Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Avondale Locksmith Stars: What To Do With Old Keys

old keysOver the course of your lifetime, it is very likely that you will go through a good number of keys. You’ll have different house keys, business keys, storage keys, gym keys and so one and so forth. So what you are supposed to do when you end up with a handful of old keys that you no longer need? If someone who is dangerous gets their hands on them, are they able to do anything with them? Are you concerned about recycling and don’t want yet another item to end up in the trash? Avondale Locksmith Stars works in the Avondale, Arizona area and they have put together some ideas as to what one could do with old keys, instead of throwing them away. Have a look because who knows, maybe at some point you will find yourself with a bunch of extra keys sitting around that you don’t know what to do with. 

  1. Get crafty. Sometimes, the urge seems to hit us all. Whether it’s wanting to decorate ornaments for the holidays, create a photo album, or even build something, sometimes we just get the urge to do something crafty. You could easily look up projects that involve keys on an app such as Pinterest, or you could even check out a site such as Etsy to get ideas. Keys could be glued onto boxes to make a unique looking jewelry box. Keys could be glued to the top of photo frames to make a different design. And of course, keys are also popular now in terms of jewelry. You could put a key on a chain and have a necklace which perhaps means something to you. Maybe you have the key from your first house with your partner. Or maybe you held onto the key to the house you grew up in. Instead of throwing it in the trash, do something unique such as making a piece of jewelry, or using it in a project.  
  2. Start a key collection. Over the years, if you have been acquiring keys, you could store them away in a shoe box and then one day remember the meaning of each one of them. Perhaps you moved around a lot, and saved the keys to your different houses. Or perhaps you are just a sentimental person and each key from different parts of your life means something to you. A collection of keys, perhaps in a glass box, would be a unique way to remember special moments in your life.  
  3. Recycle you keys. You can take advantage of the mixed metals bin to do this. Keys can actually be melted down and then the material can be re-used. The best thing that you can do if you plan on recycling them and throwing them in a mixed metal bin is to get off stickers and take off rubber edging. This will help the recycling center out and they will be able to melt the keys down. If you have any questions, you can certainly call your local recycling location and they should be able to help you out.  
  4. Transform your old keys into hooks. You can do this by bending the keys with pliers and a wrench. To make them more pliable you can heat them up over a gas burner. After you do this, you can attach the keys to a piece of wood. You have hangers! 
  5. Transform your keys into magnets. You can glue a magnet to the back of your key and then have a keepsake that you can continue to bring with you from one house to the next. This is a clever idea and a good way to keep your keys. 
  6. Similar to recycling your old keys, you can donate them to charity. Keys for Kindness is one such organization that accepts key donations. This is an organization that helps to raise money using the metal from recycled keys. 
  7. You can use old keys as weights. Okay, so a key doesn’t actually have that much weight, so it can’t be used to hold down anything substantial, but you could put keys on curtains, for instance, to prevent them from blowing when it is a breezy day. You could also use them as paperweights.  
  8. Similar to paperweights and curtain weights, you could use old keys to hold balloons down. Hosting a birthday party? If you run out of string to tie balloons to banisters or seats, be sure to grab an old key to hold the balloon down. This is a clever idea and will also look unique. You could try this at a birthday party or even at a wedding in which there are balloons! 

These are just some things you can do with keys that no longer are needed to open locks. When it comes to old objects that are no longer necessary, but you don’t want to completely get rid of them, you can repurpose them in a creative way. Avondale Locksmith Stars has a team of experts who love working with locks and keys. They help customers with all sorts of security solutions, from the installation of new locks and the rekeying of old locks to the installation of safes and the installation of deadbolts. But sometimes, they enjoy getting creative and coming up with new ways to repurpose old items. So if you have keys that are no longer usable to you, consider getting creative with them. You can use some of these ideas so that you can hold onto old house keys, which might hold a lot of memories for you.  

Hopefully you found this information to be a bit inspirational. If you have old keys, think of new ways to use them. Whether you want to keep them for jewelry or even to hold down your curtains, there are plenty of reasons as to why you should hold on to old keys.  

Source: http://www.avondalelocksmith.net/news/what-to-do-with-old-keys.html

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tips to Hire a Good Locksmith

Now what do you do? You need to hire a locksmith and you want real value for your hard earned money. What shop do you call? Whom do you hire? Are all locksmiths pretty much the same? It can be a real dilemma, especially if you’ve had a not so good experience with a locksmith previously or if you’ve never hired one before. Relax! Evans Pro Locksmith can take all the stress out of this somewhat challenging job. We’ll show you what to look for in a good locksmith and why sticking to our pointers will bolster the chances of you getting a remarkable lock technician every time you need one. Of course, you don’t have to live here in Evans, GA to take our advice; use our tips to get a great locksmith in your neighborhood too!

The old ways

“Back in the day” is often used for outdated, old fashioned methods. This goes for locksmith hiring, as well. There was a time when you simply reached for those several pound yellow page books and looked for whose ad resonated with you. Did you see a smiling face on a seemingly helpful technician? Was there a first time user coupon that attracted your attention? Maybe a larger, colored ad attracted you and surely that shop was better than the single line listing with no photos or exclamation marks in the ad! Advertising is powerful and it used to work and still does. But pretty ads can be deceiving; is the best looking ad indicative of a skilled and experienced locksmith? Not by a longshot!

What we use now

Yellow page phone books have gone the way of the phone booth (and the dodo bird); extinct, or almost! Nowadays, we use smart phones to find our service vendors. You can still use your mobile device to browse through dozens of pages of locksmith ads to find one that you like but most are simply listings. It’s almost a flashback from the past; do you go with the best sounding name or closest proximity to your location? Naturally, it’s up to you whom you call and ultimately hire but here are a few things to consider before you do that.

Integrity

Before you simply call a locksmith shop out of the blue and hire them, be prepared to ask a few questions. You can do this without wasting their time or yours; just be polite and get to the point. One thing you need to check is integrity. You’ll want to work with locksmiths that are licensed, bonded and insured. An unlicensed technician might tell you that you are paying extra for these credentials and you just might. A good locksmith shop will offer affordable prices AND certified status. Would you even think of going to a doctor that didn’t get his medical degree or license? Of course not! Would you buy a home from a builder with no business license or contractor’s certifications? No way! Do the same for your possible locksmith. A technician that took the time and trouble to become certified and is covered by insurance and a bond is someone serious enough to do a good job for you. Don’t be afraid to ask if the locksmith shop in question has all licenses and insurance policies in place. Reputable shops will be glad to prove to you their certifications and if they shy away from the subject or any of your other questions, avoid them like plague and call on the next one!

Pricing

The adage “you get what you pay for” is not wrong. There’s a difference between making a wise buying choice and simply going cheap. Always choose the lowest cost will get you poor results, if any. On the other hand you don’t need to overpay so look for affordable rates with good results. You can find these by asking questions and getting free price quotes from different locksmiths.

Reviews

While it’s true that you can’t believe everything you hear, you should also heed the warnings and accolades of others. Read online reviews when possible. Bear in mind that good reviews are worth Gold as people rarely bother to write good comments unless the job was to do the highest of expectations. Bad reviews are also telling as poorly treated customers love to get things off their chests and leaving a bad review is one way to do just that.

Take a poll

Just kidding but do ask around! Talk to you friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors about their locksmith experiences. If a technician’s name or shop keeps coming up (good or bad) take note and follow up; or not!

Quality hardware

This often overlooked point is very important. What good is a skilled locksmith if the parts and hardware he uses are cheaply made and not of the best quality? The best locksmiths use the best locks and make sure that yours works with trusted brands like Master, Schlage, Medeco, Baldwin, Kwikset, Primus, Mul-T-Lock, InstaKey, Yale, Fichet, Marlock, BiLock, Abloy and others of similar repute.

24-hour emergency service

You’ll want your locksmith shop of note to have technicians available 24/7. Locksmith problems don’t keep regular working hours and lockouts, lost keys, break-in damage and lock failure can happen at any time; even during holidays. It’s best to work with a locksmith that offers responsive, 24-hour locksmith service for help during any emergency situation that may arise at home, at your car or at your business.

Let’s review

You’ll want a fully licensed locksmith shop to work with. They should be using good reputable lock brands on your tasks and projects and not cheap imitations. Fast response times and 24-hour emergency service are another must have. Look for a locksmith that is enthusiastic, easy to work with and doesn’t shy away from answering questions. Your locksmith should come prepared and work from a fully stocked service vehicle so that multiple trips back to the shop are not necessary.

Source: http://www.evanslocksmith.net/news/tips-to-hire-a-good-locksmith.html

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Various Kinds of Locks

Are you trying to decide what type of lock to put on your front door? Perhaps it is a different access point. Do you have a problem with the lock that is on your garage door and you are not sure which lock to choose? Call us at Evan Pro Locksmith in Evans, GA. We know all the types of locks that exist. We can help you to make the best decision based on your purpose for getting a lock. 
We know that not all locks are used for safety purposes. In some cases, you may want to purchase a lock that has more of a decorative function. We have been there before. We have handled many situations like this and much others. Put us to the test and see what we can do. We are sure that you will not be disappointed with the service that we have to offer.  
Trying to find a lock? 
When you are looking to purchase a lock for your home, car or business, we know that it is a big deal. It is very important because in most cases you are trying to find a product that will offer you the most effective security services and you want to find something that is durable but also reasonably priced. We have dealt with many clients who have been in this position before. We know the top brands in the industry and can make recommendations based on effectiveness of locks and affordability. 
There is not other locksmith company that knows about locks like we do. We understand that you may be very confused about which brand and type of lock to choose. After all, there are so many brands and so many of them claim to be doing the same things and they often make similar claims of being effective and reliable. Because we have installed so many locks in the past and we have experience with all the brands, we know what really works. Trust us to recommend the best of the best. To top it off, a consultation with us will cost you nothing. Yes, it is absolutely free. Take advantage of that now and give us a call! 
Here are some of the most commonly used types of locks that you may come across. 
  • Deadbolts 
Deadbolts are very commonly used. They can be used around the home and even in businesses. They provide very good security against burglary. Since they are placed on one side of a door, only the person who is on that side of the door will be able to open the lock. If you happen to be on the other side of the door, you will not be able to get in unless someone opens that latch for you. In the event that the latch is closed and you are on the other side of the door, you will need a great deal of help to get inside. 
  • Padlocks 
Padlocks are fairly simple to use. They come with a key that is inserted in the lock for opening. In some cases, the key also has to be used to close the lock. There are many sizes and brands of padlocks and they can be used on many different types of property. Nowadays, there are even padlocks that require a combination code rather than a key for you to gain access.  
  • Knob locks 
Knob locks are placed on doors. They are not generally considered sufficient for doors that provide a main point of entrance or exit although they provide a fair amount of security. In many instances, these locks can be broken very easily so it is advised that some other form of security is used to supplement these locks. A deadbolt may be one option, but there are plenty of other options that can enhance the safety that this type of lock provides. 
  • Lever handle locks 
This type of lock is most frequently used in a commercial setting. They are typically used for inner doors since they do not provide adequate security for doors that provide a major point of entrance or exit. If they are used for these doors, they should be supplemented with another lock. Lever Handle locks are very easy to operate, all you need to do is apply pressure to the handle in a downwards motion while pushing or pulling on the door. 
  • Wall mounted locks 
As is said in the name, these locks are placed on walls. They are usually installed during the construction of the building as this is the time when they are easy to be installed. These types of locks provide a great deal of security and they may be seen on safes and other products that have a higher level of security detail. 
  • Furniture locks 
Locks are not only for doors. There are many furniture that may require the presence of a lock. In a commercial setting, you may place locks on file cabinets, desk drawers and many other pieces of furniture. The furniture lock is specially designed for furniture. It is not a very high level of security, but it does provide adequate security for items that should not just be laying around in plain sight. 
  • Other locks 
There are many other locks that can be used to increase security. We have only named a few. So, we know that you can get quite confused when you realize just how much options you have. Whether you need a simple padlock or a more complex lock product, let an expert tell you what will work best. It would be sad for you to purchase a lock that is not properly suited for the job that you require it to do. We know the ins and outs of locks. We know the brands and we know the styles.  
Trust a locksmith from Evans Pro Locksmith to give you all the information that you need about any type of lock and then let us install it for you. 

Read more of locksmith tips here: http://www.evanslocksmith.net/news/various-kinds-locks.html

Friday, October 6, 2017

Determining When It Is Appropriate to Change Your Locks

Many of the homeowners we serve ask us when they should have their locks changed. There are all sorts of reasons to change the locks of your home. Let us start by telling you that this is something that should be a part of your routine maintenance program. If your safety and security is important, we are certain you won’t mind adding one more thing to your list of household responsibilities. If you have a family, this is all the more reason to make sure you evaluate your locks and have them changed annually. Keeping you and your loved ones safe is of high importance to everyone at Avondale Locksmith Stars in Avondale, AZ. We have included a couple of additional reasons for changing the locks of your home.

  1. Moving Out

If you have someone living with you, such as, a roommate or border, it is important that you change your locks after they have moved out. No matter how much you trust them, you never know who may have had the opportunity to get their hands on their keys and duplicate them. Don’t take any chances; change the locks. You can never be too safe when it comes to safety and security.

      2. If An Attempted Break-in

When you think that someone has tried to break into your home, this is undoubtedly a good reason to have the locks changed. Although they didn’t succeed in gaining access, it doesn’t mean that they may not try again at a later date. Now that the lock has been weakened, they just might succeed the second time around. In some cases, an intruder may try to gain access into your home through your garage. If your garage door lock looks as though it has been tampered with, it is also a good idea to have the lock changed also. Don’t waste time overthinking the situation. Contact a local locksmith to change your locks today.

    3. Worn Out Locks

Any time you have locks that are dated and worn out, you should have the locks changed. Locks that are worn can be broken more easily. In addition to the locks being weakened, they may no longer work the way they are intended to. This would also leave you susceptible to a home intrusion. Contact Avondale Locksmith Stars when you have locks that look worn no matter if the locks are on your windows or doors. We don’t care how old the locks are, we are happy to change the locks for you.

    4. Old Locks

Some homes that we serve have the same locks that were installed when the house was built. In some cases this could be more than 50 or 60 years ago. These old locks might begin to show signs of how old they are by becoming ineffective when you try to use them. This is a problem within itself. Locks that are old are easier to compromise since burglars are more skilled at what they do. Your old locks will not be a problem for a career criminal who has the skills to break a variety of current locks. Don’t make it easy for a burglar to get inside your home. Have any old locks that you may have, changed as soon as possible.

    5. Whenever You Move

This is something that you might not think we should have to mention but you might be surprised to know just how many people do not have locks changed before moving into a new home. While this is supposed to be done prior to your moving in, it is up to you to make sure that the job has actually been carried out. Besides, it is your safety and security at stake, not that of the contractor who’s job it is to change the locks. Don’t take unnecessary chances by moving into a home that has not had the locks changed. This includes windows and doors.

    6. Keys That Have Been Lost or Stolen

Anytime you lose your keys or they have been stolen, immediately change the locks. You never know who’s hands your keys may have ended up in. While you may assume that you have simply lost your keys, they may have actually been stolen. In this case, it would best to change the locks just to be on the safe side. If the keys are stolen, they may undoubtedly know exactly where you live. This is not a chance that anyone should take. Call a locksmith the moment your keys go missing to have them change your locks.

    7. Any Time You Had Your Keys Over

When you are unable to be at home during a service call, it might be necessary to hand your keys over to a service provider. Any time your keys are out of your possession, you risk someone duplicating them. Even if the specific person the keys are handed to doesn’t make a duplicate copy, someone else could do this. That is why it is a good idea to change the locks as soon as possible. Avoid anyone coming into your home uninvited.

    8. Someone Has Tried to Break-in

When you arrive home only to see that someone has tried to break into your home, don’t hesitate to contact a professional locksmith to change your lock. Not only should the locksmith change the lock in question, they should also evaluate the other locks of your home to see if the intruder has attempted to break-in through another access point. If they discover that there has been an attempt, these locks should also be changed. The locks are likely weaker and now easier to compromise. Don’t allow someone to come back to finish the job. Have the locks changed as quickly as possible.

The more proactive you are the better chance you have of avoiding an intrusion. As we always say, ‘It is better to be safe than sorry’. Do yourself a favor and have your locks changed whenever your locks look tampered with.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Loss of a Transponder Key

If you have ever lost our transponder key, chances are, that you immediately became upset and outright frustrated. We’ve come to realize just how much we actually depend on our transponder key once we no longer have it. Our transponder key enables us to lock and unlock our garage door without our placing a key in the door. It also will enable you to start your car without the key in the ignition. If you are without your car, you might not know if you have lost your transponder key or if it has been stolen. Lets just say, you can’t find your key at the moment. We have come to appreciate the convenience that this type of key offers us. In addition to its benefit of convenience, owners of a transponder key do not have to worry about their car being stolen. The chip inside the key is programmed to only work when your transponder key is in range of your dashboard. It has to communicate to a central computer before it will start. If the correct code is not picked up by the system, the car will not door will not open and the car will not start. The problem is when and if your transponder key is no longer in your possession. If it is in the hands of someone else, they can get into your car and the possibility of it being stolen increases. This is why you should make sure that you take immediate action when you no longer have the key in your possession. The fastest and most logical thing to do would be to give us a call at Evans Pro Locksmith in Evans, GA to come and program a new transponder key for you. We would need to make sure that no one is able to steal your car and the only way to do this is to reprogram another key so that the current one will be inoperable.

transponder-key
Below you will some other things that you can do when you lose your transponder key. These helpful suggestions have helped many of our local customers get the peace-of-mind they needed in knowing that no one would be able to steal their vehicle.

  1. Get Another Key Made

If you do not want to experience the inconvenience of losing your transponder key, the best thing for you to do is have another one made in case you do. The spare key would need to be programmed but not with the same programming as the previous key. Your previous key will still be operable until your new key is programmed. If you do not want anyone to steal your car, make sure your new key is reprogrammed and the other key is made inoperable. When you have another key, you are less likely prone to panic. Keeping a cool head will allow you to make smarter decisions.

       2.  Getting a Spare Transponder Key
We know what you might be thinking. The last time you inquired about getting a spare transponder key, the dealership told you it would be more than $150. In that instance you declined. However, you might be happy to find out that you can purchase a transponder key online. Yes, you read that right, online. Some of our customers have told us they were able to buy their key online at eBay. Once you purchase a transponder key, it can be programmed by one of our qualified locksmiths. If you buy a key online, just make sure you check their rating to ensure they are a reputable seller. You don’t want to buy one from someone without a good rating simply because it is cheaper. Take our word for it.

3. Lost chip 
 
If you thought you lost your key and suddenly found it again, you might notice that something is missing and assume that it is a battery. In actuality it may have been your key chip. Without a chip, your key will not be of much use to you. One of our qualified locksmiths will be able to replace your chip. You could certainly call on the services of an auto dealership to provide you with another key. However, you should know that they will likely charge you far more than a locksmith will. In addition to the cost they will charge you to replace your chip, you’ll have the added expense of having your car towed to the dealership. When you depend on the services of a locksmith you will not have to worry about having your car towed. With our mobile services, we are happy to come to you to provide you with a new chip.

4. Stay With Your Car

If you cannot find your transponder key, don’t leave your car. Try to stay by your car until help arrives. If you do not want to stand outside with your car, perhaps you can have someone join you and the two of you can sit by the car. The purpose in doing this is to ensure that no one is able to use your transponder key to steal your car. It won’t take too long for help to arrive if you depend on the locksmiths of Evans Pro Locksmith.

5. Hire a Reputable and Reliable Locksmith

If you have lost your transponder key, you will need the help of a reputable and reliable locksmith. A reputable locksmith will not leave you hanging. In fact, most will have 24-hour servicing and can assist you whenever you need them. They are reliable because they often come with all the necessary tools and equipment to handle the problem for you, right on the spot.
When you have lost your transponder key, heeding some of the suggestions above is sure to prove beneficial. We wouldn’t have made these suggestions if they didn’t prove effective. Get the help you need immediately upon discovering that you no longer have your transponder key in your possession if you do not want your car stolen.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Need To Hire A Locksmith? Read These Tips First



Why do you need a locksmith? The reason you need one is not important, only that using these tips helps you find the best professional. The advice here will assist you in finding help with your home security.

Preparation is key, even if you don’t think you’ll hire a locksmith down the road. Find a qualified professional who will be there in an emergency situation. Put the number of the locksmith into your phone so you can speed dial them if something happens.

Be certain to always get a receipt for services performed by a locksmith. While a lot of locksmiths can be trusted, there are people out there that try to scam other people. Get proof that you paid for the service before the locksmith leaves. Place your receipt somewhere safe in case a dispute should arise.

Business Hours

Avoid additional fees by using a locksmith during regular hours. After business hours, locksmith rates can vary greatly. The after hours fees can often be double the fees charged during normal business hours.

Make sure you check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure that you are working with a reputable locksmith. This can help you identify any person trying to scam you. Also, ALOA.org is another great organization that you can check to verify any locksmith you wish to use.

Before you trust locksmiths with your home’s key, call some current customers. Most legitimate businesses will be more than happy to provide a list of references. You should actually check these references out as well. Determine the locksmith’s reliability and trustworthiness this way.

You may need them to help you get back into your home after being locked out. If your property needs securing, you will need help. Whatever your reason for needing a locksmith, it’s important to use the top choice. What you have read here will assist you in finding the right pro for you.

Having problem with your home security? Need to hire a locksmith? Visit Evans Pro Locksmith anytime!