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Things About Locks & Locksmiths You Didn't Know

If you have a window on or near your door, a thumb-turn dead bolt won’t do much good. They knock out the glass, stick a hand in, and turn. Get a double cylinder lock that needs a key on the inside.

When you buy a new house, always have your locks rekeyed. Otherwise there's probably a master key out there that can easily open your home.


Never tell me, "Don't worry. It's an easy lock." Every time someone says that, it takes an extra ten minutes to get it open. It's the kiss of death. 

Many locksmiths in the phone book or online are scam artists. They’ll quote you a great price, but when they get there, they’ll say you have a special lock they can’t pick, so they have to drill it open. Then they charge you $200+ for a replacement lock you can buy at Home Depot for $60.


A lot of us do Sheriff Evictions . We  unlock doors and rekey the locks of the entire home that way the current evicted tenants have no access to the home after we leave. 

Contractors stink at installing deadbolts. I can't tell you how many times I go out to rekey one or let someone in, and I find problems. If it's not installed right, it won't protect you.

The best lock is a deadbolt that’s properly installed. It should have at least a one-inch “throw,” and on the “strike side,” there should be a security plate with screws at least three inches long that go all the way into the door’s wood frame.

If you’re locked out, please call just one locksmith please. More than once, I arrived at a lock-out to find two competitors’ work vans already there. At that point, we all agreed to leave and abandon the inconsiderate victim.

Have a housekeeper who needs a key? Ask me to key your door so that your master key works on both the deadbolt and the doorknob, but hers works just on the knob. On the day she comes, lock only the knob.


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