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01/21/2017
By: John T.
Paul Service Lock
I had a bad experience with this company. They quoted me one price and then tried to charge me double once they got to my house. When I told them "no thank you" they then insisted on a service fee, which was not discussed. The individual who they sent out did not provide any id and was more than reluctant to give me his name. I would not recommend this company.
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03/15/2015
By: Robert C.
Paul Service Lock
I bought a master key system from this locksmith.They also installed it and I am very happy with the service and the price I received. Paul and Son Locksmith gave me a price estimate before starting any work. The locksmith also brought several systems to choose from and was very knowledgeable about the differences between them. This locksmith is very competent and I recommend using them.
01/11/2015
By: Juan W.
Paul Service Lock
I didn't feel safe with the lock that came with my new apartment. I called several locksmiths that I found on Google. To be honest, most of them sound a bit shady. Some of them had a really bad attitude on the phone. The phone operator for this locksmith was actually very nice, understanding and knowledgeable. She scheduled an appointment for me with a locksmith. When he arrived, on time, he brought several models and made a very professional presentation.The price was OK, not the cheapest not the most expensive, and supplied a very professional, neat, installation. I'm very pleased with the service I received.
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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