How to Adjust Door Closers

How to Adjust Door Closers

How to Adjust Door Closer Speed

Adjusting a Surface Mount Door Closer

A door closer is a mechanical device which automatically closes a door using springs and a system of chambers filled with a hydraulic fluids to control the motion/speed of the door. The most common adjustments to address are:

  • The close swing (or ‘sweep’) speed – the speed at which the door closes.
  • The latching speed – the last few inches of the door closing to latch properly.
  • Some models also allow adjustments to the back-check. Door closer BC or Back Check means how the door responds when fully opened – the amount of resistance when opening the door past a certain point.
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How Can I Check if Neighborhood is Safe

How Can I Check if Neighborhood is Safe

How to Check Crime Rate Before Buying a Home?

When you’re buying a home, one of the most important factors in that decision is the safety of the neighborhood. This is especially true if you have a family with small children. Luckily there are several online resources that will report crime rates and statistics with information displayed in easy-to-read maps. Read more

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Our New Best Smart Lock of 2019

Our New Best Smart Lock of 2019

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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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?

Key Stuck in Lock
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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Reinforcing Commercial Doors – Locksmith Recommended

Reinforcing Commercial Doors – Locksmith Recommended

How to Strengthen a Commercial Door – Steel, Aluminum/Glass or Wood

By default, most commercial doors do not come with the security improvements necessary to make them as secure as they can be. In fact, by default most commercial door locks can be bypassed in minutes by nearly anyone wanting to break into a business. A few of the things you can do are the same as those to reinforce a residential door, but many are unique to commercial / business doors and we’ll focus on those tips in this article.

To reinforce your commercial door to the best of your ability, you need to:

  1. Use the best grade locks,
  2. Install door security hardware to protect those locks from being bypassed and
  3. Reinforce the door and door frame as necessary.

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I Lost My Safe Combination! What can I do?

I Lost My Safe Combination! What can I do?

How to Open a Safe With When You’ve Lost Your Combination

At ACME Locksmith we sell safes, repair and work on all kinds of safes. One frequent question we get is, “I don’t have the safe combination, how do I open a safe?”

What to Try When Don't Have Safe Combination
What to Try When You Don’t Have a Safe Combination
The safe combination may have been lost, may be locked inside the safe (it happens more often than you’d think) or the owner may have recently discovered that there is a safe in the home they just purchased and they want to use it (this is common with in-floor safes).

The best method to get into a safe when the combination is lost will depend on which safe you have.You can try to get into the safe by getting an override key, having a locksmith make a key, retrieving the code to the safe from the manufacture, breaking into the safe, or drilling the safe open professionally. Read more

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I’ve Lost My Keys, What Should I Do?

I’ve Lost My Keys, What Should I Do?

What To Do If You’ve Lost Your Keys

What should you do once you realize you have misplaced your car, home or another key? Everyone has lost a key at one time or another. They are small, slide to back of cluttered drawers, fall out of pockets and purses and slip out of hands easily. If you have lost your keys, don’t panic. There are a number of things that can be done to get the lock open and/or operating. With a new set of keys in your hands, you’ll be all set.

What you don’t want to do is get frustrated. Remain calm. Though you’ll be stressed when you can’t find the key, don’t make matters worse by trying to get in yourself. You’re just going to damage the door or lock and spend more money in the long run. Here are some steps to take if you’ve lost your keys.

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I’ve Lost My Car Keys
I’ve Lost My House Keys
I’ve Lost a General Type of Key (Padlock, tool box, etc…)
Products That Will Help Find Your Lost Keys
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Best Smart Locks for Vacation Rentals & Airbnb Rentals

Best Smart Locks for Vacation Rentals & Airbnb Rentals

The 4 Best Smart Locks for Vacation Rentals / Airbnb Rental Units

Turning your home into a vacation rental or Airbnb unit makes smart financial sense. But how does the person you rent to get access to the home if you’re not there?

Are you going to hide a key for them? No way. Today you have many electronic options that will allow you to issue temporary codes, unlock remotely, and even control the AC units etc, with peripheral components tied into a Z-wave or Zigbee system. They’re called smart locks, and we’ve reviewed them so you don’t have to. 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 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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