The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing / Edition 5

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Because of its wealth of information, ease of use, and comprehensive coverage, The Complete Book of Locks & Locksmithing has earned a reputation as the standard reference in its field. Significantly expanded and updated to reflect advances in the industry, this edition covers developments in vehicle security systems, hardwired electromechanical locks for the home or office, and more.

No matter what information you need to know or your level of skill -- from layperson or student to professional -- this practical reference addresses every type of lock and system available today, using exploded and cutaway views and photographs to reinforce step-by-step repair and installation instructions.

Inside, you'll find the latest information on all types of locks and keys, including electromagnetic, padlock, warded, lever, disc tumbler, schlage wafer-tumbler, pin-tumbler cylinder, double-bitted, and combination; vending machine locks; high-security locks and hardware; master keying; lock picking and emergency entry tools and procedures; manufacturers and aftermarket automotive systems; key impressioning; electrical access and exit control systems: selling, installing, and servicing safes; basic electricity for locksmiths; and how to start and run a locksmithing business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071374941
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 561
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Phillips is the leading author of locksmithing books, including this best-selling classic. He also wrote McGraw-Hill's Locksmithing, a part of the Craftmaster series, and the Complete Book of Electronic Security, also from McGraw-Hill. Mr. Phillips is the author of the "Lock" article in the 1998-2005 editions of the World Book Encyclopedia, and has written hundreds of security-related articles for professional and general-circulation periodicals, including Home Mechanix, Los Angeles Times, Consumers Digest, and others. He is president of the International Association of Home Safety and Security Professionals.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A Short History of the Lock 1
Ch. 2 Tools of the Trade 13
Ch. 3 Types of Locks and Keys 35
Ch. 4 Warded Locks 57
Ch. 5 Lever Tumbler Locks 69
Ch. 6 Disc Tumbler Locks 87
Ch. 7 Pin Tumbler Locks 103
Ch. 8 High-Security Mechanical Locks 127
Ch. 9 Masterkeying 151
Ch. 10 Detention Locks and Hardware 177
Ch. 11 Buying and Selling Safes 185
Ch. 12 Keyed Padlocks 193
Ch. 13 Home and Business Services 215
Ch. 14 Auxiliary Door Locks 295
Ch. 15 Office Locks 307
Ch. 16 Automobile Locks 313
Ch. 17 Decoding, Picking, and Emergency Entry 333
Ch. 18 Combination Locks 355
Ch. 19 Electrical Access and Exit Control Systems 395
Ch. 20 The Business of Locksmithing 455
Ch. 21 Key Duplicating Machines 471
Ch. 22 Test Your Knowledge 485
Ch. 23 Making Locks by Hand 495
Ch. 24 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions 509
App. A Lock and Safe Manufacturers 515
App. B Locksmith Suppliers' Profiles Addresses 527
App. C Miscellaneous Important Addresses/Phone Numbers 531
App. D Plug Follower and Holder Diameters for Popular Locks 533
Glossary 535
Index 543
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