The most experienced locksmiths I know tell me, “If I can finish an installation or repair faster, I can fit more jobs in my schedule and make more money that week.” The challenge for them is how to shave minutes off each job.
Here at SELECT, we heard what locksmiths were saying and came up with four new time-saving products to add to their toolboxes.
Problem: Having to use a center punch. When installing a hinge, accurate hole placement is critical. Locksmiths say it takes time to mark where each hole goes and then use a center punch to make an indentation before drilling. Eliminating the center punch step would speed up installations.
Toolbox Solution: Self-centering through-bolt drill bit. The SELECT HB375 drill bit has end flutes that prevent it from walking side-to-side, so locksmiths can mark for the holes and immediately start drilling. This bit creates a smooth, clean and accurate .375” diameter bore every time. The bit also has extra length so there are no more time-wasting workarounds because of a too-short bit.
Problem: Holes left by previous pivot hinge preps. Locksmiths say they will do far fewer repairs and replacements if they remove pivot hinges and replace them with geared continuous hinges. But these hinge changeouts leave unattractive frame holes that can also harbor insects, dirt and water. How can they replace the pivot hinges without marring the look of the door?
Toolbox Solution: Self-adhesive pivot hinge hole cover. Just peel the backing from these 1-11/16” by 31/32” covers and apply over the hole. SELECT offers two color choices to match clear or dark bronze frames.
Problem: Unattractive door/frame adjustments. Locksmiths have devised ways to square up doors and frames when installing hinges, but they’ll admit not all of their shim solutions look “pretty” when the job is done. For higher-end doors especially, a less-than-seamless-look is not acceptable to customers. What locksmiths want is a fast, clean-looking solution to keep jobs coming in.
Toolbox Solution: Shim stock that blends in with door or frame. SELECT Hinges’ shim stock is designed to quickly and easily solve two problems. First, when installing concealed hinges, the shim stock seamlessly reduces the clearance between the door and frame. And second, when putting in full surface or half surface hinges, the shim stock provides additional door inset from the frame without ruining the appearance of the door. This new shim stock is available in either clear anodized aluminum, no-hole strips ⅛” thick; 1-½” wide and 95” long, or translucent UHMH on 100” rolls, available in four sizes, 1/32”x1/2”, 1/32”x1-½”, 1/16”x1/2” or 1/16”x1-1-½”. All shim choices blend in with the door or frame color.
Problem: Difficult-to-repair electrified door hinges. Locksmiths know that electrified doors are notorious for failing. When repairs are needed, rewiring the hinges is difficult and time-consuming. What locksmiths want is faster, easier access to the wires.
Toolbox Solution: 5-minute wire fix. SELECT recently introduced its breakthrough solution, the Accessible Through-Wire (ATW) electrically modified concealed hinge. It lets locksmiths access the wire problem and make repairs in less than five minutes. SELECT solved two other aggravations by using longer-lasting wires so locksmiths seldom have to make repairs and by making these preps available for new and existing entryways.
Have other hinge installation problems that you’d like to find a faster tool or workaround for? Do you have hinge installation solutions you’re using now that other locksmiths could put into practice? SELECT Hinges is always looking for innovative ways to make locksmiths’ jobs easier and more profitable.