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3 Broken Key Removal Mistakes to Avoid

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It may be possible for a layperson to extract a broken key from a keyhole. However, that extraction process is fraught with risks that can worsen the situation. This article discusses some of the common mistakes that often push the broken segment deeper into the lock or that affect the lock mechanism. Using Liquid Lubricants You may have heard that spraying a lubricant into a lock may make it easier for you to remove the piece of broken key that is stuck inside that lock. Read More»

5 Criteria to Keep in Mind When Buying Used Safes

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Buying a used safe can be a great way to save money, but if you want to ensure that your safe works as it should, there are key things you need to keep in mind whilst looking. In particular, keep an eye out for these essentials: 1. Changeable Locks You don’t want to buy a used safe that the former owner can still access to. For instance, if you buy a keyed safe, you have no guarantee that the old owner doesn’t still have a copy of the key. Read More»

4 Compelling Reasons to Re-key Rather than Replace Your Locks

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You may be thinking about changing your locks because you lost a key, are moving into a new property, or for some other reason. In any case, you should seriously consider re-keying those locks instead of replacing them entirely. Instead of removing the old locks and then adding new ones, re-keying simply involves changing the pins inside the lock so they fit around a new key. Here are just four reasons you should consider re-keying instead of replacing your locks. Read More»

Three reasons to call a locksmith if you get locked out of your vehicle

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If you get locked out of your vehicle, you might find yourself contemplating breaking one of its windows in order to get in. However, unless it is an emergency situation (i.e. there is a young child or a pet trapped inside the car during a heat wave), this is a terrible idea. Read on to find out why, in this scenario, you should call a mobile locksmith, rather than smash one of your car’s windows: Read More»

Extracting a Broken Key From a Lock: What You Need to Know

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The locks on your home are used several times every day, week after week and year after year. Because they are used so frequently, the locks in your home can begin to suffer from wear and tear. A common problem which can develop is a lock becoming misaligned or sticky. If these problems develop, you may need to use an increased amount of force to turn the key. Eventually, the pressure you use to turn the key may result in the key snapping while it is in the lock. Read More»