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1400 Sunset BlvdWest Columbia, SC 29169
Absolutely excellent service! Triangle Safe & Lock takes the initiative to do the job right, and they work promptly and efficiently. I cannot endo…
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Doesn't even deserve a rating!Very unprofessional! Made me a set of keys that don't work! He gave me his word he would come back and didn't! He will not answer phone. He stole $250 from me! Call someone else, trust me!
wish they had NO STARS - Giving him one star is giving TOO MUCH CREDIT!! I called this guy at 6:17 pm (mind you I was a little distraught when I spoke to him) however I gave him my home address, and he advises me he's otw.. I had a miss call from him at 7:11 pm (nearly a whole hr of sitting outside with a 6 year old) I literally called him back at 7:17 pm. He says, "Oh, I tried calling you I thought you got inside the house" (Okay, why not come to the address that was given too you almost AN HOUR AGO!!) so he tells me he just passed my area and would be heading back. (mind you this is 7:17 pm) At 8:01 pm I give him another call to check on his ETA......He says, I'm coming up number one hwy . Really Dude? (So from the time I missed your call- 6 WHOLE minutes later, you've made it that far down Number 1 HWY?? GTHOH! I waited a little while longer then called another LockSmith (803-998-1144) they were at my house in less than 30 minutes... Tell me why the guy from Spring Valley Lock & Key starts calling my phone back at 8:53 pm!! I kindly sent him a text and advised him I found another Lock Smith!! THE REVIEWS ARE CORRECT WHEN THEY SAY HE WILL HAVE YOU WAITING HOURS!!!! From 6:17 pm-8:53 pm I could've had a Lock Smith drive from Charlotte and gotten quicker service!! FYI, CALL ANOTHER COMPANY!!!!
Terrible. Made an appointment. Said he would be here within minutes. He never showed up or called back. Would not answer the phone when I called back. I will never call them again. That's poor service.
Terrible! I'm writing a review because I saw the exact thing that happened to me.on Google, but hoped it wouldn't happen to me! I called and said he would be there in 30 min.. Got directions to my house. He never called or showed! I was locked out with a 10 mo old and a 2 yr old for 2.5 hours! Please do not call Spring Valley when you're in this type of bind!!!! Pop a lock came as soon as they could from Irmo and so nice. Ridiculous! You don't stand someone up and ignore their calls in this type of situation. This isn't the business you need to have if you're flaky and/or careles!
I called this company to cut and program a new key for my truck. The guy on the phone was able to answer my questions, and gave me a quote on the phone that was nearly half the price of anyone else I called. He was on time, well dressed, and very polite. He explained exactly what he was going to do, how long it would take, and got straight to work. He didn't even mind that I asked him questions about how he did his job and watched him cut my key.It took him about 20 minutes to cut and program the key, and he accepted his payment with a handshake and a "I hope you have a great day. Call us if you have any trouble." Very pleased with the service I got.
My experience with this "company" was simply awful. When I called it went to voice mail the first time around, while looking for another locksmith I got a call back that was opened with "Hey Phil", my name isn't Phil. He apparently mistook me for a friend, so I assume he uses his personal phone for business. The quote I got was about average, but I took this business up because he told me the estimated time to get to my location would be 30 minutes; this is much better than what I saw on other sites. However, it took 2 hours for them to get here. From the looks of it, his mother was apparently driving him around. He was oddly rude and seemed to pretend like he knew what he was doing. I'm not a certified locksmith, but I know enough that I doubt this guy was either with how he handled the situation. The entire time I tried to ask him questions he dodged every single one, and finally he snapped on me and said "Let me just do my job!". At this point I had enough of the situation that I decided to tell him to leave. I got help from another business and they were much quicker and polite about the situation. I don't know who the other reviewer dealt with, but this Locksmith company is a complete waste of time. Do not recommend!
The gentleman who helped us was very polite in the phone and in person. He performed the job quickly and the price was better than other quotes we had received. If you ever need a locksmith you should definitely call Lovell Security. I will be keeping their number in my phone!
The locks installed on the doors and windows of every home represent the most common, and perhaps most effective, form of security. That means locks can be taken for granted, until they no longer work properly or the key is lost. Homeowners should work to understand the basics behind these essential household devices, as well as how to address common problems related to them.
The concept behind a lock-and-key mechanism has been around for centuries, so it's no surprise that their basic design hasn't changed much in recent years. At the same time, a number of different types of locks are now available to meet specific needs.
Perhaps the most common type of lock is the pin tumbler lock. Enclosed in a doorknob, these devices contain spring-loaded pins of varying sizes, which must be pushed upward before the knob can be turned to open the door. When the correct key is inserted into a pin tumbler lock, the grooves on the key's blade push the pins up to the precise height needed to allow the inner chamber to turn. Pin tumbler locks are popular because they are relatively secure for most residential applications and generally inexpensive. Since the entire locking mechanism in this device is contained in a single cylinder, pin tumbler locks are also very easy to swap in and out. This comes in handy in apartment buildings, for example, where locks may need to be changed frequently as tenants come and go.
Pin tumbler locks come in a number of configurations. In residential environments, they are the primary mechanism for operating knob locks and deadbolts. Most exterior doors on homes and apartment buildings will have at least one of each of these locks. Knob locks are quick to open and can be convenient when minimal security is acceptable, but they are very easily forced open. When paired with a deadbolt, the door becomes much harder to open. Deadbolts work by driving a thick metal rod into the door frame, which prevents most quick methods of defeating locks, like using a shim or brute force. Still, deadbolts aren't impenetrable, as they can be lockpicked or defeated with much stronger ramming force.
Other common types of residential locks include mortise locks, which combine the action of a doorknob and deadbolt in one. Mortise locks engage a deadbolt with the turn of the key, just as normal. But upon unlocking, the doorknob will open in tandem with the deadbolt. These locks tend to be much stronger than traditional deadbolt designs, but are often harder to install and thus more expensive.
Finally, there's the "jimmy-proof" deadbolt, a type of lock often found in older residences. These locks engage a metal rod that fits into a separate chamber outside of the door frame, rather than through the frame. While its design is simple, it has many advantages over traditional deadbolts or mortise locks. It is impervious to being pried open like many deadbolt systems could be, hence the "jimmy-proof" name. It is also typically harder to pick, and is very inexpensive.
When a lock stops working, no matter where it is in your home or office, it's likely to be a source of frustration. However, it's rare for a lock to suddenly fail to open without exhibiting some signs beforehand.
Common lock problems include issues opening or engaging the lock, or difficulty securing a door in the proper position to lock it.
Since locks are essential security devices that might be used multiple times per day, they are bound to wear out eventually. Rekeying or replacing locks can be done on your own in some cases, but may require a professional locksmith.
When a lock is rekeyed, the cylinder containing the tumbler and pins is removed from its enclosure and replaced with a new cylinder. This is often done when a new tenant moves into an apartment that was previously occupied, but it may also be necessary if a lock needs to be replaced.
Replacing all components of a cylinder lock, or working with locks that don't use a pin tumbler system, requires a different procedure for replacement. Installing a new lock of the same type will be the most straightforward option.
If you want a new lock that is different from your old set, more advanced installation is required, and you may want to consider hiring a professional for the job.
The term locksmith traditionally referred to people who designed and built locks, but today is generally used for those who repair and replace locks. Locksmiths can be available on-call to help people if they're locked out of their home or apartment.
If you've lost your keys or are otherwise unable to enter a locked building that you normally have access to, you will need to call your local locksmith. To save money and ensure you're hiring a reputable contractor, it may help to do some research on locksmiths in your area ahead of time, so you can be prepared if you need to call one.
Upon arrival to your home, a locksmith should ask you to prove that it is in fact your residence. They should also be able to unlock most common locks without requiring them to be drilled or completely replaced. Be sure to obtain an invoice that lists all charges before agreeing to pay.
Locks are ubiquitous around the world, which means the skills to service them are always in demand. Becoming a locksmith could be a rewarding career opportunity, but like any other job, will require a bit of preparation.
Locksmiths do not generally require formal education, but need to undergo extensive hands-on training and possibly certification. Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management.
From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification, which involves a standardized procedure that, once completed, allows locksmiths to legally conduct business in their state.
Successful locksmiths need to be skilled with their hands and in the use of tools. While these skills are essential for the day-to-day tasks that a locksmith performs, they also benefit immensely from being personable and able to work with people to solve problems.
There are a number of trade associations and organizations for locksmiths that may help them find work, receive training and connect with like-minded business partners. These organizations may also help consumers find a reputable locksmith. Locksmith trade associations in the U.S. include:
Contact these organizations to learn more about how to become a locksmith, or how to go about choosing the right professional for your needs.