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Galveston, TX 77551
I lost the keys to my mailbox and needed the lock replaced. So I called about 15 locksmiths and some of them were a little pricy and others could not even replace the lock on a mail box.Silver Locksmith was on time, super-fast and super friendly! It only took him like 15 minutes to replace the l…
3814 Avenue KGalveston, TX 77550
GREAT and FAST service. The door hardware to our deck door had gotten corroded and we had renters in the house. The normal maintenance guy couldn't get the door open. Called Escobar and they took care of everything and replaced the old hardware right away. Also, he kept in touch with me about ti…
2315 Mechanic StGalveston, TX 77550
From Business: You are concern about locksmith prices? You shouldn't! You're trying to find a locksmith that is local and affordable? We are locally owned and definitely fit your budget! We're the premier choice for residential 24 hour locksmith. You can call us for car locksmith services or any emergency automotive locksmith problems, b…
1013 Main StLa Marque, TX 77568
From Business: We are a local family-owned professional locksmith service in Galveston county, Texas. We are ALOA certified locksmiths, since 1985, and proud members of both the Texas Locksmith Association (TLA) and of the Safe and Vault Technician Association (SAVTA). It is our mission to be the best locksmith service in Galveston count…
5816 Avenue T 1/2Galveston, TX 77551
From Business: We Unlock Vehicles, FAST !!!!!
5011 Avenue Q RearGalveston, TX 77551
Eric is very competent and knows his business well. He's responsive to your needs and sticks to his quoted pricing, no matter how long the job takes. We will definitely use him again and pass his name on to our neighbors!
Serving the Galveston Area.
Dixie Safe and Lock helped me a lot. Me and my kids were locked out of our house and they had a locksmith get to us and let us in within 20min. Not only was the service tech fast and friendly the pricing was very low. I will always recommend Dixie Safe and Lock to all my friends.
Serving the Galveston Area.
From Business: Just in Time Lock and Key is a Full service Automotive Locksmith Company. We specialize in Auto Lock outs, Re-flashing of automobile computers after replacing faulty factory computer modules, and Repair or replacement of door and ignition cylinders on automobiles. Give us a call today for a quick quote, and we will have on…
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Not everyone is aware of all the services their local locksmiths can provide.
"I lost the keys to my mailbox and needed the lock replaced. So I called about 15 locksmiths and some of them were a little pricy and others could not even replace the lock on a mail box.Silver Locksmith was on time, super-fast and super friendly! It only took him like 15 minutes to replace the lock. He provided 3 keys for us. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who's looking for a locksmith."
"It is a 10 of the 5 rating. I purchased my home and wanted to change my key first day before I lived in. The owner was on time but I forgot my keys in the office and had to go back to my office to get my keys. He was very nice to come back after his another appointment even he was planning to watch games that night. Not only he came back but he also honored my discount and gave me additional $5 dollar off. I am very thankful that he did change my locks on the first day. Two days after I moved in, I heard someone was trying to open the door with the old key from the lockbox. I promised that I was going to leave him a great review. The work gets me very busy and there are a lot of things to take care after moving in. But I haven't forgotten yet. A BIG Thank you for coming back that night. I was able to sleep well on my own home from the first day!"
Silver Locksmith did an excellent job at our home. He replaced many of the smart keys and also helped find a solution for an old front door schlage lock that was discontinued in the 80's. Thank you again I would highly recommend Silver locksmith. Good communication on appointment scheduled as well as timely visit.
"I'm very glad I found Silver Locksmith on Yelp, and I really have to write this review. He was able squeeze me in for a same day appointment to fix multiple locks in my home as I was preparing to change tenants at my rental property. He even saw me fixing some miscellaneous items in the home (trying to be a handyman) and he offered some advice on how to do those things too, haha! Great attitude and ON time service, not much more you can ask for. His pricing was also very reasonable and did not try to up-sell me like other locksmiths in the past.I'm glad Silver Locksmith was very professional and he can be my go to locksmith from now on!"
We can't say enough GREAT things about these guys! My husband and I just purchased our first home, and we were looking for a locksmith to re-key our new place. We saw good reviews and decided to give them a try. I am SO glad we did. We ended up having an issue with one of the older locks (not due to any of the work they did) and they came out a second time to assist. Not only did they replace the entire lock at no charge, they gave us a better one! They were quick and professional. Now that's true customer service. Silver Locksmith, thanks so much for giving us a safer home! You guys are the BEST! Keep it up !
"They saved my day! I called Silver Locksmith after running through some BS with PopALock. Silver Locksmith took my information, said it would be about 15-20 minutes to open my apartment. Evidently the door knob busted and the latch wouldn't release rendering my key useless. The tech called me 5 minutes from my initial contact with the company and said he would be there in 15 minutes. Which he was! Prices are comparable with other locksmiths. Very friendly, very professional, prompt and they took a credit card on site. I rarely need a lock smith but I'm saving their # in my phone."
Silver Locksmith is a life saver. I thought I would be smart by separating my car/house keys from my work keys. I was rushing out the door for dinner and guess what: took my work keys instead of my house/car keys. Anyway he came in within the promised 30 mins (3:30AM) and got the door unlocked in less than 10 minutes. He was very professional even as I was terrified that I would wake up the entire building. To top it off he made me two extra copies. Highly recommended. Nice guy.
Got locked out of our place really late at night. Silver Locksmith answered phone at 3am very quickly (after calling 2 other closer places that were supposed to be "24/7" also but didn't pick up) AND arrived earlier than the time estimated. Most impressive was the locksmith's ability to look at two doors (front door and patio) and immediately know which one would be more difficult and damaging to open, and which was a much easier and cleaner job. Bonus points for being patient with my mildly drunk boyfriend who tried to explain the door situation several times over. Will definitely use this locksmith for any future needs!
After calling around half the day to other vendors, Silver Locksmith was the one to give my company the fairest estimate for changing out a door handle to one of our executive's offices. They came same day, even early. They were done in less than 15 minutes, I was shocked. The tech really knew what he was doing, was friendly and professional. Will definitely be using them again and highly recommend!
All the stars aligned for me in the WRONG way for me to reach out silver Locksmith, but I must say that he was the most efficient, professional, honest man and knowing that put me at ease right away. You can just tell when you’re talking to the right business owner! He allowed me to set a time that was really flexible with my schedule and he came out on a Saturday night for me!!! Very fair pricing and had all the right tools needed to have my house door unlocked for me in a few minutes.... that caused no damage to my door... Yes! Locked my keys IN my House ok stop laughing at my misfortune or it will happen to you!! Already may have ;) But honestly if it does just call Indianpolis Locksmith and learn from those first cursing sentences followed by "like did I Really do that?" moments and don't do it again!!! Anyways Thank you so much silver Locksmith .
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.