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Find a 24-hour local locksmith now so you're ready when an emergency happens.
Pricing for locksmiths can vary, so make sure you know the average charge before contacting a professional over the phone.
Not everyone is aware of all the services their local locksmiths can provide.
I needed a spare key for my Kawi Vulcan Classic 1600. Since Blair is near where I live it was the logical choice. I went in and there were two staff working, one was helping a customer on the phone and the other was helping another customer in the shop. In spite of the phone conversation, shortly after I walked in he acknowledged me and said someone would be with me shortly. Given the depth of the conversation, the serviceman on the phone seemed to have been on there for a short while. Still, he provided a level of excellence in customer service that is far to rare these days. He patiently walked the person through various options which included referral to another locksmith for a specific service that might be a better option. He then exchanged numbers explaining that he would be out of the shop for a while and wanted the customer to be able to contact him.The phone call lasted probably 10 minutes while I was there. When he finished the called, the other customer in the store commented on the serviceman's patience and customer service to the customer on the phone.There was a slight challenge locating the blank for my key and both servicemen, now free, assisted. The first blank didn't work, but the second fit all four locks like the original key. When I attempted to pay I was told no charge because of my wait. In my opinion, my wait wasn't unreasonable, so I was totally surprised by the consideration shown, but even more, appreciative for the outstanding and quality customer service. I strongly urge those who need keys (bike or other) or other locksmith service to check out Blair and Sons. Call before you go to be sure a serviceman will be in the shop. If you appreciate courteous and professional service and the feeling of having your patronage appreciated, Blair and Son's is the place!!!
Excellent service at awesome price. Very nice and on time! Had me back in car in no time. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who needs locksmith!
Huntsville Lockout was there in 15 minutes as promised. I was in my car and back on the road in record time! I found them to be very nice and professional. I will use them again.
Great service!! Staff was fast and friendly.
My son brought me 2 new FOB's for my 2014 Malibu. They had blank keys attached and had to be laser cut. I took them to Brook's. The young man behind the counter was not sure they could do the job. He called someone then asked that person what it would cost. $50 each but he would not guarantee that it would work. IF IT DIDN'T WORK, I WOULD STILL HAVE TO PAY THE $50 !! I told him that there is no way I am going to pay for something that didn't work, and if he messed up the blanks, I would also have to buy new ones.I took them to Blair & sons, They cut me two keys for less than brooks would have charged for 1, Guaranteed thy would work and even programed the FOB's for me.
They also make laser cut keys at reasonable prices. Great Job!! Very fast and reliable. They also programed my FOB for my car.
Needed a key for an older used car, they didn't have the FOB available, but made me a key for free so I would have a spare in the event I locked the ignition key in the car. And made sure it worked!
Over charge for unlocking my car, said on phone base charge was 25.00 up 59.00 dollars, it was raining and I was cold and wet. The service man told me the charge was 162.00 dollars. I did not have a phone to call another locksmith, so I paid him. I am a 70 year old woman, but even I know this was a rip off, I called the office and the man that answered was rude and would not listen. The man that opened my old car, took about 3 minutes to do so.
My wife lost the key fob to her car. Called Blair and Sons, they ordered me a new key fob and cut the emergency key. Very helpful and reasonably priced.
Excellent. I brought my ninja 650 in because I lost the key when we moved. I dropped it off at about 8:15 and I received a call by 9 that they were done. The price was $100 less than the conpetition. After they told me the price, I asked how much they would charge to cut a spare, and he had already done it for me at no charge. I will definitely be use these guys for all my locksmithing needs. Thanks again! Robert
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.