Locksmith Tips 101

Lock Installation

When it comes to proper lock installation, nothing compares with the peace of mind you get in knowing that your locks have been professionally installed.

There are numerous good reasons to schedule the installation of new locks. When you move from one home to another, it’s always a good security measure to replace all exterior door locks. If you have been renting an apartment or house and your tenant has moved out, move in with new lock installation to satisfy the next tenant. Perhaps you’ve been renting a room in your home to a friend and they’ve relocated elsewhere. For your peace of mind, have new locks installed even though your friend may have returned their key. If you have locks that are broken or not working properly, a new lock installation will keep your belongings safe from potential theft.

Do it yourself people often botch lock installation by not measuring properly, by not using the proper locksmith equipment or quality lock parts. 


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How Can Master Re-Keying Help You?

Owners of businesses and managers of apartment complexes are faced with a problem. They need to be able to get into all of the offices or apartments in their complexes while, on the other hand, the individual renter or officeholder needs to be able to lock their one reserved space in the building. A universal key would be good for the owner or manager, but not for each officeholder or renter. If everyone had a universal key, everyone could get into an office or apartment whether they were supposed to or not.
Fortunately, it is possible for a trained locksmith to give the owner or apartment manager a solution to all of these problems. A locksmith can perform a master re-keying of the entire complex, giving both the manager/owner universal access to the whole building and individual access to each officeholder or renter. The latter group gets the security and privacy it wants while the former will be able to get into any office or apartment at any time.
Master re-keying adjusts all the locks in a building or complex to make them compatible with one master key the owner can use to unlock any door. Each lock also gets a unique key that will open that one door, giving each lock in the complex two keys — one for the owner/manager to get in to do repairs and so on, and one for the officeholder/renter that gives access to his or her one office or apartment but not the others.

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How to Secure Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors are a great way to add light to a home. To thieves and intruders, they’re known as an easy point of entry. This is because the locks are generally weaker and can be forced open with a little effort. If the door is single pane glass, it can be broken easily. Some can even be lifted off the tracks. There are a few simple ways to secure the doors, increasing security and peace of mind.

Most sliding glass doors are made with weak or brittle latches, which can be broken when forced. One option is to have a new lock installed in the bottom track to prevent forced entry. You may have an additional hole drilled into the moving door to keep it locked in an open position, allowing for fresh air while staying secure.

If you’re not interested in changing your locks, security bars are another option. They fit into the exposed door track and prevent it from being opened. Depending on the material and quality of the bars, they may be able to withstand great amounts of force. Security bars are available with or without a locking device.

The glass used in your doors may also be a point of weakness. Double pane or wire-embedded glass is stronger than the more common single pane doors. If your biggest concern is the glass, your best bet would be to purchase new doors that already have stronger glass. This may actually be a cheaper option than replacing the glass alone.

Intruders sometimes lift sliding doors off their tracks. To prevent this, you should maintain your doors by cleaning rollers and tightening screws. Self-tapping screws should be installed in the top track. These screws will allow movement but prevent the doors from being removed.

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How to act in an emergency lockout situation?

It’s happened to all of us. You’ve had something else on your mind while you’re shopping, visiting restaurants, going to the movies or playground. You come back to your car, reach for your keys and — they’re not there. Did you drop them or leave them behind some place? Did someone take them? How are you going to get into your car — or back into your house?


Most of us know the feeling of panic that rises up immediately when keys are misplaced or lost. It can be especially unnerving at night, and in bad weather. If you have children with you, a lockout situation can become nightmarish with fear not only for your own safety, but theirs.


The first thing to keep in mind is to fight down that panic sensation. Take a few deep breaths and relax. Remain calm and be patient with yourself and those around you — don’t give way to anger or blame. Just find the keys. Check every pocket, purse and shopping bag. If family members or friends are with you, make sure they do the same — including small children. Go through strollers, carriers, supply bags, slings. You’d be surprised at some of the bizarre places you might have put those keys! Go back in your mind to where you last had the keys and try to retrace your actions. Did you visit the rest room anywhere? Could they have fallen out of your pocket or purse? If you have a cell phone with you, call the places you visited and see if the keys have been turned in.

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What to do when you lose your house or car keys

You’ve got a lot to do today, and very little time to do it. As you reach for your keys, you realize they are not where you assumed you had left them. A feeling of hysteria starts to set in. What do you do? Without them you can’t drive anywhere, and at this rate you’re going to throw off your entire schedule.

Fortunately, you aren’t alone. Forgetting the whereabouts of keys is quite a frequent offense in many homes. When time is of the essence, it becomes all the more important to find them as quickly as possible. Before declaring them lost and the situation hopeless, take deep breaths and attempt to calm down. Clear your mind and try to recall where you last saw your keys. If you’re sure that they absolutely must be somewhere in the house, begin to retrace steps. Very often when people come home, they haphazardly place their keys wherever they may drop in the flurry to remove coats, mittens and other accessories. Be sure to inspect the areas around doorways, not forgetting to include any and all tables and chairs.

Keys can often end up in places that defy logic, so this should also not be ruled out. Try looking around the inside of your kitchen cupboards, in bathroom medicine cabinets, even inside or on the rims of the toilet, sink or bathtub. Between and under couch cushions, around the TV or other entertainment centers, and under the furniture are also prime spots to inspect. Make sure to check each area as thoroughly as you can manage before moving on.

When all else fails and your keys simply are not anywhere to be found, there is no need to lose sleep at night

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Why is it essential to have a certified locksmith?

Situations such as the following most probably have happened to many people: when you arrive home after a long day at work, you reach your hand into your bag to take out your house key… and then you remember that in the morning before you left you forgot to take your keys with you, and now you are locked out of the house. Breaking into the house is out of the question, so what is left to do is call your local locksmith to save the day.

The work of a locksmith is to break into homes, safe deposit boxes, duplicate keys, advice a potential customer about new technology for protecting homes and repair locks on the doors. Therefore it is imperative to keep in mind that the locksmith profession has a delicate aspect. When we are in need of his services we should be sure that we know who we are allowing to perform these actions in our home. The local locksmith will gain access to our private possessions, and to our property.
Therefore, it is very important to locate from all the local locksmiths, a locksmith that can be trusted, as well as the fact that he has a certification that can prove that he indeed he is permitted to work as a locksmith.

In a time of emergency, what should you do?

Research and evaluate between several different local locksmiths. See which of the locksmiths include in their price emergency calls (such as in the middle of the night services). In addition, compare between them which offers the best price around.

A low price will not always indicate that you have found a good bargain, since many locksmiths that work 24 hours a day around the clock and offer emergency services range at similar prices. Therefore, a lower price may indicate a poorer quality of work. When the locksmith that you have finally chosen arrives at your home, make sure not to forget to ask him to present his certification.

24 hours, seven days a week

When you are having difficulty locating and choosing a local locksmith, do not despair because there are a lot of locksmiths in your region and most of them work 24 hours a day, at your connivance. So if you have got locked out at 5 am, there will be quite a few locksmiths at your fingertips.