How to Secure Home Windows

How to Secure Home Windows

How to Secure Your Home Windows Against Break-ins

Protect Windows from Burglars

Adequate home security involves more than just your doors. While most break-ins occur through front, back, and garage entry ways, nearly a quarter of break-ins occur through windows. Read more

How Much Does it Cost to Rekey a Business Lock?

How Much Does it Cost to Rekey a Business Lock?

When Should a Business Rekey Their Building?

When you’ve terminated an employee or just moved your business into a new location, perhaps maybe even a theft, it’s time to rekey you business locks. Rekeying your locks means that only authorized team members will have keys to your business (and even those employees will only have keys to the doors they need). But what does it cost to rekey a business? Read more

How Much Does it Cost to Rekey House Locks?

How Much Does it Cost to Rekey House Locks?

How Much Does it Cost to Rekey A House Lock?

House Rekey
House Rekey

Just bought a home? Just tossed your roommate? Fired your cleaning crew or no longer need that house sitter? It’s time to rekey your locks! How much is a rekey? This post will give you the information you need to understand the rekeying process, and the costs associated with it. Read more

How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Panic Bar

How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Panic Bar

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Panic Bar?

An “Exit Device”, also known as a “Panic Bar” or “Crash Bar” is hardware designed to be installed on the secured side (inside) of a door which opens outward. It provides single motion, almost effortless, ease in exiting the door; while also providing security against intrusion. Most people never even think about them until something goes wrong and they stop operating correctly. Technically, these exit devices are either “Panic Hardware” or “Fire Exit Hardware.” The devices should be physically labeled as one or the other, and must meet the criteria to be labeled as such.

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How Much Does It Cost to Get a Car Key Made?

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Car Key Made?

How Much Does it Cost for a Duplicate Car Key in Arizona?

Depending on the key type, it can cost as little as $7 to get a car key in Phoenix, AZ market, or as much as (and over) $600! Check out our chart Read more

How to Change a Door Lock

How to Change a Door Lock

How to Replace an Existing Door Lock

Replacing a door lock is a simple process that most homeowners can readily handle. This helpful guide will make sure you’ve done it right. Read more

How to Secure French Doors

How to Secure French Doors

How to Secure French Doors from Burglars

French doors are one of the weakest security points in your home due to two individual doors meeting in the middle. When they are not properly locked, or the locks provided during the installation have not been modified, these doors can be made to easily swing open even when the deadbolt and door lever have been locked. Read more

How to Adjust Door Closers

How to Adjust Door Closers

How to Adjust Door Closer Speed

Adjusting a Surface Mount Door Closer

A door closer is a mechanical device which automatically closes a door using springs and a system of chambers filled with a hydraulic fluids to control the motion/speed of the door. The most common adjustments to address are:

  • The close swing (or ‘sweep’) speed – the speed at which the door closes.
  • The latching speed – the last few inches of the door closing to latch properly.
  • Some models also allow adjustments to the back-check. Door closer BC or Back Check means how the door responds when fully opened – the amount of resistance when opening the door past a certain point.
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How Can I Check if Neighborhood is Safe

How Can I Check if Neighborhood is Safe

How to Check Crime Rate Before Buying a Home?

When you’re buying a home, one of the most important factors in that decision is the safety of the neighborhood. This is especially true if you have a family with small children. Luckily there are several online resources that will report crime rates and statistics with information displayed in easy-to-read maps. Read more

Our New Best Smart Lock of 2019

Our New Best Smart Lock of 2019

In our recent blog posts, The Best Smart Locks for AirBnB, and our 3 Best Home Electronic Deadbolts, we discussed some of our favorite home electronic locks.

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How to Remove a Broken Key From a Lock

How to Remove a Broken Key From a Lock

Removing a Broken Key Stuck in a Lock

Keys get worn, keys get weak, keys get broken. But when a key breaks inside of a lock cylinder, how do you get it out?

Key Stuck in Lock
Broken Key Stuck in Lock

There are several techniques commonly used to remove a broken key from a lock. They are:

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Reinforcing Commercial Doors – Locksmith Recommended

Reinforcing Commercial Doors – Locksmith Recommended

How to Strengthen a Commercial Door – Steel, Aluminum/Glass or Wood

By default, most commercial doors do not come with the security improvements necessary to make them as secure as they can be. In fact, by default most commercial door locks can be bypassed in minutes by nearly anyone wanting to break into a business. To improve your commercial door security, a few of the things to do are the same as those to reinforce a residential door, but many are unique to commercial / business doors. This article focuses on improving commercial door security.

To reinforce your commercial door to the best of your ability, you need to:

  1. Use the best commercial grade locks,
  2. Install door security hardware to protect those locks from being bypassed and
  3. Reinforce the door and door frame as necessary.

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I Lost My Safe Combination! What can I do?

I Lost My Safe Combination! What can I do?

How to Open a Safe With When You’ve Lost Your Combination

At ACME Locksmith we sell safes, repair and work on all kinds of safes. One frequent question we get is, “I don’t have the safe combination, how do I open a safe?”

What to Try When Don't Have Safe Combination
What to Try When You Don’t Have a Safe Combination
The safe combination may have been lost, may be locked inside the safe (it happens more often than you’d think) or the owner may have recently discovered that there is a safe in the home they just purchased and they want to use it (this is common with in-floor safes).

The best method to get into a safe when the combination is lost will depend on which safe you have.You can try to get into the safe by getting an override key, having a locksmith make a key, retrieving the code to the safe from the manufacture, breaking into the safe, or drilling the safe open professionally. Read more

I’ve Lost My Keys, What Should I Do?

I’ve Lost My Keys, What Should I Do?

What To Do If You’ve Lost Your Keys

What should you do once you realize you have misplaced your car, home or another key? Everyone has lost a key at one time or another. They are small, slide to back of cluttered drawers, fall out of pockets and purses and slip out of hands easily. If you have lost your keys, don’t panic. There are a number of things that can be done to get the lock open and/or operating. With a new set of keys in your hands, you’ll be all set.

What you don’t want to do is get frustrated. Remain calm. Though you’ll be stressed when you can’t find the key, don’t make matters worse by trying to get in yourself. You’re just going to damage the door or lock and spend more money in the long run. Here are some steps to take if you’ve lost your keys.

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Best Smart Locks for Vacation Rentals & Airbnb Rentals

Best Smart Locks for Vacation Rentals & Airbnb Rentals

The 4 Best Smart Locks for Vacation Rentals / Airbnb Rental Units

Turning your home into a vacation rental or Airbnb unit makes smart financial sense. But how does the person you rent to get access to the home if you’re not there?

Are you going to hide a key for them? No way. Today you have many electronic options that will allow you to issue temporary codes, unlock remotely, and even control the AC units etc, with peripheral components tied into a Z-wave or Zigbee system. They’re called smart locks, and we’ve reviewed them so you don’t have to. Read more

Best DIY Home Security Systems

Best DIY Home Security Systems

Best DIY Home Security Systems With No Monthly Contracts

No Fee Home Alarm SystemHome security and alarms have always been a consideration to protect your home, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Luckily, there are some very good DIY security systems in this category that promise to provide a complete security cover around your home and protect it around the clock.

If you are looking for a home security system, we’ve given our five best home security system recommendations here. All of them are superior quality products with a wide range of security features. You can go through the details and technical specifications of each product to see which is the one you that serves your needs best.

These products are easy to install and operate. They don’t require a technician to install them; you can do it yourself within minutes. If you are more comfortable with a professional installation, just call ACME Locksmith or your local locksmith shop. We are eager to assist. Read more

How to Install a Door Lock

How to Install a Door Lock

How to Prepare a Door to Install a Door Lock

Installing a door lock can be rather complex, but with the right guidance, any homeowner can install a door lock. In this article we teach you how to prepare a door for a fresh installation of a new door lock (that is, how to drill the door). Read more

The 6 Best Door Lock Brands

The 6 Best Door Lock Brands

The 6 Best Door Lock Brands

The security needs of home and commercial establishments have undergone tremendous change over the years. Today, companies and homeowners are confronted with complicated issues related to protecting door entry into their property by way of bypassing locks through picking, lock bumping, or forced entry.

6 best lock brands
Who Makes the Best Locks?

To put the user back in control of their property, leading global lock makers have developed and designed a wide range of high security, technology-intensive, and innovative products that address the evolving needs effectively. Besides, re-engineering door locks, superb designing and craftsmanship, and innovative solutions, today’s global lock-industry players have come through a series of mergers and acquisitions. There has been a consolidation of brands at the top level resulting in a few powerful and truly global lock brands.

If you are in the market to find the best door locking solution for your home or office, here is a list of 6 best door lock brands. This should give you a fair idea of the kind of products, which are available in the market, and what to expect from them. Read more

What to Do After a Burglary

What to Do After a Burglary

What to do after a Home Burglary – Locksmith Recommended

Even with the best home security setup, your home can still be robbed. Door locks and alarms are meant to deter burglars and encourage them to look at other houses instead of yours. Most often that’s enough to protect your home, but sometimes it is not. Read more

How to Become a Locksmith

How to Become a Locksmith

Everything You Need to Know to Become a Locksmith

Becoming a locksmith requires training, background checks, certification (in some states), proper tools and equipment and a desire to help people.

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How to Reinforce an Entry Door – 6 Easy Steps

How to Reinforce an Entry Door – 6 Easy Steps

How to Reinforce an Entry Door, Affordably, in 6 Easy Steps

How to Reinforce a doorYour home protects some of the most important things in your life: your family and your possessions. But the main line of home defense, the door, can be bypassed in a number of ways and as quickly as 5 seconds when not reinforced.

To protect what’s inside of your home by reinforcing the door, address the main points of weakness in your exterior doors: the frame, the locks, and the door’s edge.

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How to Lock Outdoor Gates – Gate Lock Options

How to Lock Outdoor Gates – Gate Lock Options

Outdoor Gate Locking Mechanisms – How Best to Lock a Gate

A Mechanical, Keyless Gate Lock Option

Residential, community and commercial gates can be secured in a variety of ways. Which is best depends on the type of gate you have, what you are trying to achieve by locking the gate and your budget. Your options to lock a gate are padlocks, standard door locks, keyless locks and keyed special gate locks. Read more

Sargent IC Core Pinning Calculator – How to Pin Sargent IC Cores

Sargent IC Core Pinning Calculator – How to Pin Sargent IC Cores

Sargent IC Core Pinning Calculator for 3 Level Master Key Systems

When we received a call from a major sports team to rekey their entire facility we were excited. Then we learned they had Large Format IC Cores (LFIC) and our excitement quickly faded. This customer wanted a three-level master key system: a grand master key that worked everything, a sub-master keys for each division, and change keys (individual keys that work only one door).

If you’ve ever tried to calculate a Sargent IC Core pinning chart with three levels, you know that it is a very time consuming Read more

How Much Does a Locksmith Cost in Arizona?

How Much Does a Locksmith Cost in Arizona?

How Much is a Locksmith in Phoenix, AZ Markets?

How Much is a Locksmith
Locksmith Prices, How Much Does a Locksmith Cost?

During standard hours the cost to unlock a home or unlock a car in Phoenix Arizona will be well under $125. In fact, our company charges under a $100. The national average is a bit higher nationally at $144. This includes the service call (also known as a trip charge) and the unlock fee.

Most locksmith services include charges for a service call and then additional charges for the work performed. Service calls in most major metropolitan areas hover around $75. In the Phoenix, AZ market a service call is less. Expect to pay more when you are in a major city, less when you are in more rural area.

In Phoenix, AZ the average home rekey is around $150. Price for a home rekey varies based on several factors. Many homes are less and some will cost more. Check out our article The cost to rekey home locks.

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The Best Padlocks for 2019 – Locksmith Recommended

The Best Padlocks for 2019 – Locksmith Recommended

What is the Best Padlock for Your Application?


Padlocks come in different sizes, with different ways to open and with different levels of security. They can be priced from just a few dollars to several hundreds of dollars. But which is the best padlock for you? Over the course of 20 years as a locksmith business we definitely have an opinion on the subject.

For those wanting our top picks, our recommended best padlocks are:

  • Best Low-Cost, Low-End Padlock

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