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By: John M.
Manatee Lock and Key
I'm very unhappy with the service from this company!! They re-keyed a complex I manage and the workmanship was very poor on the lock install and the locks themselves are also poor quality and quit working frequently. If this wasn't bad enough....after 3 calls and 3 weeks and still a no-show to fix the pool lock everybody uses, it took a stop from the complex president to get them out. Now the same lock has malfunctioned again and pool access has been hindered for our many guests because a call to the owner still has not been repaired a week later! I hate to put in a bad review for anybody but people need to know this information before dealing with this company!
By: Zack P.
Palma Sola Locksmith
Thanks to Palma Sola Locksmith coming to my rescue tonight. The bars were closed and I was left alone in the middle of the night locked out of my van. I had a friend wait with me until the locksmith showed up to unlock my van. I was surprised when he started talking to me explaining how many calls he gets a night because of keys locked in vehicles while people are at the bars. We laughed as he worked on my van. It was a nice feeling knowing that there are personable people still out there who care to make a difference. Thank you so much. I now carry his business card in my purse when I go out.
By: Jane F.
Palma Sola Locksmith
I am part of a Realty Agency who needed all of our locks changed in a house that we were getting ready to sell. We don't like calling just any Locksmith to do it in case he makes an extra key for himself. So we always call Palma Sola Locksmith to do the job. When he is called, he comes out very professional and super friendly. He doesn't talk too much, just gets his job done that is needed. We have already referred him to other agencies who currently use him now. Great service. Great prices. And always dependable. Thank you so much.
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By: Hugh r. O.
10 Minute Locksmith Bradenton Florida
I would recommend 10 minute Locksmith to ANYONE! I called Monday morning for a same day appointment and they had no problem fitting me in after I explained my keys had gotten into the wrong hands. They showed up right on time - in fact at the start of the one hour window which never happens - and was delightful. They had the job done in 20 minutes for a very reasonable price.If you have locksmith needs use them!
By: Sasha W.
First Defense Locksmith
Great locksmith. He was very professional when he came out to unlock my house. He verified my name and that I owned the home. The last time I had a locksmith help me, he never asked me any questions. He just unlocked the door and left. Well, thank you First Defense Locksmith for being a professional company and protecting my house.
By: Emily J.
DeSoto Lock and Key
Of course I locked my keys in the car on a rainy day. Today I went to the store with my daughter and got everyone out of the car except my keys. Needless to say, I called the locksmith and then went shopping. He was done before I was done so he called my cell phone to meet him by the car. What a great guy.
By: Emily J.
First Defense Locksmith
You would think a locksmith is a rough guy trying to push you into purchasing a new lock or keys or whatever else they try to force you into buying. Not this company. He came out to unlock my door and that was it. Great conversation in between. I will be using this company more often.
By: Ryan J.
First Defense Locksmith
I was locked out of my house today and I had no spare key anywhere. I had to call a locksmith to unlock the door. I almost broke a window to get in but I figured that wouldn't be a good idea. Anyways, the locksmith showed up within a few minutes and got me right inside. Great job!
By: Dennis D.
American Lock & Key
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND American Lock & Key! Jeff Burbeck, the owner, came immediately, on a Saturday, to "SAVE" the Day! Jeff was kind, and very knowledgeable, about his "Craft"!We thank you, Jeff!Dennis & Annie Davis(Happy Customers)
By: Rodger C.
DeSoto Lock and Key
This is the first time using this company and I am very impressed. Normally locksmith are pushy and want to sell you everything. But this locksmith came out and fixed our locks within a short time. I thought he did a great job.
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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