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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.
We had to order and install 3 large new windows for our kitchen. Two of the windows had to be shorter than their old counterparts, and one window had to be larger because we gutted the kitchen and the old window sizes were completely wrong for the space. Precision Fit came out to measure and assess the situation. Even though our house is a single story, it was a very tough job because the windows are all at a two-story level (the lot slopes from high on one side to low on that side of the house) and it involved cutting through very thick stucco. Jason ordered the perfect windows, the first is a picture (fixed) window with 2 side casements, the second is a large gliding window, and the third is a single-hung (up and down). I almost ordered the wrong dimensions for the casement sizes until Jason told me that the proportions would look better with wider casements than what I had originally imagined. I am so glad I went with his recommendation! All the windows look great proportionally, exactly the way I wanted. We ordered the Simonton brand windows, and I must say, they are better looking and feel more solid than the other new windows that we had installed last year by another local company---before we were lucky enough to find Precision Fit. I wish Jason and Rob had installed all of our windows, but I didn't know them at that time. What a difference! Dealing with Jason and Rob was such a pleasure compared to that other window company. I am really happy that we found them. In fact the other window company only ordered the windows, and then we had to find an installer to do the job. Precision Fit did everything! They measured, ordered, and installed. Initially, we actually came to Precision Fit to install a new front entry door. The window job was only added on. Our entry door is coming next---can't wait! Jason ordered it along with the new hardware, and Jason and Rob will be staining it and installing it soon. That will be a big job too because we are going from a 6'9" door with a transom and sidelights to an 8' door with sidelights, no transom. It is extremely difficult to find good work by contractors these days, so finding this company was very lucky for us. Thanks for doing great work, Precision Fit! We are very thankful.
I woke up on July 4, 2012 and saw that it was raining. I walked outside my condo to check out the rain in a shirt and basketball shorts with no shoes. I turn around to go back inside and my front door is locked. I checked my windows and sliding glass door and everything was locked. Started to panic not only due to the fact that it's raining and I have no shoes on but it's 4th of July and I didn't think anyone was open. I googled phoenix locksmith and came across Alcatraz. Gave them a call and within minutes Todd was at my condo with his tools and got me back into my house. Not only was he funny but had great customer service. Hopefully I never have another situation where I get locked out (he also made me 2 free sets of keys, front door & security door), but if I do I know who to call. I highly recommend Todd and will refer him to anyone who might need his services. Thanks again Todd!
I was looking for a few large jailer key rings which were just not available in the area. I called Jim's Lock Shop and asked him if he had them in stock. Although he did not have any, he took down the pertinent information and said he would make a couple of calls for me. Jim called me back and said that the one resource did not have any and he was waiting for the other resource to call him back. He called me back the next day and said he could order them for me. Although I have to wait about 10 days or so for the jailer key rings, I know that Jim went above and beyond to assist me with getting what I wanted. When I have any needs having to do with keys I will take all of my business to Jim's Lock and Key Shop. Thank you so much Jim!
I called Aqua Locksmith Store based on the reviews I read here. I emailed to the company first, but he didn't see my email, so I called. They was very nice. He apologized for not seeing the email, and they asked me to give him the information and send pictures of my locks by email. I wanted to change a lock in the apartment I have just moved into. I wasn't in a hurry, so we fixed an appointment, and on the day we had said, he came on time, was very nice, changed one of the locks for a good price and was just very professional and nice. I will definitely call him again if I have any problem or if I need a new lock, Aqua Locksmith Store is the company to use.
The other day I went out to dinner with my wife and new baby. We finished and tried to get back in our car and then I relized I locked them in my car. Its was pretty cold out and felt so bad for my little baby. We tried to go back in the restaurant but it was closing for the night. I looked up locksmiths in my phone and called. I thought it would take forever but had no other choice. The locksmith was there in about 20 minutes and had my doors open in one. It was great service and was fast and definitely saved me and my family that night! Would recommend company to anyone with key needs!!
We bought an older house and our doors were in horrible condition. We had Precision Fit do a custom sliding patio door to our backyard that is so wonderful! It helped reduce cooling costs and it changed the whole appearance of the back of our home and our back yard. Since we were so happy with the work that was done on the back door, we had them replace our front door. The customer service and professionalism was top notch! Jason knew exactly what to do with both of our awkward door spaces and recommended the best doors for the situation. We could not be happier!!!!
If you are looking for new windows, look no further. With the purchase of a 20 year old townhouse, it was obvious that we needed to replace the windows. Jason was so helpful, very professional, certainly knows the products well. The installation was great, Mark and Andrew were careful in every detail, and we couldn't be happier with our choice of PrecisionFit to handle this project. Reasonable price, great product, and wonderful service, all rolled together make this a most satisfactory company to use.
Tyrone arrived at my place of business very promptly. He discussed different type of rekeying options, and different levels of security, such as rekeying so the locks can't be "bumped" open. He explained the different parts of the lock and key process, allowing me to make an informed decision in the level of security that fit my budget. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional. His prices were the best I found in the greater Phoenix area. I recommend him whole-hardheartedly.
We got locked out of our loft in Phoenix, AZ on a Sunday evening, Search Online for a locksmith and picked Aqua Locksmith Store , he was at our place within 15 minutes. We have a pretty heavy duty lock I guess, we had no idea until he started working on it, but pretty soon he unlocked it and even did a little maintenance on it before he left!! I'd say the entire experience speaks to his efficiency, skill and service! He charged an incredibly reasonable competitive rate, $89.00.
So, I literally run back up to my room. It's locked. I take the keys to my room (hidden in a special place) and unlock my door! Green MS bag with studio goods - CHECK! Ran downstairs and realized I left my large sketchbook upstairs. Looked in the special hiding place and realized...OH NO, I left the gosh darn keys in the room! Big fat 'Ugh'. I desperately tried to pick the lock myself. Didn't work and I soon realized I would make a lousy criminal.
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.