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How to evaluate the Safe you’re buying

How to evaluate the Safe you’re buying?

When security & locks are concerned – big brands mean long lasting products in cost worthy prices, without these two going hand in hand to match each and every product a manufacturer releases, a brand simply won’t last too long in this competitive global market. Most locksmiths in Miami will tell you first hands- cheap safes (purchased in big shopping stores online / general department stores etc.) are very easy to break, in most cases a burglar won’t even have to ‘break-in’. 

Quickly Locksmith Miami offers safes locksmith service for residential & commercial purposes, and here’s our expert tips to take under consideration when purchasing a safe.

What’s its designated purpose?

Two things you should decide right of the bat: 

  1. What’s inside the safe (+-) B. Its location (visible / hidden); 

any locksmith downtown Miami could look at any location you chose and clarify the pros & cons- let’s try to do so online… 

when a safe is visible you must have a strong, reliable brand as anyone accessing your home / office is now aware of it. A strong safe is one with a tight space between the safe’s door to its body, as this space is the first leverage any burglar immediately spots as an opportunity to tare the safe open. Another thing most locksmiths in Miami will tell you to watch for is the safe’s welding method; to put it simply, if you spot a welding overlap (lines / big dots of metal) so does the one looking to open your safe- because that’s an indication for cheap manufactured, easy to break open safes.

Home / office safe:

Most locksmiths in Miami will ask first – how many people should & can access a certain safe? Our recommendation, If more than one person should have access, make sure you take 3 key security measurements: 1. Tighten the safe to a secures wall 2. Purchase a reliable, strong digital lock (with automated locking mechanism) 3. Make sure the safe remains out of sight.

 

Of course in about 60% of the cases when purchasing a home safe you nearly want some stuff safely away, probably don’t need all the drama of securing it and monitoring its access- but just in case you’re still wondering – Quickly Locksmith Miami is here to offer our leading safes brands and for any further questions you might have, we also offer safes locksmith services 24/7.

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How Does Fingerprint Door Locks Enhance Your Security

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How Does Fingerprint Door Locks Enhance Your Security?

This article is suited for those readers who requires safety above all, and smart innovative elegance to match it; as the leading locksmith service in Miami we deal with new construction on a daily basis, for commercial properties as well as residential. 

Let us tell you first hand- almost all new consumers choose to elevate their security to digital locks, most common ones are fingerprint door locks. 

Why? Should you do the same? What’re the immediate benefits?  

Here’s our take…

Never compromise security:

With any new lock or innovative security measure hitting the market, we test one thing first- strong, reliable, sustainable security – without it, no convince or appearance are worth their value… with fingerprint door locks hitting the market as successfully as it did you can now find brands almost everywhere and the price range makes you wonder…

Most locksmith services in Miami will tell you- go for a reliable brand. The thing you have to remember is that at the end of the day your fingerprint is nearly the mechanism that opens the lock (some locks are more accurate and some offer movement control as well)- the lock itself must be strong and reliable or else its automatic lock mode will also be easy to break.

Lost your key? No way!

Most calls emergency locksmiths in Miami receive throughout the day tells the wonderful tail about the lost key…. Well guess what? With fingerprint door locks you don’t have to think about your key ever again. The day you install your fingerprint door lock you automatically program it to identify all those who should have access, and of course you could change and add / remove users whenever you want. So less calls for emergency locksmiths? Well… we’re here anyway…

Looking cool why don’t you?

We wouldn’t open a serious locksmith article with this statement, but- hey it’s worth mentioning when talking about fingerprint door locks- they look high-end, very tech – savvy innovative office appearance, match those beautiful sunny front door Miami homes are known for. And the convenience of simple control for each and every door under your property without carrying around that key set with you all day long… 

well- that’s just elevated security at its finest.

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Locked Out of Your Steamer Trunk? How to Open Antique Trunks

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Locked Out of Your Steamer Trunk? How to Open Antique Trunks?

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Antique trucks are a unique vehicle, that takes unique up keeping as you probably know by now… when locked out of your steamer trunk you really shouldn’t call any locksmith available – but make sure you call a certified locksmith service that knows how to handle antique locks. 

Miami’s local locksmith service is here to help- Quickly Locksmith, here’s our tips, 

and if you’re still locked out- don’t hesitate, call Miami locksmith for the rescue!

Which Antique lock are we dealing with?

First thing we should check when trying to ‘break-in’ to your steamer trunk is which lock are you currently using.

Pin Tumbler locks – not really used for genuine antique trunks, but more for the modern versions trying to embrace the antique appearance of steamer trunks. It’s very easy to identify Pin tumbler locks, simply use a flashlight and glance inside the keyhole to spot the pins. Now… to open this lock you really need to know how to pick a lock – if you don’t have any real experience, this would be the time to call a certified locksmith

But, if you know your way around a few locks all you need here is a tension wrench.

Warded locks: 

old, ancient, strong- but lucky for you, also very easy to break- in to! If wondering about your lock- to check if it’s a Warded lock you simply look inside the keyhole as they are usually wide open and you can see inside.

When opening this kind of locks you head straight for the locking mechanism and use Skelton keys, make sure they’re almost all the way in with just a little bit hanging out, that way you could twist them and open your lock. Any local locksmith service around could help out with a set of Skelton keys, and if you can’t find help and don’t have access to Skelton keys call a certified Miami locksmith to come help out in no time.            

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Doorknob turn but won’t open? how to fix jammed and stuck locks

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Door knob turn but won't open? how to fix jammed and stuck locks

locksmith technician prepares the door for installation at a condo in Miami FL

Your key is right here and the lock seems just fine so… where’s the problem?

Hold on before looking for a ‘locksmith near me’ we have some tips to help you fix a jammed / stuck locks.

Check your door knob first:

A door knob works on a loaded bolt, each time you spin the handle you’re basically retracing the bolt, when the lock is at its normal state the spring is longer. In situations where the door knob turns yet it won’t open – the problem is probably something to do with the handle & bolt, there are a few options here, but safest way to go about it is to call a local locksmith service to help out.

To try and fix the problem yourself you’d first want to take the knobs off, then the handles and thru spindle- then use the whole you’ve just created inside your door to try and twist and see is this retracts the handle back.

Door lock won’t lock…

Your door lock is stuck open and won’t lock? Any local locksmith services will safely help out in a matter of minutes, and most locksmith downtown Miami will advise on rapid actions as you are now exposed…

First check to see (mostly with older locks) if you spot rust / mold on your lock’s internals, because this might cause them to worn out. Also the key might not work in the cylinder for being worn out- in this case a spare key will fix you up. After thoroughly checking both cylinder and key you should take a look and see your door isn’t the problem here.

  

If you tried one of our DIY tips and it didn’t quite work out don’t be shy – call a local locksmith service and tell them your problem. Most ‘locksmiths near me’ search will generate a nice list of reliable professionals offer locksmith services 24/7.

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How to remove a broken padlock

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How to remove a broken padlock

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In approximately 95% of the time when dealing with a broken padlock scenario you might as well just say goodbye and break the entire lock, as most likely it won’t survive and maintain its effectiveness for much longer. However, sometimes its what’s inside you care about- what this lock might be guarding right now, that you don’t want to damage? 

Or perhaps the door is sensitive and any further destructive moves might damage its design?

As the leading locksmith service in Miami we’re here to give you a few DIY tips on how to properly deal and safely remove a broken padlock.

Let’s have a clear look:

just because its broken doesn’t mean it’s useless; you’d be surprised to learn that after removing a broken padlock correctly, it might work (not as efficiently and you’ll probably need to purchase a few single parts- but a good padlock is worth it). 

So the first thing you have to do is clean the lock inside and out. Lubricating all visible parts of the lock and try to let the lubrication oil penetrate the padlock, helping the locks’ parts to slide past each other.  

If you’re having an emergency and need to remove a broken padlock ASAP you can call a locksmith 24 hours service and rest assure – you’re in- in no time.

Cut it – don’t knock on it:

It won’t be our first measure, as cutting a padlock might be a ted aggressive, but if you own the proper tools (or a neighbor / friend might help out) – this would be the quickest way to remove a broken padlock with minimum damages all around.

All you need is a strong arm and a pair of bolt cutters (the bigger and stronger the lock – the larger tools it’ll require to cut it) will do the trick, any locksmith Miami has to offer could easily recommend the right cutters for your lock. Most locksmith offer locksmith services 24 hours so you can call up and ask for our free advice over the phone at any time.

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Easy ways to unlock a door without a key

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Easy ways to unlock a door without a key

Our locksmith technician installing a brand new door in a residential building in Miami FL

Hey it happens! We all lose our keys along the way… 

And you know, you absolutely positively know you have a spare waiting for you inside the only problem is, how to get in?

Any emergency locksmith services available around could easily get you home / wherever you need to get into, but sometimes- don’t you just want to know how to ‘break-in’ yourself? Don’t worry you can answer; we won’t tell a soul… 

Bouncing the lock:

Here’s a tricky one for you, and we put it in first as bouncing the lock and bumping it slightly is a method most Miami locksmiths know all too well. It’s a highly effective measure to unlocking a locks without a key- simply get a bump key (very easy to get- doesn’t work on cars) and insert it inside the lock, then use a screwdriver / hammer to generate pressure and push the bump key pins up inside the lock; try to start off lightly, adding pressure as you feel the bump key inside the lock until it opens. 

Drilling it out:

In case you’ve reached this point, you really best off calling an emergency locksmith services around. If you’re reading this where no locksmith service can assist you at moment make sure you know – drilling a lock will properly open it in a matter of minutes, but it will cause damages to your door and eliminate the lock from ever being useful again.

Ready? get a drill & screwdriver and make sure you drill just above the lock, separating the driver pins while holding the lock in place. Then use the screwdriver to rotate the plug and your lock is open. Make sure you contact a local locksmith service or even an emergency locksmith service ASAP as you are property’s now exposed.

Other outdated methods:

We could sell you with the old credit card / using hair pins to pick the lock- but that mostly works in movies. Good thing is – no matter how long you spend trying to pick your own lock open (unless it’s fairly old- over 15 years old… in that case- go for it!) or shove a credit card in there, you won’t cause any severe damages to your door and locks. However, you should probably be aware that most modern locks are very strong resilient mechanism, it’s not easily to open them with little familiarity & experience.

So tip of the day – if you know what you’re doing with heavy machinery try to do it yourself as described here, and if locksmith isn’t your top attribute you can call a locksmith services to help out.

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How to ‘break-in’ your own home when losing/misplacing your keys

How to 'break-in' your own home when losing/misplacing your keys?

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Oh no, you left your home and just realized the keys are still inside- damn it!

We all do it… not on purpose, but hey it happens… Now’s not the time to get med and call yourself a bunch of names, you’d never let someone else say those nasty things to you right? So stop saying it in your head!

And the most important thing to remember right about now is- don’t take your frustration out on your lock- it’s not its fault, and it’s not going to respond well to anger and attempts to force it open (any other day you’d thank it for being so strong and resilient, probably not today..).   

DIY tips that will help you get back inside:

when you forget / misplace your keys, or… when your door is automatically locked and you realize you forgot your keys inside- one second too late you can call a locksmith services to help out or try:

  • Call a neighbor / friend / anyone that might have a spare key
  • Check for open windows / back doors / basement door
  • Use a plastic card to open an unlocked door: insert it slightly and look for the lock mechanism inside. Once you find it start gently shaking the handle and the plastic card will slowly open your lock
  • If you have a screwdriver available you can remove your door knob and then use the screwdriver to simply unlock it

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In case you try a bunch of stuff and nothing works- stop there! You don’t want to cause any damages to your door, or further damages to your knob / lock.

Quickly Locksmith is the leading locksmith Miami has to offer; we offer locksmith services around the clock and we come well prepared with our mobile locksmith units to fix your lock, make a spare on site and get you back to your home ASAP.   

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Antique Lock Repair: How to make old locks new again

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Antique Lock Repair: How to make old locks new again

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Antique lock repair is a task that requires certain locksmithing skills, as you can probably guess antique locks are not your average ‘lock on the door’ and therefor, we’d like to offer a word of advice; As these locks are very strong and effective throughout time, most locksmiths in Miami would suggest you keep them in good shape and enjoy them for as long as they remain solid.

Exterior (appearance) Vs. Interior (functionality):

The common problem most locksmiths in Miami encounter when dealing with antique locks is their appearance; why is that even a problem you ask? Good one! Well, most locksmiths in Miami will tell you firsthand- when your home holds an impressing exterior along side a shaky looking lock, burglars take notice, in fact, that’s exactly what they’re looking for.

You don’t need to look for a locksmith Downtown Miami just yet! If all is well as far as the lock functionality, you can really handle the exterior section all by yourself. It doesn’t require any locksmithing skills. Just head to your local locksmith Downtown Miami, show them a picture of your lock and ask for a polish spray for antique locks / a new layer of color.

old locks

DIY locksmithing tips for antique locks repair:

Rust perhaps one of the biggest problems with antique locks. You can gently remove the lock, soak its parts in Vinegar for a few hours (check and see according to the materials for how long). Before you remove any part make sure you know how to put it all back together. After soaking in Vinegar, you must spray and clean each part and let it dry.

Lock’s not solid if you notice the lock is lose / you hear shaking inside when using it. Try to remove it (take a pic – so you know how & where everything should go back) and see what’s ‘cooking’ inside. If something’s broken you should head to your local locksmith downtown Miami, but if it’s only a loose part or two- you can replace them at a special locksmithing store for antique locks.

Internal mechanical problems rust / loose parts / nonfunctional parts. Sometimes all you need is a look inside your lock to spot the problem and get the whole lock effective and strong again.   

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How to get a new car key made without the original

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How to get a new car key made without the original?

Unlocking locked car in Miami FL using locksmiths Technics for opening the car safely

First thing’s first – don’t worry! Miami locksmiths services would be able to help out a lot quicker then you’re car dealership; the miss perception that to get the job done professionally one should head to the same car dealership one purchased the car is simply wrong!

What we need to make a spare key without the original:

Miami locksmiths are here to help! Just make sure you bring along the following:

  1. License and registration num.
  2. Model and manufacture of the vehicle.
  3. Any personal identification.

And… that’s that! You have a new key that same day.

Emergency auto locksmith services:

In case you’ve lost your car keys and you’re not quite sure if they’re stolen / lost- you rather call on of Miami locksmiths services, and here’s why:

  • A professional locksmith could make a spare key without the original that very same day, the cost depends on the type of key- but essentially it’s a lot cheaper than anything they might offer you in any car dealership.
  • Miami locksmiths services can make a spare key without using the original for all types of cars– motorcycle and motorbike / caravan / truck / van / motor scooter.
  • An emergency locksmith service will come to your exact location, you don’t have to do a thing accept picking up the phone and dial, in fact, let’s make it easier – Contact Us Here! Just call Quickly Locksmith and we’ll be there in 15 min to help with any emergency.

happy client after unlocking his car and replacing his car keys in Miami FL

A word of advice:

Losing a car key is never a day of fun in the sun, so to speak, but it doesn’t have to suck! Stay calm and make sure your attempts to ‘break-in’ won’t hurt the vehicle. The most important thing here it to plan ahead:

If you know the key is lost forever (at the beach / fall into water / lost in a far away location outside your city) all you need to do is simply call a locksmith service.

However, if you don’t know where your car key is- it might be in the wrong hands. Tell your locksmith to make a new one and make the old one obsolete, it might cost an extra dollar or two- but your peace of mind is worth it.

Oh… and… maybe this time- make a spare?

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Door lock problems that should not be ignored

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Door lock problems that should not be ignored

Our locksmith technician installing a brand new door in a residential building in Miami FL

Your front door lock is probably the busiest lock around the house; with every in & out the front door lock and your gate lock are active. Most residential locksmith will tell you first hand- don’t mistake your door & gate locks strength fool you, they both require yearly maintenance. Almost every locksmith Miami has to offer could replace and fix a broken lock, but there are some measures you could totally DIY!

Locks accessories- Knobs, Handles, Doors:

A lock doesn’t stand on its own, you must know, but when one part loosens the rest tend to follow. First locksmith tip would be- check and strengthen the handles, knobs and lock separately (don’t forget most door and gate locks & accessories are exposed to climate hazards all year long). This would be a great time to check for rust / loose bolt / worn out part, because as most locksmith downtown Miami would tell you first hands- one loose part is all a burglar needs to break the rest. In case you moved into a new home or just experienced a security breach, you shouldn’t try these tips, our recommendation would be to look for a locksmith downtown Miami.  

New steel three bolt door lock after installation made by our Quickly locksmiths technicians

Broken Key stuck inside the lock!

Oh ya… we know! It isn’t a fun day when your key gets jammed inside your lock, but take a breather and don’t start pulling and turning it just yet! Here are some locksmith tips on how to handle a key stuck inside the lock:

Try to remove as many pieces of the key away from the key-way. Don’t try to fix and shift your lock before you do so, as the broken pieces might get stuck where you can’t reach them…if you manage to gently poll the whole key out, piece by piece you’re doing perfect!

Check your lock: if you manage to retrieve all pieces of the key out this would be the time to check and see you lock is still fully responsive, perhaps it was damaged in the process. Use a spare key to check the locking mechanism. If it doesn’t respond fully (retracts & extends) you might want to check the manufacturer’s website for online support or call a locksmith downtown Miami to come check out the problem, most could offer onsite solutions and strengthen the knobs around in no time!

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