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 remove a broken key from a lock. They are:
- Take the lock apart
- Key removal tool (or key extractor)
- Needle nose pliers or tweezers
- Small jigsaw blade or paper clip
- The online method you should NEVER try
- What if you still can’t get the broken key out?
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. A few of the things you can do are the same as those to reinforce a residential door, but many are unique to commercial / business doors and we’ll focus on those tips in this article.
To reinforce your commercial door to the best of your ability, you need to:
- Use the best grade locks,
- Install door security hardware to protect those locks from being bypassed and
- Reinforce the door and door frame as necessary.
What to do if You’ve Lost Your Safe 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 combination to my safe, what do I do?”
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). Read more
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.
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 With No Monthly Contracts
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 New Door Lock / Change an Existing Door Lock
Installing a door lock can be rather simple or complex, but with the right guidance, any homeowner can install or replace a door lock. In this article we teach you how to fresh install a new lock (drilling the holes needed) or simply changing a door lock by removing and replacing with a new lock. Read more
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.
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 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