Replacement and Duplication
While security systems involving locks that
do not require a key are becoming more popular--such
as magnetic locks and fingerprint locks--many people
still like the idea of being able to manually open the
lock on a door. Losing a key can be an extremely stressful
experience, especially when you have searched everywhere
and realize you just aren't going to find it. Fortunately,
locksmiths provide quick key replacement or duplication
services for anyone finding themselves in this position.
Phoenix residents and business operating in the surrounding
areas experience busy, often chaotic days working, shopping
and operating their companies. Misplacing keys is an
easy thing to do while engaged in such an overloaded
lifestyle. Key replacement or duplication, however,
is quickly accomplished and barely disrupts daily activities.
If you frequently find yourself losing keys, there are
other key-based security systems which may better suit
your needs. For example, one key can be made that is
capable of opening all the locks in your home, rather
than having several keys to accommodate each lock. Grooves
are cut into the keys that match all locks by moving
pins into unlocking alignment with the cylinder. By
having just one key (and making duplicates, of course),
you never have to fumble around in the dark for the
key needed to open a specific lock.
Many people take their keys to be duplicated by a key-cutting
machine. These operate in a fairly simple manner by
inserting the key to be duplicated into the machine
and allowing an automated gauge trace the shape of the
key. However, quality locks are highly sensitive to
flaws in the grooves of a key used to open it. Occasionally,
a duplicate will be made but it fails to open the lock.
This is probably due to the machine needing adjusted
and calibrated. When needing important keys duplicated,
it is best to have a professional locksmith who owns
the best, up-to-date security equipment to do the job,
rather than taking it to a hardware store.
Car Key Replacements
Inside the molded, plastic top of certain car keys lays
a transponder, a type of radio receiver and transmitter
programmed to start a specific car. Only the individual
in possession of a transponder key can start that a
car that corresponds to that key. Misplacing a transponder
key presents an issue because in addition to the key,
you've got that transponder which needs to be duplicated.
Having duplicates made of transponder keys is, therefore,
highly recommended. However, if you have not had the
opportunity to make duplicate transponder keys and lose
the only one you own, locksmiths possess transponder
key blanks that have not been previously programmed,
which will start a car after the transponder has aligned
itself with your car's computer.
Car Locks and Repairing the Ignition
If you have lost your car keys and want the locks changed
for one reason or another, professional locksmiths can
quickly remove and install new locks for your car, in
addition to providing you with as many extra sets of
keys as you want. Ignition key repair is another specialty
of locksmiths as well. Car ignitions frequently experience
lock-ups and loose parts causing keys to become jammed
in the ignition. Ignition cylinders on older cars tend
to wear out to the point where the key will not longer
"catch" the inner mechanism. A professional
locksmith is trained to expertly handle this problem
and can either repair or replace your car ignition.