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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:
"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
This guide is accessible to students, apprentices and professionals alike. It provides information on all the basics of locksmithing and on the advanced techniques, covering everything from master keying and lock picking to autolocks, lockmaking and servicing safes.
Whether you want to learn lockpicking or locksmithing, or choose locks that are virtually impossible to defeat, this classic will meet your needs. The top reference in the field since 1976, this book is perfect for everyone from beginners who want to master techniques step by illustrated step, to pros who need an up-to-date, comprehensive shop manual. The Sixth Edition features: • Complete, illustrated coverage from a master locksmith. • Techniques and tips for lockpicking and fixing. • Safe opening and servicing techniques. • Coverage of electronic and high-security mechanical locks. • Auto lock opening and servicing how-tos. • An all-new Registered Locksmith test. • How to conduct a home security survey • How to start and run a locksmithing business, or get hired as a locksmith.
Five Star Review on Amazon.com (for previous edition):
"This is a great catch-all book about locksmithing."
*The "bible" of the locksmithing field has just been updated - making it even more accessible to students, apprentices, and professionals alike
*Covers everything from keying and lock picking, to auto locks, lockmaking, and servicing safes
*Includes over 100 new sample questions to help study for certification exams
About 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.
Table of Contents
FOREWORD BY GREG MANGO, EDITOR, THE NATIONAL LOCKSMITH
2. Tools of the Trade
4. Warded Locks
6. Disc Tumbler Locks
8. High-Security Mechanical Locks
10. Detention Locks and Hardware
12. Keyed Padlocks
14. Lock Picking and Impressioning
16. Opening Locked Cars
18. Combination Locks
20. Working as a Locksmith
22. Test Your Knowledge
24. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix B: Locksmith Suppliers' Profiles and Addresses
Appendix D: Locksmithing Schools and Training Programs