Rekey a lock without existing keys

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Rekey a lock without existing keys

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Today I was called upon to rekey a lock that had no existing key . The way to do this Schlage lock is to first pick the lock to the right or left, so the cylinder retainer can be depressed, and the lock cylinder and knob can be removed from the lock body. The lock cylinder can be removed from the knob, then taken apart, rekeyed to a new key , and reassembled. alcatrazlock.com


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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Key Repair

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This is a case where call came in as a key broken off in the ignition of a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van. With the key broken off halfway into the ignition the van could not be started it couldn’t be driven and it couldn’t be moved. I arrived and immediately set to looking into the ignition with some specialty locksmith tools and began to remove the broken part of the key from the ignition.

The broken portion of the key eventually came out of the ignition with some prying and some gentle manipulation of the ignition lock cylinder. No damage was done to the ignition during the extraction process so then I said about making a new replacement key blade.

The remote portion that also has the transponder chip in it was in good shape so all we need to do here was removed the broken part of the keyblade from the remote head key then cut our own new remote head key blade modify it and insert it into the remote head switchblade portion of the key.

Once the new key blade was properly installed, the Sprinter started and ran perfedtly, and the same key also locked and unlocked the doors.   www.alcatrazlock.com 602 677-5045
 


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Trimph Speed Triple Motorcycle key replacement 

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I was called out to make a new replacement motorcycle key for this Triumph Speed Triple.

The motorcycle was the only item left in the old house. The owner had moved everything to the new house, but somehow the Triumph key, and the spare key had become lost in the move.

There are a few safe and proper locksmith methods to make a new key for a motorcycle. One of them is to simply have the key code for motorcycle and cut a blank key to with a key code machine to match that code and have it work the motorcycle. Another method is to pick the gas cap lock and remove it, take the lock completely apart, decode the wafer tumblers in the lock and make a key to that lock, and then use a progression chart to fabricate the missing keys in the series that will work the ignition and the seat lock for the motorcycle. Another method, although less practical in today’s modern times, is to use a key blank and hand fit it to the motorcycle via a method called “impressioning,” where one puts a key blank in the lock, moves it around in the lock, and looks for little marks made by the individual wafer tumblers of the lock. This method goes back a hundred years or more but it’s sometimes not as effective to use in modern motorcycle locks because the wafer tumblers are small and designed to bend if someone tries to put a key blank in and putthe turning pressure on it needed to impression. A much better key fitting, or key making method is to “read” the lock, using eyesight or a scope to look at the wafer tumblers in a lock and make an estimate of what the wafer measurements are. This was the method I ended up using to make the key.



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This Information is Critical to getting you out of a locked out situation without dspending more than is required

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Have you locked yourself out of somewhere? Are you not able to get in? Most of us have had this dilemma at one time or another, so knowing how to find a great locksmith is important. The information in this article will help you get the best person possible for the job.

If you’re locked out, it’s not always necessary to replace the lock. Talented locksmiths can unlock almost every door without needing to replace a lock. It is more expensive to have a new one installed.

TIP! A locksmith who quotes one price and tries to charge another may be scamming you. This is scam to take advantage of a person in a desperate situation.

You need to be sure that the person you hire someone who is trustworthy and reputable. Some scammers will make their own copy of your permission.

You can avoid extra fees by contacting a locksmith during normal business hours. The price a locksmith charges goes up after hours. For example, the regular cost for getting locked from a car is around $50; however, this fee may double if it’s after hours.

TIP! Check with the BBB to make sure your chosen locksmith is reliable. This will give you the information you need for your peace of mind.

Be careful of any locksmith that offers one quote only to raise the price upon arrival. This is a common scam that has been used to get money on many unsuspecting consumers.

You want to hire a locksmith that is active and engaged in his profession. This isn’t absolutely necessary, but it’ll be reassuring to know your locksmith is staying on top of current trends. Choose this type of locksmith to ensure that you are safe.

TIP! Be leery of hiring a locksmith that charges well below the price quotes of their competitors. Sometimes, this may be a sign that the person does not have the qualifications to do the task that you hired him or her to do.

You should always know who to call if you don’t really think a locksmith. Research to find reputable professionals that you can be contacted for emergencies. Put the number in your phone for easy access.

Get the information on a good locksmith before you need to find one. You may limit your choices of locksmith if don’t plan ahead and already have one in mind. This may leave you in trouble.

TIP! Find out how long a locksmith has been in business. The longer it has been, the more reliable they are.

Get a receipt once the services of a locksmith. That is why you need proof that they were completely paid them. Keep the receipt safe should questions about payment in the future.

When obtaining a price from a locksmith, check on associated costs. Are taxes included? Are you eligible for discounts? Are there other hidden fees? Find the total, and then agree to the service.

TIP! Good locksmiths can do more than change door locks. They can help change your window locks if you’ve been burglarized before.

Check with the Better Business Bureau to find out if a locksmith is reliable. This will let you to feel more confident with your choice.

When the locksmith arrives at your house, ask for his ID and license. Make sure that the person portrayed on the ID is the person who is there to help. Locksmiths should have identification and license on hand.

TIP! You want someone trustworthy because this individual will have access to your personal information and goods. If you get any sort of bad feeling, keep looking for someone else to hire.

Do not use any locksmith who charges more than you expected.There are many locksmiths out there who want to rip you off.

If something did not go well when the locksmith visited, report it to the company immediately. If you delay too long, you might exceed the deadline where the company lets you make changes. If the answer you receive from the company is not satisfactory, turn to the consumer protection agency in your area.

TIP! Find locksmiths that have been around for long periods of time. Request references from those who may be new to your area.

Get references and recommendations before allowing a locksmith in you house. Call the references before you engage in business. You will want the best quality service but also a person you can really trust.

Tipping your locksmith is common practice if he did a good job, so don’t neglect to hand him a few bucks for what he did for you. This is particularly appropriate if you called him out in an emergency. The general rule of thumb is a 15 percent tip during regular business hours and 20 percent for after-hours service.

TIP! Don’t assume the price they quoted you on the phone is going to be the price you’ll be charged at the time of service. If the lock has been damaged, it may require extra work on the part of the locksmith.

One of the first questions to ask a new locksmith is how many years they have ran their business. It is always good to inquire how long they have been working from the area. A locksmith with more than a lot of experience is a great choice.

Talk to your locksmith and find out how secure he or she thinks your home is. Locksmiths work with security systems all the time and will be able to give you an accurate assessment of your home’s security. They have great advice on how your security matches up to your neighborhood. Additionally, they can install safety upgrades should you need them.

TIP! When you are getting any estimate from a locksmith, be sure and ask how much it will cost under the worst possible circumstances. Skilled locksmiths can anticipate potential problems and ought to have no problem giving you this type of price estimate.

There are a few websites with reviews that contain reviews of consumer services. Make sure the review websites are not run by a particular locksmith. You also go to your local BBB before you decide on a locksmith.

Never hire a locksmith that is unable to provide proof of insurance. If things go wrong, you need to know the locksmith has insurance to cover it. Do not hire a locksmith who is not fully insured.

TIP! Make sure you pick a locksmith that knows what he is doing and has worked with situations similar to yours. For instance, a contractor who mainly deals with commercial customers may not be the best person to help you gain access to your locked vehicle.

Check that the credentials of any locksmith prior to allowing him entry to your home. You can accomplish this by comparing his business address and cross-reference it with their given phone number. The Internet is a valuable tool that will help you to easily verify a locksmith’s credentials, so do it!

When you’re looking at your locksmith, they should be dressed for the job. The way in which a person dresses often offers you clues to the quality of the services he provides. One important thing to observe is whether they wear a company uniform as that’s a good indicator that the company is well established.

TIP! If you find an ad that claims to beat any other locksmith’s price, call them and see if there are any terms or conditions for the offer. As an example, you might need a written estimate in hand, which means you will have to speak with another locksmith to obtain the necessary quote.

Be sure to request identification from any locksmith you plan to hire. A professional locksmith will be in uniform and have ID ready to show his credentials before beginning to work on your lock.

 


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83 mustang lock out, opps.

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Owner was hovering over me as he said he would. Perfect lock out unlock.

I have been doing this so long I can work on vantage / classic with out making a mark.

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter keys duplicated

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The Sprinter is a European style commercial cargo van imported by Mercedes Benz and sold under their name, Dodge and Freightliner due to the conbection with Daimler. The high security laser style transponder keys can be duplicated. Call or text 602 677-5045 for more information. We service the greater Phoenix, AZ metro area.


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I lost my keys, what do I do?

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If you lock yourself out of the house, ignore locksmiths who want to replace the lock upfront. Any lock should be easy to open for an experienced locksmith. Lock replacement costs additional money and should be avoided if possible.

TIP! You want to be sure you cover all locks in your home before you begin painting. You will need a locksmith’s services if you end up sealing up the lock’s hole as the key won’t fit.

Don’t agree to replace the lock immediately. A locksmith can get the door open without putting on a new lock. Replacing your lock will just end up unnecessarily costing you more money.

Even if you think you will never need the services of a locksmith, it is best to be prepared. Get on the computer and look around for a good locksmith in advance of any problems. Once you find a good locksmith, keep their number in your address book or saved to your cell phone for future use.

TIP! Locksmiths are usually cheaper during normal hours of operation. You can end up paying a larger chunk of money when you call after hours.

Cover the locks before painting. It might take some time to get all the locks covered, but it will prevent you from having to replace all your locks.

If the locksmith gives you a price that is higher than their quotes, look elsewhere for your services. There are plenty of honest locksmiths out there, so you shouldn’t deal with one who is not.

TIP! You should make sure to check a locksmith’s references and professional reputation before you let them into your home. Next, call all of them to make sure he is the real deal.

Get a receipt once the work is completed. Get some proof that you paid for the service before the locksmith leaves.Keep your receipt to ensure you have it available if a problem arises.

During your initial conversation with a locksmith, ask about his experience and how long he has been a locksmith. Make sure that they’ve been operating from the same location all this time. The companies that have served a specific area for years are usually going to be good choices.

TIP! Do not hire the first locksmith you find. Weigh a few options before you decide on one.

Check the Better Business Bureau to find out if a locksmith. This can let you know if the locksmith is an established businessperson with your choice.

When you need to find a locksmith, look online. Many people leave reviews based on their experiences. The types of reviews tell you about the locksmith. The main thing is to keep in mind that reviews will help you figure out who you should hire.

TIP! If a locksmith says they charge for showing up, even before doing the job, steer away from them. The majority of locksmiths do not operate in this manner, so one who does is likely to be a scammer.

You can find websites that provide reviews in your particular area. Make sure review websites are not however tied to any locksmith service or sponsor. You should also check to see if the locksmith you decide on a locksmith.

Locksmith service calls are more costly after hours. Some contractors use this to their advantage and charge unnecessarily high rates. You can often avoid these price gougers by obtaining quotes from multiple locksmiths.

TIP! A good locksmith can work on more than just your doors. If you were a victim of a robbery, get your window locks switched out too.

Sometimes this will mean that the person is not qualified to do the job they have been hired for. Get several quotes from different places and find the one that you want to hire.

Always ask to see identification when a locksmith shows up. Make certain that the two pieces of identification match each other and the locksmith. A locksmith that is good will have a license, even if it isn’t required.

TIP! You should always be aware that you are allowing a person who can pick locks into your home. If you don’t get a good vibe from them, then don’t use them.

Do not hire the first locksmith you talk to. You ought to speak to no less than three to five locksmiths before making a hiring decision. This will help you understand what the average charge is.

For professional locksmith services in Phoenix, contact Alcatraz lock.

 


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Limousine key and lock service

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Today I recieved a call from a gentleman who said he had a Hummer and the ignition was stuck. I asked him where it was, and after getting the address made an arrangement to go out and take a look at at it.  Upon arrival this is what I saw:

 This is a really neat looking limousine based on the body of a generation 1 Hummer. The keys and locks used on this vehicle are actually Ford 5 Pin keys and locks and as it turns out the ignition problem was simply that the steering wheel was bound because one of the front wheels was parked up against a curb. So I released the steering wheel which released the pressure on the stuck ignition, freeing the steering wheel lock mechanism and returning the limousine to normal operation.


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Some DIY Locksmithing Solutions

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At some point, we’ve lost our keys and had to deal with dysfunctional lock or padlocks. In times such as these that these hints could be lifesavers. If properly followed you won’t ever have to deal with unnecessary lock and locksmith issues.

Take your home security seriously

Take your home security seriously

  • Be certain to research your choice of locksmith before any work commences. You need to be sure that the person you hire has your best interests in mind. Some scammers will make duplicates without your permission.
  • Get a receipt after locksmith services are paid. Most locksmiths are trustworthy, but some are scammers.
  • Locked out from your house? Don’t agree to replace that lock right away. Locksmiths should be able to unlock most doors without replacing any door in your home. Replacing your lock will just end up unnecessarily costing you to spend extra money for no reason.
  • You should always check with the Better Business Bureau before hiring a locksmith. You can screen out scammers this way; you can also consult with ALOA.org, which can provide verification on the legitimacy of locksmiths across the country.
  • If the locksmith gives you a price that is higher than their quotes, look elsewhere for your services. There are many other options, and you are never stuck with someone that is being dishonest with you.
  • Cover the locks when you begin painting. It may take a bit of time to cover all the locks, but you will lose even more time and money if you end up having to call a locksmith to come fix your locks.
  • Find a locksmith who has a great reputation. Although it is not absolutely necessary, it is always good to know that the locksmith you select is well-versed on current technology and trends. It also helps to tell you he is not some fly by night operation that will leave you high and dry!
  • Before letting a locksmith into your house, make sure you have references and recommendations. Next, call all of them to make sure he is the real deal.
  • You need to ascertain the person you hire has your best interests at heart. There are people who will try to take your keys.
  • Verify the credentials of a locksmith. This can be done by cross-referencing the business address listed with the phone number.
  • You should always know who to call if you don’t really think a locksmith. Research to find someone that you can trust. Put the number into your cell phone and relax.

If this all seems like too much and you need the services of a professional locksmith while avoiding the hassle Alcatraz Locksmith on (602) 677-5045.


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Motorcycle Key Replacement Service

When motorcycle keys get lost or replacement motorcycle keys can be made on the spot. Motorcycle ignition and gas cap and 
seat  locks can be taken off the motorcycle and rekeyed, ie, the locks can be changed to accept new keys and the old keys will no longer work the bike in the event that the original keys were stolen.


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