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Common Mistakes People Make With Keys and Locks

Common Mistakes People Make With Keys and Locks

keys on bench with coffeeThere are many ways to lock yourself out, and it is almost always accidental. Luckily, locksmiths like Out and About Locksmith Canberra are here to help you in your time of need! We decided to outline the most common mistakes that people make with their keys, be it house, work or car keys.

Car keys

  • Not keeping your spare key on you. Unfortunately, if you lock yourself out of your car, having the spare key at another location not easily accessible makes things a bit harder. Or leaving it in the glove box.
  • Not having a spare key at all. This is a big one. It is definitely worth having a spare key made if you only have one key. This applies to house and business keys as well.
  • Putting your keys down somewhere in your car. Some cars have an auto lock feature or a boot lock only feature. It is very common that you unlock your boot, put your keys down, load the car and then slam the boot shut. Thus, locking your keys inside the car.
  • Not getting remote locking looked at when it first starts playing up. It is always best to get this fixed at the first sign of the battery failing. If you keep putting it off, you’ll be up for a new battery and the locksmith’s services as well.

House/Business Keys

  • Giving keys to children to play with and lose as a result. There has been many times where a small child was given keys as a distraction because of their lovely jingly sound. Said child has gone off and left them somewhere, and is either unable or unwilling to tell the parent or caregiver where they have put them!
  • Another cause involving children is them trying to “unlock” things that shouldn’t and end up getting the key stuck or broken.
  • Not getting “sticky” locks looked at. You don’t want to leave getting this fixed. It will avoid the distress of a child or animal being locked inside a room. Getting them out will require time and probably noise.
  • Not changing locks when you purchase a new property. It is vital to do this, otherwise your safety might be compromised. Who knows how many other keys exist that can unlock your house?

Hopefully this has given you an insight in how to minimise the probability of requiring emergency services of a locksmith. Don’t forget though, Out and About Locksmiths Canberra are here 24/7 if this should ever happen to you.

Locking Yourself Out of the House – What To Do Next

Locking Yourself Out Of the House – What To Do Next

locksmith lock canberraWe’ve all been there. That sinking feeling you get when you close a door behind you, or it blows shut unexpectedly and it locks….and in that instance you realise you left your keys inside.

Depending on your situation, if you want to try and find a way to gain access to your property, there’s a few things to try.

First thing to do is not panic.

Secondly, assess the situation. Is anyone in danger? If small children are locked inside or you are vulnerable, disregard the following and contact your local emergency services.

If there is nobody in danger, the next thing to consider is if anyone else has a key to your property? A partner or housemate? Landlord or real estate agent? Give them a call and see if they can let you in or borrow a spare key to retrieve your own keys.

The next few suggestions, will unfortunately prove if you can get access to your house this way, a thief can too. Not great for security, but it might be end of your troubles.

Did you leave a window unlocked? Can you remove the door knob? This will only work if there isn’t a deadbolt on the door.

If all else fails Out and About Locksmiths Canberra are here to help!

 

How Does A Lock Work?

How Does A Lock Work?

pin tumbler lock actionHave you ever wondered how a lock works? Or why a key has to be cut a certain way to unlock it? The most common type of lock is called a pin tumbler, and requires a key cut to its particular pattern of pins in order to open it.

To demonstrate, we found an infographic that shows how this particular type of lock works.

Remember, if you’re ever in a jam with this type of lock, or any other type; the team at Out And About Locksmiths Canberra will be there ASAP to help you out! Contact us here if you have any questions about the services we offer!

Not Just Doors – What Else Can a Locksmith Do?

Not Just Doors – What Else Can a Locksmith Do?

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The first thing you think of when you hear the word “locksmith” is doors. You might be surprised to know that a locksmith range of abilities is bigger than you think! Here are a few things that locksmiths can also do.

 

 

Window Locks – just like doors, windows can also have keyed locks on them for added security.

Key Cutting – a locksmith is able to cut many, if not all types of keys available.

Car Locks – locksmiths can get you into your car if you leave the keys in, but also repair the lock, reprogram remote control keys, change flat batteries or just cut another key.

Security Safes – some locksmiths are able to install and repair locks and cut keys for security safes.

The team at Out And About Locksmiths Canberra can do many of the above services, 24 hours a day. Contact us any time to see how we can help!

5 Common Types of Locks

5 Common Types of Locks

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Although there are well over 10 frequently used locks that are readily available, we thought we’d give you a list and brief explanation of the 5 most commonly used, installed and repaired locks by Locksmith Canberra.

Padlock: The most commonly used and recognised lock. They come in many different sizes and shapes, are opened by either a key or a combination lock and are the only portable lock available.

Deadbolt: Are a fixed lock that comes in three main types; single and double barrel, and thumb-turn/knib. This lock is most commonly installed on external doors, in partnership with a knob lock.

Knob Lock:  Partnered with deadbolts on external doors, as well as on their own on internal doors. They are the most common internal door lock for residential houses.

Lever-handle: are the most common internal commercial door lock, and they are opened by the handle moving downwards.

Cam Lock: Small lock found on objects such as filing cabinets and letterboxes.

 

Whatever type of locks you have around the home or business, you can contact us for any issues that arise, at any time. We are here to help you 24/7.

Canberra’s Best Locksmith

Who is Canberra’s best locksmith company, you ask? Why, we are, of course!

Best Service

Out and About Locksmiths offers the best customer service, at a great price. Our locksmiths go to the utmost effort to ensure a smooth experience when you call us. We always put the customer first. We are available 24/7 to come to you in a lock-related emergency. Our locksmiths are always prompt and reliable, and have the know-how to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Products and Solutions

We have the complete range of lock-related products and solutions. We have everything you need from a simple key, to a lock, transponder key, and more. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve locked yourself out of your house, car, or safe, we can get you back in and get you the keys you need. Have our phone number in your phone just in case you get locked out.

Reputation

Our customers consistently rate us well, due to the fact that every time we offer outstanding customer service and products. There’s no such thing as a situation we can’t handle when it comes to locks and security.

Security

Speaking of security, we can advise on how to best secure your home, and let you know if you have any security weaknesses that you need to address. Not only do we secure your home with the best locks, but we can make it all the more secure by running through our security checklist to make sure your house isn’t a target for thieves.

So whenever you’re locked out, or have another lock or security related issue, don’t hesitate to call us any time of day or night. We’re always here, and we’ve got your back when it comes to locksmithing services.

Click here for more information about Out and About Locksmiths.

When should you change your locks?

When is it a good idea to change your locks? For many people, this isn’t a question they have even ever asked themselves. If you have ever lost a key, had a key stolen, or maybe you just can’t account for all of your keys, you could be putting you and your belongings in harms way. It is extremely important for you to keep all of your keys together and accounted for. If a thief gets a hold of your keys, you could be putting your belongings and even your personal safety in harms way. This is NOT ideal.

Often times when you lose a key, the first thing that comes to mind is whether you have another and where it is located. Basically, how losing the key affects your daily schedule. Beyond this, little thought is given to where the key has gone, and better yet who now has possession of it. You wouldn’t leave your house wide open at night, with all your possessions and personal safety in harms way. So why would you leave your locks knowing that someone may have your house key and be able to enter your household or business at any point in time. It is extremely important to change locks when you lose your keys or have them stolen. (Especially if it’s the latter)

It is paramount to the safety of you and your possessions that you change your locks when you lose keys, or can not account for all of the keys that are supposed to be in your possession. This will not only assure your safety at all points in time, it will also enforce the great habit of ensuring that your locks are all up to date and working correctly. This is especially vital for businesses who may be stocking expensive goods. Think you need to change locks? Check out our locksmith Canberra services for a full list of the services we provide.

The History of Locks

Ancient Lock Devices

Locks and keys have been around for aeons. In the ruins of Nineveh, the capital of ancient Assyria, the earliest known lock and key were discovered. This kind of lock was developed by the Egyptians – they created a wooden pin lock. This was made of a bolt, key, and door fixture. With insertion of the key, the pins withdrew from the drilled holes within the bolt, allowing the lock to be turned. With no key in the lock, the pins would sit in the bolt, which prevented movement.

Another lock that has been known since antiquity, which is recognisable today, is the warded lock. English craftsmen are said to have invented these all-metal locks between 870 and 900AD. Theodore of Samos is said to have invented the key in the 6th century BC. In Roman times, affluent people frequently kept their valuables in safe boxes within their homes. They would wear the keys as rings on their fingers, to keep the key handy, and to show their wealth.

Modern Lock Devices

When the industrial revolution came in the late 18th century, with it came precision engineering and the standardisation of components. Out of this came locks and keys with more complexity and refinement.

In 1778, Robert Barron perfected the lever tumbler lock. This lock utilises a set of levers which prevents the bolt from moving within the lock. His lock featured a double acting lever, which meant that the lock could not be opened if the lever was moved too far or not enough. This style of lock is still in use.

In 1818, Jeremiah Chubb vastly improved the lever tumbler lock. The Portsmouth Dockyard was burgled, prompting the British Government to proclaim a competition to make a lock that could only be opened with the one and only correct key. Chubb produced the Chubb detector lock, which included an essential security feature that would impede unauthorised attempts at access, and would also show that it had been interfered with. £100 was awarded to Chubb when after three months, a trained lock picker was still unable to pick the lock.

Stay tuned to this blog for more history of locks, brought to you by Out and About Locksmiths.

 

How to Look After Your Keys and Locks

Ever wondered how to properly look after your keys and locks? Here’s how.

Look Out for Extreme Temperatures

Very high or low temperatures can cause problems with locks. This is due to the fact that extreme temperatures cause metals to expand or contract. When it’s very hot, the lock, key, and door frame can expand, making the lock difficult to turn. One thing you can do to avoid this is to lubricate your locks on a regular basis. If your lock is properly fitted to the door frame, this will lessen the chances of any issues.

Clean The Locks

Over time, dirt and debris builds up in the lock. This can make it a lot harder to open. Compressed air blown into the lock is one solution, but for a deeper clean, take off the cover and use a brush to remove any foreign matter.

Don’t Force It

Sometimes a lock won’t turn easily. If this is the case, don’t try to use force. You might bend the lock mechanism and your key. If this happens, the problem will get worse. If your lock doesn’t respond to gentle pressure, maybe it’s time to call us.

Clean Your Keys

A dirty key makes a dirty lock. Eventually it will become damaged, and jam. Avoid this by wiping down your keys from time to time, and try not to store them where they will gather dust.

Check Your Door Position

Sometimes doors can hang down and sit in the wrong position. If a lock’s bolt is incorrectly aligned with the hole, this can damage it in time. If your lock rubs or grinds when you turn it, this might be a sign that your door’s out of position. If it’s only a minor misalignment, you can file the hole slightly. Otherwise it’s time to adjust your door.

Contact Out and About Locksmiths for any help and advice regarding these issues.