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Lock, Safety & Security Blog

Google Makes a Machine the Largest “Locksmith” in the Country

Google Fake Business Listings: A Key Duplication Kiosk Becomes the Top Locksmith Google is suppose to be smart. They are a high-tech company solving high-tech problems, but once again, they have been beaten by an unscrupulous company. This company, KeyMe, ...
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Lock Picking

Are There Any Locks That Can’t be Picked?

Can Every Lock be Picked? We recently started our YouTube Channel where I discuss our favorite locks. Often we're talking about the best locks for a specific function. For example, "What's the best lock to stop lock bumping," What's the ...
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Understanding Lock Functions

How Do Locks Work - Lock Functions: Passage, Entry, Storeroom, Classroom, Privacy Locks behave differently based on their lock function. Do you want a lock that always locks every time the door closes? There's a lock function for that. Do ...
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Lock Grading – ANSI Lock Grades Explained

Lock Grades 1 2 3 Explained The ANSI lock grading system was developed to setup a standard testing procedure to measure the strength and durability of a lock. The ANSI lock grade system provides an indication as to the quality ...
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Safe Burglary Ratings – Burglary Ratings Explained

Purchasing a safe can be a big investment, but how do you know you're getting the right safe for your needs? Safe burglary ratings can be very confusing. What do b-rated, c-rated, RSC, TL15, and TL30 burglar ratings mean? Here, ...
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Free Standing Pool Fence

What are the Arizona Pool Code Requirements?

Arizona Swimming Pool Code & Lock Requirements Here in Arizona, home of Acme Locksmith, a good percentage of homes have in-ground swimming pools.  We have the perfect climate for them, and having a swimming pool means you can entertain in ...
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What Types of Locks are There (With Photos)

What Type of Locks are Available? What types of locks are there? What do you want to secure a cabinet? Lock a gate? What is the difference between a latch and a bolt? We'll ...
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How to Secure Home Windows

How to Secure Your Home Windows Against Break-ins 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 ...
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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 ...
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Rekeying a Lock Cylinder

How Much Does it Cost to Rekey House Locks?

How Much Does it Cost to Rekey A House Lock? 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? ...
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Double door with vertical rod panic devices.

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 ...
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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! ...
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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 ...
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French Door Terminology

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 ...
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How to Adjust Door Closers

How to Adjust Door Closer Speed 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 ...
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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 ...
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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. The difference between those two articles is ...
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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? There are several techniques commonly used to ...
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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 ...
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I Lost My Safe Combination! What can I do?

How to Open a Safe 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 ...
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