I lost my house keys- Should I change my locks?

I lost my house keys- Should I change my locks?

Losing your keys is a stressful and annoying disruption to your life that unfortunately happens to many every day. Should you be worried though or is it ok to just get a copy and forget about it?

When and where do you think they were lost?

Of course, if you knew the answer this, they very probably wouldn’t be lost. However, having some idea of where your keys were misplaced can help you decide on what you should do next. If for example you were away on a trip in another part of the country (or in fact in another country) the likelihood of someone finding that key and managing to match it to your property hundreds or possibly thousands of miles away is extremely unlikely. In this case, changing the lock could represent an unnecessarily high investment given the potential risk. If on the other hand you think it was lost somewhere on the street or in the local neighborhood, or there was some kind of identifier on a key chain, changing your locks might not be a bad idea!

Different locks, different options

Some locks, such as high security locks allow the user to have them re-keyed. This means changing the locks internal pins so that existing keys no longer turn the barrel and unlock it. This offers a cost-effective and highly safe option to avoid having to change the whole (possibly expensive) lock. Any certified locksmith in Miami is able to offer this service. Quickly Locksmiths offer a 15-minute call out to allow you to get back to being as safe as possible, as quickly as possible!

Changing the lock

Sometimes the above option just isn’t suitable though and the whole lock will need to be changed. This needn’t always be seen as a bad thing though as sometimes locks wear out and are really only effective for a certain period of time. If the lock needs to be changed, see it as an opportunity to improve the overall security of your property and invest in a more up-to-date and secure lock.

As always, our experts in store and on the phone are available to offer support.

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David Davidof is the founder of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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Choosing The Right Warehouse Locks

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Warehouse Security: Choosing The Right Warehouse Locks

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Securing a warehouse properly depends on its size, the area in which is located and what its contents are. These three aspects are all equally important to consider when deciding on the level of security necessary. At our local store, Quickly Locksmiths offer no obligation quotes on all properties, not just warehouses, so you can have an idea on the costs involved for the various options available to you.

At Quickly Locksmiths we have a wealth of experience advising on security and carrying out installations for warehouses. We always recommend the strongest locks possible in order to guarantee the highest level of security. Sturdy metal construction on all exposed parts of the external lock (including the housing, bolts and shackles) are preferable in order to deter against and prevent malicious attacks.

What threats are you dealing with?

A strong, outward facing lock limits unwanted access from the outside, but unfortunately, sometimes the threat comes from inside your property. Employees, clientele, suppliers and other individuals are all potential threats. That’s not to say you should start being suspicious of everyone as most people that access your property on a daily basis are probably trustworthy, but internal security should also be a consideration. Locks may not be appropriate for these situations and you may need to discuss the other options for security with our experts at Quickly Locksmiths.

Among the range of services we offer, we can provide a security audit that will enable you to have a clear outline on who accesses your property and at what times. It will also point out any weak spots, allowing you to improve on them before they become a problem! Just call or pop into our shop for more information on these services.

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How to evaluate the Safe you’re buying

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How to evaluate the Safe you’re buying?

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Most locksmiths will tell you that cheap safes that are purchased online or in department stores are not worth their salt and can be broken very easily. Therefore, if you’re evaluating the need for a safe in your home or commercial property, it’s definitely a good idea to take the advice of a certified locksmith. If you have items valuable enough to warrant levels of security like this, you want to ensure they’re kept as safe as possible!

We always recommend bespoke advice in these types of scenarios, but here are a general list of things to keep in mind when looking for a safe.

What are you securing?

A priceless diamond neckless and your family heirlooms or a few hundred dollars? Obviously, the former requires a more significant safe but the gist, as with all other forms of security, is to be reasonable with what you are protecting.

Is it visible?

Also worth considering is whether or not it will be visible. If it is, any potential visitors to your property will be aware of its presence, meaning its imperative to make sure its secure – after all, there’s got to be something valuable inside! In this case, choosing a reliable brand that is well made and well installed is a sensible first precaution.

Construction

A strong safe is one that has minimal space between the door and its body as this is the first leverage point a burglar will notice. Another point to look out for are the welding points. Generally, cheaply manufactured safes that are easy to break open will have poor quality welding (overlaps, lines or visible dots of metal).

3 top tips

If more than one person will have access to the safe, keep the following in mind:

  1.   Ensure the safe is secured tightly to surrounding walls.
  2.   Ensure the lock features a reliable, strong digital lock with an automated locking mechanism.
  3.   Make sure the safe remains out of sight.

As mentioned, it’s important to consider what it is you’re putting away and, in most cases, when you’re purchasing a home safe, you probably just want a reasonable level of protection for items that are valuable to you – not the crown jewels. All the added expense of securing and monitoring larger installations would be an unnecessary cost that is impossible to justify. That’s why Quickly Locksmiths can offer reasonable and trustworthy advice on the best option for your circumstances!

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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 trunks require special upkeep, as you’re probably aware. When you’re locked out of your antique steamer trunk, you really should entrust just any old locksmith – make sure they’re skilled and up to the job! A certified locksmith such as those at Quickly Locksmith are knowledgeable enough to get you back inside without damaging your precious antique. However, if you’re brave and want to try yourself, here are some tips.

Know the lock

The absolute first thing to consider is what kind of lock your steamer trunk uses. Pin tumbler locks which are usually fitted to more modern versions that try to embody the appearance of their genuine antique counterparts require real experience. They’re easy to spot as shining a spotlight inside the keyhole will make the pins clearly visible. If you don’t have any experience, it’s probably best to avoid potential damage and give an expert a call. However, if you have a little experience and want to give it a go, all that’s needed is a tension wrench.

Warded locks

Old, ancient and strong, but luckily for you, easy to break into. They’re also easy to spot by shining a flashlight inside the keyhole as you will be able to see straight inside. When dealing with these kinds of locks, skeleton keys can be used. Make sure they’re almost entirely inserted with just a small portion hanging out – that way you can twist the lock along with the key. Skeleton keys are easily sourced by any local locksmith but if you’d rather leave the job to the professionals, Quickly Locksmith are always at hand to offer support.

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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

You can slide the key right in and the lock appears to look fine, but it’s just not working. Before you call a locksmith, have a quick read through the following tips for helping fix a jammed or stuck lock.

What’s inside?

A doorknob lock set on your door consists of several basic components. There’s a knob on each side of the door connected by a spindle between them. This spindle runs through the middle of what is known as a latch bolt (which as it sounds is connected to the latch) which in turn engages with the door frame and stops the door from opening. When either of the two doorknobs is rotated, the spindle turns and pulls the latch back, allowing the door to be opened. On most doors, a spring then forces the spindle back so that the latch falls to its resting position – closed – so the door can close once again.

As you can see, these are not the most technically complicated types of lock by any means, so if they’re not working as expected, a quick fix is definitely possible.

First thing to check

The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the two doorknobs which should simply unscrew. Once removed, take out the spindle so you can see if the latch bolt moves freely as this can often be a problem. Try to clean any rust or mold off with a good quality degreaser/lubricating spray before re-assembling the lock.

Next steps

If this doesn’t work, it’s possible the problem could lie within the cylinder or with the key. Have a quick check here for obvious signs of rust and try cleaning up as much as possible to see if this rectifies your problem.

As a last consideration, check the door. Paying special attention to the area around the lock, is everything free from obvious damage?

Call the experts

If you haven’t been able to figure out the problem, a quick google search for ‘locksmiths near me’ will garner a good list of locksmiths. Look for our expert locksmiths at Quickly Locksmith Miami in that list as we’re available 24/7. Give us a call for friendly and reliable service.

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David Davidof is the founder of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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How to remove a broken padlock

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How to remove a broken padlock

Re keying a door lock of a residential door, and replacing old lock with a new high security lock

In the vast majority of cases, we’d always suggest breaking off and throwing away a malfunctioning padlock. If it’s giving you hassle, it’s lost its efficacy and it’s no longer safe so it shouldn’t be trusted any longer. Often, it’s not the padlock that is your concern though and you need to make sure what’s inside isn’t damaged or you may well want to prevent damaging your door!

Try cleaning it first

Before you go ahead and break or cut the lock off, make sure it’s not rusted or otherwise dirty inside. A quick squirt of lubricating oil will help to remove any dirt or rust that may have developed and make sure everything is moving as it should. This easy fix could potentially save breaking the padlock or having to call out a locksmith.

Cut, don’t knock!

Obviously, the lock will likely be entirely unusable once it’s been broken off, but If cleaning hasn’t helped, the only thing left to try next is cutting it off. A strong arm and a pair of bolt cutters are usually all you will need for a normal sized padlock, but on more heavy duty or specialized padlocks, heavy duty tools might be needed.

If you don’t have the necessary tools, find a local locksmith to help. Like ourselves at Quickly Locksmith, many locksmith services offer a 24-hour service so you can get free advice over the phone at any time! Even more reason to give us a call – we promise to arrive with 15-minutes to get you working ASAP!

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David Davidof is the founder of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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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

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If you’ve lost or misplaced your door key, there are always ways to get back inside. This is a job probably best left for the experts but in case you want to try your hard at ‘breaking in’ to your own home, here are some quick tips.

Bouncing the lock

Hint: before trying this method out, it’s worth having an idea about the internal anatomy of a lock, so check out one of our other blog posts entitled “Easy ways to replace your lock tumblers” for more information about just what’s going on inside your lock!

Bouncing the lock is a tried and tested method used by all locksmiths and while it takes some skill, it’s something you can try yourself. You’ll first need a bump key. If for some strange reason you don’t have one lying around, any locksmith should be able to help you out. Once it is inserted into the lock, use a screwdriver or hammer to gently bump on the back of the key. Start gently and gradually add pressure as you feel the bump key sliding into the lock and aligning the internal pins.

Drilling it out

Obviously, this is more drastic and if you’ve reached this point it really is time to call a professional locksmith. If however you’re reading this because no locksmith is available beware that while it will open the door within minute, it will cause extensive damage to the lock and door. Also remember that Quickly Locksmith offer a 24/7 call out service and can usually arrive within 15-minutes to avoid you having to resort to this drastic measure!

Some locks are easier to drill out than others and some incorporate anti-drill pins that are made of strong metal and that make this method ineffective. In general, what you’ll need is a hole punch (to open up the keyhole large enough for the drill bit to enter), a powered drill and a replacement lock to replace what will be a useless hole when you’re finished.

Use the hole punch to open up a hole towards the top of the keyhole. Once big enough for the drill bit to fit, drill a hole through the lock cylinder. This will destroy the internal pins and allow you to force the lock open. As you pass through the lock, you should feel some resistance as the drill bit meets each of the individual pins (most locks have 5 or 6 pins). If at any point the drill starts to bind or bog down, you’ll need to put the drill into reverse and pull it out slightly.

Other methods

Other ‘tricks’ that you have probably seen in movies such as sliding a credit card along the door jamb or picking it with a paper clip or hair pin and mostly fictional with modern locks. Even basic modern locks are much more resilient and not easily opened, even with experience.

If you’d rather not attempt this yourself and want a professional, Quickly Locksmith in Miami are available 24/7.

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David Davidof is the founder of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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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.   

David Davidof

David Davidof

David Davidof is the founder of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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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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Repairing antique locks is a task that requires a certain amount of skill and is best suited to experienced locksmiths. While technology has certainly moved forward throughout the years, antique locks, if maintained well, continue to be strong and effective.

Appearance vs functionality

While antique locks may look more ornate and aesthetically attractive than plain modern locks, they are often something that thieves take notice of. Impressive looks and decorative designs sometimes go hand-in-hand with questionable security, especially if they haven’t been well maintained.

Good as new

If the lock is known to be secure and functioning well, improving the outward appearance is an easy DIY fix. Head down to your local locksmith with either lock or a photo in hand and they should be able to offer a polish or paint that can offer a new lease of life to tired locks.

old locks

Rust

If on the other hand the lock doesn’t look so bad on the outside but its not working well internally, rust could be the problem. Gently remove the lock and soak it in vinegar for a few hours to help dissolve any internal rust. If you are dismantling anything, make sure you know how it goes back together first. Once soaked, rinse it off and clean with a good quality degreasing and lubricating spray then allow to dry fully.

Shaky?

If you feel the lock isn’t solid and/or rattles inside when using, something is probably amiss. Taking a look inside might show something obvious, but again, before dismantling, take a photo to make sure you know how to put it all back together. Failing that, take it down to your local locksmith and they will offer expert advice on whether its something that can be salvaged or would best be replaced!

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David Davidof is the founder of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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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 likely the most used in the entire house. It is also probably the most important so it stands to reason that it requires the most attention to ensure its working properly. Even expensive, high quality locks require regular maintenance and their original cost or perceived strength shouldn’t fool you into thinking they are ‘install and forget’ items. Any locksmith can repair or replace a broken lock, but why let it get to that point? There are steps you can take yourself to ensure they work well for as long as possible!

Knobs, handles and doors

A lock is just one part of the complete assembly that keeps you and your family safe. Doorknobs, handles and the door itself work in conjunction with the lock and if one part loosens, the rest often follow.

Check each item individually to make sure they are solid and working smoothly. Exterior locks are exposed to the elements – in some climates they’re subject to freezing winters and sweltering summers. Look for signs of rust and any other hazard such as dirt or mold. Tighten any lose bolts and switch out any easily replaceable part that looks worn as these are the first things burglars look for.

When you move into a new home or have just experienced a break-in, now is a good time to check things over properly. Quickly Locksmith, the leading locksmith in Miami, are able to offer professional services to suit these situations and provide expert advice and/or repairs where necessary.

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

Broken key

Before you call out a professional to help with a key that has snapped off in the lock, there are steps you can take yourself. Remove as many pieces of the key as possible. If you can get the whole key out, there is probably nothing else to worry about – new keys can be copied easily and cheaply. However, it is important to check the lock is fully working as it is possible that it could have been the lock that lead to the broken key. Using a different key, check to see that it inserts and retracts freely. Any obstruction could signal a problem and you should have an expert check it out.

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David Davidof is the founder of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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