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    I just got done talking with a manufacture that makes the door locks for hotels. Just thought I would try and put out some information on them.
    1. I was tols by the owner, "you guys cant beat these doors down, and prying it open will not work".
    2. They work off of AA batteries, and have to be replaced around every 18 months.
    3. If the batteries are dead, you need a special "jumper" cable, and master swipe key to make entry.
    4. There is a tool that he had that I am trying to get for entry. He called it, "A Mule Tool". It is a bendable rod with a cable attached. You stay low, slide the end where the cable and rod attach underneath the door, latch the knob on the inside of the door, pull down on the tool, and the door will pop open with pressure from your head against the door.
    Pretty cool. Just a little FYI.
    I'll try and post some pictures.
    Stay safe!

  • #2
    Originally posted by capt4704
    ......."you guys cant beat these doors down....

    I'm not sure if he has seen some firefighters in action.
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    • #3
      Trust me, I am one of those Firefighters in action. Sometimes you need to use the head and work smarter. Please take no offense. I have forced alot of doors, and these types of locks WILL give us problems.

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      • #4
        Oh I believe you. I was just being a pain in the arse.
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        • #5
          Trying to get the pictures on here.

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          • #6
            We had a hotel fire that I was on in a neighboring town. Conventional forcible entry works just fine, however when another crew came in with the rabbit tool it was all over for the doors.
            No problem at all.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by capt4704
              I just got done talking with a manufacture that makes the door locks for hotels. Just thought I would try and put out some information on them.
              1. I was tols by the owner, "you guys cant beat these doors down, and prying it open will not work".
              2. They work off of AA batteries, and have to be replaced around every 18 months.
              3. If the batteries are dead, you need a special "jumper" cable, and master swipe key to make entry.
              4. There is a tool that he had that I am trying to get for entry. He called it, "A Mule Tool". It is a bendable rod with a cable attached. You stay low, slide the end where the cable and rod attach underneath the door, latch the knob on the inside of the door, pull down on the tool, and the door will pop open with pressure from your head against the door.
              Pretty cool. Just a little FYI.
              I'll try and post some pictures.
              Stay safe!
              I'd like to see these locks and doors that can't be pried open. Sounds like a confiedent salesman.

              FTM-PTB

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FFFRED
                I'd like to see these locks and doors that can't be pried open. Sounds like a confiedent salesman.

                FTM-PTB
                Absolutely! How does the lock affect the frame? Hotels are built cheap and fast, the frames of interior door in sprinklered building are usually wood. Conventional prying tools or a hydra-ram should work fine. Some non-sprinklered buildings require rated doors with metal frames, but often not high-end stuff.

                As for laying on the floor and using pressure from your head to open an inswing door: I hope there's no fire in there:Use your head, don't lead with it!

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                • #9
                  COuld have used this...

                  We could have used this the other day... But we managed to take in the door which was quite fun :-)

                  I'd like to see how well this new system really worked... SOunds like it takes a lot of time....

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                  • #10
                    If we're trying to just unlock a locked door then the tool that the salesman had would be fine. Does no damage, but takes awhile. If we need to get in a room, I'm sure we'll find a way, the door might not ever close properly again, but that's easily replaceable.
                    Fir Na Tine
                    Fir Na Au Saol

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                    • #11
                      Using the mule tool takes less than 15 seconds. I am not saying to use your head, but while you are working with the tool slight pressure from your head can be applied to the door, and when it opens the mule tool controls the door from swinging open. As soon as I can get more info from the manufacture, I'll pass it on.

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                      • #12
                        The hotel locks, at least in the one my job has been doing construction in, are no more than a typical single deadbolt(if locked by the guest from the inside) and locking strike. Most of the commercial locks that we need to force are basically the same.

                        Don't let the card key lock in hotels fool you. True, they a bitch if you want to keep the door intact, but if the FD is there, why do we want to do that?

                        I'd say the rabbit tool would make very quick work of this lock.

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                        • #13
                          I don't see that much of a problem with the card locks.

                          if it is a sheetrock wall just knock a hole in the wall large enogh to get your arm through and turn the knob. If the dead bolt is locked flip the switch. Hotel deadbolts don't have a key hole on the inside for the dead bolt. Some even free the dead bolt when the knob is turned.

                          If that does not work or is not possible then grab the rabbit tool

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                          • #14
                            You may not be able to open the lock, but what would stop you from a halligan + sledge approach? These locks are only as strong as the weakest component...
                            Originally posted by ThNozzleMan
                            Why? Because we are firemen. We are decent human beings. We would be compelled by the overwhelming impulse to save an innocent child from a tragic, painful death because in the end, we are MEN.

                            I A C O J
                            FTM-PTB


                            Honorary Disclaimer: While I am a manufacturer representative, I am not here to sell my product. Any advice or knowledge shared is for informational purposes only. I do not use Firehouse.Com for promotional purposes.

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                            • #15
                              This may be a dumb question so dont get to excited over it since I have not been to the fire academy yet.......

                              Whats wrong with going through the window that usually in every hotel/motel room?
                              Warm Regards,
                              Shawn Stoner
                              EMT-B

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