Locksmith Tips

Boarding Up Openings for Security and Safety

December 17, 2010

Security board-ups: Often I find windows that are broken or that are completely missing.  This is a security issue and in order to secure a property these have to be boarded up as soon as possible.  After all, what good does it do to change locks if someone can simply crawl through an open or […]

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Quality and Workmanship

December 7, 2010

It is not uncommon for a locksmith to replace a good quality lock with a cheaper one when re-keying a bank-owned property.  There are legitimate reasons to do this:  One might be that the bank specifies a particular code that’s not available with an existing lock.  Another reason might be that there are several different […]

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Spare Keys…a Suggestion for Realtors

November 24, 2010

Instead of leaving a spare key “hidden” somewhere on the premises (such as under the doormat, or on top of the door frame, or under a rock near the front door, etc.), I recommend using a spare lock box with an unpublished combination. This lock box could be located away from the primary lock box […]

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More Amazing Things People Leave Behind (Part 4)

November 2, 2010

It’s hard to understand some of the things people leave behind.  But in this case it’s hard to decide exactly what one should do – take it with or leave it behind?   For example, how would one take a complete blacksmith shop along?  On the other hand, how could one leave it behind?  So there […]

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Securing Swimming Pools and Spas

October 30, 2010

Special care is required whenever there is a swimming pool or spa on a property.  Swimming pools can be dangerous whether they are full or empty, especially for young children.  Make sure all gates to the yard with the pool are secured so that no one can get in and get injured or worse.  This […]

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Repairs in the Field — Adventures of a Locksmith

October 18, 2010

Some doors require more than just changing the lock:  they must be repaired or the door jamb needs to be rebuilt, or the hinges need to be tightened up so that the door hangs properly.  Otherwise, the door simply will not close or the latch doesn’t line up properly.  Cases like this are almost always […]

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More Amazing Things People Leave Behind (Part 3)

October 11, 2010

At another place a family had left behind a most beautiful and loving young dog probably about 8 months old.  She appeared to be a mix of chocolate lab and pit bull.  The poor thing had been chained to a tree with no food or water anywhere to be found.  She had wrapped herself around […]

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More Amazing Things People Leave Behind (Part 2)

October 8, 2010

One more category of “things” often left behind is most disturbing and usually very sad: PETS.  Pets are helpless and cannot be left unattended for an 18-day waiting period; they must be taken care of immediately.  I don’t understand how anyone could leave one of them behind. One time I was changing the locks on […]

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The Amazing Things People Leave Behind (Part 1)

October 4, 2010

People often leave stuff behind to be disposed of whenever they have to abandon their homes.  Either they just run out of time or they don’t have a place to keep it anymore.  If you’re in this business as a Realtor or a service person, you have run across this yourself most likely.  People leave […]

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Access to Gated Communities

October 1, 2010

Often a locksmith is required to go into a gated community to re-key a property. And sometimes these communities not only have a locked gate to contend with, they may also have a guard posted at the gate. Lately, the guards I have encountered require anyone (such as a service person – like a locksmith) […]

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Use a Unique Key Code When Possible

October 1, 2010

As it turns out, there are only a few key codes commonly used by the banks for homes being foreclosed. If you know where to look, you can easily find out what these codes are. So, any would-be thief likely already knows what those codes are and has a set of keys already made up […]

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Is it sufficient to just change the locks?

September 30, 2010

Whenever you have the locks replaced or re-keyed in a home, it is imperative to make sure all the windows, sliding glass doors, and the main garage door are secured as well. It does no good to change all the locks if someone can simply slip thru an open or unlocked window or garage door. […]

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What Locks Should Be Re-keyed?

April 5, 2010

Whenever possible, change ALL locks when re-keying a home.  As a minimum, change the essential exterior locks and disable the rest.  This will, at least, make it more difficult for someone who may still have a key to the old locks to regain access to the property.   If the former homeowner keeps a key and […]

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