Six Tips for Hiring a Good Locksmith

No one likes a scam artist, and it’s unfortunately true that the locksmith industry has its share of scams. If you’re searching online for a locksmith in an emergency lockout situation, you’re at an even greater risk of falling victim to these fraudulent locksmiths. Here’s how they tend to operate, plus six tips for firing a good locksmith the next time you need one. How to Spot a Locksmith Scam If you search online for local locksmiths, you’ll likely find a surprising number of businesses. Be wary, as many of these are fraudulent listings, and anyone who actually comes out on a call is neither licensed nor certified. Emergency locksmith scams often involve upcharging – with very low prices quoted…

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The Single Best Way to Improve Your Home’s Security

We’ve written before about a simple method of improving the security of your home’s sliding doors and windows. But can you guess the single best way to improve your home’s security? If you’re thinking a well-trained guard dog or a pricey home security system, think smaller. It’s a working, high-quality deadbolt – one you remember to use. Preventing Forced Entry In many home burglaries, intruders use force to get inside. Inadequate or poorly functioning deadbolts – or those simply not in use – can be bypassed with a strong shoulder or front kick to the door. FBI statistics from a few years ago reveal that of the 1.9 million burglaries in the United States, 59% included a forced entry. Even…

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You Need a Good Reno Locksmith – And It’s Not Because You’re Locked Out

Of all the mechanical devices in our homes, it’s probably our door locks that we both use and neglect the most. What sort of maintenance and care do you provide to your locks? If you’re like most people, the answer is little to none. And yet, you probably also expect those same locks to function well and do their job properly. That’s where a locksmith comes in. The truth is, you need a good locksmith here in Reno (or wherever you live), and it’s not because you’re locked out. General Lock Troubleshooting Sometimes, a lock that looks just fine has internal problems that can lead to failure. Some of the more common issues include: Deadbolts that don’t fully extend Uneven…

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The Best Way to Find a Reliable Reno Locksmith

When you need work performed on locks at home or at work, your best bet is a really great locksmith. But how do you go about finding one? Here’s the best way to find a reliable Reno locksmith. What about Calling a Handyman? While your handyman is ideal for things like installing that new sink, the average handyman probably doesn’t understand the intricacies in locksmithing. Bruce Marillo, the owner of AllSafe Lock and Key here in Reno, is a certified locksmith with additional industry certifications. This training means that he knows exactly how to ensure your locks work to the standard with which the manufacturer designed them. Common Problems with Locks When locks aren’t properly installed, they can’t offer the…

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How to Find a Good Locksmith Before You’re Locked Out

Locking yourself out of your own home is frustrating, but when you’re running late, it’s even more of a headache. If you’ve followed simple steps to make your home secure and you have no spare key, your options boil down to breaking something or calling a local locksmith. Here’s why it’s a smart idea to find a good locksmith before you get locked out. Avoid Price Gouging It’s, unfortunately, a common scenario for home or business owners to find a local locksmith online, have a price quoted over the phone, and then learn after the job is done that the price is actually much higher. It’s called price gouging, and according to a 2010 online poll, one quarter of respondents…

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Should You Replace Your Lock or Just Rekey It?

We often hear from customers who ask us to replace their door locks. In some cases, replacement locks aren’t necessary, and rekeying the lock will do the trick nicely. Here’s the difference between replacing and rekeying a lock. Rekeying a Lock To rekey a lock, our certified locksmith replaces the pins and and in a lock’s cylinder with new pins and springs. This makes the lock compatible with a different key. If your lock is operating normally, but you need to ensure key control (new tenants in a rental home, for example, or the purchase of a new home), rekeying may be the smartest and most cost-effective option. In new homes, particularly those in single-builder communities, locks are often master…

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The Trouble with Mass-Produced Door Locks

Your local hardware store or big box chain probably has a decent selection of door locks. And if you’re moving into a new home or replacing a broken or damaged door lock, you’re probably in the market for something new. But can you be sure that you’re installing safe, secure door locks if you buy them from the closest hardware or box store? The truth is, you can’t. Here’s the trouble with mass-produced door locks.

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