Filled with easy-to-follow instructions, illustrations, charts, and checklists, this updated locksmithing resource covers locking mechanisms used in today's residential, automotive, commercial, and electronic security devices. Whether you want to install a home security system or start a successful locksmithing business, you'll find what you need in this book. Details about licensing and certifications and a sample Registered Professional Locksmith exam are included.
Locksmithing, Second Edition covers:
Warded, lever tumbler, disc tumbler, side bar wafer, and pin tumbler locks
Key-in-knob, deadbolt, and cylinder key mortise locks
Pushbutton combination locks
Lock picking, impressioning, and forced entry
Safe basics and drilling open safes
Key coding machines
Closed circuit television systems
Access control, alarms, and system integration
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a lightweight review of locksmithing topics. It is better than his previous book "The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing" but it falls far short of presenting a complete discussion of locksmithing. In addition, there are some errors - in Appendix C, "Depth and Space Charts", Kwikset is shown as having 7 depths. They only have 6 and a 7 pin is not available for their locks. Since this is such a common lock, I am surprised this wasn't caught during proofreading.
This is a decent beginner's book on locksmithing, presenting the various topics without going too deep on any one subject. The chapters on drilling safes (3 pages) and bump keys (1.5 pages) do not contribute much other than introducing the concepts. The chapters on CCTV and access control provide some good information from the guest authors, but they are still only introductory in nature.
After reading this book, I don't feel any more enlightened about the locksmithing trade and...
I suppose the info here is relivent but only because the pin tumbler lock hasent changed in 200 years. However wrighting an educational text has changed a bit since 1980. Fortunatly Bill has written a much better book with more content, get "The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing".
It got to me in a reasonable amount of time from when I puchased it. It was in good condition. I tells me everything I need to know about locksmithing. I can definitely study from this book. It's very good.
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