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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.
They are ridiculously overpriced and will blatantly tell you they charged higher because you aren't a "member". When asked how to become a member, they say you need to fill out an application but refuse to give you an application, and are very rude. Will never do service with them again
We had a nice and very good experience over all with this company i will recommend using them forsure
Wasted my time by not showing, as well as not informing me they wouldn't be showing up.Appointment set for 11a.m. gave them until 1p.m. before I CALLED THEM, not the other way around. Got a bunch of apologies and a guarantee they'd be there at 3p.m. They never showed, they never called for that one either. At that point I didn't even bother. You don't want my business? You don't get it.
The whole experience was an unprofessional sh*tshow in the pouring rain! I called for a quote on a replacement key for my car and the lady was really sweet and gave a quote. After been placed on hold like 3 times, she told me that a guy could come in 3 hours but he'd call before he'd come. I didn't want to wait that long so I told her I was calling around. At the same time, my mom found a guy who could do it in 30 minutes. So I made a mental note to call pop a lock to ensure they were not coming even though they were supposed to call for verification. Weeeell this is where things go to sh*t! Our guy from another company came within 30 minutes as promised and started working ASAP. At the same time, pop a lock's guy called me saying that he's pulling up!!! Wtf? I was told 3-4 hours and was promised I would be called beforehand. To hell with that I guess, because here the pop-a-lock guy comes pulling into the driveway within 30 minutes. He was yelling at me on the phone with vile language and using a nasty tone, after I explained to him the situation. His response was that that I wasted his time and gas. And he proceeded to pull up anyways in a confrontational way and continued ranting the entire time. My mom and the locksmith we hired were both shocked! I approached his car to try to calm him down, and still pissed off, he continued to yell at me. Somewhere in the confrontation, he showed me his phone showing that there was no ETA for the booking. There was no ETA because the order wasn't set in stone, genius. So I was thinking to myself "Why show up!!" Eventually feeling intimidated and drained, I offered him $20 for his troubles. He took it, talked crap about his dispatch, and still wasn't satisfied. Smh..Makes no sense to be that unprofessional and rude. I called the management ( who was a cool guy) at Pop a Lock who listened intently and was assured something would be done about it. I hope so. *shivers* *shudders*
He got here super fast and it took him maybe 2 minutes to unlock my car. Great rate and very professional. I highly suggest you use this guy!
Great staff very friendly and professional I will use em if ever need a locksmith service in Oklahoma city
Excellent locksmith shop. They have a vast selection of keys for cars and motorcycles. Every Key they have cut for me has worked very smooth.
Awesome guy...came to my house within 5 minutes of calling in the freezing cold and snowing and got my keys out with little problems...probably would've been no problem if my car wasn't frozen and his rate was very reasonable. I would recommend Larry to everyone I know
Very courteous and professional. They helped me out tremendously. Gave me detailed instructions on how to install my deadbolt lock. I will definitely be using them in the future for sure!
The guys at 405 Locksmith did us a solid favor by putting us ahead of other customers when we had an emergency. I would use them again. The price wasn't too bad either.
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.