When to Call a 24-Hour Locksmith »
Find a 24-hour local locksmith now so you're ready when an emergency happens.
10714 W Greenfield AveMilwaukee, WI 53214
I just bought a safe from Whitlows, and the entire experience was terrific. I visited the showroom and Kyle Whitlow was incredibly well informed and…
2441 S 18th St Suite 473FMilwaukee, WI 53215
From Business: Forest Home Hills Locksmith Store is known As one of the leading Locksmith Service Company in Forest Home Hills, WI, we can help you with Automotive Locksmith, Co…
5801 W North AveMilwaukee, WI 53208
From Business: Aro Lock & Door Company is one of the oldest Wisconsin locksmith companies in the greater Milwaukee area. The shop was started in 1952 in its present location at …
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.
There good, I sugesst using them if you want to save money
Never even knew their business was right there. Needed a key to my basement. After going to Walmart, Home Depot, and menards, none of those places could make my key. They were very fast, friendly, and very reasonably priced! Glad to know they are so close, no more running to Walmart, I'll go right back to them!
While I was visiting my sister in Milwaukee, I was staying at the Pfsister Hotel. After waking up in the morning, I realized I Ieft my keys in my car. So my keys were locked in the car, so I called Milwaukee Lockout service. They arrived quickly, and opened my car, and since my battery was dead, they jumped my car for me. It was amazing service, would suggest it to all my Milwaukee friends!
Fast and friendly service, locked my keys in the car at 10;30 at night. they were there in a half hour and opened the car in minutes. The price was reasonable for that late. Thanks again!
Very fast and the best prices compared to any other locksmiths I have called. Have needed their help about 3-4 times in the last 6 years and every time they were able to be by me in about 15 minutes. Best Locksmith to call in Milwaukee/Waukesha area! Very happy with service they provided! They will have a customer for life with me!
These guys know what they're doing! Reasonable. Best in town!
called this Am and Jim explalaned a few things to try for opening the door on my 2004 Subaru. sprayed a bit of wd-40 and in 10 min the tumblers loosed up and door is open. I can see why this place gets rave reviews. I am a true Believer of Loc Doc
Synopsis (in case you don't feel like reading the whole thing):1. Called to find out if they carried something. Was told "yes"2. Drive down there, they do not have it in stock3. Was told to expect a call with an ETA4. Never got call5. Stopped in. Did not have all the parts.6. Was told "Go ahead and order online. See ya." when I explained that this had taken longer than expected.Wow. And I mean WOW! Last week, I called around to see if I could get three deadbolts, keyed the same with one of them being for a thicker door. After a couple of calls, I got hold of Acme and they said that yes, they do carry those parts in stock. I immediately hopped into my car, got down there and after they looked a bit, explained to me that they do normally carry them but they are out of stock. They were on order and should be there in the next few days. I believe the man who took my information was named Josh (I do not know the names of any of the other players here). Josh took my name and number and said he'd call when he had more information as to when they'd come in. He never called to give me an ETA.Today, over a week later, I happened to be in the area and stopped in to see if they had arrived. The man who "helped" me (I really do wish I had gotten his name) says that yes, they had come in. So, he starts to look and finds the locks but cannot find screws long enough for the thicker door. After about 10 minutes of looking the lady (whom I could not see - sitting at a desk) asks if she should call Josh and find out if he might have set the screws aside. The person who was looking said, "no, if they're not here, they're not here."He then comes back to me and says that they have to order the screws. I responded that I like to keep it local but that it's sort of critical that I get it taken care of and that after waiting more than a week, I could have ordered the locks online (btw, I was very courteous when I explained this to him. There was no angry or frustrated tone). His response: "Go ahead and order them online. See ya." And that was that.I am a HUGE proponent of doing things local. I am also a HUGE Proponent of giving good customer service. A simple, "We're sorry it's taking so long and we're sorry we messed up here" would have gone a LONG way. A simple, "let's call Josh and find out for sure" might also have been a decent idea. Instead the person who was helping me shut the lady down."See ya?" I'm sorry, I deal in customer service and have for well over 25 years. Not once, no matter how belligerent the customer may have been, have I said "see ya" or anything like that.Had they apologized, I'd wait another week. Instead, I am home, still shaking my head and writing a review.Also, while I was there, I heard something about the city of Milwaukee and them needing something. I am assuming that since I am small potatoes compared to the City, my little $150 order will mean very little to them. Maybe, just possibly, a negative review will impact them a bit more. I doubt it since this appears to be the only review there which means that most people do not care about reviews on lock and key places.At this point, I'd give them less than zero stars if I could.
You should hire this company if ever you're in trouble with car locks and keys, they were fast and arrive on time for service.
The best. Salt of the earth.
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.