Locksmith Blog: Articles & Product Reviews

ACME Locksmith Blog & Security Articles

Our Locksmith blog contains security articles, how to articles, and product reviews for safes, residential, automotive and commercial businesses.

If you’re looking for anything lock and/or key related and you’ll likely find that information here. Just enter your query into the search field or select the category you’re interested in.

For product reviews on safes, door hardware, locks and keys that you can purchase from Amazon, visit our Amazon Locksmith Recommended page.

If you prefer video checkout our YouTube channel Locksmith Recommended. We have many product reviews, “How to” videos, and videos demonstrating security flaws that you can address on your own to geratly improve your home and business security.

We’ve been providing locksmith services for over 30 years to the Phoenix valley. We hope you find our articles, and reviews valuable.



How to Rekey a Lock to Match an Existing Key
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How to Rekey a Lock to Match an Existing Key

Jump to: Determine if the Lock can be Rekeyed to Your Existing Key Your Rekeying Options How to Rekey a Lock Determine if Locks Can Use the Same Key Say you've bought a home, but there are one or two...
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How Do Locksmiths Verify Ownership
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How Do Locksmiths Verify Ownership

Proof of Ownership Before Opening Your Property I'm the first to admit it, our company can be a pain. It's true. But this is a good thing. Legitimate locksmiths will verify proof of ownership before opening any property for you...
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How to Lock Chain Link Fence Gates
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How to Lock Chain Link Fence Gates

The Issues Locking Chain Link Gates Chain link fences can be the most difficult to lock. A standard welder cannot weld to the galvanized metal used in chain link fences, so using lock boxes, that deadbolts or keyless locks can...
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Keyless Gate Locks – Solutions & Considerations
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Keyless Gate Locks – Solutions & Considerations

There are various reason you'd want to use a keyless gate lock on your gates. But what are your options? How do the gates need to be changed to support a keyless solution? Let's discuss. Keyless gate locks are more...
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How to Unlock a Safe Without a Key
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How to Unlock a Safe Without a Key

How to Open a Safe Without a Key or Combination Safes are suppose to protect property, right? The sad news is that many of the inexpensive safes bought at big box stores or major online shopping sites offer very little...
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How Much Does it Cost to Open a Locked Safe?
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How Much Does it Cost to Open a Locked Safe?

Cost to Open a Safe Opening a locked safe is not as cut and dry as people think it is. We are often asked how much it will cost to get into a safe, but the charges are all over...
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How to Become a Locksmith
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How to Become a Locksmith

Everything to Know to Be a Locksmith Are you interested in being a locksmith? You may be wondering: What skills are required? How much do locksmiths make? What training is needed? Just how do you become a locksmith? As the...
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How Much Does A Locksmith Cost –  Arizona Locksmith Talks Price
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How Much Does A Locksmith Cost – Arizona Locksmith Talks Price

The top ranked search results for how much locksmiths charge in 2022 are all wrong. Those sites that Google "thinks" are important are not written by locksmiths. They’re written by marketing teams for large companies that have no clue about...
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Storefront Commercial Glass Door Security
Commercial Door Hardware & Security Safety & Security Blog

Storefront Commercial Glass Door Security

Best Security Improvements You Can Make to Your Storefront Door While completing commercial door hardware services , we are often asked, "What are the best things I can do to protect my business from a robbery or break in?" There...
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How to Get a Replacement Safe Key Made
How to... Safes and Vault

How to Get a Replacement Safe Key Made

Help! I've Lost the Key to My Safe! Replacement Safe Keys Made If you're looking for how to open a safe when you've lost the combination check out our other blog post. Here we are talking about safes or lock...
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Are There Smart Locks For Gates?
Home Door Locks & Products Keyless Entry / Access Control

Are There Smart Locks For Gates?

The Inside Half of a Smart Lock is Not Made Weather Resistant Can You Install Smart Locks on a Gate? With residential lock technology making big advances in the past two years, our Gate Lock and Gate Closer Service department...
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Schlage Encode Review – Locksmith’s Review
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Schlage Encode Review – Locksmith’s Review

Review of the Schlage Encode Smart Lock by ACME Locksmith 2022 has been a great year for electronic deadbolt smart locks. Three of the major players have introduced new smart lock deadbolts and levers in just the past few months...
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Best Smart Locks of 2022 – Detailed Comparison
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Best Smart Locks of 2022 – Detailed Comparison

This article focuses on residential smart locks, which are almost always a bad solution for commercial applications. See our page on commercial access control systems. In 2020 lock manufacturers finally got the concept of smart locks dialed in for the...
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Are Portable Door Locks Effective?
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Are Portable Door Locks Effective?

Strike Type Portable Door Lock sold on Amazon. Portable door locks are locks that you take with you to secure a door other than your home’s. They are meant primarily for doors that don’t have keyed locks on them or...
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Are Gun Safes Waterproof?
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Are Gun Safes Waterproof?

For general information on waterproof safes, and what it means for a safe to have a waterproof rating, see our article, “Are Safes Waterproof.” Is a Gun Safe Waterproof? Gun Safes Are Not Watertight Gun safes are not waterproof because...
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Are Safes Waterproof?
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Are Safes Waterproof?

I Need a Waterproof Safe! Is This Safe Waterproof? We hear this a lot at ACME Locksmith, but can a safe be waterproof? It comes down to a couple of questions: how much water and for how long. There are...
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How to Cover Door Holes
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How to Cover Door Holes

Using a Door Wrap to Cover a Door Hole How to Cover a Door Hole What do you do when you have a door that has a hole pattern for a previous lockset, but the new lockset holes don't line...
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Are All RV Keys the Same?
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Are All RV Keys the Same?

CH751 RV Compartment Key Your RV Locks Can be Opened by the Same Key One key will open the compartments of nearly all RVs, the CH751 key. The CH751 keys is a universal key. If your RV compartments use this...
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The Best Sliding Glass Door Lock
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The Best Sliding Glass Door Lock

What is the Best Lock for Sliding Glass Doors? When your arcadia, sliding glass door lock gets old, it is likely to fail.  Cal Double Bolt Lock, Buy Online at ACME Locksmith While you could simply replace what you have...
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Best Video Doorbells of 2022
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Best Video Doorbells of 2022

2022 Video Doorbell Comparison - Which is the Best Doorbell Camera? If you subscribe to the ACME Locksmith YouTube channel, you know that I love the Video Door bell I use on my home by Skybell and you've probably watched...
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