How to Remove a Broken Key From a Lock

How to Remove a Broken Key From a Lock

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?

Broken Key Stuck in Lock

There are several techniques commonly used to remove a broken key from a lock. They are:

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How to Install a Door Lock

How to Install a Door Lock

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

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How to Become a Locksmith

How to Become a Locksmith

Everything You Need to Know to Become a Locksmith

Becoming a locksmith requires training, background checks, certification (in some states), proper tools and equipment and a desire to help people.

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Is Locksmithing Right for You?
How Much Do Locksmiths Make?
How to Become a Locksmith
Educational Requirements to be a Locksmith
Background Screenings to be a Locksmith 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 door, can be bypassed in a number of ways and as quickly as 5 seconds when not reinforced.

To protect what’s inside of your home by reinforcing the door, 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 – Door Weaknesses
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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, keyless locks and keyed special gate locks. Read more

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Sargent IC Core Pinning Calculator – How to Pin Sargent IC Cores

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 our excitement quickly faded. This customer wanted a three-level master key system: a grand master key that worked everything, a sub-master keys for each division, and change keys (individual keys that work only one door).

If you’ve ever tried to calculate a Sargent IC Core pinning chart with three levels, you know that it is a very time consuming Read more

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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 Car Key Won’t Turn Ignition or My Ignition Sticks

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Key Won’t Turn Ignition
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.

If you’ve found this article and the ignition is only sticking, you’ve saved yourself some time and money. Here are the 8 things to try, from the simplest to the hardest.

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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.

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