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By: Tommie A.
Harbison Lock & Key
We have done business with Harbison for many years. They have always been quick and professional. Brian Harbison is a top-notch person. I highly recommend Harbison for both residential and commercial jobs.
By: Marilou R.
Hoover Lock & Key Inc
I have used this company since 1980. I have called upon them as a real estate agent needing locks re-keyed and as a person needing duplicate keys for car & home. They have always stood behind every job and key they have done. I have found them to be both honest and courteous. I would use them for any job, large or small, and highly recommend them.
By: arwhite
Harbison Lock & Key
We have used Harbison for several years and have always received outstanding service. Whether it is placing locks on cabinets, adjusting/fixing glass door knobs in an older home, fixing deadbolts, adjusting latches and plates that don't fit properly, putting on a straight bolt at the top of a door, or re-keying locks, they always get it right. They show up on time, are extremely polite, give honest estimates, order the right parts, are tidy and clean up their messes, and perform a competent job. Would continue to use them for all our locksmith needs!
Tips & Advices
Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management. From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification.
Upon arrival to your home, a locksmith should ask you to prove that it is in fact your residence. They should also be able to unlock most common locks without requiring them to be drilled or completely replaced. Be sure to obtain an invoice that lists all charges before agreeing to pay.
  • If possible, research local locksmiths online and take note of any that have poor reviews or complaints.
  • When calling a locksmith, confirm their address matches what you found online or in a directory. Then ask for a cost estimate for the service you need, and ask to have them bring a written copy of this estimate.
  • Some states require locksmiths to be licensed. If your state is one of them, require the locksmith to bring proof of registration when they arrive.
The term locksmith traditionally referred to people who designed and built locks, but today is generally used for those who repair and replace locks. Locksmiths can be available on-call to help people if they're locked out of their home or apartment.
  • First, determine the type of lock you have, as well as the manufacturer or model if possible. You should also obtain measurements of your door and frame.
  • Remove exterior and interior knobs by unscrewing any visible screws you find. Many knobs will include a decorative cover on the interior side that can be removed.
  • Once you've removed the entire lock, find the screws on the inside of the door frame to remove the latch or deadbolt.
  • With everything removed, repeat these steps in reverse order to install the new lock.

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