What Are the Different Lock Types (With Photos)

What Are the Different Lock Types (With Photos)

What Kind of Locks and Door Lock are There?

Locks can be broken down by function (how they lock), by application (what they lock), by style (lever vs knob vs handle), and by grade (how well they are built). This article explains and compares all of those.

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Types of locks by locking function
Types of locks by application
Types of home locks by style
Pro Tip: How to Fix Your Home Latches
Lock Grades 1 2 3 Explained
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Equipment & Tools Needed to Start a Locksmith Business

Equipment & Tools Needed to Start a Locksmith Business

What Tools & Equipment are Required to Run a Locksmith Business

Fully outfitted locksmith service vehicle.

You will need key cutting machines for key origination and duplication, software for code retrieval, and a variety of supporting tools to get started as a locksmith. This list talks about the basic tools and equipment necessary to get started and perform the most common locksmith services. As you grow your skill set, and start offering additional services, additional tools will be needed. Read more

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Which Safe is Best – The 5 Most Important Features of a Safe

Which Safe is Best – The 5 Most Important Features of a Safe

How to Compare Safe Brands for Value and Security

If you’re in the market to buy a safe what should you look for? 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?

Check out this 10 second video clip that shows what you get when you buy a discount safe. Is this what you want protecting your money and collections? I took this video at my local Costco.

Finding the Best Safe Brand for You

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How Do Locksmiths …

How Do Locksmiths …

How’d He do That? How Locksmiths Make Keys and Other Interesting Tidbits.

Ever wonder how your locksmith did what he did? How he made a key appear out of thin air or how he opened that lock so easily? Here’s how it’s done. Read more

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Access Control System Fundamentals – What You Need to Know

Access Control System Fundamentals – What You Need to Know

Access Control System Basics – Components of Access Control

Want to install access control on a door of your business? What components do you need to buy for access control?

All access control systems can be broken down into the following components: Read more

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Locksmith Tricks to Save You Money on Lock & Door Repairs

Locksmith Tricks to Save You Money on Lock & Door Repairs

How’d They Do That – 9 Locksmith Tips and Tricks

Lock Tip #1 – Door Not Closing Correctly – Locks Work Better with Lipstick

Is your door not closing? Do you find you have to pull the door harder for it to latch? Or maybe lift up on the door so it latches? The problem is a misaligned strike.

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Types of Safe Locking Mechanisms – Which Safe Lock is Best

Types of Safe Locking Mechanisms – Which Safe Lock is Best

Which Safe Lock is Right for You?

When we sell a safe online (check out our safes for sale) of the choices given to customers is what type of lock they want on the safe. Interestingly, I was born in 1967 and home computers starting making their debut while I was in high school. People older than prefer electronic locks while people younger Read more

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7 DIY Home Security Products You didn’t Know Existed But Need

7 DIY Home Security Products You didn’t Know Existed But Need

7 Great Home Security Products You Might Not Know Existed but Greatly Improve Home Security.

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 really like because home owners can realize their value immediately to help protect their homes and families. These products are of the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) variety and easy for most homeowners to take care of. If you do need help, your local locksmith should be more than willing to assist.

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How Much Does Access Control Cost Per Door?

How Much Does Access Control Cost Per Door?


Are you considering access control for your business? There are many advantages to these systems. I am often asked, “What will it cost to install access control?” The answer usually starts with, “What do you want in a system?” but there are some general guidelines.
What does access control cost?
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What Are the Best Home Deadbolts

What Are the Best Home Deadbolts


We’ve published several blog posts in the past about why we like the locksmith versions of deadbolts over the big-box store locks. We are sticking by that article and maintain that the deadbolts sold by locksmiths are better in security and safety. Manufactures are just cutting too many corners to keep the big-box store prices down. But, we recognize some people want the most affordable lock solution, as opposed to the most secure. There is such a thing as “secure enough” for many, and lets face it, residential locks are easily available while the lock versions carried by locksmiths are not.

What are the best home deadbolts?

ACME Locksmith recommends the following, generally available deadbolts: Read more

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