The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing / Edition 6

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Overview

Featuring an all-new test for the RPL exam!

THE MOST COMPLETE LOCKSMITHING GUIDE YOU CAN FIND

Whether you want to learn lockpicking or locksmithing — or want to choose locks that are virtually impossible to defeat — Bill Phillips' classic The Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing is perfect. For years the top reference in the field, this book suits everyone from beginners who want to master techniques step by illustrated step, to pros who need an up-to-date, all-inclusive shop manual. This an insider's guide to every facet of the world of mechanical security.

Great for independent or classroom study, the Sixth Edition features:

  • Comprehensive illustrated coverage from a master locksmith
  • The perfect tool for teaching yourself lockpicking and lock fixing
  • Buying and selling safes
  • Coverage of electronic and high-security mechanical locks
  • Auto lock opening and servicing how-to's
  • Lockmaking instructions
  • An all new registered professional locksmith exam
  • Lists of tool and equipment sources
  • PLUS NEW instruction on key impressioning; home security surveys; getting hired as a locksmith; testing your knowledge; and running a locksmith business

"It's hard to find technical details on this subject: locksmiths are relatively close-mouthed about the craft of their trade. Laypeople to professionals will thus find this a winning reference: it covers all types of locks and keys from old-fashioned to modern electromagnetic locks and vending machines, providing the basics of locksmithing and different system operations." — Midwest Book Review, on a previous edition

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT LOCKS AND THE BUSINESS OF LOCKS

* A short history of the Lock
• Types of Locks and Keys
• Warded Locks
• Lever Tumbler Locks
• Disc Tumbler Locks
• Pin Tumbler Locks
• High-Security Mechanical Locks
• Lockpicking
• Key Impressioning
• Masterkeying
• Detention Locks and Hardware
• Buying and Selling Safes
• Keyed Padlocks
• Home and Business Services
• Auxiliary Door Locks
• Office Locks
• Automobile Locks
• Emergency Entry
• Combination Locks
• Electricity for Locksmiths
• Electrical Access and Exit Control Systems
• Key Duplicating Machines
• Test Your Knowledge
• Making Locks by Hand
• Conducting a Home Security Survey
• Getting Hired as a Locksmith
• Starting and Running a Locksmithing Business
• Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
• Appendices: Lock and Safe Manufacturers; Locksmith Suppliers' Profiles and Addresses; Miscellaneous Important Addresses/Phone Numbers; Plug Follower and Holder Diameters for Popular Locks
• Glossary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071448291
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Complete Book of Locks and Locksmithing Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 189,051
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.37 (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

Introduction
Acknowledgments
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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