old Town or Tango Sur is a great way to people watch. 
     

    26. Classes

    Chicago has some great class offerings that include pottery, beer-brewing, cooking, improve and guitar. 
     

    27. Picnic on the Beach

    Hartigan Park and Beach in Rogers Park is the best place for scenic views and a picnic. 
     
     

    28. Chicago Jazz Festival

    Here you’ll find three stages of entertainers in an intimate setting at Millennium Park.
     
     

    29. Hyde Park

    The Hyde Park Art Center is a cultural mecca for a day of enlightenment.
     

    30. Swim

    The Chicago Park District has over 50 outdoor and 26 indoor pools to cool off in.
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  • High Tech Home Security Locks

    Posted on June 17th, 2014 0 Comments

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    With the housing market still at a standstill, home security has had to upgrade its productivity in order to maintain its profitability in the volatile economy. This is created some of the most effective upgrades in home security that have ever been seen. If you are looking to protect your home, now is the time to get incredible services at low prices. New technologies are being formed all the time, and high-tech home security locks have never been more effective.

     

    The Current Generation of High-Tech Home Security Locks

    The first step in getting the right security lock for your home is to determine the type of infrastructure that you have and the home security that you need. Is your home in a high crime area? Do the criminals around your area seem to have better tools than you do? How fast is the police response time in your area? All of these things have a great deal to do with the type of home security that you get.

    There are many new analytic in the industry of home security. One of the best analytic is “slow down time,” which details the amount of time that it would take a professional robber to defeat a certain security measure. In essence, you are creating diversions of time that will allow you the time to call law enforcement or defend yourself. 

    You can also use cloud-based Internet technologies to increase the amount of security that you have on your home. If you are looking for a security measure that does not have a great deal of hardware to keep up with, then you can invest in smart phone security systems that will allow you to monitor your home and your vehicle from anywhere that you can get Internet access on your iPhone or android.

    Integrated appliances are another security feature that even the most professional thieves have a great deal of trouble with. All of your appliances can now be connected to a singular security system so that any kind of weird behavior will be monitored and immediately responded to by law enforcement.

    Residential alarm systems are also much more integrated than ever before. Even the cheapest of deadbolt locks can now be connected to Internet services in order to create an extra level of security even for the budget minded homeowner.

    Security locks can also be connected to video screens within a home that can monitor all activity outside. All of this can be done without a conspicuous camera. Professional thieves can often disable a camera if they can get to it, but with new security systems, there is no chance for them to do this.

    If you’re looking to invest in a new security system, the make sure that you have already assessed the level of security that you need. Make sure that you invest in a system that will allow you time to defend yourself. Remember that preventive measures are always better than any other option that is on the table.

     

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  • Choose the Right Safe for Your Home

    Posted on June 10th, 2014 0 Comments

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    Every home should have a safe for storing valuables. Many people associate a house safe with protection from theft, but safes can also protect your possessions and records from fire and water damage as well. Here are some tips on how to determine the home safe that is right for your needs. 

     

    How Big?

    Before you go shopping for a safe, gather up the material you feel you need to put in your safe and then measure it. A safe of roughly one and a quarter cubic feet will hold about a foot of normal sized papers commonly used for business letters. Once you determine how many cubic feet of space you need, you can shop for a safe with the confidence that you won’t accidentally buy a safe that’s the wrong size. 

     

    Protection From Fire

    Most buyers of safes are rightfully concerned about losing valuable documents, photos or collectibles should the house catch fire. The risk of fire is not a remote one, with one in four people at some point in their lifetime experiencing a fire in their home that requires calling the fire department. What degree of fire resistance you need depends on what you intend to store in the safe. Paper is generally safe up to temperatures of 350 degrees, but more delicate items like photos, DVDs and computer files can be damaged at half that temperature. Check the safe’s exterior or packaging to determine how much heat your safe can endure. 

     

    Theft Protection

    Unfortunately, it is more difficult to determine the degree of safety from theft a safe provides. However, simply putting something in a box with a lock will by its very nature provide at least some protection. Part of this protection comes from the weight of the safe. An average home safe weights about 100 pounds before you even put anything into it, which makes it hard for a routine burglar to run off with it. You can also get kits that will bolt the safe to the floor or wall. Consider hiding the safe in a wall or beneath the floor. 

     

    Water Protection

    It is foolish to buy a safe that is not waterproof, since you never know when a flood may strike or water pipes may break. Check to be sure before buying whether the safe is waterproof. Safes that are water sealed also have the advantage of being air tight, thereby protecting your valuables from smoke that may fill the room the safe is located in, even if the room itself doesn’t experience the actual flames. 

    Buying a home safe can enhance your peace of mind, but do your homework first so you know what type of safe you’ll need.

     

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  • Repairing Modern Mortise Locks

    Posted on June 2nd, 2014 0 Comments

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    About Mortise Locks

    Mortise locks refer to locks that are situated within doors’ mortises. This positioning ensures that the lock mechanism is fully covered by the inside and outside portions of the door. These types of locks are nothing new. They’ve been used in commercial structures and homes for more than a century. There’s a good chance that your home or workplace features mortise locks, especially if the structure is on the older side. Mortise locks were extremely popular in years past. They were frequently installed on doors from the end of the 19th century all the way into the middle of the 20th century. Mortise locks were practically unavoidable on outside and interior doors alike. In early years, mortise locks employed lever locks. Modern mortise locks frequently do the same.

    Repairing and Retrofitting Mortise Locks

    If you have a mortise lock on your door, you don’t have to panic if something goes wrong with it. You can call our experts for reliable mortise lock repair services. Not only can we fix these locks, but we can also provide retrofitting services. If necessary, we can add a new element to your mortise lock that was unavailable in the time period it was first produced. Since new mortise locks are often rather expensive, fixing them is usually the more affordable option.

    Mortise Cylinders

    Modern mortise locks are often efficient and reliable. If they’re used in conjunction with the appropriate mortise cylinders, they can work well with most high security locks’ specific mechanisms. Mogol and standard diameter cylinders are both suitable for mortise locks. The majority of mortise locks in North America are are made to work well with mortise cylinders.

    Customizable Looks

    Many people have developed fascinations with these locks in recent years. This is largely a result of the locks’ customizable looks. Some people add cast knobs onto their mortise locks, for example. If a homeowner has a highly specific idea of how he wants to decorate a residence, a mortise lock on an interior door might make the perfect decorative touch he’s been looking for.

    Simple Repairs 

    These repairs are generally simple and straightforward — as long as the lock body can be extracted from the door without affecting the cylinder. Problems with the functioning of mortise locks are not at all uncommon. Some people notice that mortise locks’ deadbolts are incapable of throwing, for example. Others notice that the latches are incapable of pulling back in.

    Call For More Information

    If you want more information on repair or retrofitting services for your mortise lock, call us immediately for our reliable and knowledgeable professional assistance. Since buying a new mortise lock can be a little on the pricey side, servicing is often much more economical and practical.

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