Locksmith Trade Secrets

There are some tricks of the locksmith trade that you might not hear directly from your locksmith. They are, however, interesting to know.

Locksmiths are often hired to do undercover work for the police force. This includes helping the police get into locations to set up surveillance equipment.

You may not want to hire a contractor to do a deadbolt installation. If it is not installed correctly, it will not protect you or your home. Locksmiths regularly find improperly installed deadbolts and usually can attribute it to a contractor install. If a deadbolt is properly installed, it is one of the best locks to have. Don’t bother installing a deadbolt in a door that has glass in it or is right next to a window. The window can easily be broken and then the deadbolt is simple to open.

If you’re thinking of picking up a locked safe at a flea market as an interesting investment, you may want to think again. Most locksmiths will charge at least $300 to open the safe. In many cases, they are empty.

When purchasing a new house, be sure to have the entire house re-keyed. If you have a key that is marked as ‘do not duplicate’, be aware that it can be duplicated quite easily. There are high security locks do have keys that cannot be replicated, but you need to know what you’re looking for.

Locksmiths are supposed to check your ID before opening anything for you, but often the ID is locked in the car, or the house the customer is trying to get into.

When you’re shopping for locks, avoid the ones you can buy from big-box retailers. Always look for locks that are at least grade 2.

Locksmiths sometimes may wish they were not the person called to a place where no one has seen the tenant for a number of days. It is not uncommon for a locksmith to walk in on a dead body.

Locksmiths are sometimes caught in the middle for divorce wars, putting them in an awkward position when each person is trying to lock the other out of their mutual property.

The price will sometimes go up for a customer depending on where that customer is. A locksmith may charge more for unlocking a car for a client at a strip club, with the assumption that if the client can afford the strip club, he can afford a higher fee.

When consumers can’t get a key to turn, they should try WD-40 or a silicone spray. This can solve the problem as much as 40 percent of the time.

A great tip for consumers who have a maid or other service person coming into their home with a key. Ask your locksmith to key your door so that your key works on both the deadbolt and the door knob. Then the locksmith can make it so that the maid’s key works only on the door knob. On days when your home is being cleaned, leave the deadbolt unlocked. The rest of the time, use it normally.




Posted on August 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM