Common Door Lock Problems You Can’t Ignore, Part 2

Last week, we shared part one in our series about common door lock problems you shouldn’t ignore. Instead of waiting until your door lock problem is too big to ignore and finally calling a mobile locksmith like AllSafe Lock & Key here in Reno, here’s why these issues should be addressed as soon as possible. Misaligned Door Locks This problem can actually refer to two issues at once – the misaligned lock itself, or a misaligned strike plate. That’s because they both have the same effect of door lock problems. Fortunately, both misaligned locks and strike plates are easy to detect. If your door is no longer opening or closing smoothly, or you’re having difficulty turning the lock, it’s a…

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Common Door Lock Problems You Can’t Ignore

If you own a home, at some point you’ll likely have to deal with door lock problems. Unfortunately, most people don’t call a mobile locksmith like AllSafe Lock & Key here in Reno to remedy the issue until it’s become a big enough problem that it’s affecting their home’s security and can no longer be ignored. In a series of upcoming posts, AllSafe Lock & Key is sharing four common door lock problems that you should address as soon as you notice them. Loose Door Locks, Knobs & Handles No matter what kind of lock your doors have, there are many moving components holding the lock body together. Every piece plays a part in keeping the lock working properly. If…

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Locked Out in Reno? Avoid these Locksmith Scams!

We’ve written before about the benefits of finding a good locksmith before you need one, but we understand that doesn’t always happen. In the worst-case scenario, when you find yourself locked out of your home or vehicle, being aware of these common locksmith scams can help you avoid them. Common Locksmith Scams It’s unfortunate that a post like this even needs to be written, but the truth is that locksmiths scams like these are out there. You’re quoted a low price for the repair over the phone, but your final bill includes undisclosed fees like mileage, emergency service, or an inflated number for the labor. You’re told your lock cannot be picked, and the only solution is drilling it off…

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Here’s What Makes Sliding Glass Doors and Windows Secure

One of the services AllSfafe Lock & Key of northern Nevada offers its customers is a home security inspection. Whenever our technicians rekey a residence, we offer this as a complimentary service to help educate people on their home’s current security level of their homes. During the inspection, we’re able to point out how specific areas in the home may be lacking in security and what might be done to improve them. One of the most common areas for home security improvement? Sliding glass windows and doors. Fortunately, there is a solution. Here’s what makes sliding glass doors and windows secure. How Secure are Horizontally-Sliding Windows & Doors? It’s an unfortunate truth that horizontally-sliding windows and doors are vulnerable to…

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Pros & Cons of Keyless Door Locks

Keyless door locks are growing in popularity, and the convenience factor alone makes it easy to understand why. But are they just as secure as traditional deadbolts? In most cases, the bolts in both kinds of locks are basically the same. If you’re ready to learn more, here are the pros and cons of keyless door locks. Pros of Keyless Door Locks Versatility and convenience are the biggest selling features of keyless door locks. Codes are simple to change, and some locks include a feature that allows temporary codes with a designated time period for activation. That makes it easy to grant limited access to your home. Some keyless locks will automatically lock after the door has been closed, while…

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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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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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