Safe locksmith Austin TX

Safe locksmith in Austin TX


  • Burglar-resistance
  • Fire-resistance
  • Environmental resistance (e.g., to water or dust)
  • Type of lock (e.g., combination, key, time lock, electronic locking)
  • Location (e.g., wall safe, floor safe)
  • Smart safes as part of an automated cash handling system


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    Mortise Locks Installation And Repair – Locksmith Austin TX

    Mortise lock installed – locksmith Austin TX

    “A mortise lock (also mortice lock in British English) is one that requires a pocket—the mortise—to be cut into the door or piece of furniture into which the lock is to be fitted. In most parts of the world, mortise locks are generally found on older buildings constructed before the advent of bored cylindrical locks, but they have recently become more common in commercial and upmarket residential construction in the United States. They are widely used on all ages of domestic properties in the United Kingdom and Argentina.


    The parts included in the typical mortise lock installation are the lock body (the part installed inside the mortise cut-out in the door); the lock trim (which may be selected from any number of designs of doorknobs, levers, handle sets and pulls); a strike plate, or a box keep, which lines the hole in the frame into which the bolt fits; and the keyed cylinder which operates the locking/unlocking function of the lock body. However, in the United Kingdom, and most other countries, mortise locks on dwellings do not use cylinders, but have lever mechanisms.

    The installation of a mortise lock cannot generally be undertaken by the average homeowner since it is labor intensive and requires a working knowledge of basic woodworking tools and methods. Many installation specialists use a mortising jig which makes precise cutting of the pocket a simple operation, but the subsequent installation of the external trim can still prove problematic if the installer is inexperienced.

    Although the installation of a mortise lock actually weakens the structure of the typical timber door, it is stronger and more versatile than abored cylindrical lock, both in external trim, and functionality. Whereas the latter mechanism lacks the architecture required for ornate and solid-cast knobs and levers, the mortise lock can accommodate a heavier return spring and a more solid internal mechanism, making its use possible. Furthermore, a mortise lock typically accepts a wide range of other manufacturers’ cylinders and accessories, allowing architectural conformity with lock hardware already on site.


    Some of the most common manufacturers of mortise locks in the United States are Arrow, Baldwin, Best, Corbin Russwin, Emtek, Falcon,Schlage, and Sargent. Also, many European manufacturers whose products had been restricted to “designer” installations have recently gained wider acceptance and use.”

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    I/C Core


    "An interchangeable core or ic is a compact keying mechanism in a specific "small format" figure-eight shape. Unlike a standard key cylinder, which is accessible for combinating only via locking device disassembly, an interchangeable mechanism relies upon a specialized "control” key for insertion and extraction of the essential (aka "core") combinating components…



    Interchangeable cores can be extracted from one lock type (bored cylindrical lockmortise lock, padlock and so forth) and then installed into another without requiring the removal or disassembly of any single component. These units are readily adapted for master keying systems and can be set up with spare cores and keys for quick replacement when security is compromised, such as when a key is lost or stolen or when a personnel change takes place. Extracted cores can then be recombinated without urgency and placed back into maintenance storage for future use…

    Although operationally similar to removable cores, which come in varying "large format" snowman shapes, interchangeable cores neither dictate nor exclude the use of a particular hardware manufacturer. In other words, whereas a typical large format key system of Brand X must be expanded with Brand X cores and must use Brand X cylindrical locks and cylinder housings, a typical small format key system of Brand A can be expanded with cores from Brands A, B, C, D, E and so on, and can also be used with locks and housings from Brands A, B, C, D, E and so on…

    Key Attributes

    Interchangeable cores require a notch at the tip of each key to properly align the peaks and valleys of each blade with the combinating pins in the chamber of the mechanism; as a consequence, these keys are always configured and cut from blade tip to bow. Conversely, conventional cylinders and removable cores utilize a shoulder near the bow of each key to properly align all peaks and valleys; as a consequence, these keys are always configured and cut from bow to blade tip. As a further consequence of this fundamental difference, neither of these two key types can ever be cross- or master-keyed with the other…

    As a benefit to keying from blade tip to bow, a six- or seven-pin interchangeable core key blank can be machined to precisely fit a smaller five-pin system configuration. Although the blade of such keys may be a pin or two longer than need be, this extra length never enters the locking mechanism; therefore, five-, six- and seven-pin interchangeable core systems can be easily integrated to work with one another or to provide different levels of access control within the same system. Conventional cylinder and removable core systems are significantly more limited in this regard since the extra length of their keys must pass through to the inside of the locking mechanism, which is often just not physically possible…

    For additional interchangeable core access control, non-proprietary keyways and key sections of the following designations are available: A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, Q, R, TB, TD and TE. Other less common but still non-proprietary keyways and key sections also exist, but these typically have differing designations from manufacturer to manufacturer, even though the components may otherwise be identical…


    Brief Background

    Since hitting the market in the middle nineteen sixties, and in spite of its limited availability and atypical keying configuration, the interchangeable core has gradually evolved into a de facto standard for keying interoperability throughout the commercial door hardware industry. Product offerings are no longer limited just to the two originally competing companies – Best Universal Lock and Falcon Lock – and can be optionally specified from all OEM and most aftermarket door hardware brands in North America:

    Abus, Alarm Lock, American, Arrow, Best Access, Best Security, BlueWave, Cal-Royal, Corbin-Russwin, CX-5, Dorma, Falcon, GMS, General Lock, Hager, IEI, Ilco, Independence2, InstaKey, K2, Kaba, Killeen, Lori, LSDA, Marks, Master, Medeco, Mul-T-Lock, Olympus, Omnilock, Onity, PDQ, Precision, Saflok, Sargent, Schlage, SDC, Tell, Trans-Atlantic, Von Duprin and Yale either produce their own interchangeable cores or else offer product lines or product options to accommodate such cores by others…

    The modern interchangeable core – and all other cores, as well – actually has its roots in a bulkier, pedestal-shaped removeable configuration developed in 1919 by Frank Best, then proprietor of Best Universal Lock Company. Frank Best's family business lineage has since expanded over the years but, currently, is most recognizable via the two competing Indianapolis, Indiana area entities generally referenced with his surname: Best Access (Stanley Security Solutions, Inc – Best Access Systems Division) and Best Security (Marshall Best Security Corp)…


    Large format removable cores from manufacturers ASSA-Abloy, BiLock, Corbin-Russwin, Medeco, Mul-T-Lock, Sargent, Schlage and Yale are not interchangeable with any other make or model. Although similar in appearance when installed, no two actually share exactly the same form or function. More precisely, for example:

    Each core from Corbin-Russwin is removed and reinstalled via a partial two-chambered pin section with a unique shear line that rotates into and out of the chassis when any common change key blank or master key blank with the proper cuts is encountered, and, therefore, is incompatible with all Schlage removeable cores, which release and resecure by means of a lateral pin at the back that is controlled by a specialized key blank cut to match any functioning change key or master key or combination thereof…"









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    Panic Bar (Crash Bar) Austin TX locksmith

    Panic bar installation, service and repair by Austin Premier Locksmith.

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    "A crash bar (also known as a panic barexit device,  panic device, or a push bar) is a mechanism for unlatching a door, consisting of a spring-loaded metal bar fixed horizontally to the front of the door (the side of the door that opens outward) and hinged. It is operated by pushing on it, which unlatches and opens the door.Panic Bar Installation

    Many countries' building codes require them on all fire and emergency exits. They are so named because they can be operated by someone "crashing" into them; the alternate term "panic bar" implies a similar meaning. In the UK, British Standards EN179 and EN1125 apply to panic hardware for workplace access and public access buildings respectively.

    Many of these doors are one-way, and cannot be opened from the outside. To use this device on a two-way door, another type of door handle must be mounted on the opposite side.Panic Bar Installation

    The idea was first put into practice after the events of the Victoria Hall disaster in Sunderland, England in 1883.  It saw widespread use after the Iroquois Theater Fire in Chicago, USA, which killed 602 people on December 30, 1903."


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    Door Closer Installation And Repair

    Austin Premier Locksmith provides a full service for door closer in the greater Austin Metro. Door closer installation, service and repair. We carry and service all door closers types and brands. Call us now to get a free quote.

    "A door closer is a mechanical device that closes a door in general after someone opens it, or after it was automatically opened. Choosing a door closer can involve the consideration of a variety of criteria. In addition to the closer's performance in fire situations, other criteria may include resistance to opening forces (for use by disabled or infirm) as well as health, safety, durability, risk of vandalism/ligature and aesthetics.



    There are three styles of interior door-closer:Door Closer Installation Austin

    §            Surface-mounted

    §           Concealed in frame

    §           Concealed in floor

    Surface-mounted door closers come in four variations: slide-track arm, regular arm surface mounted, parallel arm surface mounted, and top jamb mounted. Overhead door closers are typically surface mounted, though most manufacturers offer concealed models too. Such closers mount inside a pocket in the door frame or are mounted in the floor directly under the pivot point and are completely concealed.

    Another type of door closer, a surface mounted one, is attached to the door frame behind the door (where the hinges are) next to the middle hinge. The "arm" rests against the door, and a spring that is bent by the user opening the door closes the door by retracting to its proper shape.


    There is also the storm door and screen door variation of the door closer:

    As the name implies, these piston shaped closers are used on storm, security, and screen doors which give the home an extra line of defense against weather, intruders, and insects. Whereas interior closers typically use hydraulics, storm door closers are more typically pneumatic, using air and springs to close the door. Storm Door closers generally have a small metal washer on the rod that is used to lock the closer in the open position when moving stuff in or out, but more recent models such as the Touch 'n Hold door closer have a button to actuate the hold open feature to make this process easier.

       A manual door closer stores the energy used in the opening of the door in a compression or torsion spring and releases it to close the door. Some closers allow for adjustment of the strength of the spring, making it easier or more difficult to push the door open. To limit the speed at which the door closes, most door closers use hydraulic (oil-filled) dampers, although spring mechanisms may also be used for damping. The speed at which the door closer closes the door may be adjustable by up to three adjustment valves. These valves often adjust the sweep speed and the latch speed of the door and some closers are optioned with a delayed action valve. The latch speed is the speed that the door travels in the last third to 10 degrees as it closes and is often set fast so that the door can properly latch closed. The sweep speed is the speed which the door travels at along the first two thirds of its travel and is often set slower than the latch speed. For openings where a much longer close time is desired, you may opt for a delayed action closer. The delayed action valve slows the sweep speed dramatically for roughly the first half of the sweep range. Door closers which provide this two or three-stage action and close doors at a determined rate are called 'controlled' door closers.



    An automatic door closer (more often called a "door opener") opens the door itself, typically under the control of a push button or a motion detector or other device, and then closes it as well, typically employing a motion of a proximity detector  to determine when it is safe to close the door.



    Fire safety

    Door closers are most commonly installed on fire doors, which need to be closed in case of fire, to help prevent the spread of fire and smoke.

    Maintaining room temperatures

    Door closers also play a role in maintaining average cooling temperatures, since colder air doesn't vent out for longer periods if the door remains closed for longer periods on average."








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    Austin Rekey – Re Key Locks By Austin Premier Locksmith

    Rekey service – Austin Premier Locksmith. Call 512-981-5046

    Austin Premier Locksmith provide a full re-key service for any type of lock, master systems rekey and locks changed. New locks can be installed and re keyed to match the existing ones. 

    "Rekeying normally refers to the ability to change a lock so that a different key may operate it. Rekeying is done when a lock owner may be concerned that unauthorized persons have keys to the lock, so the lock may be altered by a locksmith so that only new keys will work.Rekey Locksmith Austin TX Rekeying is a relatively simple a process of changing the tumbler or wafer configuration of the lock so a new key will function while the old one will not. Rekeying may be done without replacement of the entire lock.

    Austin Rekey

    Rekeying was first invented in 1836 by Solomon Andrews, a New Jersey locksmith. His lock had adjustable tumblers and keys, allowing the owner to rekey it at any time. Later in the 1850s, inventors Andrews and Newell patented removable tumblers which could be taken apart and scrambled. The keys had bits that were interchangeable, matching varying tumbler configurations. This arrangement later became the basis for combination locks."


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