Lost Your Keys And Need An Emergency Locksmith Wakefield?

What Services Does Your Wakefield Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Door Locks Installation

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Wakefield. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Wakefield locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.
h2>What Services Does Your Kirkhamgate Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

 


Car Locksmiths

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Are you thinking about becoming a locksmith? Many people ask me about my profession when I arrive at a job site. The idea of working with the public, working with hand tools, making a quick buck on lock-out calls, and of course the power and ability to unlock doors, cars and safes is quite intoxicating for some people. I don't place help wanted ads, but nevertheless I average one unsolicited résumé a month via e-mail. Usually it arrives from an eager teenager looking to do an apprenticeship. O.J.T. (on-the-job training) is a fine way to go if you can get the gig. That's precisely how I started. That and reading every trade magazine I could get my hands on, endless hours doing research on the web, taking classes, attending trade expos, and talking with any locksmith who would take the time to chat with me (and many would, so long as I wasn't one of their competitors). But that's how it is for most lock jocks. Once you begin work as a locksmith it gets under your skin. It consumes you and becomes an obsession. That's not exactly a bad thing after all; to be (God willing) financially successful at what you enjoy is a great way to pay the bills. There is, however, a price to pay that does not fit with most people's lifestyle, and thus -- the purpose of this article.

The Good: Helping the public and making a few bucks while doing it. First off, I rarely charge to unlock a car or house when there is a child locked inside. When I get the call, usually from a panicked parent declaring his or her child is locked inside a car, I rush to the scene. There are few better moments for me as a locksmith than seeing the relief in a mother's eyes when I unlock the door and she pulls her child from a sweltering car on a warm summer day. "You're my HERO," she says as she holds her child close with tears in her eyes. "No charge ma'am. We don't charge for children locked in cars. If you like, for a small fee, I can make you a copy of your car's door key so it's less likely to happen again." They almost always say yes, and the payment for the key usually accompanies a tip. The "up sale" is simply to cover my gas going out on the call, and the tip, if any, buys me lunch.

The rest of my jobs are typically for-profit jobs. Still, over half of what I charge goes right back into the company in the form of gas, insurance, advertising, trade organization dues, license fees, vehicle maintenance, tools, supplies, and other expenses.

As a locksmith you will never get rich, but if you play your cards right you could retire well. The plan, as I read in a popular trade magazine, is to sell a well-established shop with a long list of customer accounts, while owning and collecting rent on the property the shop sits on. It's even better if you own an entire complex and collect rent from your shop's neighbors, too. I personally know a retired locksmith who did exactly this and I understand he is doing quite well for himself.

Many locksmiths make and sell tools and/or reference books, or teach classes (as I do) to supplement their income.

The Bad: Being on call 24/7. After-hours and weekend service can account for a large part, if not most when first starting out, of your income. Then there are the late night calls. 2am, half drunk and he can't find his car keys: "I'm sorry sir -- I can't help you drive your car tonight, but if you call me in the morning I will be happy to assist you."

The locksmith industry is a highly regulated (but necessarily so) security industry. The licenses, insurances, and bonds you have to carry can cost a small fortune. I have a city business license, a state locksmith license, a State Contractor's License for lock and security work, two insurance policies (general liability and commercial vehicle insurance), two different bonds, and I am a member of two major national trade organizations. In California, you need to be fingerprinted and pass State and Federal background tests. I am also a member of some local organizations including the Chico Chamber of Commerce and the North Valley Property Owner's Association.

The cost of running a business like this can be overwhelming and there is always another tool you need to buy, another software update, or replacement parts/tools that need to be ordered. I am currently saving up for a high security key machine that retails for $5,800.

Let's not forget the paperwork. You will need to keep legal forms for customers to fill out and detailed records of who, what, where and when. The last thing you want to do is make keys to a car or house for someone who does not have authority to hold a key to that property.

Lastly, buy a nice shirt and tie because there is a good chance you will find yourself in a court of law before long for, among other things, domestic disputes.

The Ugly: Evictions, repossessions (R.E.O.'s), and re-keys after a domestic dispute. There are few things as humbling in this profession as writing a bill for after-hours service and handing the new keys over to someone wearing a fresh black eye. I vividly remember one woman who was standing next to a hole in the drywall where her head was forcibly inserted only a few hours earlier. The local sheriffs know me because it's not uncommon to perform the re-key and security checks while they are still there, filling out their report.

Can you say fleas? Yep, now I keep flea powder in the van because you never know what condition a recently foreclosed house will be in.

Angry former tenants who have been kicked out can also present a challenge. Sometimes the locks are disabled or destroyed, and I keep latex gloves in the van in case I ever have to pick open another lock that has been urinated on.

The bottom line: I am quite happy being a locksmith, most of the time. The pay, the freedom of the job (I can leave my schedule open if my kids have a school event), and the satisfaction of helping people while making a profit for myself keeps me going.

My advice to you:

1. Do your research before entering the market as a locksmith. My town has too many locksmiths per capita. There is barely enough work to go around much of the time.

2. Get on with another locksmith and be willing to relocate, as you may be required to sign a "no compete" contract saying you will not leave to be your boss's competitor. Locksmith schools are okay, but a seasoned locksmith can show you some tricks of the trade that can help you make higher profits or perform jobs better and quicker than the basic skills taught in most schools.

3. Be willing to pay your dues. It will take many years to build up a customer base, and a name for yourself. A wise locksmith once told me it takes at least three years before they (the customers) know you're there, and seven before they notice you are gone.

4. When you start out on your own, get an easy to recognize logo and put it on everything: your van, invoices, pens to hand out, and every other piece of advertising (see our logo below).

5. C.Y.A. Document everything and have pre-printed, professionally prepared, legal forms for your customers to fill out.

6. Don't get too carried away. If you have other obligations, like a spouse and/or kids, make sure to make time for them. It's hard to turn the phone off, or turn down calls because you're turning away money, but you can't get back the days you miss.

A former employer of mine occasionally tells the story of how he made $2,000 in one weekend dispatching calls to his on-call locksmith, while he was on a boat on Lake Shasta with his wife. It was a rare weekend vacation for them and he spent a good part of the day on the phone. She died of cancer two short years later, and he later told me he would give just about anything to have that day back. I know this story personally as I was the on-call employee that weekend.

To quote Uncle Ben (from Spider-Man, the movie): "With great power comes great responsibility." The ability to unlock doors, bypass alarm systems, unlock safes, and the inside knowledge of customers' security systems has been the downfall of unscrupulous locksmiths. In short, if you can't handle the temptation, don't pursue the profession.

Finally: Never take advantage of someone. Like Grandpa always said, it can take a lifetime to build up a good reputation but only a moment to ruin it.

Good luck in whatever you decide -- unless, of course, you are planning to open a lock shop in my service area.


The Profession of the Locksmith

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Why is it important to hire a licensed and professional bonded locksmith? For starters, many countries and states have such laws. For example, California has a law that all locksmiths should be licensed. And they should be licensed through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.

Also, when licenses are given out to bonded locksmiths, the governments, agencies such as the FBI collect identification details. They also collect fingerprint information for each bonded locksmith. This ensures that the bonded locksmith does not have a criminal background. This gives the user of the locksmith services an assurance that the bonded locksmith you are hiring is legitimate and that he uses his craft and skills to ensure your protection.

Finally, and unfortunately, there are many locksmiths out there who are not licensed locksmiths. Many times these unlicensed locksmiths who are often also inexperienced, very unprofessional and simply call themselves "locksmiths" are simply trying to earn as much money as possible. These locksmiths therefore will give deleterious and very misguided advice. Most of the times, these people do not have any real experience in locksmith services. They also lack training in the security industry. They are often very greedy individuals.

It is only a licensed locksmith who can give you qualified advice. He can also give you recommendations regarding your security needs, your security systems, your security solutions security solutions which maybe physical as well as electronic for your home. This advice also is availed of by big business houses.
A licensed locksmith is the one who has filed the necessary paperwork. This paperwork has to be filed with state and sometimes also with federal government agencies. The locksmith then receives a license to operate as an official bonded locksmith. So the next time you seek a locksmith, ask him for his license number first.

An insured locksmith is the one who has purchased liability insurance. This insurance protects both the locksmith and his clients against any accidental damage to the property or to life. This is similar to the car insurance. We must an insured locksmith to ensure the safety of work, property and of life.

A bonded locksmith is bonded when he pays a fee, which is often quite nominal to a bonding company. After passing a background check, these locksmiths are guaranteed that in case of occurrence of an accident, the bonding company will reimburse certain previously agreed upon amount of money. They will then modify the situation and fix the problem. Bonding is similar to insurance. It is an added protection for the client. Many big industry organizations offer bonding for locksmiths in their respective areas. Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) offers bonding to their members.

You yourself can also conduct your own locksmith license search. It is your right to get hold of this information. It will assist you in making a responsible decision when choosing your locksmith. Car locksmiths install security hardware similar to deadbolts and access control systems. Car locksmiths can give you advice for your security needs. They can help you gain access to your car if you happen to get locked out. You name it; these locksmiths can help you with it.

Locked Out Of Your House And Need A 24 Hour Locksmith Leeds?

What Services Does Your Leeds Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Door Locks Installation

 

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Leeds. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Leeds locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Leeds Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Locksmith Key Codes

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Perhaps you just got back from vacation only to discover that your keys are still somewhere in Florida. Or maybe the burglary down the street has you thinking twice about that broken lock on the back door.

Sooner or later, most of us will find ourselves needing a locksmith. Whether the job is big or small, it's important to do your homework. A locksmith will have complete access to your home, car, or business, leaving you vulnerable if the job is not done right.

Here are 10 tips for choosing a reliable, professional, and trustworthy locksmith:

1. Ask trusted friends and neighbors for a referral. If you can't get a personal recommendation, try checking with:

* Organizations in your area that rate service businesses, like Consumer Checkbook or Angie's List

* A local security or construction firm -- some keep locksmiths on retainer

* A trade association with a member referral service, like the Associated Locksmiths of America

2. Find out how long the locksmith has been in business. One who has been around several years in the same location is more likely to be reputable.

3. Ask if the company does or has done business under any other names. Sometimes companies will change names to ditch a bad reputation.

4. Ensure the locksmith has all required business licenses and permits. Licensing is not always mandatory, so find out what is needed in your area. If licensing is required, ask how to verify authenticity.

5. Find out if the locksmith is bonded and insured and for how much. You want to make sure the coverage is enough to cover any losses you may incur from property damage or faulty work.

6. Ask about certifications and professional affiliations. Trade associations keep their members informed of the latest industry developments. Members must often meet rigorous standards and some associations even require that their members pass a skills test. While this doesn't guarantee proficiency, it does improve the odds.

7. Ask for recent references and check them.

8. Get a written estimate. Give as many details as possible to get a more accurate quote. Ask if any additional charges will apply and about any discounts for which you may qualify.

9. Contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure there are no unresolved complaints. Also check with the local chamber of commerce, police department, and office of consumer affairs.

10. Ask what information will be kept on file after the work is done and why. Make sure all keys are turned over to you and that household locks are not set to accept a master key.

It's wise to seek out a good locksmith before you actually need one. If you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a crisis, you may not have time to thoroughly investigate your options. Using the above tips will help you find a dependable and qualified locksmith so you'll be ready whenever you need one.


Locksmith: Introduction to the Locksmith Trade

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Starting your own mobile locksmith business is a great opportunity as an entrepreneur, and protecting your inventory and equipment with proper van storage will improve the overall return on your investment as you begin your business.

Outfit your van properly, and you will be more organized, efficient, and committed to your work. It's frustrating trying to accomplish a task when you have to search around a haphazardly arranged van arrangement to find the right tools or supplies.

You don't need to buy a brand new van to start your mobile locksmith business; however, it would be a wise investment to spend some time and money on the storage ideas that will help you do your job more efficiently. Some of the higher vans allow you to actually move around inside and sit at a workbench while cutting keys, without the risk of banging your head whenever you need to locate a tool.

Here are three things to consider when selecting van storage systems for your locksmith business.

Plan Van Storage Space for a Workbench

Since you are a mobile locksmith business, plan your storage space with a workbench in mind. Don't settle for standing outside, at the rear doors of your van. Put yourself inside your mobile office and get yourself out of the weather to do your work in comfort. Take time to measure out your space and find the best location for a workbench and a step stool for comfort. A good mobile workbench allows for six or seven feet of space to spread out and accomplish your tasks.

A full-length workbench can accommodate a key machine as well as file storage and the locking drawers necessary for your keys and other supplies. Maximize the storage space at your workbench by including catalog organizers, hooks, safety equipment and other accessories that will make your job easier.

Van Storage Should Include Locking Drawers

There is nothing more annoying than listening to hundreds of key blanks jangling like loud wind chimes while you are driving down the road. Storing your product in well-cushioned, locking drawers is a wise use of your cargo area. The keys will be protected from "road rash" marks from rubbing against each other or other items.

Locking drawers as part of your storage space will also protect you from flying objects if you need to stop or swerve suddenly. Plus, it looks very professional to have drawers full of your product, categorized and ready to use.

Van Storage is Best Organized with Adequate Shelving

One of the most important storage concepts is to determine your shelving needs. What tools and equipment will you need for your mobile locksmith business? What storage location of these tools will make your work most efficient?

Look at your van as a mobile work cell, and set it up as efficiently as possible. You will accomplish your service calls faster, and will be able to make more service calls throughout the day because your van storage plan has helped you become efficient.

Locksmith Services Kirkhamgate – High Security Locks Fitted

What Services Does Your Kirkhamgate Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Kirkhamgate. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Kirkhamgate locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

 

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Residential Evictions - How Much Will They Cost?

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One of the best decisions I ever made in my 62 years of life on this planet was to become my own boss in a field that is never dull, always challenging, and intrinsically interesting. It was not an early decision. In fact it did not occur to me to enter this field until after I'd already spent ten years as a professional photographer. It came about in an odd way, as many serendipitous things do. But regardless of how it came to be, I consider that decision the one that paved the way for me to spend the rest of my working life in comfort and with a good measure of security.

I've since discovered that many people follow a similar course, turning to locksmithing only after finding themselves unhappy in other jobs. I'm not sure how or why so many discover this particular business when looking for an interesting career. In my case it was a natural progression from a rather unique part-time career I had fashioned for myself: That of installing simple door viewers and doing this door to door. Many times my customers would ask if I could install deadbolts for them while I was at it, and after turning down money a dozen or so times I finally got wise and visited a local locksmith supplier who sold me an install kit and a book of instructions. From what I can tell, others come across this idea by doing Internet searches for home businesses, because ultimately this qualifies as such if you, like I do, run it out of your home and structure it as a Sole Proprietorship. In any case, it is obvious that locksmithing has become a popular choice for a chance at self-employment.

After tiring of door to door selling (which didn't take long to do) I hit upon the idea of cold calling. I was still thinking too small, but at the time I didn't know it. Lesson Number One: Don't do this. I was doing it back in 1981 or so when the stigma attached to such endeavors wasn't quite so strong. I'm afraid that calling people out of the phone book and asking if they'd like to have deadbolts installed just would not fly in the present era of terrorism and business rip-offs.

Still, I owe to this period of hard knocks a good deal. I became efficient at installing locks, rekeying locks, and duplicating keys. It was during this one year period that I scrounged together enough money to purchase a small key duplicator and also a lock rekeying kit. I carried these items in the trunk of my car and carried them into my customer's home when needed. I also purchased several boxes of the most common domestic key blanks and by the time I'd accumulated all this stuff my car's trunk was crammed and I was wishing for more room. Also, and most important, I came to realize that driving around in an unmarked car and working out of the trunk was not lending itself well to my credibility.

Lesson Number Two: Start out with credibility. Purchase a small work van, or a large one if you can afford it. Buy signs or have signs painted on it. Use whatever lending power you have, may it be with banks or with family, to locate a used vehicle and have signage made up, even if this is in the form of magnetic signs. Of course all this suggests you start out as a legitimate business, and this is just my point. Create a name for your business (think long and hard about this, as you'll lose any credibility you might initially gain if you keep changing it), have signs and forms and letterheads made up, and dive in.

There is, too, the question of legality. This is a hard subject to field, because the legality of doing business from one jurisdiction to another can differ widely, and even wildly. It is incumbent upon you to do the research and determine whether or not your jurisdiction requires a locksmith be certified, bonded, and/or licensed. You'll almost certainly discover that licensing is the fundamental hurdle, and that is usually taken care of with the signing of a few forms and the payment of a small annual fee. Certification is something else. Not all jurisdictions require this. In my case I found that the state in which I was then living -- Utah -- did not require it. Nor was I required to be bonded, though I chose to do so for the added protection (it is widely and incorrectly thought that bonding protects the locksmith's customer, whereas in fact it is the locksmith that is protected by the bond).

Lesson Number Three: Do the homework required to determine if acquiring a business license is all that is needed to establish your locksmith service. One phone call to your state's Attorney General office will likely answer that question.

Once you have lined up an affordable vehicle and put a reasonably professional sign on it, you must begin outfitting it. This should, and must, be done before you begin advertising your services because if you are like I was at this point you know next to nothing about the business and not much more about the work. We will endeavor at this point to educate ourselves. Locksmithing is in point of fact one of the few professions left in this world in which a formal education is absolutely UNnecessary. I have spoken to very few professionals during my career who got to be that way through going to a 'locksmith school' or a college. This is certainly not to say that a formal education isn't desirable. If you can afford it, if you have the means, then by all means take that route. This article is for those of you who can't.

The vehicle you purchase will in large part determine how it is to be equipped. I've always preferred a full-size van (I've owned Ford, Chevy and GMC models during my career), but there are many locksmiths who just love the Astro Van or Safari Van made by GM. These minivans are popular with many different professions and are ubiquitous. You can undoubtedly find one in your price range. Either way, the first order of business is to erect a work bench that will give you as much space as possible. Best to have the bench on one side of the van and leave the opposite side for shelves or storage bins. Make it sturdy! There is nothing worse than a wobbly bench when you're trying to rekey locks. Make it level for the same reason.

You'll need a power source. It is excusable to string extension cords until you can afford something better, but bear in mind that this detracts from your professionalism. The ultimate is probably having a RediLine Generator that runs off your van's 12V power. This is not a power inverter, it is actually a generator and it kicks out 110-115V power. They are wonderful sources of AC power and you can even run a bank of fluorescent lamps off one of these for your interior shop lighting. There are several models to choose from with varying outputs, but they are expensive. If you can locate a rebuilt, so much the better. A good inverter might do the trick if you can't afford a RediLine, but be careful. Some key machines (and you're going to have to have one) will not run with an inverter.

Power now available, you need to start out with at least a key duplicator on your bench and preferably, as well, a good code cutting machine. The latter is desirable but not necessary in the beginning unless you plan to launch directly into automotive locksmithing, in which case you'll find it hard to get along without one. We'll touch on that in a moment. Key machines are almost impossible to find used. You'll likely end up buying a small HPC Speedex because they're pretty much the least expensive good key duplicator around. Expect to pay around $500. Best if you include this in your initial loan. A key duplicator is bread and butter for any locksmith, mobile or otherwise, so don't even think about starting up until you have one.

Equip yourself with a good rekeying kit. I've always preferred 'universal' kits because they do the work of dozens of other keyway-specific kits and they are easy to use. LAB makes the best of these, hands down. If you have the space, try to get a metal Classic Kit. If you don't, you can start out with one of LAB's Mini-Durex kits or, better, the miniature version of the Universal Kit (LMK-005 or LMK-003). You simply can't rekey locks without one, and if you get a Universal you won't be confined to keying up one or two brands . . . you'll be able to handle them all. Don't know how to rekey locks? Pick up an instruction manual on the Internet or at Amazon.com. They are available and this is one of the quickest locksmith skills to pick up. While you're at it, buy at least one plug follower, a pair of pin tweezers, and ideally a pair of TruArc pliers. Over time you'll accumulate more rekeying tools but these fundamentals are nearly essential.

Even before I was making money rekeying locks, I was being called to open cars. If you intend to advertise yourself as an emergency service, you're going to have to take in this kind of lucrative work. Let me tell you now, this will be the easiest money you've ever made. It is well worth learning the skills required to open vehicles even if it means spending a couple of hundred dollars on tools and a good manual. Lockouts, at least in my case, virtually supported me for years. If you live in a medium to large city, count on getting lockout calls day and night even if you have only a tiny ad somewhere (a subject for later). There are many good lockout kits available online, to suit any budget, and the same goes for lockout manuals. Do a Google search for 'car opening tools' or 'lockout tools' and you'll have no trouble finding suppliers. Are they legal where you live? Again . . . this is up to you to determine. The supplier cannot and will not endeavor to police this aspect of marketing, as it is simply not possible. I'm not advocating the purchase of anything that is not legal where you reside!

House and business lockouts are likewise lucrative sources of income for the locksmith, but these require different skills, different tools. Here is where it becomes necessary to learn the skill of lock picking -- probably the most fundamental skill of the trade. It is not as easy to learn as car opening and lock rekeying, but it is by no means difficult, either. It requires practice and patience, and it requires good tools. Do not get stingy here. There are lots of cheap lock picking tools for sale. You'll find them in automotive magazines, even. Stick with tools from the established firms like HPC, SouthOrd, Lockmasters, etc. Purchase a beginner's set with a few picks and one or two tension tools for start, unless you have a big budget, then go for a set that will last you a while. Choice of spring steel or stainless steel is largely a matter of personal choice. Whichever one you start out with will likely be the kind you'll stay with, because you'll form an attachment to that type and you'll train yourself to make the best of it. More important is the concept of practice. Buy Practice Locks. Once you've picked all the locks in your home you're going to need more challenges, and now that Practice Locks are an accepted training aid in this field you'd do well to pick up a few of them. Practice until you can repeatedly pick the most challenging of your Practice Locks and then practice some more.

Did I mention that servicing lockouts will likely be the single most lucrative service you offer your customers? I thought so. Good!

There are other aspects to providing a locksmith service and among these is the ability to install locksets on homes and businesses. Primarily you'll be asked to install deadbolts, but later on, as your business gets bigger, you'll want to offer commercial business and real estate companies the option of replacing all their old lock hardware for newer more secure hardware. Again, practice is called for and you should be prepared to install a few unnecessary deadbolts and knobsets on doors in your own home that don't need them. After doing this a dozen or so times, it will be easy to go to that first installation with confidence. You'll need to add a few essential tools to your toolbox, such as a 1/2 inch drill, a couple of hole saws (2-1/8 inch and 1-inch), a 1/2 inch boring bit, and a good wood chisel. With these tools, you can install deadbolts in metal or wood doors. Complete installation kits are available and are the best choice if you can work them into your budget. Need instruction? Books galore available on Amazon.com or at any large scale bookstore in your city.

Once you've accumulated vehicle and the tools, and some knowledge gleaned from practice and reading, you can start thinking about getting your feet wet. The best way to start is the old fashioned way and that is to appeal to family and friends for work and for referrals. Network. Talk to everyone you know and let them know you're serious about this and that you are available. Step two is to advertise and this is absolutely necessary, even if you start out only as a listing in the Yellow Pages. This is where 99% of the people who need a locksmith will look. Newspaper ads, flyers (Yucchhh!), direct mail and radio ads don't work for locksmiths unless you have one enormous budget. Try to justify a small one-eight or one-quarter page Yellow Page ad if at all possible. Even in the face of huge competition, you will get calls and over time your name will be spread around, if you do a good job. Well, it will get spread around if you don't, as well, but you'd do well to avoid that.

That's how I did it. That's how thousands of others have done it, give or take a detail or two. Be sure to cover the legal bases, because if you jump into it and find later that you're acting outside the law, don't come to me! This is part of your research. It is not that difficult to acquire a certification and satisfy local laws that may pertain to this business. If you keep the business small, and maintain yourself as a sole owner, you're going to be profiting right off the bat because overhead with a mobile service is nil.

It's within your reach whether you're 18 or 58.

 


The Locksmith

residential door locks

How many times have you said, "Where are my car keys?" or been late to an appointment because you had to run around the house for fifteen minutes trying to figure out where you put them? Even worse, have you ever found yourself unable to open your car doors only to peer into the window and see all the locks secured and your keys dangling from the ignition or lying on the driver's seat? Either of these situations can be make a terrible impact on your day, especially if it is dark, cold, rainy, or a particularly pressing engagement. If this happens to you, stay calm and call a car locksmith.

Replacing your lost car keys, or getting into your locked car, is a simple task for a professional locksmith. These workers are skilled at the creating and getting past locks. They understand the complicated series of moving parts that make up a lock, whether it be for a house, a shed, a business, or a car. Because each type of lock poses different parts, a locksmith needs to know how each works, how it is made, and how they will be able to breach it should someone need to open a lock for which they have lost the key. When it comes to houses, locksmiths are not just able to open a lock, but can completely change them. This can mean actually changing the entire mechanism or just "re-keying". Re-keying refers to modifying the lock so that previous keys will not work and a new one will be necessary. This is a good idea if you lose your house keys or a person whom you do not want to be is in possession of a set.

Cars are a little different for locksmiths. Getting in to a locked car is sometimes called "popping" the lock because it requires manipulation of the lock mechanism that results in the manual lock "popping" up. This service will enable you to get in your car if you have locked yourself out or in an emergency when you absolutely need to get inside but cannot find your keys.

Locksmiths are also skilled at cutting keys. Taking advantage of this and getting extra copies of your car keys, both door and ignition, is a good idea even if you have never lost your keys or gotten locked out of your car. Some locksmiths recommend keeping an extra set of keys in a magnetic lock box under your car, or keeping a spare door key outside and a spare ignition key inside. Keeping an extra ignition key inside the car will enable you to actually use the car should you lose your keys and need a locksmith to let you inside.

Finding a locksmith is as simple as going online and looking at one of the numerous review-based websites available. These sites enable you to look through honest, unbiased reviews of local locksmiths and choose one that seems to fit your situation. Leaving these hard-working locksmiths positive feedback after service ensures that others will be able to find them should they ever need a lock opened, or a new key.

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24 Hour Locksmith Wrenthorpe

What Services Does Your Wrenthorpe Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

More Than Just Emergency Locksmith Services

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Wrenthorpe. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Wrenthorpe locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Locksmith: Introduction to the Locksmith Trade

the local locksmiths

Moving outside of the office and into the field is hardly an uncommon scenario for the locksmith. A large majority of work undertaken is done out of the shop and in emergency situations that require the locksmith to be mobile. Automotive work requires precision instruments, tools, in order for the locksmith to complete his or her job in a timely, secure and professional manner especially when dealing with a clientèle who are often times scared, nervous and unsure.

With proclamations such as "cool", "wow", "what does that one do?" and various other comments and question from customers and bystanders a like, this article will list some of the more important and necessary tools used for many issues that arise with automobiles requiring the use of a locksmith and provide explanation of some of the lesser and well known ones for better understanding of their uses.

At the beginning of our list is the basics of various automobile entry tool and wedges to help in a quick and streamlined performance, aided by such tools as a bezel nut wrench, the Chrysler shaft puller appropriate for makes and models in this line, code books pertaining to automotive work, face caps and face cap pliers.

In working with various lines and makes of cars a General Motors Decoder helps the locksmith to decode the tumblers of GM locks with having to perform a complete disassembly of the lock. A cordless power drill is a necessity for moments such as these when there is no electricity present and the need, and it usually does, arises for use of a power drill.

A broken key extractor is always to be found on hand as they are incredibly useful in removing broken keys and key parts from locks and the door handle clip removal tool that assists in removing the retainer clip that secures a vehicles door handle to the door. Thereby allow the locksmith to complete the job with a higher degree of accuracy.

Another useful tool is the code key cutting machine which allows the locksmith to make accurate keys without the original to duplicate.

In this virtual tool chest of an article we also find items used with automotive work such as the door trim pad clip removal tool, the flexible light for night time scenarios and hard to see or reach areas, a lock plate compressor in addition to a steering lock late compressor and steering wheel pullers.

In mobile situations that require work on the more modern and technological vehicles and keys, keyless entry, etc., a VATS PASSKey decoder or a key analyzer is essential for the locksmith to determine the electrical resistance values of VATS PASSKey duplicates, a mechanical code key cutter to make accurate keys without having the original to duplicate.

As we can see from the basic to the technological the locksmith's tools in the field are not only "wow" inspiring devices, but integral everyday parts of each job and its performance.

 


Locksmith Key Codes

digital door lock

Starting your own mobile locksmith business is a great opportunity as an entrepreneur, and protecting your inventory and equipment with proper van storage will improve the overall return on your investment as you begin your business.

Outfit your van properly, and you will be more organized, efficient, and committed to your work. It's frustrating trying to accomplish a task when you have to search around a haphazardly arranged van arrangement to find the right tools or supplies.

You don't need to buy a brand new van to start your mobile locksmith business; however, it would be a wise investment to spend some time and money on the storage ideas that will help you do your job more efficiently. Some of the higher vans allow you to actually move around inside and sit at a workbench while cutting keys, without the risk of banging your head whenever you need to locate a tool.

Here are three things to consider when selecting van storage systems for your locksmith business.

Plan Van Storage Space for a Workbench

Since you are a mobile locksmith business, plan your storage space with a workbench in mind. Don't settle for standing outside, at the rear doors of your van. Put yourself inside your mobile office and get yourself out of the weather to do your work in comfort. Take time to measure out your space and find the best location for a workbench and a step stool for comfort. A good mobile workbench allows for six or seven feet of space to spread out and accomplish your tasks.

A full-length workbench can accommodate a key machine as well as file storage and the locking drawers necessary for your keys and other supplies. Maximize the storage space at your workbench by including catalog organizers, hooks, safety equipment and other accessories that will make your job easier.

Van Storage Should Include Locking Drawers

There is nothing more annoying than listening to hundreds of key blanks jangling like loud wind chimes while you are driving down the road. Storing your product in well-cushioned, locking drawers is a wise use of your cargo area. The keys will be protected from "road rash" marks from rubbing against each other or other items.

Locking drawers as part of your storage space will also protect you from flying objects if you need to stop or swerve suddenly. Plus, it looks very professional to have drawers full of your product, categorized and ready to use.

Van Storage is Best Organized with Adequate Shelving

One of the most important storage concepts is to determine your shelving needs. What tools and equipment will you need for your mobile locksmith business? What storage location of these tools will make your work most efficient?

Look at your van as a mobile work cell, and set it up as efficiently as possible. You will accomplish your service calls faster, and will be able to make more service calls throughout the day because your van storage plan has helped you become efficient.

24 Hour Locksmith Stanley For More Than Emergencys

Locksmiths Are Not Just For Emergency’s

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Stanley. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Stanley locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

What Services Does Your Stanley Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

 


How Do Locksmiths Work?

commercial locks

While many locksmiths are self-employed or work in dedicated shops, many large institutions like colleges and universities and government and industrial entities employ locksmiths on a full-time basis. Locksmiths perform important duties that include repairing and installing locks and locking devices. Locksmiths also repair locks and manufacture keys. They also cut keys and maintain records related to persons to whom keys are given.

Locksmiths may also have contact with law enforcement in situations where police report that locks are broken, leaving buildings unsecured. In these cases, the locksmith performs emergency repairs whenever needed, so most locksmiths are on call 24 hours a day. In an institutional setting, the locksmith functions as a quasi-security consultant who recommends the best type(s) of locking devices for specific applications such as securing hazardous and/or classified materials.

Locksmiths need a set of unique skills that enable them to open doors without keys by using lockpicking tools. They must also be familiar with electronic lock systems that use keycards. Besides manual or electronic typical locks, the locksmith repairs and maintains vaults and safes.
Record-keeping is an important facet of the locksmith's job. He or she keeps track of keys or keycards issued, reviews work orders and keeps superiors informed via memos or emails.

Most employers seek locksmiths with 2 to 5 years experience. Other traits that define a good locksmith who will be attractive to employers are:

- Mechanical ability
- Manual dexterity
- Good vision (eyeglasses are acceptable)
- Superior hand-eye coordination
- Bondability
- Neat appearance
- Pleasant demeanor due to the need to interact with the general public

An electrical background and licensing by the Department of Consumer Affairs is required to work on alarm systems. Some California cities require that locksmiths obtain a police permit.
In California, locksmiths must also obtain a permit and be fingerprinted. A background check is part of the issuing process for the permit, which must be renewed every two years.

The average wage for locksmiths in California is about $48,000 annually. Locksmiths employed in a government, institutional or corporate setting usually have a benefits package.

Experienced locksmiths working for wages earn an average of $48,000 per year. The California Projections of Employment published by the Labor Market Information Division projects a 21% growth rate. Job opportunities for locksmiths licensed to install and service electronic security systems are particularly attractive. Although competition for these positions is expected to be keen, those applicants who land locksmithing jobs can expect a stable income with plenty of growth.

 


Locksmiths Tools of the Trade - In the Field - Lock - Door Installations

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Many people are under the impression that the job of the locksmith is just confined to designing locks and breaking it open or making duplicate keys for us if we lose our originals. However, this image is totally wrong. It's true that the locksmiths perform these jobs, but apart from these, there are a lot of places where a locksmith can work or that demand the skills of locksmiths. Some of the places where a locksmith can have promising future are, locksmith shops, hardware and department store, large industrial plants, safe and lock manufactures and also for themselves. This article tells in details the type of opportunities available to a locksmith.

It's true that most of the locksmiths open up their own businesses and become self employed. They then offer services like re-keying the homes, acting as security consultants for home, changing the locks of the homes, keeping the security of the home up-to-date, helping you when you are locked out of your own car or home and along with this all, some locksmiths may also begin mobile services which will come to help you anytime you call them. Along with all that they offer 24 hours services seven days a week. Apart from choosing this option, the locksmiths can work in car dealerships. Car dealerships have to constantly change locks to ensure the car safety, so locksmiths can change these locks for them or design new and better locks for the cars increasing the security of the car and reducing the risk of theft.

Next there are opportunities for the locksmiths in the construction companies. Like they may be asked to re-key the home, or install a new security system or have the house installed with the latest locks etc. moreover, these locksmiths may be asked to pick locks on a old renovation or design new locks and master keys for new homes. Then there are locksmiths who work in the retails stores which sell home or office security equipments. The role of the locksmith there is to hear the problem of the customer and recommend him the equipment which he can solve his problem. The things that are usually sold at these shops are, padlocks, or producing duplicate keys, selling safes, or selling lock picking tools the authorized person.

Along with all this, some locksmiths work for companies who make safes. The locksmiths there are used to design the new locks and safe which are theft proof so that the goods stored inside the safe is properly protected. Moreover, they also repair the locks on the old safes or the new ones when a customer complains. They also change the locks or open the safe if the key has been lost by the person. They are also used by fire and police department to open the lock door of the home or office in a case of emergency or if police needs to break in a home without a mess and look around for some evidence. So it could be easily said that there are a lot of opportunities for the locksmiths and their job isn't dull at all.

Locksmith 24 Hour Outwood High Security Smart Locks

What Services Does Your Outwood Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Outwood. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Outwood locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


The Locksmith

mortise lock

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths. Many people think that if they lose their keys that Mobile Locksmiths can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don't have a spare, then the only option that the locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases, Mobile Locksmiths carry around everything they need to help their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren't handy, this isn't recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Mobile Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.


How to Verify that Your Locksmith is Bonded - Licensed and Insured

security lock

Moving outside of the office and into the field is hardly an uncommon scenario for the locksmith. A large majority of work undertaken is done out of the shop and in emergency situations that require the locksmith to be mobile. Automotive work requires precision instruments, tools, in order for the locksmith to complete his or her job in a timely, secure and professional manner especially when dealing with a clientèle who are often times scared, nervous and unsure.

With proclamations such as "cool", "wow", "what does that one do?" and various other comments and question from customers and bystanders a like, this article will list some of the more important and necessary tools used for many issues that arise with automobiles requiring the use of a locksmith and provide explanation of some of the lesser and well known ones for better understanding of their uses.

At the beginning of our list is the basics of various automobile entry tool and wedges to help in a quick and streamlined performance, aided by such tools as a bezel nut wrench, the Chrysler shaft puller appropriate for makes and models in this line, code books pertaining to automotive work, face caps and face cap pliers.

In working with various lines and makes of cars a General Motors Decoder helps the locksmith to decode the tumblers of GM locks with having to perform a complete disassembly of the lock. A cordless power drill is a necessity for moments such as these when there is no electricity present and the need, and it usually does, arises for use of a power drill.

A broken key extractor is always to be found on hand as they are incredibly useful in removing broken keys and key parts from locks and the door handle clip removal tool that assists in removing the retainer clip that secures a vehicles door handle to the door. Thereby allow the locksmith to complete the job with a higher degree of accuracy.

Another useful tool is the code key cutting machine which allows the locksmith to make accurate keys without the original to duplicate.

In this virtual tool chest of an article we also find items used with automotive work such as the door trim pad clip removal tool, the flexible light for night time scenarios and hard to see or reach areas, a lock plate compressor in addition to a steering lock late compressor and steering wheel pullers.

In mobile situations that require work on the more modern and technological vehicles and keys, keyless entry, etc., a VATS PASSKey decoder or a key analyzer is essential for the locksmith to determine the electrical resistance values of VATS PASSKey duplicates, a mechanical code key cutter to make accurate keys without having the original to duplicate.

As we can see from the basic to the technological the locksmith's tools in the field are not only "wow" inspiring devices, but integral everyday parts of each job and its performance.

Lost Your Keys And Need And Out Of Hours Locksmith Lofthouse?

What Services Does Your Lofthouse Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

Do You Have a Spare Key?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Lofthouse. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Locksmiths Tools of the Trade, In the Field - Automotive

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In this article we are attempting to uncover the mystery of those fantastical, sometimes awe and question inspiring implements that those in the locksmith field utilize. As evidenced, there are quite a large amount of these requisite tools that a locksmith uses on a daily basis at the shop or out in the field which have brought to light not necessarily the method of the locksmith, as they are all different and individual, but the great number of implements the locksmith uses and is skillfully proficient with, if not an expert with, to maintain standards of operation in this type of industry.

There are many devices and equipment required for installing door locks and various other door hardware. A number of various saws will venture to this type of field work such as the compass saw (also known as the keyhole saw), a reciprocating saw, mixed sized hole saws which are used with spade bits to install locks on doors, wallboard (drywall) saws and for good measure I will include here a broom and dust pan, drop cloths and a vacuum cleaner.

An assortment of nails and screws (all different sizes, types, one way, etc.) in addition to a screw gun will be making the rounds with installing doors and door hardware along with a shovel, wood glue, a shim pick and utility knives and blades, strike plates and strike boxes all of various size.

Wood chisels of ranging size are needed when the doors a locksmith is installing locks and other hardware on are made of wood. More you ask? Of course there are more and we wouldn't have it any other way, since the locksmith definitely has more in their arsenal when working on these types of jobs! There is the lever, the cylinder removal tool, multiple filler plates, door reinforcers of various finishes and sizes, a pry bar and a shovel if the need arises.

Acting as a guide, the boring jig is a template for drilling precise cutouts for locks and door hardware and accurate installation holes.

Door locks and door hardware may appear to be simple fixes, something replaceable by almost anyone, but you might want to think again when considering the proper care and attention that must be given.

All to often the do it yourself types and novice handy men have come upon the tasks meant for a locksmith and their tools and felt this it truly is a job they can complete without error. While many of the items written about in this series may sound familiar and easy to use, and perhaps they are easy to use in theory, the job of the locksmith, their experience and time tested accuracy and dependability with the tools of the trade are best left in the hands of the very people who use them on a daily basis. The locksmith.

 


Residential Evictions - How Much Will They Cost?

residential door locks

Moving outside of the office and into the field is hardly an uncommon scenario for the locksmith. A large majority of work undertaken is done out of the shop and in emergency situations that require the locksmith to be mobile. Automotive work requires precision instruments, tools, in order for the locksmith to complete his or her job in a timely, secure and professional manner especially when dealing with a clientèle who are often times scared, nervous and unsure.

With proclamations such as "cool", "wow", "what does that one do?" and various other comments and question from customers and bystanders a like, this article will list some of the more important and necessary tools used for many issues that arise with automobiles requiring the use of a locksmith and provide explanation of some of the lesser and well known ones for better understanding of their uses.

At the beginning of our list is the basics of various automobile entry tool and wedges to help in a quick and streamlined performance, aided by such tools as a bezel nut wrench, the Chrysler shaft puller appropriate for makes and models in this line, code books pertaining to automotive work, face caps and face cap pliers.

In working with various lines and makes of cars a General Motors Decoder helps the locksmith to decode the tumblers of GM locks with having to perform a complete disassembly of the lock. A cordless power drill is a necessity for moments such as these when there is no electricity present and the need, and it usually does, arises for use of a power drill.

A broken key extractor is always to be found on hand as they are incredibly useful in removing broken keys and key parts from locks and the door handle clip removal tool that assists in removing the retainer clip that secures a vehicles door handle to the door. Thereby allow the locksmith to complete the job with a higher degree of accuracy.

Another useful tool is the code key cutting machine which allows the locksmith to make accurate keys without the original to duplicate.

In this virtual tool chest of an article we also find items used with automotive work such as the door trim pad clip removal tool, the flexible light for night time scenarios and hard to see or reach areas, a lock plate compressor in addition to a steering lock late compressor and steering wheel pullers.

In mobile situations that require work on the more modern and technological vehicles and keys, keyless entry, etc., a VATS PASSKey decoder or a key analyzer is essential for the locksmith to determine the electrical resistance values of VATS PASSKey duplicates, a mechanical code key cutter to make accurate keys without having the original to duplicate.

As we can see from the basic to the technological the locksmith's tools in the field are not only "wow" inspiring devices, but integral everyday parts of each job and its performance.

Locksmith 24 7 East Ardsley For When You Are Locked Out

Do Locksmiths Make A Mold Of Your Lock?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in East Ardsley. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the East Ardsley locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

What Services Does Your East Ardsley Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

 


Car Locksmiths

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The art and science of making and breaking locks is carried out by locksmiths and the profession is known as locksmithing.

Sometimes, referred to as security engineering, a well established method of cracking locks and security systems was known as lock picking. The technology behind making locks has not changed since medieval times. The basic technology involves the 'pin tumbler' methodology. Therefore the role of the traditional locksmith has not changed much. However, with the advent of technology in general and digital and lasers, security systems have undergone a metamorphosis. It is only natural that today's security engineer as he is known as is more adept with laser and computer or digital systems rather than the traditional lock.

In the olden days, a single locksmith would make a lock single handedly. Hours of work with use of files and hammer would produce a single lock. Today the method of manufacturing locks have changed. A same basic design is used with one part being unique to each lock. The role of the locksmith also has evolved where today he is more in repairs rather than manufacturing.

Though their role has reduced in the area of production, certain specialized segments such as family vaults remain the domain of the traditional locksmith. Since these are exclusively designed chances of duplication as in locks which are produced in an assembly line environment.

Locksmiths work out of commercial showrooms, they may be moving around in vehicles and do in-house servicing, employed by a company or forensic locksmiths whose job is to investigate burglaries and unearth evidence for investigations.

A new breed of security engineers or electronic lock servicing locksmiths has emerged. They would work for security companies and design the entire security systems working on access control. The locksmith would evaluate the level of security, the threats and design a security plan according to the threat level. The higher the security level the more expensive it becomes. The locksmith has to do a trade-off between cost and security level for the customer.

The profession of a locksmith has also become specialized. It is common to see locksmiths who deal exclusively on domestic locks and keys, automobile locks. Many have become security consultants. There are various certification levels that a locksmith can acquire today depending on his levels of skills, areas of expertise and experience.

Master locksmith is a term coined by the fraternity of locksmiths who claim to have all round skills. However, many countries now insist on certain Certification and registration requirements before the locksmith can use the tag of Master Locksmith.

With dwindling scope of work due to technological innovations such as digital locks, locksmiths now have increased their scope of work to door hardware, door and window frames, door hinges and electric strikes.

Some common terms used by locksmiths are: Bitting, Bolt stump, Change key, Key blank, Key code, Key origination, Key relevance, Locksmith,Maison key system, Master keying, Rekey, Shear line, Slim Jim (lock pick), Tension wrench, Tubular lock pick.

 


Locksmith Key Codes

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Before we can discuss ways to prevent a home burglary, it's important to have an understanding of when the burglaries occur, who commits the crimes, and what is usually taken. Almost all home burglaries happen during the day, when people are at work. The summer months see a lot of burglaries, especially in July and August. February actually has the fewest number of burglaries compared to the other months.

Home burglaries are usually committed by males under 25 years old. These guys are usually trying to grab small things that are easy to carry away and sell for quick cash that is needed for living expenses an most often, drugs. The favorite items of theft are cash, guns, jewelry and watches, computers and DVD players, and CDs. These things are easily concealed in a duffel bag as the thief exits the home, and are easy to convert to cash.

Thieves never like to do any extra work if they don't have to, so they first look for an open door or window. And, unlike most movies where the bad guy carries a fancy lock pick kit, burglars prefer to use common household tools like screwdrivers, pliers, pry bars and hammers. Although it may seem like burglaries are random and happen on a whim, this is rarely the case. Burglars will always go for the easiest target. This is the house with the easiest access, good places to hide, and a good escape route.

Burglars always go for the easy target! Most burglars will skip your house if it seems too difficult to enter. So the best way to help prevent a home burglary is to make it difficult for a thief to get in. Most burglars pick a point of entry that has the most cover, and usually has the weakest lock. This is typically the garage door, followed by the back door, and then the front door.

Now let's take a look at some pointers for the types of locks you should consider:

- Use a high quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock that has a one-inch throw bolt (The part that goes into the door when locked)
- If you have to use a "knob-in-lock", make sure you get one that's high quality, heavy duty, and has a "dead-latch" feature.
- A "dead-latch" mechanism prevents a credit card or shim from being used to pop open the lock
- A high quality deadbolt will have what's called a beveled casing. This usually stops the use of channel lock pliers to break off the lock pins and gain access.
- Always spend the extra money and get Grade One or Grade Two locks for exterior doors, as these resist prying, hammering, and lock picking.

Expert (But completely obvious) Tip:

Most people leave an extra set of keys in the car. Burglars are wise to this and first look inside your car for house keys and valuables. Make sure you lock your car, even if it's in the garage.

Now let's talk about Doors. Follow these tips below when considering doors in your home.

- Always spend the extra money and buy solid core or metal doors for all exterior entrance points. Many cheap exterior doors have hollow cores, and can easily be kicked through with not much effort by a determined burglar.
- If the door doesn't come with one, install a peephole that is a wide-angle 160°, mounted no higher than 58 inches from the floor.
- Make sure the door comes with a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate deep into a wooden door frame. The strike plate is almost always the weakest part of the door, as it is where the deadbolt secures the door in place with the door jamb. Cheap doors come with very soft wooden moldings that are usually tacked onto the door frame. It just takes a strong kick or shove with a shoulder to tear the lightweight molding away and burst the door open.
- Also make sure that the screws that hold the door hinges in place have at least two 3 inch screws per hinge plate.
- Make sure that the screws holding the knob lock strike plate are longer ones as well.

To Conclude:

We always recommend spending the extra money to get good solid core or metal exterior doors, and strong, heavy duty locks. Remember that an experienced burglar can identify good doors and good locks. It is very likely that the mere presence of these upgrades will cause the burglar to think twice and move onto an easier target.

Emergency Locksmith Horbury High Security And Smart Locks Fitted

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Horbury. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Horbury locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Locksmith: Introduction to the Locksmith Trade

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Starting your own mobile locksmith business is a great opportunity as an entrepreneur, and protecting your inventory and equipment with proper van storage will improve the overall return on your investment as you begin your business.

Outfit your van properly, and you will be more organized, efficient, and committed to your work. It's frustrating trying to accomplish a task when you have to search around a haphazardly arranged van arrangement to find the right tools or supplies.

You don't need to buy a brand new van to start your mobile locksmith business; however, it would be a wise investment to spend some time and money on the storage ideas that will help you do your job more efficiently. Some of the higher vans allow you to actually move around inside and sit at a workbench while cutting keys, without the risk of banging your head whenever you need to locate a tool.

Here are three things to consider when selecting van storage systems for your locksmith business.

Plan Van Storage Space for a Workbench

Since you are a mobile locksmith business, plan your storage space with a workbench in mind. Don't settle for standing outside, at the rear doors of your van. Put yourself inside your mobile office and get yourself out of the weather to do your work in comfort. Take time to measure out your space and find the best location for a workbench and a step stool for comfort. A good mobile workbench allows for six or seven feet of space to spread out and accomplish your tasks.

A full-length workbench can accommodate a key machine as well as file storage and the locking drawers necessary for your keys and other supplies. Maximize the storage space at your workbench by including catalog organizers, hooks, safety equipment and other accessories that will make your job easier.

Van Storage Should Include Locking Drawers

There is nothing more annoying than listening to hundreds of key blanks jangling like loud wind chimes while you are driving down the road. Storing your product in well-cushioned, locking drawers is a wise use of your cargo area. The keys will be protected from "road rash" marks from rubbing against each other or other items.

Locking drawers as part of your storage space will also protect you from flying objects if you need to stop or swerve suddenly. Plus, it looks very professional to have drawers full of your product, categorized and ready to use.

Van Storage is Best Organized with Adequate Shelving

One of the most important storage concepts is to determine your shelving needs. What tools and equipment will you need for your mobile locksmith business? What storage location of these tools will make your work most efficient?

Look at your van as a mobile work cell, and set it up as efficiently as possible. You will accomplish your service calls faster, and will be able to make more service calls throughout the day because your van storage plan has helped you become efficient.


Car Locksmiths

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The price of residential evictions has been steadily increasing over the past ten years. But don't blame the lawyers. Our fees have stayed the same; all of the other associated costs have been growing up around us like weeds.

The total "cost" of an eviction is composed of two elements: the attorney's fee and essential litigation costs paid to third parties for such things as filing fees, service of process, and lock-out charges. Right off the bat, you'll have to incur charges for the court's filing fee and the process server's charge for serving the lawsuit on the tenant or tenants.

The current filing fee for an eviction case, in California for example, is $220.00 if the rent owed is $10,000 or less. Most residential evictions fit into that category. If the rent owed is over $10,000.00 but less than $25,000.00, the filing fee goes up to $345.00. If the rent owed exceeds $25,000.00 (hopefully, you'll never be in such a situation), the filing fee increases to $355.00.

The cost of service of process depends upon the number of known adult occupants living at the premises. Every known adult occupant must be named in the lawsuit and served with it regardless of whether he signed, or is listed as a tenant on, the lease. In a typical case where there are two known adult occupants (the husband and wife or unmarried couple), you can expect the process serving charges to total $140.00. Therefore, in the most common case (rent amount $10,000.00 or less, two known adult occupants), the filing fee and service of process charges will total $360.00.

One digression at this point, you may have come across advertisements-usually from non-lawyer eviction companies although some attorneys also do it- offering "low-cost evictions" for "$199.00" or some other ridiculously low number. Such advertising is misleading. An eviction, using California as an example again, cannot be done for that amount. The filing fee alone is more. Look closely at the advertisement and you'll see the words "plus costs". When you add in the costs, the "low cost" eviction jumps up to over $700.00.

Worse, since eviction companies aren't lawyers, if the tenant contests and trial is necessary, you'll have to hire a lawyer or use the one that the eviction company provides at an additional cost. In such instance, the price of the "low cost" eviction increases to around $900.00, about the same that you'd have to pay to retain a lawyer from the start.

Additionally, look carefully at what services the eviction company provides for the supposed "low-cost." Often times, the only service that the eviction company provides is to start the case, i.e., to do the initial filing. If the tenant then contests, you're on your own. With some eviction companies, they don't even handle the default if the tenant doesn't contest. In either event, you'll have to hire a lawyer at additional expense.

Back to cost. After you win you're case, you'll have to enforce your judgment with a lock-out. A lock-out is when the sheriff goes to the premises and physically removes the tenant and restores possession to the landlord. In California for example, the cost of a lock-out is $150.00 for the sheriff's charge and the writ of possession. Thus, for a typical eviction case, the costs for filing fees, service of process and lock-out will generally run around $510.00. That amount can be higher depending upon the number of adult occupants or the past due rent.

Last, but not least, is the small matter of the fee to be paid to the hard working attorney. Most attorney's fees, for uncontested cases, is less than the costs. In San Diego where I practice, you can expect to pay, generally speaking, around $400.00 flat rate for attorney's fees in an uncontested case and an additional $300.00 for attorney's fees if a trial is necessary. Some attorneys will not do a flat-rate fee for evictions after foreclosure, eviction of Section 8 tenants, eviction for a reason other than non-payment of rent or lease expiration, or cases where the tenant is represented by a lawyer. In such instances, the lawyer will charge by the hour. In San Diego, for example, the hourly rate for eviction attorneys varies between $200.00 and $300.00 per hour depending upon the lawyer's experience and level of expertise.

Most eviction cases are for the non-payment of rent, the tenants are unrepresented, the amount in controversy is under $10,000.00, there are two adult occupants, and either no trial occurs or there is a trial but the tenant does not have a lawyer. In such a case, you should expect to pay between $800.00 and $1,100.00 total for costs and attorney's fees to take the eviction case all the way through judgment and lock-out.

24 Hour Emergency Locksmith South Elmsall Smart And High Security Locks

What Services Does Your South Elmsall Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in South Elmsall. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the South Elmsall locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Locksmith: Introduction to the Locksmith Trade

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What is a cylinder lock?

You've seen it, you've held it, you probably have it in your own home - but seldom have you spared it a thought - yes, it's the cylinder lock!
Simply put, a cylinder lock is a lock with a cylinder in it. The cylinder revolves around a central axis thus allowing the lock to unlock. Within the cylinder lock there is an operative part by which a locking effect is produced. Two of the most popular operative parts you may find are the pin and disk tumbler lock.

what's the benefit of a cylinder lock?

The greatest benefit of using a cylinder lock is that it allows you to replace the cylinder lock itself with no need of changing the boltwork, a known misfortune in different kinds of locks.
Another benefit achieved by using the cylinder lock, is that it's ever so easy to replace your cylinder lock without having to replace your set of keys. The special industrial structure of the cylinder lock enables the cylinder lock maker to alter the radius and the form of the lock with the same key structure. This wonderful feature creates the opportunity for the cylider-lock-user to use all together distinctive kinds of locks, nightlatches for example, roller door locks is quite popular and ofcourse the deadbolt and padlocks, although the latter almost never harbours cylinders of detachable quality.

who needs a cylinder lock?

Cylinder locks can be used by all and for every purpose. They have great usibility, terrific ergonomy, they are highly reliable and can be easily fixed. They are easy to replace and can be found in very reasonable prices almost everywhere. Cylinder locks are perfect for doors and if you'll go for a quick survey around your house - you'll probably find a couple that are serving you loyally for years.

Cylinder lock problem solutions

The common most problem that people face in dealing with cylinder locks is probably caused by neglacting to oil it. oiling your cylinder lock once a year will give you the cylinder lock peace of mind you deserve. Aside that more complex problems can be easily solved by calling a reliable locksmith - please don't attempt to deconstruct the cylinder lock mechanism - just call a locksmith, that's what they are trained to do.


Van Storage Ideas to Start a Mobile Locksmith Business

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There is a popular misconception about locksmiths. Many people think that if they lose their keys that Mobile Locksmiths can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don't have a spare, then the only option that the locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases, Mobile Locksmiths carry around everything they need to help their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren't handy, this isn't recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Mobile Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

24hr Locksmith Featherstone High Security Locks Fitted

What Services Does Your Featherstone Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Featherstone. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Featherstone locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


The Profession of the Locksmith

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Why is it important to hire a licensed and professional bonded locksmith? For starters, many countries and states have such laws. For example, California has a law that all locksmiths should be licensed. And they should be licensed through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.

Also, when licenses are given out to bonded locksmiths, the governments, agencies such as the FBI collect identification details. They also collect fingerprint information for each bonded locksmith. This ensures that the bonded locksmith does not have a criminal background. This gives the user of the locksmith services an assurance that the bonded locksmith you are hiring is legitimate and that he uses his craft and skills to ensure your protection.

Finally, and unfortunately, there are many locksmiths out there who are not licensed locksmiths. Many times these unlicensed locksmiths who are often also inexperienced, very unprofessional and simply call themselves "locksmiths" are simply trying to earn as much money as possible. These locksmiths therefore will give deleterious and very misguided advice. Most of the times, these people do not have any real experience in locksmith services. They also lack training in the security industry. They are often very greedy individuals.

It is only a licensed locksmith who can give you qualified advice. He can also give you recommendations regarding your security needs, your security systems, your security solutions security solutions which maybe physical as well as electronic for your home. This advice also is availed of by big business houses.
A licensed locksmith is the one who has filed the necessary paperwork. This paperwork has to be filed with state and sometimes also with federal government agencies. The locksmith then receives a license to operate as an official bonded locksmith. So the next time you seek a locksmith, ask him for his license number first.

An insured locksmith is the one who has purchased liability insurance. This insurance protects both the locksmith and his clients against any accidental damage to the property or to life. This is similar to the car insurance. We must an insured locksmith to ensure the safety of work, property and of life.

A bonded locksmith is bonded when he pays a fee, which is often quite nominal to a bonding company. After passing a background check, these locksmiths are guaranteed that in case of occurrence of an accident, the bonding company will reimburse certain previously agreed upon amount of money. They will then modify the situation and fix the problem. Bonding is similar to insurance. It is an added protection for the client. Many big industry organizations offer bonding for locksmiths in their respective areas. Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) offers bonding to their members.

You yourself can also conduct your own locksmith license search. It is your right to get hold of this information. It will assist you in making a responsible decision when choosing your locksmith. Car locksmiths install security hardware similar to deadbolts and access control systems. Car locksmiths can give you advice for your security needs. They can help you gain access to your car if you happen to get locked out. You name it; these locksmiths can help you with it.


How Do Locksmiths Work?

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Moving outside of the office and into the field is hardly an uncommon scenario for the locksmith. A large majority of work undertaken is done out of the shop and in emergency situations that require the locksmith to be mobile. Automotive work requires precision instruments, tools, in order for the locksmith to complete his or her job in a timely, secure and professional manner especially when dealing with a clientèle who are often times scared, nervous and unsure.

With proclamations such as "cool", "wow", "what does that one do?" and various other comments and question from customers and bystanders a like, this article will list some of the more important and necessary tools used for many issues that arise with automobiles requiring the use of a locksmith and provide explanation of some of the lesser and well known ones for better understanding of their uses.

At the beginning of our list is the basics of various automobile entry tool and wedges to help in a quick and streamlined performance, aided by such tools as a bezel nut wrench, the Chrysler shaft puller appropriate for makes and models in this line, code books pertaining to automotive work, face caps and face cap pliers.

In working with various lines and makes of cars a General Motors Decoder helps the locksmith to decode the tumblers of GM locks with having to perform a complete disassembly of the lock. A cordless power drill is a necessity for moments such as these when there is no electricity present and the need, and it usually does, arises for use of a power drill.

A broken key extractor is always to be found on hand as they are incredibly useful in removing broken keys and key parts from locks and the door handle clip removal tool that assists in removing the retainer clip that secures a vehicles door handle to the door. Thereby allow the locksmith to complete the job with a higher degree of accuracy.

Another useful tool is the code key cutting machine which allows the locksmith to make accurate keys without the original to duplicate.

In this virtual tool chest of an article we also find items used with automotive work such as the door trim pad clip removal tool, the flexible light for night time scenarios and hard to see or reach areas, a lock plate compressor in addition to a steering lock late compressor and steering wheel pullers.

In mobile situations that require work on the more modern and technological vehicles and keys, keyless entry, etc., a VATS PASSKey decoder or a key analyzer is essential for the locksmith to determine the electrical resistance values of VATS PASSKey duplicates, a mechanical code key cutter to make accurate keys without having the original to duplicate.

As we can see from the basic to the technological the locksmith's tools in the field are not only "wow" inspiring devices, but integral everyday parts of each job and its performance.

Local Locksmith Heckmondwike Smart High Security Locks Fitted

What Services Does Your Heckmondwike Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Heckmondwike. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Heckmondwike locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Locksmith Key Codes

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Why is it important to hire a licensed and professional bonded locksmith? For starters, many countries and states have such laws. For example, California has a law that all locksmiths should be licensed. And they should be licensed through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.

Also, when licenses are given out to bonded locksmiths, the governments, agencies such as the FBI collect identification details. They also collect fingerprint information for each bonded locksmith. This ensures that the bonded locksmith does not have a criminal background. This gives the user of the locksmith services an assurance that the bonded locksmith you are hiring is legitimate and that he uses his craft and skills to ensure your protection.

Finally, and unfortunately, there are many locksmiths out there who are not licensed locksmiths. Many times these unlicensed locksmiths who are often also inexperienced, very unprofessional and simply call themselves "locksmiths" are simply trying to earn as much money as possible. These locksmiths therefore will give deleterious and very misguided advice. Most of the times, these people do not have any real experience in locksmith services. They also lack training in the security industry. They are often very greedy individuals.

It is only a licensed locksmith who can give you qualified advice. He can also give you recommendations regarding your security needs, your security systems, your security solutions security solutions which maybe physical as well as electronic for your home. This advice also is availed of by big business houses.
A licensed locksmith is the one who has filed the necessary paperwork. This paperwork has to be filed with state and sometimes also with federal government agencies. The locksmith then receives a license to operate as an official bonded locksmith. So the next time you seek a locksmith, ask him for his license number first.

An insured locksmith is the one who has purchased liability insurance. This insurance protects both the locksmith and his clients against any accidental damage to the property or to life. This is similar to the car insurance. We must an insured locksmith to ensure the safety of work, property and of life.

A bonded locksmith is bonded when he pays a fee, which is often quite nominal to a bonding company. After passing a background check, these locksmiths are guaranteed that in case of occurrence of an accident, the bonding company will reimburse certain previously agreed upon amount of money. They will then modify the situation and fix the problem. Bonding is similar to insurance. It is an added protection for the client. Many big industry organizations offer bonding for locksmiths in their respective areas. Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) offers bonding to their members.

You yourself can also conduct your own locksmith license search. It is your right to get hold of this information. It will assist you in making a responsible decision when choosing your locksmith. Car locksmiths install security hardware similar to deadbolts and access control systems. Car locksmiths can give you advice for your security needs. They can help you gain access to your car if you happen to get locked out. You name it; these locksmiths can help you with it.


Car Locksmiths

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What is a cylinder lock?

You've seen it, you've held it, you probably have it in your own home - but seldom have you spared it a thought - yes, it's the cylinder lock!
Simply put, a cylinder lock is a lock with a cylinder in it. The cylinder revolves around a central axis thus allowing the lock to unlock. Within the cylinder lock there is an operative part by which a locking effect is produced. Two of the most popular operative parts you may find are the pin and disk tumbler lock.

what's the benefit of a cylinder lock?

The greatest benefit of using a cylinder lock is that it allows you to replace the cylinder lock itself with no need of changing the boltwork, a known misfortune in different kinds of locks.
Another benefit achieved by using the cylinder lock, is that it's ever so easy to replace your cylinder lock without having to replace your set of keys. The special industrial structure of the cylinder lock enables the cylinder lock maker to alter the radius and the form of the lock with the same key structure. This wonderful feature creates the opportunity for the cylider-lock-user to use all together distinctive kinds of locks, nightlatches for example, roller door locks is quite popular and ofcourse the deadbolt and padlocks, although the latter almost never harbours cylinders of detachable quality.

who needs a cylinder lock?

Cylinder locks can be used by all and for every purpose. They have great usibility, terrific ergonomy, they are highly reliable and can be easily fixed. They are easy to replace and can be found in very reasonable prices almost everywhere. Cylinder locks are perfect for doors and if you'll go for a quick survey around your house - you'll probably find a couple that are serving you loyally for years.

Cylinder lock problem solutions

The common most problem that people face in dealing with cylinder locks is probably caused by neglacting to oil it. oiling your cylinder lock once a year will give you the cylinder lock peace of mind you deserve. Aside that more complex problems can be easily solved by calling a reliable locksmith - please don't attempt to deconstruct the cylinder lock mechanism - just call a locksmith, that's what they are trained to do.

Do You Have A Locksmith Emergency In Knottingley

What Services Does Your Knottingley Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

What are some misconceptions about a Locksmith?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Knottingley. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Knottingley locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.
 


Starting a Mobile Locksmith Business

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Perhaps you just got back from vacation only to discover that your keys are still somewhere in Florida. Or maybe the burglary down the street has you thinking twice about that broken lock on the back door.

Sooner or later, most of us will find ourselves needing a locksmith. Whether the job is big or small, it's important to do your homework. A locksmith will have complete access to your home, car, or business, leaving you vulnerable if the job is not done right.

Here are 10 tips for choosing a reliable, professional, and trustworthy locksmith:

1. Ask trusted friends and neighbors for a referral. If you can't get a personal recommendation, try checking with:

* Organizations in your area that rate service businesses, like Consumer Checkbook or Angie's List

* A local security or construction firm -- some keep locksmiths on retainer

* A trade association with a member referral service, like the Associated Locksmiths of America

2. Find out how long the locksmith has been in business. One who has been around several years in the same location is more likely to be reputable.

3. Ask if the company does or has done business under any other names. Sometimes companies will change names to ditch a bad reputation.

4. Ensure the locksmith has all required business licenses and permits. Licensing is not always mandatory, so find out what is needed in your area. If licensing is required, ask how to verify authenticity.

5. Find out if the locksmith is bonded and insured and for how much. You want to make sure the coverage is enough to cover any losses you may incur from property damage or faulty work.

6. Ask about certifications and professional affiliations. Trade associations keep their members informed of the latest industry developments. Members must often meet rigorous standards and some associations even require that their members pass a skills test. While this doesn't guarantee proficiency, it does improve the odds.

7. Ask for recent references and check them.

8. Get a written estimate. Give as many details as possible to get a more accurate quote. Ask if any additional charges will apply and about any discounts for which you may qualify.

9. Contact the Better Business Bureau to make sure there are no unresolved complaints. Also check with the local chamber of commerce, police department, and office of consumer affairs.

10. Ask what information will be kept on file after the work is done and why. Make sure all keys are turned over to you and that household locks are not set to accept a master key.

It's wise to seek out a good locksmith before you actually need one. If you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a crisis, you may not have time to thoroughly investigate your options. Using the above tips will help you find a dependable and qualified locksmith so you'll be ready whenever you need one.

 


The Locksmith Trade - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Sometimes considered to be in the vein of the "average" or the "blue collar" type of field and career the locksmith, while underrated, is in actuality a very necessary, very important person and industry for individual and business use alike. The dictionary defines a locksmith as "a person who makes or repairs locks", but is this truly all the locksmith is, all that the locksmith does?

To answer this questions let's take the time to think about a few situations where and why a locksmith is not only needed, but absolutely necessary, and most certainly a valuable asset to every community, whether the use is for residential or commerce. For starters we will begin with what most might regard as the "first thought" when considering uses of a locksmith, the vehicle lock out.

This has happened to more just a few people and many of us have family and friends who have had to deal with this unfortunate scenario. Align that with the importance and value each person places on their vehicle, its care and maintenance, and in a situation such as this one most would be wise to consider the use, concern and expertise of a qualified locksmith, as opposed to the various, yet aplenty, other measures taken, such as calling a tow truck, the purchase of an expensive new key or the ever present but not very reliable hanger in the door or window method. Each one of these not only affects the vehicle and its current condition, but also can be quite costly when compared to the use of a locksmith; and with twenty-four hour availability the benefits far outweigh the loss of time and unpleasant uncertainties that can and do arise. The locksmith's goal is to gain entry into the client's vehicle without damage, as a hanger or tow truck can undoubtedly present and the locksmith is diligent to perform his or her duties with the full consideration of the expense to each customer, as opposed to the previously mentioned and costly methods of new keys, repairing damage or towing to a different location.

Another typical yet quite serious circumstance would be the home or business lock out. No matter if the keys are inside the residence or office, lost, or left behind at another location the same importance, value and care given for damage and cost to ones vehicle becomes even larger when taking into account the safety, privacy and security of ones home or business. Cost and damage, as well as any issues of security must never be overlooked here. Broken windows, damage to undamaged locks and the unneeded attention not only accrues unnecessary cost, but also an insecure and unsure feeling of helplessness. A qualified locksmith will be sure to provide confidence when gaining access to a private residence or business, as well as the needed precautions in order to gain entrance through not only safe methods, but also a professional and experienced manner when working in such a sensitive situation.

So is a locksmith, in actuality just a person who makes and repairs locks or is the locksmith much more? When thought of in its true light, the locksmith and locksmith company are more than just a passing thought or average worker in a blue collar field, the locksmith is reassurance, rescue and security in a world full of moments of mishap and uncertainty.

Locksmith Services Liversedge High Security And Smart Locks Fitted

What Services Does Your Liversedge Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Liversedge. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Liversedge locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Locksmith Key Codes

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In this article we are attempting to uncover the mystery of those fantastical, sometimes awe and question inspiring implements that those in the locksmith field utilize. As evidenced, there are quite a large amount of these requisite tools that a locksmith uses on a daily basis at the shop or out in the field which have brought to light not necessarily the method of the locksmith, as they are all different and individual, but the great number of implements the locksmith uses and is skillfully proficient with, if not an expert with, to maintain standards of operation in this type of industry.

There are many devices and equipment required for installing door locks and various other door hardware. A number of various saws will venture to this type of field work such as the compass saw (also known as the keyhole saw), a reciprocating saw, mixed sized hole saws which are used with spade bits to install locks on doors, wallboard (drywall) saws and for good measure I will include here a broom and dust pan, drop cloths and a vacuum cleaner.

An assortment of nails and screws (all different sizes, types, one way, etc.) in addition to a screw gun will be making the rounds with installing doors and door hardware along with a shovel, wood glue, a shim pick and utility knives and blades, strike plates and strike boxes all of various size.

Wood chisels of ranging size are needed when the doors a locksmith is installing locks and other hardware on are made of wood. More you ask? Of course there are more and we wouldn't have it any other way, since the locksmith definitely has more in their arsenal when working on these types of jobs! There is the lever, the cylinder removal tool, multiple filler plates, door reinforcers of various finishes and sizes, a pry bar and a shovel if the need arises.

Acting as a guide, the boring jig is a template for drilling precise cutouts for locks and door hardware and accurate installation holes.

Door locks and door hardware may appear to be simple fixes, something replaceable by almost anyone, but you might want to think again when considering the proper care and attention that must be given.

All to often the do it yourself types and novice handy men have come upon the tasks meant for a locksmith and their tools and felt this it truly is a job they can complete without error. While many of the items written about in this series may sound familiar and easy to use, and perhaps they are easy to use in theory, the job of the locksmith, their experience and time tested accuracy and dependability with the tools of the trade are best left in the hands of the very people who use them on a daily basis. The locksmith.


The Locksmith

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Before we can discuss ways to prevent a home burglary, it's important to have an understanding of when the burglaries occur, who commits the crimes, and what is usually taken. Almost all home burglaries happen during the day, when people are at work. The summer months see a lot of burglaries, especially in July and August. February actually has the fewest number of burglaries compared to the other months.

Home burglaries are usually committed by males under 25 years old. These guys are usually trying to grab small things that are easy to carry away and sell for quick cash that is needed for living expenses an most often, drugs. The favorite items of theft are cash, guns, jewelry and watches, computers and DVD players, and CDs. These things are easily concealed in a duffel bag as the thief exits the home, and are easy to convert to cash.

Thieves never like to do any extra work if they don't have to, so they first look for an open door or window. And, unlike most movies where the bad guy carries a fancy lock pick kit, burglars prefer to use common household tools like screwdrivers, pliers, pry bars and hammers. Although it may seem like burglaries are random and happen on a whim, this is rarely the case. Burglars will always go for the easiest target. This is the house with the easiest access, good places to hide, and a good escape route.

Burglars always go for the easy target! Most burglars will skip your house if it seems too difficult to enter. So the best way to help prevent a home burglary is to make it difficult for a thief to get in. Most burglars pick a point of entry that has the most cover, and usually has the weakest lock. This is typically the garage door, followed by the back door, and then the front door.

Now let's take a look at some pointers for the types of locks you should consider:

- Use a high quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock that has a one-inch throw bolt (The part that goes into the door when locked)
- If you have to use a "knob-in-lock", make sure you get one that's high quality, heavy duty, and has a "dead-latch" feature.
- A "dead-latch" mechanism prevents a credit card or shim from being used to pop open the lock
- A high quality deadbolt will have what's called a beveled casing. This usually stops the use of channel lock pliers to break off the lock pins and gain access.
- Always spend the extra money and get Grade One or Grade Two locks for exterior doors, as these resist prying, hammering, and lock picking.

Expert (But completely obvious) Tip:

Most people leave an extra set of keys in the car. Burglars are wise to this and first look inside your car for house keys and valuables. Make sure you lock your car, even if it's in the garage.

Now let's talk about Doors. Follow these tips below when considering doors in your home.

- Always spend the extra money and buy solid core or metal doors for all exterior entrance points. Many cheap exterior doors have hollow cores, and can easily be kicked through with not much effort by a determined burglar.
- If the door doesn't come with one, install a peephole that is a wide-angle 160°, mounted no higher than 58 inches from the floor.
- Make sure the door comes with a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate deep into a wooden door frame. The strike plate is almost always the weakest part of the door, as it is where the deadbolt secures the door in place with the door jamb. Cheap doors come with very soft wooden moldings that are usually tacked onto the door frame. It just takes a strong kick or shove with a shoulder to tear the lightweight molding away and burst the door open.
- Also make sure that the screws that hold the door hinges in place have at least two 3 inch screws per hinge plate.
- Make sure that the screws holding the knob lock strike plate are longer ones as well.

To Conclude:

We always recommend spending the extra money to get good solid core or metal exterior doors, and strong, heavy duty locks. Remember that an experienced burglar can identify good doors and good locks. It is very likely that the mere presence of these upgrades will cause the burglar to think twice and move onto an easier target.

Locksmith Services Mirfield 24 Hours A Day 7 Days A Week

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Mirfield. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Mirfield locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

What Services Does Your Mirfield Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

Mobile Locksmiths Have Everything They Need

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Starting a Mobile Locksmith Business

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Moving outside of the office and into the field is hardly an uncommon scenario for the locksmith. A large majority of work undertaken is done out of the shop and in emergency situations that require the locksmith to be mobile. Automotive work requires precision instruments, tools, in order for the locksmith to complete his or her job in a timely, secure and professional manner especially when dealing with a clientèle who are often times scared, nervous and unsure.

With proclamations such as "cool", "wow", "what does that one do?" and various other comments and question from customers and bystanders a like, this article will list some of the more important and necessary tools used for many issues that arise with automobiles requiring the use of a locksmith and provide explanation of some of the lesser and well known ones for better understanding of their uses.

At the beginning of our list is the basics of various automobile entry tool and wedges to help in a quick and streamlined performance, aided by such tools as a bezel nut wrench, the Chrysler shaft puller appropriate for makes and models in this line, code books pertaining to automotive work, face caps and face cap pliers.

In working with various lines and makes of cars a General Motors Decoder helps the locksmith to decode the tumblers of GM locks with having to perform a complete disassembly of the lock. A cordless power drill is a necessity for moments such as these when there is no electricity present and the need, and it usually does, arises for use of a power drill.

A broken key extractor is always to be found on hand as they are incredibly useful in removing broken keys and key parts from locks and the door handle clip removal tool that assists in removing the retainer clip that secures a vehicles door handle to the door. Thereby allow the locksmith to complete the job with a higher degree of accuracy.

Another useful tool is the code key cutting machine which allows the locksmith to make accurate keys without the original to duplicate.

In this virtual tool chest of an article we also find items used with automotive work such as the door trim pad clip removal tool, the flexible light for night time scenarios and hard to see or reach areas, a lock plate compressor in addition to a steering lock late compressor and steering wheel pullers.

In mobile situations that require work on the more modern and technological vehicles and keys, keyless entry, etc., a VATS PASSKey decoder or a key analyzer is essential for the locksmith to determine the electrical resistance values of VATS PASSKey duplicates, a mechanical code key cutter to make accurate keys without having the original to duplicate.

As we can see from the basic to the technological the locksmith's tools in the field are not only "wow" inspiring devices, but integral everyday parts of each job and its performance.

 


How Do Locksmiths Work?

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One of the best decisions I ever made in my 62 years of life on this planet was to become my own boss in a field that is never dull, always challenging, and intrinsically interesting. It was not an early decision. In fact it did not occur to me to enter this field until after I'd already spent ten years as a professional photographer. It came about in an odd way, as many serendipitous things do. But regardless of how it came to be, I consider that decision the one that paved the way for me to spend the rest of my working life in comfort and with a good measure of security.

I've since discovered that many people follow a similar course, turning to locksmithing only after finding themselves unhappy in other jobs. I'm not sure how or why so many discover this particular business when looking for an interesting career. In my case it was a natural progression from a rather unique part-time career I had fashioned for myself: That of installing simple door viewers and doing this door to door. Many times my customers would ask if I could install deadbolts for them while I was at it, and after turning down money a dozen or so times I finally got wise and visited a local locksmith supplier who sold me an install kit and a book of instructions. From what I can tell, others come across this idea by doing Internet searches for home businesses, because ultimately this qualifies as such if you, like I do, run it out of your home and structure it as a Sole Proprietorship. In any case, it is obvious that locksmithing has become a popular choice for a chance at self-employment.

After tiring of door to door selling (which didn't take long to do) I hit upon the idea of cold calling. I was still thinking too small, but at the time I didn't know it. Lesson Number One: Don't do this. I was doing it back in 1981 or so when the stigma attached to such endeavors wasn't quite so strong. I'm afraid that calling people out of the phone book and asking if they'd like to have deadbolts installed just would not fly in the present era of terrorism and business rip-offs.

Still, I owe to this period of hard knocks a good deal. I became efficient at installing locks, rekeying locks, and duplicating keys. It was during this one year period that I scrounged together enough money to purchase a small key duplicator and also a lock rekeying kit. I carried these items in the trunk of my car and carried them into my customer's home when needed. I also purchased several boxes of the most common domestic key blanks and by the time I'd accumulated all this stuff my car's trunk was crammed and I was wishing for more room. Also, and most important, I came to realize that driving around in an unmarked car and working out of the trunk was not lending itself well to my credibility.

Lesson Number Two: Start out with credibility. Purchase a small work van, or a large one if you can afford it. Buy signs or have signs painted on it. Use whatever lending power you have, may it be with banks or with family, to locate a used vehicle and have signage made up, even if this is in the form of magnetic signs. Of course all this suggests you start out as a legitimate business, and this is just my point. Create a name for your business (think long and hard about this, as you'll lose any credibility you might initially gain if you keep changing it), have signs and forms and letterheads made up, and dive in.

There is, too, the question of legality. This is a hard subject to field, because the legality of doing business from one jurisdiction to another can differ widely, and even wildly. It is incumbent upon you to do the research and determine whether or not your jurisdiction requires a locksmith be certified, bonded, and/or licensed. You'll almost certainly discover that licensing is the fundamental hurdle, and that is usually taken care of with the signing of a few forms and the payment of a small annual fee. Certification is something else. Not all jurisdictions require this. In my case I found that the state in which I was then living -- Utah -- did not require it. Nor was I required to be bonded, though I chose to do so for the added protection (it is widely and incorrectly thought that bonding protects the locksmith's customer, whereas in fact it is the locksmith that is protected by the bond).

Lesson Number Three: Do the homework required to determine if acquiring a business license is all that is needed to establish your locksmith service. One phone call to your state's Attorney General office will likely answer that question.

Once you have lined up an affordable vehicle and put a reasonably professional sign on it, you must begin outfitting it. This should, and must, be done before you begin advertising your services because if you are like I was at this point you know next to nothing about the business and not much more about the work. We will endeavor at this point to educate ourselves. Locksmithing is in point of fact one of the few professions left in this world in which a formal education is absolutely UNnecessary. I have spoken to very few professionals during my career who got to be that way through going to a 'locksmith school' or a college. This is certainly not to say that a formal education isn't desirable. If you can afford it, if you have the means, then by all means take that route. This article is for those of you who can't.

The vehicle you purchase will in large part determine how it is to be equipped. I've always preferred a full-size van (I've owned Ford, Chevy and GMC models during my career), but there are many locksmiths who just love the Astro Van or Safari Van made by GM. These minivans are popular with many different professions and are ubiquitous. You can undoubtedly find one in your price range. Either way, the first order of business is to erect a work bench that will give you as much space as possible. Best to have the bench on one side of the van and leave the opposite side for shelves or storage bins. Make it sturdy! There is nothing worse than a wobbly bench when you're trying to rekey locks. Make it level for the same reason.

You'll need a power source. It is excusable to string extension cords until you can afford something better, but bear in mind that this detracts from your professionalism. The ultimate is probably having a RediLine Generator that runs off your van's 12V power. This is not a power inverter, it is actually a generator and it kicks out 110-115V power. They are wonderful sources of AC power and you can even run a bank of fluorescent lamps off one of these for your interior shop lighting. There are several models to choose from with varying outputs, but they are expensive. If you can locate a rebuilt, so much the better. A good inverter might do the trick if you can't afford a RediLine, but be careful. Some key machines (and you're going to have to have one) will not run with an inverter.

Power now available, you need to start out with at least a key duplicator on your bench and preferably, as well, a good code cutting machine. The latter is desirable but not necessary in the beginning unless you plan to launch directly into automotive locksmithing, in which case you'll find it hard to get along without one. We'll touch on that in a moment. Key machines are almost impossible to find used. You'll likely end up buying a small HPC Speedex because they're pretty much the least expensive good key duplicator around. Expect to pay around $500. Best if you include this in your initial loan. A key duplicator is bread and butter for any locksmith, mobile or otherwise, so don't even think about starting up until you have one.

Equip yourself with a good rekeying kit. I've always preferred 'universal' kits because they do the work of dozens of other keyway-specific kits and they are easy to use. LAB makes the best of these, hands down. If you have the space, try to get a metal Classic Kit. If you don't, you can start out with one of LAB's Mini-Durex kits or, better, the miniature version of the Universal Kit (LMK-005 or LMK-003). You simply can't rekey locks without one, and if you get a Universal you won't be confined to keying up one or two brands . . . you'll be able to handle them all. Don't know how to rekey locks? Pick up an instruction manual on the Internet or at Amazon.com. They are available and this is one of the quickest locksmith skills to pick up. While you're at it, buy at least one plug follower, a pair of pin tweezers, and ideally a pair of TruArc pliers. Over time you'll accumulate more rekeying tools but these fundamentals are nearly essential.

Even before I was making money rekeying locks, I was being called to open cars. If you intend to advertise yourself as an emergency service, you're going to have to take in this kind of lucrative work. Let me tell you now, this will be the easiest money you've ever made. It is well worth learning the skills required to open vehicles even if it means spending a couple of hundred dollars on tools and a good manual. Lockouts, at least in my case, virtually supported me for years. If you live in a medium to large city, count on getting lockout calls day and night even if you have only a tiny ad somewhere (a subject for later). There are many good lockout kits available online, to suit any budget, and the same goes for lockout manuals. Do a Google search for 'car opening tools' or 'lockout tools' and you'll have no trouble finding suppliers. Are they legal where you live? Again . . . this is up to you to determine. The supplier cannot and will not endeavor to police this aspect of marketing, as it is simply not possible. I'm not advocating the purchase of anything that is not legal where you reside!

House and business lockouts are likewise lucrative sources of income for the locksmith, but these require different skills, different tools. Here is where it becomes necessary to learn the skill of lock picking -- probably the most fundamental skill of the trade. It is not as easy to learn as car opening and lock rekeying, but it is by no means difficult, either. It requires practice and patience, and it requires good tools. Do not get stingy here. There are lots of cheap lock picking tools for sale. You'll find them in automotive magazines, even. Stick with tools from the established firms like HPC, SouthOrd, Lockmasters, etc. Purchase a beginner's set with a few picks and one or two tension tools for start, unless you have a big budget, then go for a set that will last you a while. Choice of spring steel or stainless steel is largely a matter of personal choice. Whichever one you start out with will likely be the kind you'll stay with, because you'll form an attachment to that type and you'll train yourself to make the best of it. More important is the concept of practice. Buy Practice Locks. Once you've picked all the locks in your home you're going to need more challenges, and now that Practice Locks are an accepted training aid in this field you'd do well to pick up a few of them. Practice until you can repeatedly pick the most challenging of your Practice Locks and then practice some more.

Did I mention that servicing lockouts will likely be the single most lucrative service you offer your customers? I thought so. Good!

There are other aspects to providing a locksmith service and among these is the ability to install locksets on homes and businesses. Primarily you'll be asked to install deadbolts, but later on, as your business gets bigger, you'll want to offer commercial business and real estate companies the option of replacing all their old lock hardware for newer more secure hardware. Again, practice is called for and you should be prepared to install a few unnecessary deadbolts and knobsets on doors in your own home that don't need them. After doing this a dozen or so times, it will be easy to go to that first installation with confidence. You'll need to add a few essential tools to your toolbox, such as a 1/2 inch drill, a couple of hole saws (2-1/8 inch and 1-inch), a 1/2 inch boring bit, and a good wood chisel. With these tools, you can install deadbolts in metal or wood doors. Complete installation kits are available and are the best choice if you can work them into your budget. Need instruction? Books galore available on Amazon.com or at any large scale bookstore in your city.

Once you've accumulated vehicle and the tools, and some knowledge gleaned from practice and reading, you can start thinking about getting your feet wet. The best way to start is the old fashioned way and that is to appeal to family and friends for work and for referrals. Network. Talk to everyone you know and let them know you're serious about this and that you are available. Step two is to advertise and this is absolutely necessary, even if you start out only as a listing in the Yellow Pages. This is where 99% of the people who need a locksmith will look. Newspaper ads, flyers (Yucchhh!), direct mail and radio ads don't work for locksmiths unless you have one enormous budget. Try to justify a small one-eight or one-quarter page Yellow Page ad if at all possible. Even in the face of huge competition, you will get calls and over time your name will be spread around, if you do a good job. Well, it will get spread around if you don't, as well, but you'd do well to avoid that.

That's how I did it. That's how thousands of others have done it, give or take a detail or two. Be sure to cover the legal bases, because if you jump into it and find later that you're acting outside the law, don't come to me! This is part of your research. It is not that difficult to acquire a certification and satisfy local laws that may pertain to this business. If you keep the business small, and maintain yourself as a sole owner, you're going to be profiting right off the bat because overhead with a mobile service is nil.

It's within your reach whether you're 18 or 58.

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What Services Does Your Normanton Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

What are the main misconceptions about a Locksmith?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Normanton. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Normanton locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


The Profession of the Locksmith

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What is a cylinder lock?

You've seen it, you've held it, you probably have it in your own home - but seldom have you spared it a thought - yes, it's the cylinder lock!
Simply put, a cylinder lock is a lock with a cylinder in it. The cylinder revolves around a central axis thus allowing the lock to unlock. Within the cylinder lock there is an operative part by which a locking effect is produced. Two of the most popular operative parts you may find are the pin and disk tumbler lock.

what's the benefit of a cylinder lock?

The greatest benefit of using a cylinder lock is that it allows you to replace the cylinder lock itself with no need of changing the boltwork, a known misfortune in different kinds of locks.
Another benefit achieved by using the cylinder lock, is that it's ever so easy to replace your cylinder lock without having to replace your set of keys. The special industrial structure of the cylinder lock enables the cylinder lock maker to alter the radius and the form of the lock with the same key structure. This wonderful feature creates the opportunity for the cylider-lock-user to use all together distinctive kinds of locks, nightlatches for example, roller door locks is quite popular and ofcourse the deadbolt and padlocks, although the latter almost never harbours cylinders of detachable quality.

who needs a cylinder lock?

Cylinder locks can be used by all and for every purpose. They have great usibility, terrific ergonomy, they are highly reliable and can be easily fixed. They are easy to replace and can be found in very reasonable prices almost everywhere. Cylinder locks are perfect for doors and if you'll go for a quick survey around your house - you'll probably find a couple that are serving you loyally for years.

Cylinder lock problem solutions

The common most problem that people face in dealing with cylinder locks is probably caused by neglacting to oil it. oiling your cylinder lock once a year will give you the cylinder lock peace of mind you deserve. Aside that more complex problems can be easily solved by calling a reliable locksmith - please don't attempt to deconstruct the cylinder lock mechanism - just call a locksmith, that's what they are trained to do.

 


Starting a Mobile Locksmith Business

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Many people are under the impression that the job of the locksmith is just confined to designing locks and breaking it open or making duplicate keys for us if we lose our originals. However, this image is totally wrong. It's true that the locksmiths perform these jobs, but apart from these, there are a lot of places where a locksmith can work or that demand the skills of locksmiths. Some of the places where a locksmith can have promising future are, locksmith shops, hardware and department store, large industrial plants, safe and lock manufactures and also for themselves. This article tells in details the type of opportunities available to a locksmith.

It's true that most of the locksmiths open up their own businesses and become self employed. They then offer services like re-keying the homes, acting as security consultants for home, changing the locks of the homes, keeping the security of the home up-to-date, helping you when you are locked out of your own car or home and along with this all, some locksmiths may also begin mobile services which will come to help you anytime you call them. Along with all that they offer 24 hours services seven days a week. Apart from choosing this option, the locksmiths can work in car dealerships. Car dealerships have to constantly change locks to ensure the car safety, so locksmiths can change these locks for them or design new and better locks for the cars increasing the security of the car and reducing the risk of theft.

Next there are opportunities for the locksmiths in the construction companies. Like they may be asked to re-key the home, or install a new security system or have the house installed with the latest locks etc. moreover, these locksmiths may be asked to pick locks on a old renovation or design new locks and master keys for new homes. Then there are locksmiths who work in the retails stores which sell home or office security equipments. The role of the locksmith there is to hear the problem of the customer and recommend him the equipment which he can solve his problem. The things that are usually sold at these shops are, padlocks, or producing duplicate keys, selling safes, or selling lock picking tools the authorized person.

Along with all this, some locksmiths work for companies who make safes. The locksmiths there are used to design the new locks and safe which are theft proof so that the goods stored inside the safe is properly protected. Moreover, they also repair the locks on the old safes or the new ones when a customer complains. They also change the locks or open the safe if the key has been lost by the person. They are also used by fire and police department to open the lock door of the home or office in a case of emergency or if police needs to break in a home without a mess and look around for some evidence. So it could be easily said that there are a lot of opportunities for the locksmiths and their job isn't dull at all.

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Locksmith 24 7 Ossett High Security Smart Locks Fitted

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Ossett. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Ossett locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Locksmith Jobs in California - Are the Thief's Making Better Wages?

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Are you thinking about becoming a locksmith? Many people ask me about my profession when I arrive at a job site. The idea of working with the public, working with hand tools, making a quick buck on lock-out calls, and of course the power and ability to unlock doors, cars and safes is quite intoxicating for some people. I don't place help wanted ads, but nevertheless I average one unsolicited résumé a month via e-mail. Usually it arrives from an eager teenager looking to do an apprenticeship. O.J.T. (on-the-job training) is a fine way to go if you can get the gig. That's precisely how I started. That and reading every trade magazine I could get my hands on, endless hours doing research on the web, taking classes, attending trade expos, and talking with any locksmith who would take the time to chat with me (and many would, so long as I wasn't one of their competitors). But that's how it is for most lock jocks. Once you begin work as a locksmith it gets under your skin. It consumes you and becomes an obsession. That's not exactly a bad thing after all; to be (God willing) financially successful at what you enjoy is a great way to pay the bills. There is, however, a price to pay that does not fit with most people's lifestyle, and thus -- the purpose of this article.

The Good: Helping the public and making a few bucks while doing it. First off, I rarely charge to unlock a car or house when there is a child locked inside. When I get the call, usually from a panicked parent declaring his or her child is locked inside a car, I rush to the scene. There are few better moments for me as a locksmith than seeing the relief in a mother's eyes when I unlock the door and she pulls her child from a sweltering car on a warm summer day. "You're my HERO," she says as she holds her child close with tears in her eyes. "No charge ma'am. We don't charge for children locked in cars. If you like, for a small fee, I can make you a copy of your car's door key so it's less likely to happen again." They almost always say yes, and the payment for the key usually accompanies a tip. The "up sale" is simply to cover my gas going out on the call, and the tip, if any, buys me lunch.

The rest of my jobs are typically for-profit jobs. Still, over half of what I charge goes right back into the company in the form of gas, insurance, advertising, trade organization dues, license fees, vehicle maintenance, tools, supplies, and other expenses.

As a locksmith you will never get rich, but if you play your cards right you could retire well. The plan, as I read in a popular trade magazine, is to sell a well-established shop with a long list of customer accounts, while owning and collecting rent on the property the shop sits on. It's even better if you own an entire complex and collect rent from your shop's neighbors, too. I personally know a retired locksmith who did exactly this and I understand he is doing quite well for himself.

Many locksmiths make and sell tools and/or reference books, or teach classes (as I do) to supplement their income.

The Bad: Being on call 24/7. After-hours and weekend service can account for a large part, if not most when first starting out, of your income. Then there are the late night calls. 2am, half drunk and he can't find his car keys: "I'm sorry sir -- I can't help you drive your car tonight, but if you call me in the morning I will be happy to assist you."

The locksmith industry is a highly regulated (but necessarily so) security industry. The licenses, insurances, and bonds you have to carry can cost a small fortune. I have a city business license, a state locksmith license, a State Contractor's License for lock and security work, two insurance policies (general liability and commercial vehicle insurance), two different bonds, and I am a member of two major national trade organizations. In California, you need to be fingerprinted and pass State and Federal background tests. I am also a member of some local organizations including the Chico Chamber of Commerce and the North Valley Property Owner's Association.

The cost of running a business like this can be overwhelming and there is always another tool you need to buy, another software update, or replacement parts/tools that need to be ordered. I am currently saving up for a high security key machine that retails for $5,800.

Let's not forget the paperwork. You will need to keep legal forms for customers to fill out and detailed records of who, what, where and when. The last thing you want to do is make keys to a car or house for someone who does not have authority to hold a key to that property.

Lastly, buy a nice shirt and tie because there is a good chance you will find yourself in a court of law before long for, among other things, domestic disputes.

The Ugly: Evictions, repossessions (R.E.O.'s), and re-keys after a domestic dispute. There are few things as humbling in this profession as writing a bill for after-hours service and handing the new keys over to someone wearing a fresh black eye. I vividly remember one woman who was standing next to a hole in the drywall where her head was forcibly inserted only a few hours earlier. The local sheriffs know me because it's not uncommon to perform the re-key and security checks while they are still there, filling out their report.

Can you say fleas? Yep, now I keep flea powder in the van because you never know what condition a recently foreclosed house will be in.

Angry former tenants who have been kicked out can also present a challenge. Sometimes the locks are disabled or destroyed, and I keep latex gloves in the van in case I ever have to pick open another lock that has been urinated on.

The bottom line: I am quite happy being a locksmith, most of the time. The pay, the freedom of the job (I can leave my schedule open if my kids have a school event), and the satisfaction of helping people while making a profit for myself keeps me going.

My advice to you:

1. Do your research before entering the market as a locksmith. My town has too many locksmiths per capita. There is barely enough work to go around much of the time.

2. Get on with another locksmith and be willing to relocate, as you may be required to sign a "no compete" contract saying you will not leave to be your boss's competitor. Locksmith schools are okay, but a seasoned locksmith can show you some tricks of the trade that can help you make higher profits or perform jobs better and quicker than the basic skills taught in most schools.

3. Be willing to pay your dues. It will take many years to build up a customer base, and a name for yourself. A wise locksmith once told me it takes at least three years before they (the customers) know you're there, and seven before they notice you are gone.

4. When you start out on your own, get an easy to recognize logo and put it on everything: your van, invoices, pens to hand out, and every other piece of advertising (see our logo below).

5. C.Y.A. Document everything and have pre-printed, professionally prepared, legal forms for your customers to fill out.

6. Don't get too carried away. If you have other obligations, like a spouse and/or kids, make sure to make time for them. It's hard to turn the phone off, or turn down calls because you're turning away money, but you can't get back the days you miss.

A former employer of mine occasionally tells the story of how he made $2,000 in one weekend dispatching calls to his on-call locksmith, while he was on a boat on Lake Shasta with his wife. It was a rare weekend vacation for them and he spent a good part of the day on the phone. She died of cancer two short years later, and he later told me he would give just about anything to have that day back. I know this story personally as I was the on-call employee that weekend.

To quote Uncle Ben (from Spider-Man, the movie): "With great power comes great responsibility." The ability to unlock doors, bypass alarm systems, unlock safes, and the inside knowledge of customers' security systems has been the downfall of unscrupulous locksmiths. In short, if you can't handle the temptation, don't pursue the profession.

Finally: Never take advantage of someone. Like Grandpa always said, it can take a lifetime to build up a good reputation but only a moment to ruin it.

Good luck in whatever you decide -- unless, of course, you are planning to open a lock shop in my service area.


The Locksmith

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There is a popular misconception about locksmiths. Many people think that if they lose their keys that Mobile Locksmiths can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don't have a spare, then the only option that the locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases, Mobile Locksmiths carry around everything they need to help their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren't handy, this isn't recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Mobile Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

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What Services Does Your Pontefract Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Pontefract. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Pontefract locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Locksmith: Introduction to the Locksmith Trade

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One of the best decisions I ever made in my 62 years of life on this planet was to become my own boss in a field that is never dull, always challenging, and intrinsically interesting. It was not an early decision. In fact it did not occur to me to enter this field until after I'd already spent ten years as a professional photographer. It came about in an odd way, as many serendipitous things do. But regardless of how it came to be, I consider that decision the one that paved the way for me to spend the rest of my working life in comfort and with a good measure of security.

I've since discovered that many people follow a similar course, turning to locksmithing only after finding themselves unhappy in other jobs. I'm not sure how or why so many discover this particular business when looking for an interesting career. In my case it was a natural progression from a rather unique part-time career I had fashioned for myself: That of installing simple door viewers and doing this door to door. Many times my customers would ask if I could install deadbolts for them while I was at it, and after turning down money a dozen or so times I finally got wise and visited a local locksmith supplier who sold me an install kit and a book of instructions. From what I can tell, others come across this idea by doing Internet searches for home businesses, because ultimately this qualifies as such if you, like I do, run it out of your home and structure it as a Sole Proprietorship. In any case, it is obvious that locksmithing has become a popular choice for a chance at self-employment.

After tiring of door to door selling (which didn't take long to do) I hit upon the idea of cold calling. I was still thinking too small, but at the time I didn't know it. Lesson Number One: Don't do this. I was doing it back in 1981 or so when the stigma attached to such endeavors wasn't quite so strong. I'm afraid that calling people out of the phone book and asking if they'd like to have deadbolts installed just would not fly in the present era of terrorism and business rip-offs.

Still, I owe to this period of hard knocks a good deal. I became efficient at installing locks, rekeying locks, and duplicating keys. It was during this one year period that I scrounged together enough money to purchase a small key duplicator and also a lock rekeying kit. I carried these items in the trunk of my car and carried them into my customer's home when needed. I also purchased several boxes of the most common domestic key blanks and by the time I'd accumulated all this stuff my car's trunk was crammed and I was wishing for more room. Also, and most important, I came to realize that driving around in an unmarked car and working out of the trunk was not lending itself well to my credibility.

Lesson Number Two: Start out with credibility. Purchase a small work van, or a large one if you can afford it. Buy signs or have signs painted on it. Use whatever lending power you have, may it be with banks or with family, to locate a used vehicle and have signage made up, even if this is in the form of magnetic signs. Of course all this suggests you start out as a legitimate business, and this is just my point. Create a name for your business (think long and hard about this, as you'll lose any credibility you might initially gain if you keep changing it), have signs and forms and letterheads made up, and dive in.

There is, too, the question of legality. This is a hard subject to field, because the legality of doing business from one jurisdiction to another can differ widely, and even wildly. It is incumbent upon you to do the research and determine whether or not your jurisdiction requires a locksmith be certified, bonded, and/or licensed. You'll almost certainly discover that licensing is the fundamental hurdle, and that is usually taken care of with the signing of a few forms and the payment of a small annual fee. Certification is something else. Not all jurisdictions require this. In my case I found that the state in which I was then living -- Utah -- did not require it. Nor was I required to be bonded, though I chose to do so for the added protection (it is widely and incorrectly thought that bonding protects the locksmith's customer, whereas in fact it is the locksmith that is protected by the bond).

Lesson Number Three: Do the homework required to determine if acquiring a business license is all that is needed to establish your locksmith service. One phone call to your state's Attorney General office will likely answer that question.

Once you have lined up an affordable vehicle and put a reasonably professional sign on it, you must begin outfitting it. This should, and must, be done before you begin advertising your services because if you are like I was at this point you know next to nothing about the business and not much more about the work. We will endeavor at this point to educate ourselves. Locksmithing is in point of fact one of the few professions left in this world in which a formal education is absolutely UNnecessary. I have spoken to very few professionals during my career who got to be that way through going to a 'locksmith school' or a college. This is certainly not to say that a formal education isn't desirable. If you can afford it, if you have the means, then by all means take that route. This article is for those of you who can't.

The vehicle you purchase will in large part determine how it is to be equipped. I've always preferred a full-size van (I've owned Ford, Chevy and GMC models during my career), but there are many locksmiths who just love the Astro Van or Safari Van made by GM. These minivans are popular with many different professions and are ubiquitous. You can undoubtedly find one in your price range. Either way, the first order of business is to erect a work bench that will give you as much space as possible. Best to have the bench on one side of the van and leave the opposite side for shelves or storage bins. Make it sturdy! There is nothing worse than a wobbly bench when you're trying to rekey locks. Make it level for the same reason.

You'll need a power source. It is excusable to string extension cords until you can afford something better, but bear in mind that this detracts from your professionalism. The ultimate is probably having a RediLine Generator that runs off your van's 12V power. This is not a power inverter, it is actually a generator and it kicks out 110-115V power. They are wonderful sources of AC power and you can even run a bank of fluorescent lamps off one of these for your interior shop lighting. There are several models to choose from with varying outputs, but they are expensive. If you can locate a rebuilt, so much the better. A good inverter might do the trick if you can't afford a RediLine, but be careful. Some key machines (and you're going to have to have one) will not run with an inverter.

Power now available, you need to start out with at least a key duplicator on your bench and preferably, as well, a good code cutting machine. The latter is desirable but not necessary in the beginning unless you plan to launch directly into automotive locksmithing, in which case you'll find it hard to get along without one. We'll touch on that in a moment. Key machines are almost impossible to find used. You'll likely end up buying a small HPC Speedex because they're pretty much the least expensive good key duplicator around. Expect to pay around $500. Best if you include this in your initial loan. A key duplicator is bread and butter for any locksmith, mobile or otherwise, so don't even think about starting up until you have one.

Equip yourself with a good rekeying kit. I've always preferred 'universal' kits because they do the work of dozens of other keyway-specific kits and they are easy to use. LAB makes the best of these, hands down. If you have the space, try to get a metal Classic Kit. If you don't, you can start out with one of LAB's Mini-Durex kits or, better, the miniature version of the Universal Kit (LMK-005 or LMK-003). You simply can't rekey locks without one, and if you get a Universal you won't be confined to keying up one or two brands . . . you'll be able to handle them all. Don't know how to rekey locks? Pick up an instruction manual on the Internet or at Amazon.com. They are available and this is one of the quickest locksmith skills to pick up. While you're at it, buy at least one plug follower, a pair of pin tweezers, and ideally a pair of TruArc pliers. Over time you'll accumulate more rekeying tools but these fundamentals are nearly essential.

Even before I was making money rekeying locks, I was being called to open cars. If you intend to advertise yourself as an emergency service, you're going to have to take in this kind of lucrative work. Let me tell you now, this will be the easiest money you've ever made. It is well worth learning the skills required to open vehicles even if it means spending a couple of hundred dollars on tools and a good manual. Lockouts, at least in my case, virtually supported me for years. If you live in a medium to large city, count on getting lockout calls day and night even if you have only a tiny ad somewhere (a subject for later). There are many good lockout kits available online, to suit any budget, and the same goes for lockout manuals. Do a Google search for 'car opening tools' or 'lockout tools' and you'll have no trouble finding suppliers. Are they legal where you live? Again . . . this is up to you to determine. The supplier cannot and will not endeavor to police this aspect of marketing, as it is simply not possible. I'm not advocating the purchase of anything that is not legal where you reside!

House and business lockouts are likewise lucrative sources of income for the locksmith, but these require different skills, different tools. Here is where it becomes necessary to learn the skill of lock picking -- probably the most fundamental skill of the trade. It is not as easy to learn as car opening and lock rekeying, but it is by no means difficult, either. It requires practice and patience, and it requires good tools. Do not get stingy here. There are lots of cheap lock picking tools for sale. You'll find them in automotive magazines, even. Stick with tools from the established firms like HPC, SouthOrd, Lockmasters, etc. Purchase a beginner's set with a few picks and one or two tension tools for start, unless you have a big budget, then go for a set that will last you a while. Choice of spring steel or stainless steel is largely a matter of personal choice. Whichever one you start out with will likely be the kind you'll stay with, because you'll form an attachment to that type and you'll train yourself to make the best of it. More important is the concept of practice. Buy Practice Locks. Once you've picked all the locks in your home you're going to need more challenges, and now that Practice Locks are an accepted training aid in this field you'd do well to pick up a few of them. Practice until you can repeatedly pick the most challenging of your Practice Locks and then practice some more.

Did I mention that servicing lockouts will likely be the single most lucrative service you offer your customers? I thought so. Good!

There are other aspects to providing a locksmith service and among these is the ability to install locksets on homes and businesses. Primarily you'll be asked to install deadbolts, but later on, as your business gets bigger, you'll want to offer commercial business and real estate companies the option of replacing all their old lock hardware for newer more secure hardware. Again, practice is called for and you should be prepared to install a few unnecessary deadbolts and knobsets on doors in your own home that don't need them. After doing this a dozen or so times, it will be easy to go to that first installation with confidence. You'll need to add a few essential tools to your toolbox, such as a 1/2 inch drill, a couple of hole saws (2-1/8 inch and 1-inch), a 1/2 inch boring bit, and a good wood chisel. With these tools, you can install deadbolts in metal or wood doors. Complete installation kits are available and are the best choice if you can work them into your budget. Need instruction? Books galore available on Amazon.com or at any large scale bookstore in your city.

Once you've accumulated vehicle and the tools, and some knowledge gleaned from practice and reading, you can start thinking about getting your feet wet. The best way to start is the old fashioned way and that is to appeal to family and friends for work and for referrals. Network. Talk to everyone you know and let them know you're serious about this and that you are available. Step two is to advertise and this is absolutely necessary, even if you start out only as a listing in the Yellow Pages. This is where 99% of the people who need a locksmith will look. Newspaper ads, flyers (Yucchhh!), direct mail and radio ads don't work for locksmiths unless you have one enormous budget. Try to justify a small one-eight or one-quarter page Yellow Page ad if at all possible. Even in the face of huge competition, you will get calls and over time your name will be spread around, if you do a good job. Well, it will get spread around if you don't, as well, but you'd do well to avoid that.

That's how I did it. That's how thousands of others have done it, give or take a detail or two. Be sure to cover the legal bases, because if you jump into it and find later that you're acting outside the law, don't come to me! This is part of your research. It is not that difficult to acquire a certification and satisfy local laws that may pertain to this business. If you keep the business small, and maintain yourself as a sole owner, you're going to be profiting right off the bat because overhead with a mobile service is nil.

It's within your reach whether you're 18 or 58.


How to Find a Locksmith - 10 Tips For Choosing a Reputable Locksmith Service

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Are you thinking about becoming a locksmith? Many people ask me about my profession when I arrive at a job site. The idea of working with the public, working with hand tools, making a quick buck on lock-out calls, and of course the power and ability to unlock doors, cars and safes is quite intoxicating for some people. I don't place help wanted ads, but nevertheless I average one unsolicited résumé a month via e-mail. Usually it arrives from an eager teenager looking to do an apprenticeship. O.J.T. (on-the-job training) is a fine way to go if you can get the gig. That's precisely how I started. That and reading every trade magazine I could get my hands on, endless hours doing research on the web, taking classes, attending trade expos, and talking with any locksmith who would take the time to chat with me (and many would, so long as I wasn't one of their competitors). But that's how it is for most lock jocks. Once you begin work as a locksmith it gets under your skin. It consumes you and becomes an obsession. That's not exactly a bad thing after all; to be (God willing) financially successful at what you enjoy is a great way to pay the bills. There is, however, a price to pay that does not fit with most people's lifestyle, and thus -- the purpose of this article.

The Good: Helping the public and making a few bucks while doing it. First off, I rarely charge to unlock a car or house when there is a child locked inside. When I get the call, usually from a panicked parent declaring his or her child is locked inside a car, I rush to the scene. There are few better moments for me as a locksmith than seeing the relief in a mother's eyes when I unlock the door and she pulls her child from a sweltering car on a warm summer day. "You're my HERO," she says as she holds her child close with tears in her eyes. "No charge ma'am. We don't charge for children locked in cars. If you like, for a small fee, I can make you a copy of your car's door key so it's less likely to happen again." They almost always say yes, and the payment for the key usually accompanies a tip. The "up sale" is simply to cover my gas going out on the call, and the tip, if any, buys me lunch.

The rest of my jobs are typically for-profit jobs. Still, over half of what I charge goes right back into the company in the form of gas, insurance, advertising, trade organization dues, license fees, vehicle maintenance, tools, supplies, and other expenses.

As a locksmith you will never get rich, but if you play your cards right you could retire well. The plan, as I read in a popular trade magazine, is to sell a well-established shop with a long list of customer accounts, while owning and collecting rent on the property the shop sits on. It's even better if you own an entire complex and collect rent from your shop's neighbors, too. I personally know a retired locksmith who did exactly this and I understand he is doing quite well for himself.

Many locksmiths make and sell tools and/or reference books, or teach classes (as I do) to supplement their income.

The Bad: Being on call 24/7. After-hours and weekend service can account for a large part, if not most when first starting out, of your income. Then there are the late night calls. 2am, half drunk and he can't find his car keys: "I'm sorry sir -- I can't help you drive your car tonight, but if you call me in the morning I will be happy to assist you."

The locksmith industry is a highly regulated (but necessarily so) security industry. The licenses, insurances, and bonds you have to carry can cost a small fortune. I have a city business license, a state locksmith license, a State Contractor's License for lock and security work, two insurance policies (general liability and commercial vehicle insurance), two different bonds, and I am a member of two major national trade organizations. In California, you need to be fingerprinted and pass State and Federal background tests. I am also a member of some local organizations including the Chico Chamber of Commerce and the North Valley Property Owner's Association.

The cost of running a business like this can be overwhelming and there is always another tool you need to buy, another software update, or replacement parts/tools that need to be ordered. I am currently saving up for a high security key machine that retails for $5,800.

Let's not forget the paperwork. You will need to keep legal forms for customers to fill out and detailed records of who, what, where and when. The last thing you want to do is make keys to a car or house for someone who does not have authority to hold a key to that property.

Lastly, buy a nice shirt and tie because there is a good chance you will find yourself in a court of law before long for, among other things, domestic disputes.

The Ugly: Evictions, repossessions (R.E.O.'s), and re-keys after a domestic dispute. There are few things as humbling in this profession as writing a bill for after-hours service and handing the new keys over to someone wearing a fresh black eye. I vividly remember one woman who was standing next to a hole in the drywall where her head was forcibly inserted only a few hours earlier. The local sheriffs know me because it's not uncommon to perform the re-key and security checks while they are still there, filling out their report.

Can you say fleas? Yep, now I keep flea powder in the van because you never know what condition a recently foreclosed house will be in.

Angry former tenants who have been kicked out can also present a challenge. Sometimes the locks are disabled or destroyed, and I keep latex gloves in the van in case I ever have to pick open another lock that has been urinated on.

The bottom line: I am quite happy being a locksmith, most of the time. The pay, the freedom of the job (I can leave my schedule open if my kids have a school event), and the satisfaction of helping people while making a profit for myself keeps me going.

My advice to you:

1. Do your research before entering the market as a locksmith. My town has too many locksmiths per capita. There is barely enough work to go around much of the time.

2. Get on with another locksmith and be willing to relocate, as you may be required to sign a "no compete" contract saying you will not leave to be your boss's competitor. Locksmith schools are okay, but a seasoned locksmith can show you some tricks of the trade that can help you make higher profits or perform jobs better and quicker than the basic skills taught in most schools.

3. Be willing to pay your dues. It will take many years to build up a customer base, and a name for yourself. A wise locksmith once told me it takes at least three years before they (the customers) know you're there, and seven before they notice you are gone.

4. When you start out on your own, get an easy to recognize logo and put it on everything: your van, invoices, pens to hand out, and every other piece of advertising (see our logo below).

5. C.Y.A. Document everything and have pre-printed, professionally prepared, legal forms for your customers to fill out.

6. Don't get too carried away. If you have other obligations, like a spouse and/or kids, make sure to make time for them. It's hard to turn the phone off, or turn down calls because you're turning away money, but you can't get back the days you miss.

A former employer of mine occasionally tells the story of how he made $2,000 in one weekend dispatching calls to his on-call locksmith, while he was on a boat on Lake Shasta with his wife. It was a rare weekend vacation for them and he spent a good part of the day on the phone. She died of cancer two short years later, and he later told me he would give just about anything to have that day back. I know this story personally as I was the on-call employee that weekend.

To quote Uncle Ben (from Spider-Man, the movie): "With great power comes great responsibility." The ability to unlock doors, bypass alarm systems, unlock safes, and the inside knowledge of customers' security systems has been the downfall of unscrupulous locksmiths. In short, if you can't handle the temptation, don't pursue the profession.

Finally: Never take advantage of someone. Like Grandpa always said, it can take a lifetime to build up a good reputation but only a moment to ruin it.

Good luck in whatever you decide -- unless, of course, you are planning to open a lock shop in my service area.

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What Services Does Your Castleford Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

 

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Castleford. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Castleford locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Mobile Locksmiths Can Fix Broken and Bent Keys

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One of the best decisions I ever made in my 62 years of life on this planet was to become my own boss in a field that is never dull, always challenging, and intrinsically interesting. It was not an early decision. In fact it did not occur to me to enter this field until after I'd already spent ten years as a professional photographer. It came about in an odd way, as many serendipitous things do. But regardless of how it came to be, I consider that decision the one that paved the way for me to spend the rest of my working life in comfort and with a good measure of security.

I've since discovered that many people follow a similar course, turning to locksmithing only after finding themselves unhappy in other jobs. I'm not sure how or why so many discover this particular business when looking for an interesting career. In my case it was a natural progression from a rather unique part-time career I had fashioned for myself: That of installing simple door viewers and doing this door to door. Many times my customers would ask if I could install deadbolts for them while I was at it, and after turning down money a dozen or so times I finally got wise and visited a local locksmith supplier who sold me an install kit and a book of instructions. From what I can tell, others come across this idea by doing Internet searches for home businesses, because ultimately this qualifies as such if you, like I do, run it out of your home and structure it as a Sole Proprietorship. In any case, it is obvious that locksmithing has become a popular choice for a chance at self-employment.

After tiring of door to door selling (which didn't take long to do) I hit upon the idea of cold calling. I was still thinking too small, but at the time I didn't know it. Lesson Number One: Don't do this. I was doing it back in 1981 or so when the stigma attached to such endeavors wasn't quite so strong. I'm afraid that calling people out of the phone book and asking if they'd like to have deadbolts installed just would not fly in the present era of terrorism and business rip-offs.

Still, I owe to this period of hard knocks a good deal. I became efficient at installing locks, rekeying locks, and duplicating keys. It was during this one year period that I scrounged together enough money to purchase a small key duplicator and also a lock rekeying kit. I carried these items in the trunk of my car and carried them into my customer's home when needed. I also purchased several boxes of the most common domestic key blanks and by the time I'd accumulated all this stuff my car's trunk was crammed and I was wishing for more room. Also, and most important, I came to realize that driving around in an unmarked car and working out of the trunk was not lending itself well to my credibility.

Lesson Number Two: Start out with credibility. Purchase a small work van, or a large one if you can afford it. Buy signs or have signs painted on it. Use whatever lending power you have, may it be with banks or with family, to locate a used vehicle and have signage made up, even if this is in the form of magnetic signs. Of course all this suggests you start out as a legitimate business, and this is just my point. Create a name for your business (think long and hard about this, as you'll lose any credibility you might initially gain if you keep changing it), have signs and forms and letterheads made up, and dive in.

There is, too, the question of legality. This is a hard subject to field, because the legality of doing business from one jurisdiction to another can differ widely, and even wildly. It is incumbent upon you to do the research and determine whether or not your jurisdiction requires a locksmith be certified, bonded, and/or licensed. You'll almost certainly discover that licensing is the fundamental hurdle, and that is usually taken care of with the signing of a few forms and the payment of a small annual fee. Certification is something else. Not all jurisdictions require this. In my case I found that the state in which I was then living -- Utah -- did not require it. Nor was I required to be bonded, though I chose to do so for the added protection (it is widely and incorrectly thought that bonding protects the locksmith's customer, whereas in fact it is the locksmith that is protected by the bond).

Lesson Number Three: Do the homework required to determine if acquiring a business license is all that is needed to establish your locksmith service. One phone call to your state's Attorney General office will likely answer that question.

Once you have lined up an affordable vehicle and put a reasonably professional sign on it, you must begin outfitting it. This should, and must, be done before you begin advertising your services because if you are like I was at this point you know next to nothing about the business and not much more about the work. We will endeavor at this point to educate ourselves. Locksmithing is in point of fact one of the few professions left in this world in which a formal education is absolutely UNnecessary. I have spoken to very few professionals during my career who got to be that way through going to a 'locksmith school' or a college. This is certainly not to say that a formal education isn't desirable. If you can afford it, if you have the means, then by all means take that route. This article is for those of you who can't.

The vehicle you purchase will in large part determine how it is to be equipped. I've always preferred a full-size van (I've owned Ford, Chevy and GMC models during my career), but there are many locksmiths who just love the Astro Van or Safari Van made by GM. These minivans are popular with many different professions and are ubiquitous. You can undoubtedly find one in your price range. Either way, the first order of business is to erect a work bench that will give you as much space as possible. Best to have the bench on one side of the van and leave the opposite side for shelves or storage bins. Make it sturdy! There is nothing worse than a wobbly bench when you're trying to rekey locks. Make it level for the same reason.

You'll need a power source. It is excusable to string extension cords until you can afford something better, but bear in mind that this detracts from your professionalism. The ultimate is probably having a RediLine Generator that runs off your van's 12V power. This is not a power inverter, it is actually a generator and it kicks out 110-115V power. They are wonderful sources of AC power and you can even run a bank of fluorescent lamps off one of these for your interior shop lighting. There are several models to choose from with varying outputs, but they are expensive. If you can locate a rebuilt, so much the better. A good inverter might do the trick if you can't afford a RediLine, but be careful. Some key machines (and you're going to have to have one) will not run with an inverter.

Power now available, you need to start out with at least a key duplicator on your bench and preferably, as well, a good code cutting machine. The latter is desirable but not necessary in the beginning unless you plan to launch directly into automotive locksmithing, in which case you'll find it hard to get along without one. We'll touch on that in a moment. Key machines are almost impossible to find used. You'll likely end up buying a small HPC Speedex because they're pretty much the least expensive good key duplicator around. Expect to pay around $500. Best if you include this in your initial loan. A key duplicator is bread and butter for any locksmith, mobile or otherwise, so don't even think about starting up until you have one.

Equip yourself with a good rekeying kit. I've always preferred 'universal' kits because they do the work of dozens of other keyway-specific kits and they are easy to use. LAB makes the best of these, hands down. If you have the space, try to get a metal Classic Kit. If you don't, you can start out with one of LAB's Mini-Durex kits or, better, the miniature version of the Universal Kit (LMK-005 or LMK-003). You simply can't rekey locks without one, and if you get a Universal you won't be confined to keying up one or two brands . . . you'll be able to handle them all. Don't know how to rekey locks? Pick up an instruction manual on the Internet or at Amazon.com. They are available and this is one of the quickest locksmith skills to pick up. While you're at it, buy at least one plug follower, a pair of pin tweezers, and ideally a pair of TruArc pliers. Over time you'll accumulate more rekeying tools but these fundamentals are nearly essential.

Even before I was making money rekeying locks, I was being called to open cars. If you intend to advertise yourself as an emergency service, you're going to have to take in this kind of lucrative work. Let me tell you now, this will be the easiest money you've ever made. It is well worth learning the skills required to open vehicles even if it means spending a couple of hundred dollars on tools and a good manual. Lockouts, at least in my case, virtually supported me for years. If you live in a medium to large city, count on getting lockout calls day and night even if you have only a tiny ad somewhere (a subject for later). There are many good lockout kits available online, to suit any budget, and the same goes for lockout manuals. Do a Google search for 'car opening tools' or 'lockout tools' and you'll have no trouble finding suppliers. Are they legal where you live? Again . . . this is up to you to determine. The supplier cannot and will not endeavor to police this aspect of marketing, as it is simply not possible. I'm not advocating the purchase of anything that is not legal where you reside!

House and business lockouts are likewise lucrative sources of income for the locksmith, but these require different skills, different tools. Here is where it becomes necessary to learn the skill of lock picking -- probably the most fundamental skill of the trade. It is not as easy to learn as car opening and lock rekeying, but it is by no means difficult, either. It requires practice and patience, and it requires good tools. Do not get stingy here. There are lots of cheap lock picking tools for sale. You'll find them in automotive magazines, even. Stick with tools from the established firms like HPC, SouthOrd, Lockmasters, etc. Purchase a beginner's set with a few picks and one or two tension tools for start, unless you have a big budget, then go for a set that will last you a while. Choice of spring steel or stainless steel is largely a matter of personal choice. Whichever one you start out with will likely be the kind you'll stay with, because you'll form an attachment to that type and you'll train yourself to make the best of it. More important is the concept of practice. Buy Practice Locks. Once you've picked all the locks in your home you're going to need more challenges, and now that Practice Locks are an accepted training aid in this field you'd do well to pick up a few of them. Practice until you can repeatedly pick the most challenging of your Practice Locks and then practice some more.

Did I mention that servicing lockouts will likely be the single most lucrative service you offer your customers? I thought so. Good!

There are other aspects to providing a locksmith service and among these is the ability to install locksets on homes and businesses. Primarily you'll be asked to install deadbolts, but later on, as your business gets bigger, you'll want to offer commercial business and real estate companies the option of replacing all their old lock hardware for newer more secure hardware. Again, practice is called for and you should be prepared to install a few unnecessary deadbolts and knobsets on doors in your own home that don't need them. After doing this a dozen or so times, it will be easy to go to that first installation with confidence. You'll need to add a few essential tools to your toolbox, such as a 1/2 inch drill, a couple of hole saws (2-1/8 inch and 1-inch), a 1/2 inch boring bit, and a good wood chisel. With these tools, you can install deadbolts in metal or wood doors. Complete installation kits are available and are the best choice if you can work them into your budget. Need instruction? Books galore available on Amazon.com or at any large scale bookstore in your city.

Once you've accumulated vehicle and the tools, and some knowledge gleaned from practice and reading, you can start thinking about getting your feet wet. The best way to start is the old fashioned way and that is to appeal to family and friends for work and for referrals. Network. Talk to everyone you know and let them know you're serious about this and that you are available. Step two is to advertise and this is absolutely necessary, even if you start out only as a listing in the Yellow Pages. This is where 99% of the people who need a locksmith will look. Newspaper ads, flyers (Yucchhh!), direct mail and radio ads don't work for locksmiths unless you have one enormous budget. Try to justify a small one-eight or one-quarter page Yellow Page ad if at all possible. Even in the face of huge competition, you will get calls and over time your name will be spread around, if you do a good job. Well, it will get spread around if you don't, as well, but you'd do well to avoid that.

That's how I did it. That's how thousands of others have done it, give or take a detail or two. Be sure to cover the legal bases, because if you jump into it and find later that you're acting outside the law, don't come to me! This is part of your research. It is not that difficult to acquire a certification and satisfy local laws that may pertain to this business. If you keep the business small, and maintain yourself as a sole owner, you're going to be profiting right off the bat because overhead with a mobile service is nil.

It's within your reach whether you're 18 or 58.


The Profession of the Locksmith

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Keycodes are used by locksmiths to create keys. These key codes are made up of characters that have both numbers and letters; hence, they are called alphanumeric key codes. If you observe the locks on your desks or filing cabinets or their keys, you will notice that they have certain letters and numbers stamped on them; these numbers and letters are key codes. Key codes are generated in a random manner and provide an identity to a key that is different from that of other keys. Locksmiths have the skills to decipher any lock's keycoder and make a key to fit the lock.

There are several types of key codes used. One type is the direct digit keycode. Each digit on this type of key coder corresponds to a cut in the key. The value of the digit indicates the depth of the cut. Many lock manufacturers print the kay code on the key. Since each digit corresponds to a pin on the key, digit key codes are generally long codes. The second type of keycoder is one in which there is a pattern between the code and the key. Mathematical tricks are used in this type of key code and hence this code isn't a straightforward one where each digit corresponds to the depth of the cut. There is a third type of code which is quite complex and requires a codebook to decipher it. Since there is no pattern to the cuts on the key, the locksmith must have a codebook. One example of a codebook is the Reed Codebooks. This particular brand has a volume for each type of lock. In this day of computers, locksmiths can buy computer programs that have information on keycodes. This software is quite secure as it's copy-protected. There are different types of computer programs with different features and they come with demo disks to assist the locksmith in understanding them.

Locksmith key codes are usually categorized into 2 types; blind codes and bitting codes. Most key codes are blind key codes and a codebook or computer program is required to translate this blind code into a bitting code. However, for security purposes, only licensed locksmiths can have access to these codebooks and computer programs. Locksmiths can also create their own blind code systems for high security clients by using the technique of blind coding. Bitting codes are those codes that are translated by the locksmiths from the blind codes. Locksmiths use the bitting codes on blank keys to make the new key. The blind code provides the setting and information required for the bitting code. Once the locksmith gets the bitting code, he can then set his code machine to that particular setting and cut the new key.

The locksmith key coding system is in widespread use. It provides maximum security as this system ensures that there is only one code for one key. Computers will never generate a code that has been created once and, hence, keys cannot be duplicated by error. You are this way assured that your property is safe as only you have the keys to the locks that protect it.

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What Services Does Your Dewsbury Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

Replacing And Repairing Locks

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Dewsbury. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Dewsbury locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

 

In most cases a good 24 hour locksmith service will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that they have to use them to replace your locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

 


Mobile Locksmiths Can Fix Broken and Bent Keys

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What is a cylinder lock?

You've seen it, you've held it, you probably have it in your own home - but seldom have you spared it a thought - yes, it's the cylinder lock!
Simply put, a cylinder lock is a lock with a cylinder in it. The cylinder revolves around a central axis thus allowing the lock to unlock. Within the cylinder lock there is an operative part by which a locking effect is produced. Two of the most popular operative parts you may find are the pin and disk tumbler lock.

what's the benefit of a cylinder lock?

The greatest benefit of using a cylinder lock is that it allows you to replace the cylinder lock itself with no need of changing the boltwork, a known misfortune in different kinds of locks.
Another benefit achieved by using the cylinder lock, is that it's ever so easy to replace your cylinder lock without having to replace your set of keys. The special industrial structure of the cylinder lock enables the cylinder lock maker to alter the radius and the form of the lock with the same key structure. This wonderful feature creates the opportunity for the cylider-lock-user to use all together distinctive kinds of locks, nightlatches for example, roller door locks is quite popular and ofcourse the deadbolt and padlocks, although the latter almost never harbours cylinders of detachable quality.

who needs a cylinder lock?

Cylinder locks can be used by all and for every purpose. They have great usibility, terrific ergonomy, they are highly reliable and can be easily fixed. They are easy to replace and can be found in very reasonable prices almost everywhere. Cylinder locks are perfect for doors and if you'll go for a quick survey around your house - you'll probably find a couple that are serving you loyally for years.

Cylinder lock problem solutions

The common most problem that people face in dealing with cylinder locks is probably caused by neglacting to oil it. oiling your cylinder lock once a year will give you the cylinder lock peace of mind you deserve. Aside that more complex problems can be easily solved by calling a reliable locksmith - please don't attempt to deconstruct the cylinder lock mechanism - just call a locksmith, that's what they are trained to do.


Locksmiths Tools of the Trade - In the Field - Lock - Door Installations

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How many times have you said, "Where are my car keys?" or been late to an appointment because you had to run around the house for fifteen minutes trying to figure out where you put them? Even worse, have you ever found yourself unable to open your car doors only to peer into the window and see all the locks secured and your keys dangling from the ignition or lying on the driver's seat? Either of these situations can be make a terrible impact on your day, especially if it is dark, cold, rainy, or a particularly pressing engagement. If this happens to you, stay calm and call a car locksmith.

Replacing your lost car keys, or getting into your locked car, is a simple task for a professional locksmith. These workers are skilled at the creating and getting past locks. They understand the complicated series of moving parts that make up a lock, whether it be for a house, a shed, a business, or a car. Because each type of lock poses different parts, a locksmith needs to know how each works, how it is made, and how they will be able to breach it should someone need to open a lock for which they have lost the key. When it comes to houses, locksmiths are not just able to open a lock, but can completely change them. This can mean actually changing the entire mechanism or just "re-keying". Re-keying refers to modifying the lock so that previous keys will not work and a new one will be necessary. This is a good idea if you lose your house keys or a person whom you do not want to be is in possession of a set.

Cars are a little different for locksmiths. Getting in to a locked car is sometimes called "popping" the lock because it requires manipulation of the lock mechanism that results in the manual lock "popping" up. This service will enable you to get in your car if you have locked yourself out or in an emergency when you absolutely need to get inside but cannot find your keys.

Locksmiths are also skilled at cutting keys. Taking advantage of this and getting extra copies of your car keys, both door and ignition, is a good idea even if you have never lost your keys or gotten locked out of your car. Some locksmiths recommend keeping an extra set of keys in a magnetic lock box under your car, or keeping a spare door key outside and a spare ignition key inside. Keeping an extra ignition key inside the car will enable you to actually use the car should you lose your keys and need a locksmith to let you inside.

Finding a locksmith is as simple as going online and looking at one of the numerous review-based websites available. These sites enable you to look through honest, unbiased reviews of local locksmiths and choose one that seems to fit your situation. Leaving these hard-working locksmiths positive feedback after service ensures that others will be able to find them should they ever need a lock opened, or a new key.