The Best Smart Lock of 2020

The Best Smart Lock of 2020

In our recent blog posts, The Best Smart Locks for AirBnB, and our 3 Best Home Electronic Deadbolts, we discussed some of our favorite home electronic locks.

The difference between those two articles is Read more

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Door Egress Requirements

Door Egress Requirements

What is Building Egress Code?

“Egress” is a building term that refers to “a means or place of going out”. In other words, it’s an exit.

Both commercial buildings and residential homes contain codes regarding the paths of egress. Any door that is along the path of exit (the egress path) is considered an Egress Door. That is, if someone needs to go through that door to exit the building, then that door is an egress door. This includes office doors, hallway doors, etc…. For safety reasons, municipals have adopted new fire code for exit doors.

Egress Path

Nearly every door in a commercial building is classified as Read more
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Are There Any Locks That Can’t be Picked?

Are There Any Locks That Can’t be Picked?

Can Every Lock be Picked?

We recently started our YouTube Channel where I discuss our favorite locks. Often we’re talking about the best locks for a specific function.

Lock Picking
Can Every Lock Be Picked?
For example, “What’s the best lock to stop lock bumping,” What’s the best padlock to just keep honest people honest,” etc…

We see a lot of comments about how a specific lock can be bypassed, “That lock can be picked using XYC….” or “So and so shows how to bypass that lock.”

The reality is that nearly every lock can be picked and if not picked, bypassed using some other method. The secret to security is having locks that are extremely difficult to pick and or bypassed. You want a pick-resistant Read more

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Lock Grading – ANSI Lock Grades Explained

Lock Grading – ANSI Lock Grades Explained

Lock Grades 1 2 3 Explained

The ANSI lock grading system was developed to setup a standard testing procedure to measure the strength and durability of a lock. The ANSI lock grade system provides an indication as to the quality of the lock being purchased. The system is composed of three Read more

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How to Secure Home Windows

How to Secure Home Windows

How to Secure Your Home Windows Against Break-ins

Protect Windows from Burglars

Adequate home security involves more than just your doors. While most break-ins occur through front, back, and garage entry ways, nearly a quarter of break-ins occur through windows. Read more

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How Much Does it Cost to Rekey House Locks?

How Much Does it Cost to Rekey House Locks?

How Much Does it Cost to Rekey A House Lock?

House Rekey
House Rekey

Just bought a home? Just tossed your roommate? Fired your cleaning crew or no longer need that house sitter? It’s time to rekey your locks! How much is a rekey? This post will give you the information you need to understand the rekeying process, and the costs associated with it. Read more

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How to Change a Door Lock

How to Change a Door Lock

How to Replace an Existing Door Lock

Replacing a door lock is a simple process that most homeowners can readily handle. This helpful guide will make sure you’ve done it right. Read more

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Best DIY Home Security Systems

Best DIY Home Security Systems

Best DIY Home Security Systems With No Monthly Contracts

No Fee Home Alarm SystemHome security and alarms have always been a consideration to protect your home, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Luckily, there are some very good DIY security systems in this category that promise to provide a complete security cover around your home and protect it around the clock.

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

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How to Install a Door Lock

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 a door for a fresh installation of a new door lock (that is, how to drill the door). Read more

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The 6 Best Door Lock Brands

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 of bypassing locks through picking, lock bumping, or forced entry.

6 best lock brands
Who Makes the Best Locks?

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

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What to Do After a Burglary

What to Do After a Burglary

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

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How to Reinforce an Entry Door – 6 Easy Steps

How to Reinforce an Entry Door – 6 Easy Steps

How to Reinforce an Entry Door, Affordably, in 6 Easy Steps

How to Reinforce a doorYour 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 bypassed in a number of ways and as quickly as 5 seconds when not reinforced. In this article we address: how to reinforce a door to prevent kick in or other forced entry.

To protect what’s inside of your home by door reinforcement, address the main points of weakness in your exterior doors: the frame, the locks, and the door’s edge.

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Why Reinforce Your Entry Door – Front Door Security
Lock the Door
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How to Lock Outdoor Gates – Gate Lock Options

How to Lock Outdoor Gates – Gate Lock Options

Outdoor Gate Locking Mechanisms – How Best to Lock a Gate

A Mechanical, Keyless Gate Lock Option

Residential, community and commercial gates can be secured in a variety of ways. Which is best depends on the type of gate you have, what you are trying to achieve by locking the gate and your budget. Your options to lock a gate are padlocks, standard door locks, gate-specific keyed locks, mechanical key less locks, and electronic / smart locks designed for gates. Read more

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The Best Padlocks for 2020 – Locksmith Recommended

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 which is the best padlock for you? Over the course of 20 years as a locksmith business we definitely have an opinion on the subject.

For those wanting our top picks, our recommended best padlocks are:

  • Best Low-Cost, Low-End Padlock

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Locksmith Tricks to Save Money on Lock & Door Repairs

Locksmith Tricks to Save 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.

When a door is closed, the bolts Read more

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7 DIY Home Security Products You Need

7 DIY Home Security Products You Need

DIY Home Security Products You Didn’t Know Existed but Will Love.

Padlock Keyed to House Key

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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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.

You may also be interested in our article on Best Lock Brands for details on lock manufactures.

What are the best home deadbolts?

ACME Locksmith recommends these best deadbolt locks for homes depending on your budget / goals: Read more

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Our 3 Best Electronic Deadbolts for Your Home

Our 3 Best Electronic Deadbolts for Your Home

As a professional locksmith company serving the Arizona market for over 20 years, we’ve seen product come and go. But we do really like the new home electronic, keyless deadbolts. Let’s cut to the chase. Which are the best electronic deadbolts?

Our recommended best home electronic deadbolts are:

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Yale and August products have combined to make their new Smart Lock our favorite Smart Lock for remote monitoring. Read this article first and then jump over to the aforementioned link.

What are must-have smart lock features:

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The Most Secure, Small Burglary Safe You Can Buy

The Most Secure, Small Burglary Safe You Can Buy

There has always been a big hole in product offerings in the safe industry–small yet secure safes. So customers with small spaces have always had to choose between size or security. It’s just plain hard to build security into a small safe and keep the price point down. Anytime someone walked into our shop and said, “I want a small safe, but it has to be fire rated and burglary rated,” I knew I was in for trouble. We didn’t have any, no one did. But there is a big demand for a small yet secure safe, especially for jewelry.

Now, we have an solution we can be proud of. The first affordable, small home safe we carry that has a 3/8 inch solid steel plate in the door, inner locking bolts, anti-punch bolt work, and more.   Though small, this safe is burglary rated and is built as tough as the larger safes. The security features are incredible! Read more

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App KeyMe Copies Your Key from a Photo…for Anyone!

App KeyMe Copies Your Key from a Photo…for Anyone!

KeyMe Will Copy Your Key from a Photo for Anybody.

The new app KeyMe will send anyone your key to anyone that has a picture of it. In the screenshots shown, I tell KeyMe that I am copying my girlfriends key from a photo to break in to her home when she’s not there, and they’re eager to help me out!

Anyone can simply snap a picture of your home or business key and have it mailed directly to them. Voila! They are in your Read more

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Why You Want an Electronic Home Deadbolt

Why You Want an Electronic Home Deadbolt

Keyless entry has made it’s why to 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 Read more

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