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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.
Great deal and Simon came quick, maybe 10 min tops. He can even cut keys in his van. Highly recommended.
The best service, at great prices!!! The locksmiths were very professional and great at their job!!! If I ever need a locksmith again this is where I am going to!
I hope everyone is paying attentions. I purchased 2 keys for my vehicle. This was supposed to accomplish 2 things: 1. Start the vehicle 2. unlock my door while the vehicle is running to warm up (with the key in the ignition - I possibly could've used the key that was sold to me by ACE LOCK & KEY SERVICES, Oh I forgot the key didn't work and could not start my car). After speaking with the Nissan Service Department I was informed that the Locksmith and the owners should've known that the key had a sensor and sent me to the dealer to get my keys replaced. I paid Ace Lock & Key Services, Inc., $9.70 for 2 keys and two days later $52 to Pick A Lock (Good Company) to come and unlock my car because my car was running with the key in the ignition. The keys made from Ace Lock & Key Services, Inc., would not open the door. I also had to pay $51 per key with a sensor and $67.50 per key to program the key. So instead of two keys costing me $237, Ace Lock & Key Services, Inc., made sure I paid out $298.70 ($9.70 Ace Lock & Key Services and because the keys didn't work and $52 to Pick A Lock (Good Company) ) for Christmas. I asked for a refund of $9.70 for the keys that don't work and $52 that I was forced to pay Pick A Lock (Good company). I also said I would return the 2 keys since they didn't work. Ace Lock & Key Service, Inc., owners and managers didn't care whether their keys worked and told me that there was a problem with my car and was not refunding me my money. There was a problem. The original key has a sensor and the locksmith knew that it had a sensor but took my money anyway instead of sending me to the dealership.
Had an appointment for 830 on a Thursday a week in advance and was quoted for 90 to rekey one auto door lock.Arrive at 820 told that lock smith had 2 emergency appointments to get to before mine. They told me I could come back at 12 and then they would be able to get to me. Call at 12 told that they had new emergency appointment come up and that my cost would be 150 not the 90 I was quoted. They didn't take the simple time to call me ether time my appointment was moved. They miss quoted a price, Terrible customer service
I have used this company since they have opened there doors back in 1974 and I have had nothing but the best service. They are open 24 hours for emergency calls like when I locked myself out of my house at 2am in the morning nobody is more reliable and efficiant as this company. These are the people to call for your all of your lock needs there is nothing that I have given to them that they do not do...
Best Locksmith service in all of Kansas City. Super fast service, extremely friendly and reasonable prices!!
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.