FAQ – Ask A Locksmith
For all locksmith related questions you may have
Security experts are at your service!
Locksmith ? Got a question.
Why should I use a professional locksmith company?
Skilled professional locksmiths bring experience and fund of knowledge in lock, safe & security problems and are better prepared to solve security issues to your unique situation. A professional locksmith can prescribe state-of-the-art products that work, and more effective solutions in an efficient manner.
Can I buy lock opening tools?
No, it is illegal in most states to sell or possess burglary or entry tools.
Locksmiths will not sell entry tools to anyone.
I can install the hardware, why not just buy it at the home center and do it myself?
Products typically sold in home stores are residential quality at best, at worst the shelves are stacked with low end products meant to increase profits for the manufacturer and the retailer. High quality goods offer characteristics such as, pick and drill resistance, access control options, protection against the unauthorized duplication of keys. The question you have to ask is what is your time really worth?
My landlord gave me the keys why should I get new ones?
What is the reason behind choosing the specialized locksmith company?
Accomplished professional locksmiths bring skill and fund of knowledge in lock, safe & safekeeping issues and are well prepared to resolve security issues to your exceptional situation. A professional locksmith can recommend high-tech products that work, and more effectual solutions in a proficient method.
How do I find a highly regarded Locksmith?
Choosing the correct locksmith is a very vital decision. Remember that the locksmith you prefer will have complete access to your residence or business leaving you susceptible if the work is not completed right. Not to reveal that he now has access to your belongings.
Can you repair our burglarized or broken safe?
I have lost my car keys.
What if I misplace my car keys?
My car key turn the ignition but doesn't start
car not starting might be a cause of many problems. With that being said, you can try examine if the key or the immobilizer system, is the problem.
Why do I have to wiggle my keys in the lock to make it work?
I am moving into a new home, should I rekey the locks?
How can I protect my home from break-ins?
First of all make sure about strengthening of your door and locks, if your door and locks are old then replace them and install innovative locks. Installing innovative and advanced devices in your home are the best option to prevent break-ins incidents.
Lock and Key
I have a key marked "Do Not Duplicate." Can I get a copy of it anyway?
Keys marked "Do Not Duplicate," " Do Not Copy," or "Unlawful to Copy" may be duplicated only if a letter of authorization from the owner or supervisor is presented with the request for duplication. The letter should be on company letterhead and identify the key to be made, the number of keys, the person picking up the keys, and the name and number of the person writing the letter. The person picking up the keys will be required to fill out a "Request for Restricted Keys" form. We reserve the right to refuse to duplicate any key marked "Do Not Duplicate."
My key does not insert or withdraw easily or it has difficulty turning.
The lock doesn't lock and unlock smoothly.
What is the difference between rekey & master keying?
All-Time Locksmith installs, replaces and upgrades lock cylinders, locksets and deadbolt locks.
Now its possible to re-key your home, gate, garden shed etcetera so that one key opens them all.
This section deals with cylinder removal and assembling a wide variety of common locksets
This section deals with using shim stock during the process of removing a cylinder. Other methods of removing a plug can be dealt with, even when no key is available.
This is the most useful section in this series. Tips and tricks save you valuable time.
Re-keying only restarts a cycle. There are number of reasons for home or business keys falling into the wrong hands.
Is the "Do Not Duplicate" marking on a key enough for controlling key duplication?
No. While the "Do Not Duplicate" marking on a key is usually respected, many discount stores do not. To effectively prevent unauthorized key duplication, a restricted key lock should be used.
Is there such a thing as a key that can open all locks?
No. A "master" key is a key which works many locks. In order for a particular master key to work in a lock, the lock has to be set up to work on that master key. Locks are typically master keyed in hotels, office buildings, and schools. Rest assured that there is no such master key that opens all locks.