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Programming Marks I-Que Lock

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City Lock presents a simplified programming guide for the Marks I-Que Lite and I-Que Metro

The GGM is also known as the MASTER or Programming Code. Always change the Factory Default GGM during installation of a new lock

  • The GGM is also known as the MASTER or Programming Code. Always change the Factory Default GGM during installation of a new lock
  •  A User Code is generally a 6 digit code, and breaks down into two halves: the first three digits make up a “USER ID” and the remaining three digits constitute a “USER PIN”. When used to open the lock; it is combined into one string, and is called a User Code.
  •  The USER ID must differ from any already programmed into lock; ( For example; one User ID can be 612 and a new User ID can be 617, 834, 842 etc ). The remaining three digits of User Code is the Pin Code, and may be any digits person USER ID relates to wishes.
  1. Select an activity:
  1. To reprogram a lock using a common, shared single User code, perform steps one and two. Always DELETE the existing code first, and then ADD in new User Code. ( Both Step 1 and 2 )
  2. To add a user to a lock with multiple users, just ADD a new User Code ( Only Step 2 )

Program Lock:

        1. ( GGM )    #    01    *    ( User ID )    *   0   **     Delete a User

            Programming Code               First Half of User Code         

 

        2. ( GGM )    #    01    *    ( User ID )    *    ( User Group )   *   ( User Pin )    * *    Add User

            Programming Code                First Half of User Code             Ex: Group 10         Second Half of User Code

 

Some optional and useful function commands and features your Marks I-Que lock supports:

  • (GGM) # 12 * HHMM * *   Set Current Time
  • (GGM) # 13 * MMDDYY * *   Set Current Date
  • (GGM) # 02 * 13 * HHMM (Open Time) * HHMM (Close Time) * *   Basic schedule Open/Close times
  • (GGM) # 18 * 5 * *   Define Lock Open Time (Refers to time lock remains unlocked after entering user code, not the time lock unlocks during basic scheduling)
  • (GGM) # 32 * 0 * *   Pin Only Mode. This allows just the last half of user code to open door, for quicker entry. See full manual for longer pin codes, for added security.
  • (GGM) # 37 * 0 * *   Terminator off   (Terminator is the # entry at end of User code)  (Note: to enter programming mode with terminator off, you must first press the “#” key then enter your code.)
  • (GGM) # 16 * 16 * 0 * *   Clears All Users and Scheduling in Memory, in event you have lost your chart of users.

Complete Factory Manual as of 03/30/2017   http://www.marksusa.com/getDocument.php?id=861

 

Marks IQue Lite

 

Your car keys, locks and remotes

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Today, let us look at Toyota  and Lexus keys. If you have any OTHER make, this technology still may apply to YOU!

I will examine what is called a “Remote Head Key”, or a “Remote Head Key Shell”. There are three elements we look at, though they may packaged in different ways; based on model and year:

Element 1  The Blade. The blade of a key is a precision instrument. Never use it as a screwdriver or can opener. This component is also a wear item. The blade has cuts that mate up to segments within the door and ignition lock to allow rotation when the correct key is in play.

Element 2: The chip. MANY cars since 1990, and MOST today, have RFID chip technology within the plastic head. Sometimes it is a glass or carbon wedge chip, molded or fixed in the plastic head, other times it is within the circuitry of the keyless entry module in the head of key, along with a replaceable battery. Many Toyota and Lexus models, particularly in the 1998-2002 range had a system that the dealer could only program spare keys if you had a working MASTER key. Locksmiths have had the means to reset this system, in the case of no master key present. This system was totally phased out of the last model by about 2006.

Element 3:  The Remote Head Key Shell. There is a large concern over separation of the blade from the plastic shell, as well as the cover separating that holds the remote capsule in the head on certain Toyota and Lexus keys. Locksmiths have long replaced broken shells, and transplanted the chips and remotes from the old shell into the new. There is one aspect car owners should be aware of; too much torque placed upon the head of the key, due to a lock issue, can cause expensive damage to the lock bolt housing on the steering column. This has been seen a number of times on Lexus vehicles. Worse than cost alone, some Lexus lock bolt housings are no longer produced at all. Particularly if you are using an “extra strong” remote/key shell, this is not meanign you should be using the device as a crowbar. I am sure it was not the intention of the makers nor sellers  to have people crank it extra hard to overcome a jammed lock. Any sign of a key not working smoothly, should be addressed before the issue becomes critical.

Element 4 ( The bonus element ) The REMOTE:

We notes that sometimes a remote will just stop working, especially after long term storage or after the vehicle has been serviced. City Lock can re-synch it, replace the battery etc.

 

Comments & Advise:

Toyota introduced two designs that use a key known as a ” TR43″ or “TR47”. Toyota launched the first variant in 1991. The lock design had specific, chronic issues. These issues were identified soon after product initial release, and we still service failing locks of this ilk. Toyota eventually offered a redesigned product, with a 5 year phase-in in which completed in 2007. The old design is called the 8 cut system, and the latter design is the 10 cut system.

The 8 cut system consisted of a lock design with up to 8 segment positions within each lock. Two of these positions contained split wafers. We believe this design was to thwart decoding of locks serupticiously; in an attempt to increase security. The problem with this design; the segments known as split wafers traveled in their respective slots erratically. The travel was not balanced. This caused the split segments to bind, and wear on both the key, the segment and the housing within its’ travel. Ultimately, clients would have an ignition that would not turn to start, or get stuck partially turned.

The 10 cut system abandoned the split wafers altogether, but added some features. This design used the same key stock as the old 8 cut system. There is no notable failure rate with this design. However; keys must be held tightly within tolerances. The slightest wear on keys will yield failure in one or more locks. It is advised that these keys be made by locksmiths well aware of the tight tolerances. Not all key machines, even CNC type ones, can produce a quality 10 Cut Toyota key.

When a driver has a problem with keys and locks, non-expert lock repairs and replacement are often misguided and unneeded. Conclusions pointing to the lock, without testing is a costly mistake. The failure is squarely a KEY problem just about every instance; so must be verified. This is totally unlike on the old 8 Cut, where the LOCKS were almost always in need of a servicing, along with replacement of worn keys.

We at City Lock can not emphasize enough; with any auto lock key, or remote; symptoms are not a diagnosis. Facts, and a logical sequence to repair in the most efficient, least wasteful manner must prevail. When we do lock rekey and repair, we keep the match-up of ignition and door, rather than throw additional keys that only fit a replaced lock. The extra care is what makes a car owner happy down the road.

In conclusion, have problems dealt with, early on. Do NOT throw away keys or remotes that are not working, or broken. Put all the bits and pieces in a bag, and bring it to City Lock and watch the magic.

 

City Lock is developing new job site security lock

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City Lock is directly guiding the development of new padlocks. This project is to provide a new padlock for job-site tool chests. We are working with mechanical engineers and a US Based manufacturing plant with both our applications experience and customer input to develop products that are built to the needs of the market.

Help Us develop a new commercial padlock! Testers WANTED. We have a Beta run of locks to test.

Qualified clients of City Lock are invited to request a FREE padlock to put to the test. You must have job site tool chests such as Knaack, but we want all brands and variations.  These must be in daily use, not storage. Exposure to the elements and vandals is a plus. Tool cribs must be able to be brought to the City Lock showroom and service center in Boulder. We need the widest range of job site containers to test the fit. The factory label must be somewhere on the box. This information is needed so we can feed back to manufacturer of padlock how well the fit is for a particular product model and vintage; and attach any mods to the design we deem important. We will need feedback monthly. ( More frequentl input and suggestions are welcome )

The final engineering will be applied to keyed padlocks in standard, interchangeable core, high security and Bluetooth. Test padlocks are yours to keep. Final product will be available at a discount to all Beta-Testers.

City Lock is also interested in END-USER requests for other specialty padlocks to be developed. send your ideas through our contact page.

While we are adding new lines, existing clients who we have provided American Lock and Master PRo-Series locks should not be concerned. We will always support and have these locks available. We are adding a line that is compatible, so you can even mix and match and key alike between brands.

 

 

City Lock welcomes Schlage Engage Access Control!

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Schlage Engage Proximity Access Control

Schlage Engage is the first full fledged, self contained commercial grade access control. All the features clients WANT, without all the clumsy hardware that used to be forced down a client’s throat, is finally here!

The benefits are lengthy. Development of the Engage product is the result of many decades of traditional access control development, the advent of social media, the fielding of light duty residential grade APP driven devices; all to lead to the advent of the first truly APP driven Commercial grade access device.

Features of Schlage Engage:

  1. Control from any smartphone via secure cloud service anywhere. Delete and restrict users when you need to, wherever you may be, with all the equipment system requires; your cell phone and administration credentials.
  2.  Self contained system, for elimination of most troubleshooting found in prior access control
  3. Expand-ability. Add nearly as many locks as you like, as well as users
  4. Set schedules, holidays and view audit trails you used to handle with a spreadsheet from a computer terminal.
  5. Save energy. Locks operate for up to a year on one set of 4 AA Alkaline batteries.
  6. Aesthetic appeal. Locks compliment any decor, and are available in four lever designs. Doors require no alterations
  7. Will not void fire label on door
  8. Take it with you. Relocating? Swap the Engage lock with the one it replaced. No unsightly damage to door. This may preserve your security deposit

 

 

What you need to use this product?

  1. The Schlage ENGAGE access control lock
  2. Installation; either by City Lock or your own skilled in-house facilities locksmith. City Lock will train facilities managers’ staff.
  3. Additional Schlage Engage prox cards, if needed  ( City Lock includes 20 cards with purchase of lock )
  4. The FREE APP. Choose IOS or Android.
  5. The FREE Engage Account ( Free, takes a minute or two to set up )
  6. That is it, nothing else!

What is NOT NEEDED:

  1. Control Panel
  2. Power supplies and backup batteries near each door way
  3. Card enrolling device
  4. Palm Unit to transfer data for programming and audit of lock
  5. Wiring, wiring and more wiring
  6. Expensive annual maintenance contracts
  7. High cost to reinstall, when you reconfigure space or vacate

Career Opportunity: Locksmith

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Career Opportunity

Locksmith Technician

Career Overview:

  • automotive. lockout service, fitting of keys, programming transponder keys and remotes, troubleshooting, repair of ignition and door locks, re-keying of auto locks
  • residential. unlocking, site survey, troubleshooting, repair and installation of standard, keyless, designer, multi-point and other security products for home and income properties
  • commercial. unlocking, survey, installation and service of door control products. Keys, locks, panic devices and keyless access.
  • shop duties. retail storefront, field service, bench-work, organization, customer service, making keys and servicing a wide array of what may come in the door.

Criteria for applicationt::

  • clean background check
  • strong desire for solving challenges and completing projects
  • reliable personal transportation ( NOT USED IN COURSE OF WORK )
  • good driving record
  • professional clean cut presentation
  • tactile skills with hand and power tools
  • reside in or close-in to Boulder

About position:

  • full time M-F 40 hour week.
  • After hours and weekend emergency calls optional
  • Highly quality oriented, goal to retain client

Compensation

  • holidays off paid if they fall on a weekday: Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day
  • 7 paid personal Days
  • paid vacation after one year
  • Health Insurance and dental premium assistance
  • Company equipment tools and vehicle.
  • Training via apprenticeship available
  • Salary Hourly plus bonus 32,000 – 52,000 + Benefits

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

  • Boulder, CO 80301

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

Required experience:

  • Locksmithing: 2 years

Required language:

  • English: Communicate effectively verbally and by documentation.

Required license or certification:

  • Drivers License

Apply via Indeed!

https://www.indeed.com/cmp/City-Lock-A-Polytechnikey-LLC-Company/jobs/Locksmith-Technician-3c3e5b6477dbb6dc?q=locksmith

 

City Lock adds Master Lock Door Hardware. Perfect designer tastes on a strict budget

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City Lock is your Boulder area locksmith. Not only are the locksmiths at City Lock your go-to professionals for on-site emergency services, City Lock has been your compete source for door hardware and security products since 1979.

Master Lock Residential Hardware has been added to City Lock, enhancing  their “good, better best” approach to offering the best value at each price point.

Levers knobs and deadbolts for exterior and interior doors, popular finishes on hand. For interior doors, matching passage and privacy levers, as well as dummy trim is also offered.

Unlike the two leading selling brands of residential locks sold at the big box stores, Master door hardware features:

  1. No plastic mechanical parts.
  2. All-Brass machined key cylinder. Others are often die-cast zinc
  3. For maintenance companies, and multifamily maintenance, we offer the same locks with Cylinders to match Kwikset, Weiser and Weslock factory keying. This allows existing master key systems to be phased in, without disturbing an existing master key system.
  4. Popular finishes Bright Brass, Satin Nickel and Aged Bronze ( a dark rich take on oil-rubbed bronze )
  5. As always, City Lock can provide padlocks to match your new Master door lock keys, as well as cylinders for most French doors that currently take a full size door lock key

Visit the City Lock Service Center and Showroom at 2898 30th St in Boulder. That is on 30th, just feet from Valmont Rd.

You can call your favorite locksmiths at 303-444-4407

DIYer Help… New Door Lock leaves small hole exposed

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Do-It-Yourself Help Center from the Locksmiths at City Lock Locksmith Service in Boulder Colorado

Your lead Locksmith at City Lock wants to help the DIY’er with as many solutions to common problems that can be resolved without an unnecessary service call. All you need is to have minor to moderate DIY skills.

City Lock, a Boulder Locksmith service, is often contacted regarding the unsightly hole can result when replacing a decorative pitcher-grip handle latch-set. This is because manufacturers redesign their product line from time to time. Only a few products do have a slight accommodation for minor relocation for the new lower screw that secures the “heel” or base of the exterior grip handle. The head of the screw and its hole generally go clear through the door. It is the interior that needs concealment, as the new outside trim probably will cover the old hole on the OUTSIDE surface of door.

City Lock will often conceal an exposed hole like this with a dowel pin, if the door is solid wood. In fiberglass and Steel skin doors, a pair of  screw covers will be mounted back-to-back, if the lock replacing the pitcher handle is to be replaced as we recommend; with a Lever x Lever set.

The solution escaped us for some time, until a client came in just this past week to address this very issue. Between us, a perfect resolution emerged…. a cabinet knob baguette ( Back Plate ). These are an optional trim piece for cabinet knobs. Emtek happens to make these plates in shapes that math their door lock rosettes. This hides the extra screw-hole, and actually dresses up the interior of the door a bit nicer than a plain little round screw cover. City Lock is a major dealer for Emtek Products among many other select lines.

If you are not the DIY’er type, we are happy to come to you.

The Locksmiths at City Lock are your Boulder Automotive Locksmith experts

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The techies at City Lock are back at work, after the annual automotive locksmith training event, “Just Cars”. Attending nearly 6 years, has helped us stay on top of our game, bringing you solutions for your automotive security technology requirements.

Automobiles are constantly changing, and City Lock invests in its employees training, as well as the new equipment needed to do the job.

Keys and remotes seem like such a simple thing. If only it were! We employ the methods to properly program keys to your vehicle, and not fall short with easy substitutions that may not be reliable.

City Lock can often do much more than the dealer in the way of choices, and promptness. The dealer must do it a corporate way, as they are bound by rules of franchise. We have no agreement with the manufacturer. Our client is who we answer to. We often have multiple options to fit your budget, without cutting quality.

City Lock is available to the public, as well as a support option for auto repair shops and new and used car lots.

When you are told it can not be done, please call the Boulder County Locksmiths at City Lock.

We have only one number, 303-444-4407. Beware of gotcha listings of locksmiths, but with a toll free number. That is a scam. We are REAL, you can visit our SHOP at 2898 30th St Boulder CO

Boulder RV Keys

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Boulder-RV-keysLocked out of your Rv? Need RV keys cut we have the Boulder RV keys you need.

RV Topper, Landscaping Equipment keys, Truck Box Keys, Crossover and side pickup tool box keys and locks, Utility truck compartment keys and locks, Heavy Construction Equipment ignition and cab door keys and latches.

All Major RV Brands; Airstream, Winnebago, etc. OEM Keys and locks by Global, Trimark, Southco, Bauer and more.

Rv lockouts 7 days week fast Boulder mobile RV locksmith service we can open RV doors and storage area doors and make new keys for you or make extra keys. Is your RV door key not working or wont go into the door we can fix it.

Come by our City Lock store location to have extra RV keys made at 2898 30th St Boulder CO 8030. We have Rv keys house keys business keys Utility lock keys and more. We have Over 3500 different keys, hundreds of auto remotes and transponder keys as well. City Lock your Boulder RV Keys source.