8 Things to Try When Your Key Won’t Turn in the Ignition

8 Things to Try When Your Key Won’t Turn in the Ignition

My Ignition Won’t Turn or My Ignition Sticks

It’s the worse possible scenario and it always seems to happen at the wrong time. You head out to your car, put your key in, and it won’t turn the ignition. What do you do? Ignition cylinders are made out of wafers and those wafers bend, crack and break over time. There are usually some warning signs, but like most people, you’ve probably ignored them until it was too late, but if you’ve found this page and the ignition is only sticking, you’ve saved yourself some time and money. Read more

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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.

Jump to:
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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Basic Equipment & Tools Needed to be a Locksmith

Basic Equipment & Tools Needed to be a Locksmith

What Tools & Equipment are Required to Run a Locksmith Business

Fully outfitted locksmith service vehicle.

The tools you will need to become a locksmith are key cutting machines (for key origination and duplication), software for code retrieval, lock picks, and a variety of small tools. 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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What is the Best Safe – 5 Things to Look for When Buying a Safe

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

What is the Best Safe to Buy? Consider These Features When Choosing a Safe.

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 quick 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 Overview – The Basics of Access Control

Access Control System Overview – The Basics of Access Control

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 Need

7 DIY Home Security Products You Need

7 DIY Home Security Products You Might Not 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 really like because home owners can realize their value immediately to help protect their homes and families. These DIY security products are of the 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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