Nov 13 2016

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What do Locksmiths do?

Like the name implies, a locksmith is a professional contractor who specializes in entry systems such as locks, door knobs and other security features. Once strictly tradesmen of all things related to locks, keys and safes, a modern locksmith may offer much more expansive technoligically advanced products such as closed-circuit TV monitoring systems, residential fire and burlgarly alarm systems, remote keyless entry fobs for cars and digital access systems.

For most homeowners, there are only a few life events that call for the services of a locksmith: 1. When you’re moving into a new home (or someone in the home is moving out) and 2. When you’ve accidentally locked yourself out of your home or car.

In most cases it’s relatively easy to shop around for a locksmith for the former event but the latter event is almost always an unexpected one. Before you’re ever locked out of your home or vehicle, Angie’s List recommends that you find a reputable locksmith before you need one. It’s much easier to be taken advantage of when you’re in need of quick help and at the mercy of the first locksmith you call.

Check reports on Angie’s List, rather than relying on the phone book, an Internet search or directory assistance. Then, call the company to get an estimate on their services before you agree to have work done. Ask details about their pricing and available hours. Do they have emergency hours? Do they charge for mileage or have service-call minimums?

Once you find a service provider you’re comfortable with, store that company’s information in your purse, wallet, or cell phone — some place you’re likely to have access to if locked out.

How to Avoid a Lockout

We asked locksmiths for their best advice to consumers for how to avoid a lockout situation, which can easily cost from $50 to $100, depending on the time, location and particular situation. Check out these tips to save yourself from the frustration of a home lockout:

• Hide a key somewhere around the outside of the house. Exercise extreme caution when with this option however, as if a intruder finds it, they’ll have little trouble making entry. Some locksmiths recommend placing the key in a plastic container and burying it under a rock or other object in the yard where it will be unlikely to be found

• Give an extra house or car key to someone nearby whom you trust. Giving a key to a reliable friends, family member or neighbor can be a lifesaver in a pinch.

• Make a spare key and hide it in your wallet or purse. Hopefully, you won’t be unfortunate enough to be without both your keys and your purse or wallet.

• If you find yourself frequently locked out of your home, consider installing a digital keypad door knob system. Using a push-button interface, you can simply enter your personal code to unlock the door. But be careful with those numbers, your home’s security is only as trustworthy as the peopel who know your acccess code.

Tips to Maintain Locks

Exterior door locks can and do eventually wear out or become infiltrated with dirt and grime – which can cause the locks becoming frozen or stiff, or keys that become stuck. Check out these four steps you can take to avoid a sticking lock and give your exterior door lock a longer life.

1. Find a product

You can find lock-lubricating products such as graphite powders or Teflon-containing sprays at retail hardware stores both large and small. If you’re not sure of what product you should purchase, call a highly rated local locksmith and ask for their advice.

Some locksmiths advise against using all-purpose lubricants like WD40 because they can eventually evaporate into a residue that attracts more dirt and grime.

Keep locks from sticking with simple, routine maintenance.

Keep locks from sticking with simple, routine maintenance.

Whether it’s a dry powder or liquid-based product, always follow the label instructions and warnings. Most products will direct you to place a nozzle or tube into the keyhole and spray the product, getting as much into the interior lock mechanism as possible.

You’ll probably want to have a cleaning rag or paper towel handy to clean up any overspray or runoff that may occur on either side of the door knob.

3. Give it a whirl

If the lock is in a door handle, turn the handle back and forth several times and flip the interior lock several times, locking and unlocking the door (make sure the door is open and you don’t lock yourself out). Do the same with a dead bolt-only lock. This will make sure the lubricant reaches all the moving parts within the lock.

Clean up any overspray or runoff from spraying the lock lubricant, including wiping down the exterior of the door knob or dead bolt itself. To keep your lock or door handle maintained, clean it as necessary or at least once a year.

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