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  • Bicycle Locks

    Posted on January 29th, 2014 0 Comments


    Today many people own bikes that are worth much more than vehicles in price and value. Especially, those who inhabit cities. Bicyclists use their legs to expedite journeys to work, activities and overall life events. Commodious apartments, a post right in front of the cafe, or the space by your desk are prime places to park your two-wheeler. But, when these spots are taken or inaccessible riders are susceptible to penny-farthing theft or velocipede larceny. Ouch.



    Danierl Zajarias-Fainsod and Franz Sazmann have come up with a solution gaining traction on Kickstarter. Having both had college bicycles stolen, Sazmann and Zajarias-Fainsod decided to make a move for the bicyclist well-being in 2012. The two have designed a keyless bicycle lock that has garnered publicity from news mountains like BBC and Bloomberg Buisnessweek. The commotion was about a new bicycle lock that posed a nightmare to bicycle thieves. Their lock is called the Lock8 and it’s the super device of bicycle locks.


    The Features


    • Keyless – Smartphone operable. The e-key is on the rise; but, if the smartphone dies a key fob will grant users access to their bicycles. So, you can eliminate having a heavy bicycle lock and carrying a physical key with you again! You don’t have to worry about losing your keys and not having an extra copy because it’s right on your phone!


    • Integrated GPS -If your bicycle was misplaced or stolen, you’ll be able to track the device at all times. The GSM chip connects your bicycle to the internet for real-time relocation information.


    • Alarm – Lock8 has a variety of protection utilities. The device sports a motion sensor and gyro-accelerometer, but also a temperature sensor which trigger a “painfully loud” alarm when tampered with. All send you push notifications to alert you of this activity.


    • Induction Charged – Lock8 has no batteries that need to be replaced. Induction is harvested while cycling. Each time the bicycle is put in motion the charge begins accumulating life.


    • Rent and Share – Lock8 is making a push to be the Uber of bicycle use. With the Lock8 one can share their bicycle with anyone they desire by mobile touch, and profit from the transaction if they want to. Brilliant.


    The Rise of Bike Share

    The rise of bike share has spread from city to city. But let us be frank, their bikes are hideous, clunky and feel like a government permission. Not to mention the bicycle docks are always in cruddy areas. In 2014 Danierl Zajarias-Fainsod and Franz Sazmann plan to launch their brand in Great Britain and the United States. If you want a smartphone bicycle application that sends you push notifications when your bike is being tampered with, invest in one of these locks. Another incentive to invest is that there is no bicycle subscription! If you decide to rent your bicycle out the cost is a paltry $2 a month. That means that in time your bicycle will pay for the lemon. Until then keep tabs on your two-wheeler.

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  • The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt

    Posted on January 27th, 2014 0 Comments

    Yale Real Living Deadbolt


    Reviews are in on the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt. The lock has a malleable design interface that adjusts to almost any door type and its sleek body adds a fashionable aesthetic. It comes in three different finishes. This hot locking device offers a number of great specs for users, but check out the good, the bad and the ugly before your go with the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt.


    The Good

    Privacy Mode – Lock out all key codes and allow access to entry when you want.

    Auto re-lock function – Easily enable or disable auto re-locking functions.

    Parlez-vous…? – The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt speaks to you in three languages: French English and Spanish.

    Durable acrylic touchscreen – Screen illuminates for nighttime access and is durable and tamper resistant.

    Use on all doors – The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt can be installed to any interior or exterior door.


    The Bad

    No current extreme weather testing – Unfortunately there are no reviews to see how people deal with this product in bitter cold climates. That’s a chilly risk.

    Bulky – You may need a large inside door space to use this locking apparatus. It looks nice, but it does take up some real estate.

    Temporary access is unavailable – Temporary entry access is unavailable, although you can manually sign in to grant someone access. The downfall is that you must delete their access number afterwards. If you forget, they may have your number stored until you delete it

    Access to online service – Is not available unless paid for and installed with various service providers. This requires you to purchase more apps or devices to fully use the product. That’s a bit of a pain and raises costs.


    The Ugly

    Batteries – Even though this lock has a lot of great features, the ugliest feature is the battery crutch. Be it that this thing runs out, you may be locked out of your home at the wrong time… However, one of the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt models comes with a key lock option. So the ugly is gets can be allayed.



    The best thing about the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt is that there are no basic system access fees. The bad side is that upfront the device costs a pretty penny and that you will only benefit from the entire design by spending even more money. Though, overall the device takes great strides in becoming one of the most tech heavy locks to hit the big consumer market.





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  • Installing a Deadbolt Lock

    Posted on December 17th, 2013 0 Comments

    A deadbolt lock is one of the most effective and easy ways to add more security to your home and achieve peace of mind. Installing a deadbolt for the first time can seem difficult and even a bit confusing. Once you get the hang of it, you will find that it truly is the easiest way to enhance your home security. Follow these simple installation steps to install your new deadbolt.

    Determine the Setback of the Deadbolt

    A setback is the location of a deadbolt on a door frame, in relation to the standard door lock. Most people place deadbolts roughly six inches above the standard lock. Measure and mark where you will place your new deadbolt.

    Drill Holes for the Deadbolt

    Drill a hole that is roughly 1 1/2 inches wide over the area that you marked. A hole saw may be used to do this. After you have drilled the hole, check and see if it reached the other side of the door. If not, you will need to use a bit to drill through the other side of the door.

    After drilling the hole through the door, you will need to drill another hole into the center of the door’s edge. Use a 7/8 inch spade bit to do this. Drill an additional 3/8 inch space near the backside of it.

    Secure the Deadbolt

    Before attaching the deadbolt, secure the bolt inside the hole located in the edge of the door. Mount the plate with two screws. Carefully insert the deadbolt cylinders, ensuring that they are correctly placed. Secure the driver bars with screws. Drill two 7/8 inch holes that are roughly 1 inch deep on the doorjamb. Make sure it is flush with the center of the bolt location. Attach the deadbolt plate in place using screws.

    Attaching a deadbolt properly is not difficult, but does require a few tools. Make sure that you have the proper equipment prior to attempting to install a new deadbolt. Take your time with the installation, and make sure that the holes are even and chiseled. This will ensure that your new deadbolt has the best possible fit and will work properly.

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  • How to install a Surface Mount Deadbolt Lock

    Posted on December 10th, 2013 0 Comments

    1. Choose a surface deadbolt lock appropriate for your door material. Metal door lock kits will include metal-tapping screw. Go to your local locksmith in Chicago or hardware store if you got a lock make for wood and not metal, they will decide on the appropriate screws.  
    2. Secure the location installation template to the door frame or the desired place you need to place the lock. Mark the exact location for each screw by pressing a pencil or pen at exact the location through the template.
    3. Pull the trim off the top of the lock and line the mounting holes up with the marks. Screw the mounting screws through each hole, and then repeat the process to mount the strike plate on the door trim.
    4. Place the trim cover over the top of the lock and secure it with the trim screws.

    To have a licensed locksmith company in Chicago Install a surface mount deadbolt lock contact

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  • What Locks Are Best For Your Home

    Posted on August 29th, 2013 0 Comments

    Locks serve one purpose which is to protect from unwanted intruders and keep your home or business safe.  Lock protect you, your family, your belongings, and everything else you care about.  Lock provide a peace of mind when you are home alone or when you leave for an extended amount of time.
    This is why you should get the lock that is right for your home.  With some many choices, how do you know which one is best?  Well, there are certain ones you can cross off your list.  Electronic locks with access control are more advanced and are usually used in commercial buildings because there are sensitive files and information inside.  So what locks are best for your home?
    For the home, deadbolts are the number one choice.  For one thing, they are harder to break into.  They tend go 6 or more inches into the keyed entry which means it is nearly impossible to wiggle it open with a credit card.  It’s also advisable to get locks with six pins.  This makes it harder for thieves to pick the lock and will either give you time to react or deter them entirely.  When purchasing a deadbolt, look for one that is saw-proof, free spinning, and has hardened steel pins.  All this helps make the lock stronger and harder to break.
    Mortise Locks

    Mortise locks are classics.  Though less tamper-proof than deadbolts, they are a staple in homes.  They have been trusted for decades to protect the home.  Mortise locks are mounted within the door making them harder to drill out.  They also come in different lengths so you can find the right one for your front door.
    Jimmy Proof Deadbolt

    The great thing about jimmy proof deadbolts is all in its name.  It can’t be jimmied.  Because of the way it is built, it is impossible to slip in a credit card or to try to manipulate the door into opening.
    Lever Handle Locks

    Lever handle locks are perfect for interior doors.  It only locks in one direction and unlocks once you’ve turn the lever.  This is great for bedrooms and bathrooms because that means no one can get in once you lock it, but you don’t have to worry about unlocking when you leave.
    Lock set

    Lockset give the home the flexibility, functionality, and durability. Offering multiple finishes, lever options, and trim selections. Which can be used for broad range applications.

    Get All Lock Installation in Chicago done by a Licensed Locksmith

    Hire the a well accredited locksmith in Chicago, IL to do all lock installation or locksmith services. Whether it’s our high level security M Series Heavy Duty Mortise Lock, our heavy-duty X Series Cylindrical Lock, or our Z Series Grade 1 Cylindrical Lock, Design Hardware gives you the best in selection.


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  • 3 Steps Of Lock Repair

    Posted on August 21st, 2013 0 Comments

    Broken locks are always annoying. Your safety is compromised and now you have to find the time to get the lock repaired. If you are in the Chicago area, consider calling Chicago Locksmiths for some help. We have a 24 hour emergency service that is waiting to help you. We will reach you anytime, anywhere in Chicago. Where it’s a residential lock, commercial lock, or car lock, we know exactly what to do. Our employees are all experts in locks and will fix your locks properly and efficiently. There are a number of ways to go about repairing a lock. The one you choose depends on the situations in which your lock broke and your personal preferences. Each one has its own pros.

    Broken Key Extraction


    Sometimes keys break. It’s rare, but it happens. It snaps in half and the key is stuck in your lock. You poke at it and try to pull it out, but all you accomplish is breaking your nail. Our locksmiths have the expertise and equipment to extract your key without damaging the lock. All of our company cars have the latest technology in the locksmith industry. We can extract keys from simple tumbler locks, car locks, and even the ignition.

    Lock Re-Keying


    Re-keying should be considered for a number of reasons. With re-keying, there is no need to replace the entire lock. It is the less expensive option. If for some reason your key stops working, consider re-keying your lock. Or if you think the previous occupant of your home still has a key, it might be safer to re-key your lock than risk them entering your house unannounced. It is also a good option if you have lost your keys. You never know when a stranger might use them to break in.

    Lock Replacement


    If your lock is beyond fixing you might want to consider replacing your entire lock. Actually, you might not have much of a choice in the matter. It guarantees your safety though because you know that no one else could possibly have a copy of your key. Chicago Locksmith has a selection of locks for you to choose from. It’s a quick and easy process and you can choose how complicated of a lock you want.

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  • History of Locks

    Posted on May 30th, 2013 0 Comments

    We think of locks as a relatively new invention and in a way they are.  The new innovations we have come up with has changed and improved locks so much that they are almost unrecognizable from their ancient counterpart.  And yet, locks have exists in this world for approximately 4,00 years, maybe more.  Let’s go through some highlights.

    The oldest lock known to man so far was found near and ancient Assyrian city called Nineveh.  Archeologists found it in the Khorsabad Palace ruins.  This lock was a predecessor of the traditional pin tumbler lock we know today.  It contained a wooden bolt that had several holes on top that were filled with wooden pegs.

    Next were the Egyptians who created the pin tumbler lock.  Because of this, they also created the first concept of keys.  This type of lock is the parent to the ones used today in our doors.  The Egyptian version of the lock contained several loose peg which we call pins today.  The key is inserted and the pegs move, falling into the slots of the key.  This causes the pins to align properly in order to unlock the door.

    Ancient Greece favored knots as opposed to locks.  They were known for using the Gordian Knot as a form of security.  They would use this complicated knot to lock up their doors and soon a knotted rope became the symbol of security.  This knot was supposedly created by the King of Phrygia, Gordius, who became king after he tied up his ox cart and the oracles proclaimed his title.

    In the Orient, brass and iron padlocks were preferred.  They were simple and portable.  The bolt of the lock was held in place by springs.  In order to release the bolt, a key would be inserted to compress the springs.  Many of these locks were ornately decorated.  They were often made in the shape of animals or engraved with characters.

    During the Medieval Era, locks were not used as often.  Instead, they used things called “living locks”, otherwise known as crocodiles.  Anything valuable would be stored and sealed in a box.  Then this box would either be submerged in water or placed on a small island.  This was convenient since many of the property at the time had moats.  The water contained hungry crocodiles to guard the valuables.  These crocodiles were carefully fed so that they would always be hungry.  Thus, it was impossible to steal from the water without getting attacked and eaten.

    In the 14th and 15th century, there were little improvements in locks.  Instead, the aesthetic of the locks can to the forefront.  The outside design of the lock became increasingly ornate.  Craftsmen would produce locks for cupboards and doors using detailed metalwork.  Masters of this would create a “masterpiece” lock that was never used.  Instead, it is often displayed so the world can look in and see its intricacies.

    As locks became more complicated, the art of lock picking flourished, especially around the 18th century.  In order to combat this, puzzle padlocks were created.  This can be recognized as the forerunner to combination locks.  The earliest examples of puzzle padlocks come from the Chinese.  They would have 3 to 7 rings of characters that needed to be properly aligned in order to release the catch.

    During Colonial times in America, the colonists preferred to use a type of locks called Latchstring Locks.  These locks had to be locked from the inside.  The bolt or wooden bar would be attached to a string and once the door was locked, the string would be threaded through a hole.  This was a sign of hospitality for visitors.  If the string was dangling, then they simply pulled and walked in.

    In 1844, the Yale Lock was created by Linus Yale Sr.  He used the Egyptian design on pin tumblers and improved it by adding more pins and changing their orientation.  This lock is one of the most popular types still used today.  As most doors need keys, they operate on the pin tumbler system.

    One of the simplest locks we still use, the push button lock, was created in 1920s.  Walter Schlage who created this won the “Modern Pioneer Award” for his basic yet innovative design.  Essentially, you push the button in the center of the doorknob to lock the door and turn the knob from the inside in order to unlock it.

    Locks are constantly evolving to make us more and more secure.  Yet, while locks look different on the outside than they used to, the insides still hold similarities.  Just as humans have evolved and improved over time, so have locks.  While the idea of the pin and tumbler system is still the same, its actual utilization has become more complicated with increasing number of pins.  The same goes for combination locks.

    It will be quite interesting to see where technology takes us next?  Will we continue improving on our old methods or will something new come along?  At the very least we no longer have to worry about getting eaten by a crocodile, right?

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