Medeco is one of the biggest names in lock security. If you’re looking to improve your security a known name like Medeco may be your first choice. Medeco is a great company and they offer many excellent products, however, switching to a new lock system can be confusing with Medeco.

Part of that confusion is by design. People invest in Medeco locks for security and key control. Hardware stores don’t have the machinery to duplicate keys. The blanks require special dealer agreements to get and locksmiths will only cut them with proper identification card and paperwork. Different key blanks add to this difficulty.

Medeco offers a variety of different key systems. Original, biaxial, M3, X4 etc. The pros and cons are determined by the specific user application.

While all Medeco locks are top quality some of them are not drill resistant. Got true high value / high security applications drill resistance may be a necessity. Older Medeco systems have expired patents and key blanks are readily available.

If you’re thinking of upgrading to a high security lock system call Lock Alchemy Locksmiths at 216-505-1389. We can walk you through the selection and implemention process.

2018 has been incredible year here at Lock Alchemy Locksmiths. We’ve grown our business in every sector and have significantly expanded our product offerings.

Residential: We’ve teamed up with national home warranty companies to offer rekey services. Many of our customers are just moving into their new home. Some homes were occupied by the owners and some were rental properties. Either way they’re satisfied to know that they’re the only ones with the keys to their home.

Residential New Locks: We continue to stock, install, and service more mechanical push button locks. They often aren’t as easy to install on older does than people would imagine. It’s our privilege to make adding a combination lock an easy process.

Property Management / Real Estate: This year we’ve expanded our client list with more property managers. Lost keys, door issues, hardware replacements. We’ve done a lot to ease the process of managing multiple properties for investors and managers. We’ve also partnered with several real estate agents to be their preferred locksmith.

Commercial: Perhaps our biggest area of growth this year has been in the commercial locksmith sector. We’ve installed commercial grade door hardware including lever sets, door closers, and panic hardware, as well as repaired many doors. Master key systems have helped businesses rent out office space and continue to maintain access for service staff.

Social Media: We’re continuing to post job site pictures, completed projects, and helpful tips on Instagram, Facebook, and Google Business.

High Security & Restricted Systems: Businesses often have a need for a locksmith to provide master key systems and high security locks. We’ve significantly expanded our offerings of high security locks. We offer popular brands such as Medeco, ASSA, Mul-T-Lock, and our own regionally restricted keyway. The closest locksmith in any direction that has access to this key is in New York State. We’ll be posting more about specific lines, systems, and benefits.

Thank you all for a wonderful 2018 and we’re looking to make 2019 the best year yet! Happy New Year!

Recently a large institution reached out to us to change a standard commercial lock to a pushbutton lock. Initially we assumed that the installation would be relatively straightforward. Remove the existing  lock, set the new combination, install the new lock and we would be done.

Upon removing the existing lock we discovered that the lock was not drilled out and a typical fashion. Normally a lock for a commercial application will have through  bolts. These are extra bolts they provide additional security and strength to the lock. However, this lock was drilled out larger than a standard lock and had holes drilled for through  bolts.  The interesting thing is that this lock did not have through bolts. So essentially, They drilled these extra holes for no reason.They drilled these extra holes for no reason.

So we couldn’t simply install the new lock as planned. We started looking around for wraps and plates that would cover these holes, maintain aesthetics, and be cost effective.

We soon discovered that the company actually has a solution for this exact problem. We used the plates designed for a lever locks by Lockey.

The installation required the drilling of a new hole for a supporting screw. The whole who is precisely drilled using a custom to jig and clamps.

The code was sent prior to arriving in order to decrease the amount of time required to be on site and interfere with normal hours of operation. After the lock wasn’t installed we train the staff on how to use the lock, especially the passage function.

At the end of the day I believe we provided a cost-effective solution for this company. We were happy that they were just as pleased as we were.

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, sometimes evictions are necessary. Lock Alchemy has experience working with property managers, banks, bailiffs, and court appointed agents. We’ve complicated evictions throughout Cuyahoga County including Cleveland, EastCleveland, South Euclid, Cleveland Heights, and University Heights.

Evictions can be complicated. Don’t get caught off guard- choose a locksmith company with experience. Our services simultaneously decrease time to gain entry, change locks, and increase safety.

Cleveland Heights is a popular city and thriving city. The city’s population was 46,238 in the 2010 census l. As of the 2010 census, Cleveland Heights was ranked the 8th largest city by population in the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area and ranked 20th in Ohio.

Cleveland Heights boasts several older style mansions that are incredibly impressive. Maintaining original doors and door hardware is a difficult task. Lock Alchemy works with owners of these homes to update the function and look of their hardware while maintaining an older style aesthetic.

Cleveland Heights also has many rental properties. Propert management companies and individual landlords use locksmiths to fix doors and locks and change the key between rentals.

Cleveland Heights is also the home of many small businesses. One area that hosts several small businesses is the Coventry area. Coventry has many small trendy stores, restaurants and other more commercial businesses.

Locksmiths change out locks between tenants of commercial property. They also change locks if an employee is fired or quits. They also fix and repair commercial doors and hinges.

Locksmiths can also provide other security services to small businesses like master keying, padlocks, security cameras, drop safes, file cabinet locks, and regular safes.

Evicting tenants is not an easy thing to do. Of course, no one wants to be responsible for removing someone from their home. The legal fees, time, and hassle required can create stress and financial burdens. Bailiff and sheriff assisted evictions can make landlords and real-estate professionals uneasy.

We strive to make the locksmith part of an eviction as easy as possible. We coordinate with local law enforcement and legal entities to ensure an eviction occurs legally. Lock Alchemy can provide full locksmith services during an eviction. We can gain entry to an occupied or unoccupied house. Remove the current locks then rekey them or replace them entirely. We can also gain access to garages, storage areas, and secure them with the appropriate padlocks and other security hardware.

We can provide key duplication services on site and record the keys for future reference. After an eviction is complete we can also provide door repair and replacement services. Door services can increase the value of a home for sale or for rent.

Our experience in coordination with real estate professionals, law enforcement and physical security allow us to provide cost effective solutions. We are able to provide services for one or two evictions or a several in one day. Please reach out to use for more information.

 

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Some people were unable to leave or enter their homes. Technology to solve a mechanical problem creates another failure point. Read the full article here www.zdnet.com/article/yale-botches-smart-lock-update-imprisons-users-in-their-own-homes/

Here is a cheat sheet I made for Don Jo door wraps also called wrap arounds. Standard residential backset is 2-3/8″ and the standard commercial backset is 2-3/4″. Interior doors are typically 1-3/8″ while exterior doors are typically 1-3/4″.

Finishes are:

10B (613) – Oiled Rubber

AB (609) – Antique Brass

BZ (612) – Satin Bronze

PB (605)- Bright Brass

S (630) – Satin Stainless Steel

 

Number 51 CW
Dimensions 4″ x 4-1/2″
Backset 2-3/8″
Door 1-3/8″
Number 61 CW
Dimensions 4″ x 4-1/2″
Backset 2-3/8″
Door 1-3/4″
Number 71 CW
Dimensions 4-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
Backset 2-3/4″
Door 1-3/8″
Number 81 CW
Dimensions 4-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
Backset 2-3/4″
Door 1-3/4″

 

 

Number 5 CW
Dimensions 4″ x 4-1/2″
Backset 2-3/8″
Door 1-3/8″
Description For DEADBOLTS with 1 1/2″ hole
Number 6 CW
Dimensions 4″ x 4-1/2″
Backset 2-3/8″
Door 1-3/4″
Description For DEADBOLTS with 1 1/2″ hole
 

Number 7 CW
Dimensions 4-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
Backset 2-3/4″
Door 1-3/8″
Description For DEADBOLTS with 1 1/2″ hole
 

Number 8 CW
Dimensions 4-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
Backset 2-3/4″
Door 1-3/4″
Description For DEADBOLTS with 1 1/2″ hole

 

 

Number 70 CW (blank)
Dimensions 4-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
Door 1-3/8″

 

Number 80 CW (blank)
Dimensions 4-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
Door 1-3/4″

 

 

I just installed a new lock the other day for a student at John Carol in University Heights. She bought an electronic lock online and wanted me to install it. I informed her that it wouldn’t be under my warranty but I’d gladly install the lock.

The lock was from a major manufacturer but I was shocked by the quality, or lack there of. It was a surface mount lock and would have been a real pain to install. It would have required series modification to the door door and door jamb. If it would ever be removed it would leave some nasty holes. Additionally, it only used key fobs and cards not number entry. That’s a strange choice for electronic access control for home. The point of keyless entry is defeated if you need a fob!

I suggested a Lockey M210 Lock that I have in stock. This lock offers several advantages.

This Lock Mounts in the Typical way

The surface mounted lock would have required modifications to the door jamb and leave screw holes in the door. The Lockey can be replaced be any standard door knob, deadbolt, or filler plate.

No Batteries

Batteries are another fail point for a lock. Imagine a student goes home for a two week break betweenn semesters. They don’t hear the low battery warning and return to their rental unable to get into their room!

Quality

A good lock that has a low probability  to fail is what you need. An all mechanical lock is going to almost always be more durable than an electronic lock.

Ease of Use

It doesn’t require fobs or cards are required, just a simple code. The code can be given to someone in a pinch if you need someone to access you’re room.

I drilled a new lock bore, strike, set the code and installed it within under an hour! They were very happy with the product!