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.

ACME Locksmith in Phoenix Arizona has been providing locksmith services for over 30 years to the Phoenix valley. We hope you find their knowledge and information valuable.



How to Install a Door Lock
Home Door Locks & Products How to... Safety & Security Blog

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...
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The 6 Best Door Lock Brands
Commercial Door Hardware & Security Home Door Locks & Products Safety & Security Blog

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...
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How to Reinforce an Entry Door – 6 Easy Steps
Home Door Locks & Products How to... Safety & Security Blog

How to Reinforce an Entry Door – 6 Easy Steps

How to Reinforce an Entry Door, Affordably, in 6 Easy Steps Your home protects some of the most important things in your life: your family and your possessions. But the main line of home defense, the front door, can be...
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How to Lock Outdoor Gates – Gate Lock Options
Home Door Locks & Products How to... Safety & Security Blog

How to Lock Outdoor Gates – Gate Lock Options

How to Lock Outdoor - Gate Lock Options As a Phoenix Locksmith Service we provide locksmith service for residential and community gate locks. We've seen them all, and we get all types of requests. Below are the most common ways...
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Sargent IC Core Pinning Calculator – How to Pin Sargent IC Cores
How to... Safety & Security Blog

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...
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The Best Padlocks for 2020 – Locksmith Recommended
Commercial Door Hardware & Security Home Door Locks & Products

The Best Padlocks for 2020 – 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...
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Where Can I Get a Car Key Made
Auto Locksmithing - Keys, Remotes, Ignitions, Locks

Where Can I Get a Car Key Made

Where to Get Car Keys Made Depending on the car you have, the options available to you will be different, as there are many different types of car keys. Car key copies are generally the easiest to get, but if...
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Basic Equipment & Tools Needed to be a Locksmith
ACME Locksmith Franchise Safety & Security Blog

Basic Equipment & Tools Needed to be a Locksmith

What Locksmith Equipment & Tools are Needed to Run a Locksmith Business Fully outfitted locksmith service vehicle. One of the first decisions you'll need to make before starting a locksmith business is how much are going to have to invest...
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What is the Best Safe – 5 Things to Look for When Buying a Safe
Safes and Safe Information Safety & Security Blog

What is the Best Safe – 5 Things to Look for When Buying a Safe

What is the Best Safe to Buy? Is the cheapest safe the best safe? Big-box stores like Costco carry large safes for under $700. But what do you get for that money? No. Cheap safes are built cheap to be...
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Access Control System Overview – The Basics of Access Control
Commercial Door Hardware & Security Keyless Entry / Access Control Safety & Security Blog

Access Control System Overview – The Basics of Access Control

Access Control System Basics - Components of Access Control Access control is the ability to gain or deny access to a door without the use of key. Access is granted by PIN code, HID Cards/Fobs, or Bluetooth. An access control...
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Digital Safe Locks
Safes and Safe Information

Digital Safe Locks

Digital Safe Lock Features Jump to: Traditional Mechanical Safe Dials Electronic Safe Locks Biometric Safe Locks Optional Features for Digital Safe Locks Dual Safe Locks with Dial and Electronic Opening When we sell a safe online (check out our safes...
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7 DIY Home Security Products You Need
Home Door Locks & Products Safety & Security Blog

7 DIY Home Security Products You Need

DIY Home Security Products You Didn't Know Existed but Will Love. As a locksmith I see new home security products frequently, most of them don't stand the test of time and fade away, but there are a few that I...
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How Much Does Access Control Cost Per Door?
Commercial Door Hardware & Security Keyless Entry / Access Control Safety & Security Blog

How Much Does Access Control Cost Per Door?

Are you considering access control for your business? Let me start by saying that an access control and keyless entry are just two different terms for basically the same thing. They are interchangeable. There are many advantages to access control...
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What Are the Best Home Deadbolts
Home Door Locks & Products Safety & Security Blog

What Are the Best Home Deadbolts

We've published several blog posts in the past discussing our residential locksmith services and our favorite residential door lock products. On those pages we talk about why most of the big-box store deadbolts aren't on our lists.But, we recognize some...
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Our 3 Best Electronic Affordable Deadbolts for Your Home
Home Door Locks & Products Keyless Entry / Access Control

Our 3 Best Electronic Affordable Deadbolts for Your Home

Update: in recent months the main three residential locks manufactures: Yale, Kwikset and Schlage, have all introduced smart locks that have eliminated the pain of using a hub to connect to the wifi. However, they are very expensive. If you...
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Need a Key Made? ACME Locksmith Makes Them All.
Safety & Security Blog

Need a Key Made? ACME Locksmith Makes Them All.

ACME Locksmith Can Make Keys to Nearly Everything People lose keys. It happens. Having a locksmith out to your location can be a very expensive way to replace those keys. The service call can often make the key origination more...
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What is the Best Fire Proof Home Safe?
American Made Safes American Security Safes Safes and Safe Information

What is the Best Fire Proof Home Safe?

When You Want the Best Fireproof Home Safe, Look at UL or other Certified Fire Rated Safes Unfortunately, this home was recently lost to the Carr Fire in Redding, Ca. Upon returning the owners discovered complete devastation. The house had...
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Why You Want an Electronic Home Deadbolt
Home Door Locks & Products Keyless Entry / Access Control

Why You Want an Electronic Home Deadbolt

Keyless entry has made it's way into the residential market. There are a number of good home electronic locks out there, our favorite is from Yale (shown below). The Yale lock is sleek, has a beautiful look, secure, and (more…)
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Verifying Ownership – What Some Locksmiths Won’t Do for You
ACME Locksmith's Unique Value Home Door Locks & Products Safety & Security Blog

Verifying Ownership – What Some Locksmiths Won’t Do for You

Verifying Ownership Before Opening Your Property I'm the first to admit it, our company can be a pain. It's true. But this, my friends, is a good thing. When you call us for a car unlock or a house unlock,...
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Home Security Takes Another Hit
Home Door Locks & Products

Home Security Takes Another Hit

This is an update of a previously posted article. We are continuing to see newest versions of locks bought at the big box stores coming with plastic parts. Remember, to be sold cheap, cheap locks need to be made cheap....
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