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By: Darrel J.
Tim's Lock and Key
Today I needed to have our entire apartment building rekeyed with multiple copies for each of the tenants, I called Tim and he was there within an hour. He rekeyed the entire building in a timely manner and with a friendly disposition. He even vacuumed up all of the sawdust he made while drilling in a hole for a larger door handle and deadbolt. If you ever need a locksmith call Tim from Tim’s Lock and Key. He definitely made my day easier.
By: Ashley M.
Tim's Lock and Key
I locked my keys in my car at 9:30 on a Tuesday night. Tim's arrived quickly, was very quick, very friendly and didn't make a scratch in my car. Very fairly priced! I'm keeping a card in my wallet, I will Def be using them again!
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By: Jon D.
Tim's Lock and Key
Excellent service. Tim made a new transponder key and programmed it for my '06 Highlander in about 20 minutes for less than half what the dealership wanted.
By: Michael G.
Tim's Lock and Key
Tim is an excellent locksmith. I called him about a problem with my safe and he was here and had it fixed in short order. Very professional.
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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