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This is the standard by which the C28 Lock and Security Contractor Exam is based. The rest of the C28 uses California Building Code, NFPA 80, and NEC. There are only a few things are deeply disagree with Mr. Phillips on, even though I have only been a Locksmith now for less than a decade, I cannot use graphite in modern locks. It is not only a conductive substance its messy, turns to mud when moist, and I just don't think its a useful lubricant beyond old mortise locks which effectively encase all that graphite within the door. Finally, the wiring diagrams leave alot to be desired and the rectifier and transformer pictograms in the silent strike diagram, for example, is on the state try but it is a really sloppy diagram. Perhaps it is purposely obfuscated to create it harder to guess what components are what. Maybe as a journeyman Locksmith in the 21st century I am spoiled but there isn't nearly enough about trim, exotic and upscale, high tech, IoT, bluetooth, cracking, hacking, or Info Security. Bill's going to have to mention Kali Linux and Prox hacking, newer Automotive technology, etc. to stay relevant.
this book does not have any useful info other than some of the history and structure of the locks. not helpful to a locksmith. specially there is no info on automotive lock or programming. "complete book" on the title is misleading
Amazing book if you wish to learn the in's and out's of locksmithing. Yes this book can be used for nefarious purposes, but that's not what my intention was. Everything about locks, and locksmithing is laid out very astutely in this book. Obtain it if you wish to know how your door works, among other, more complicated locks.
Quick shipping. Perfect book very well written. I also bought 2 more of his books on video security and later plan to one of his earlier editions of this book just for reference on older locks and information for my locksmith journey.
I read the book and found it to be very informative. It am very happy with this purchase. I am curious about the try in the back of the book. There seem to be some discussion on its usefulness. I took the try and am about to mail it in to the company.
40% of this book is simply copies of manufacturers manuals and locksmith supply houses available online.(google "kwikset master key manual" and you'll have chapter 6 or go to Adams Rite Mfg. and for chapter 10 "electric strike handbook" etc.)The rest is just a fast overview of the locksmith trade, nothing in depth and definitely not Master Locksmithing. I am returning mine tomorrow.
I noted the mixed reviews so I got the hardcover book from the library. I was delighted with the info in the book and felt it was particularly amazing for providing smithing projects and ideas for tooling. A lot of of the projects are described completely including each scene of forging the item. There a lot of detailed photographs. This is definitely not a beginner I ordered the paperback ver and was very disappointed to explore that the images were quite inferior in quality: very dark and less detailed. I did decide to hold the book but would recommend that you test and obtain the hardcover ver rather than the inferior paperback.
This is part of our home schooling skills reading for Locksmithing and Security Design. After getting through a lot of the primary work this is a amazing follow on piece for advanced learning.
This is part of our home schooling skills reading for Locksmithing and Security Design. This is amazing for primary smithing as well as structure of early locks.
Written by a professional smith who spent his like making accurate colonial reproductions. The images of his are fascinating. I am thrilled that it is back in print. One of the few 20th century books that covers subjects such a making matching punches and dies for the little shop. (Other sources on dies that I've read are from the 19th century.) The author also covers bending jigs for making hardware such as hinges in little production runs. There are a lot of images although some info are lost in the shadows. In most cases, between the text and the photos, you can understand the tool or technique. If you are interested in making easy dies for repetitively punching shapes this book has useful hints and photos. The author gives clear detailed tip on making punches for cutting rectangular slots in sheet such as for garden gate latches. Not a beginners first book but a amazing choice once you obtain beyond the basics. If you are interested in making a little production run of colonial hardware this book will save you time and pesos. The author devotes part of the book to early colonial locks but you can ignore these pages and still obtain your money's worth.
Donald Streeter is a life saver. I am very satisfied that he wrote a book to share his methods. Very amazing reference for production tooling. I've found that the book can be lacking a bit in illustration; however, all the info is there and may just take an additional min to figure out. Glad he's living on through this book.
Amazing projects and primary instruction. Traditional blacksmithing and lock building. I consider this one of the best secondary books on blacksmithing, adds to primary skills.