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

Your 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. To protect what’s inside of your home, 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 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

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. 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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What Do Locksmiths Charge?

What Do Locksmiths Charge?

How Much Do Locksmith Charge?

During standard hours an unlock service in Arizona should not cost you over $125 total (the average is a bit higher nationally at $144). This includes the service call and the opening fee. Most locksmith services include charges for a service call and then additional charges for the work performed. Service calls in most major metropolitan areas hover around $75. In my state, Arizona, it’s less. Expect to pay more when you are in a major city, less when you are in more rural areaa.

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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.

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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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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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