The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), an accrediting body, and the Builders Hardware/Manufacturers Association (BHMA), a standards developer, together develop and publish performance standards for builders hardware, including, but not limited to, locksets.
WHY CAN’T I GET MY KEY COPIED? – If you are having trouble getting your key copied at your preferred superstore or local hardware store it is probably because you have an I/C key, a locksmith-only key, a high security key, a DND key, an old key, or
FALSE ADS BY “LOCKSMITHS” – The vast majority of those locksmith companies that advertise their services online write misleading ads in the best cases, and false ones in the worst. Below I discuss the seven most popular deceptions perpetrated by these companies on Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
WHY WON’T MY SAFE OPEN? – Depending on the make, model, and type of lock used, there are a number of different reasons for why your safe won’t open. In most cases, but not all, the opening and repairing of your safe will require hiring a certified safe technician or reputable locksmith with safe-work experience.
LOCK CATEGORIES – Broadly speaking there are five main lock categories: mechanical key locks, mechanical keyless locks, electronic locks, electro-mechanical locks, and magnetic locks. In this blog post I will focus on the first of these.
F.A.Q. – I hear many of the same questions from my customers. It is not always possible to answer their questions in full while working on a lock though, so I will attempt to answer the four most frequently asked ones here.
LOCK MANIPULATION – When locked out of your bedroom, office, or house you can either force your way back in, and thereby destroy the lock, door, and jamb; or you can call your trusted locksmith and have him manipulate your lock open.