Chips and Scratches
When you do a lock installation, especially on wood doors,
you often end up causing some
scratches and chips of the wood
of various sizes and shapes.
When the frame and/or door is
painted, you can leave a bright
and very light colored spot that
tends to stick out.
You can sometimes touch up
minor scratches and chips with
a marker of similar color. If you
want to be really prepared, you
might want to get a big set of
markers to match up with any
colored surface that might have
been compromised by your
installation. If you look around,
you can sometimes find special
markers at hardware or do it
yourself type stores that match
wood grains or other common
interior house colors. They are
small enough to fit in virtually
any tool case and can fix a minor
mistake on an install.
Sometimes when you are chiseling, you can take off a bigger
chunk of wood than planned. A
marker is not enough to cover up
a chunk of missing wood. It is a
good idea to keep some glue on
hand if you take off a big chunk
of wood from the door or frame.
They usually can be fixed fairly
easily and the glue will often hold
the piece back on rather securely.
Then you can also use your
marker to complete it, if the color
was removed in the process.
The Magic Follower
They say that good things
come in small packages. One
rather small (physically) item at
the trade show impressed me
quite a bit. It was a rather new
tool, or should I say a new twist
on a tool most locksmith have
used for generations. The Magic
Follower (photo 1), is roughly 6
inches long. It’s not quite long
it doesn’t actually have any real
magical powers, but it is a powerhouse of a tool.
The Magic Follower is longer
than the typical plug follower
and it has some rather unique
capabilities you won’t find in your
typical plug follower. An end
view (photo 2), shows the center
of the follower to be a different
color and ultimately a different
material. Notice the V-notch on
the end of the follower. There is a
matching V-notch on the opposite
end of the plug follower. I will
shortly explain what it does and
how it does it.
Arrow lock makes key-in-knob
and key-in-lever lock cylinders
that use a fairly long tailpiece
for certain lock handle styles.
The cylinder shown (photo 3),
has the slightly longer tailpiece.
The tailpiece is removable when
rekeying or servicing. This style