Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cylinder Picking Tip

In the locksmith business, you never get to old to learn more tricks. During my years in the field, I ran into many type of jobs that required picking locks. Sometimes, picking locks can be easy which means completing the job in several minutes. However. other times, I found myself struggling working on a cylinder lock with my pick tool set. Usually in these situation, there won't be many options but to scrap the cylinder, but on a job I did a while back, I discovered there may be a different way.

I got called for a job not too long ago where the customer was complaining he couldn't work the key anymore with the lock in the front door of his home. I decided to take the job and was headed to the customer's address. When I got there, I saw that the door was actually open and the customer told me that the problem is intermittent, but probably require attention sooner then later. I then grabbed my tools and started taking the lock apart from the door. The door had a Mortise lock and seem to me as the cylinder probably needed a replacement. Luckily, I did have few replacement cylinders laying in my van.

The best cylinder I could find in my van that had close fitment with the customer's lock was a Yale cylinder. However, as I was trying to pick it, I noticed I wasn't going anywhere using this method. I decided to call a fellow locksmith of mine for advice, and he told me I could use an uncut key blank and shim the cylinder to open it and so I did. I grabbed a Yale key blank and started playing with it in and out of the key-way while shimming it from the back and after about 20 seconds, the cylinder was open! Once I got that part done, it didn't take me a long time to get the Mortise lock back together and finish the job.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

GM Key Make Tip

After many years as a locksmith technician, you tend to pick up some tricks to get the job done in a fast and easy way. I got called recently to make a new door key for a Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am. During my years in the field I ran a lot with these types of GM vehicle models and new what I had to do in order to get the job done as quickly as possible. To my knowledge and experience, most GM vehicles has a separate key to unlock the door and trunk. These keys are normally a 6-cut type keys.

Approaching to a job like this there are few options, The first one is taking apart the lock from the door in order to get the 6-cut code. This can be a very time consuming since it will require taking the door panel and locking mechanism for that as well. The other option (and the one I usually take) is to take apart the glove box lock. Although the glove box lock only gives 4 of the 6 cuts code, I usually can progress the other 2 cuts without any issues. However, on some GM models, the difficulty in going that rout would be getting the plug out of the lock since it might be squeezed inside a plastic housing.

he way I normally deal with that type of situation is very simple. The first step to do is to grip the entire lock plastic case with a pair of pliers while the cylinder itself is facing up. It is important to be careful not to squeeze the cylinder too much otherwise it will get damaged. With a special ring pliers, I expand gently the plastic tabs of the lock case which lock the sides of the cylinder to the lock itself. For the final step, I use an auto center punch tool in order get the cylinder plug out of the lock case. All that is left now is to progress the other 2 cuts, make the key, and put everything back together.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lexus Lockout Tip

I got a job recently for a lockout on a 2003 Lexus ES300. The customer complained he accidentally locked his keys inside the trunk of the vehicle. Normally, this type of situation requires ordering new keys from the Lexus dealer to be able opening the trunk without having to damaging anything. The other option obviously would be causing damage by drilling the lock.

I did have an idea thou that required tampering with the alarm of the vehicle. This required using the under-the-window tool first in order to get into the car. Once I got inside the car, I had to remove the door panel in order to access the alarm electric wires. However, before attempting to "jump" the alarm system, I noticed there was small access trim panel which was removable. Once I removed it, I noticed there was a screw that when once removed, the door cylinder would be free to remove as well. Very identical to a VW door handle with an exception that only the cylinder by itself could be removed.

I was able to activate the security switch on the cylinder I pulled out using a standard Philips head screwdriver in which at that point disabled the alarm allowing me to use the trunk release lever which was otherwise disabled. I found myself very lucky being able to resolve the situation without having to drill the lock or what other locksmith companies would usually do which is recommend ordering a new key from the dealer.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Frozen Lock Fix

Here in Portland the winter does not get too much call, but sometimes during the hard winter months such as Dec, Jan, Feb I would get many calls from customers that will experience the locks on their vehicles being frozen. I notice for some reason it will happen mostly  on the door locks rather than the trunk locks. In order to resolve this recurring issue I came up with a neat way that will solve the issue within 30 seconds.

What I would usually do during those hard winter months is keep a small can of WD-40 (which any locksmith technician should have) in my service vehicle with an addition of an electric baby bottle warmer for the purpose of heating the WD-40 ca. Luckily, the type of bottle warmer I got plug right into the cigarette lighter plug, so when I'm on my way to the job that is when I'm gonna warm the can. That way, by the time I get to the job site, the WD-40 can will be nice and warm and ready to serve its purpose.

Once the warm WD-40 is being sprayed into the vehicle's door lock, it will de-freeze the internals of the locks instantly while releasing the sticky pins or wafers inside it. This portable baby bottle warmer can be found at the baby isle in almost every department store for the price of around $10. Usually, the WD-40 lubricant would be enough as is to free the frozen lock, but it may take some time for the lock internals to de-freeze. Using the warmer on the can will help it to be effective immediately.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Broken Key Extraction

Broken key extraction can be a very stressful experience at times, especially on most foreign makes and models. The following method I am about to describe, I've learned from a fellow locksmith technician who had more experience with broken key extraction than I had. The first time I tried using this process was on a customer vehicle's door lock who just wanted the broken piece out so he can use his spare key to open the door. Ever since, I had only success using that same method in order to extract broken keys from foreign vehicles.

The only things a locksmith technician needs in order to execute this method is a power drill, spiral extractor, and steady hands. At a point where it is determined that the standard key extraction method will not work, use a 3/64 bit with the power drill and drill a small hole in the larger part of the broken key piece that is stuck inside the lock. Next, the spiral extractor will need to be used on the hole drilled. The extractor will be used the same way as you would usually use it with the exception of using of using pulling pressure instead of turning pressure in order to remove the broken key piece.
It could be a situation where the wafers or pins will prevent from removing the broken key piece out of the key-way. In such case, you could use a curved pick in order to lift each wafer or pin out of the way.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Schlage Re-Key

During my years as a locksmith technician, I got called many times for a job to re-pin a Schlage type removable cores. Once the cylinder cap is removed on the Schlage removable core cylinders, a Weiser Cylinder Cap Tool with the round notches can be used and should work just fine. However, the hole that is found on the tool, would need to be covered with a finger possibly in order to prevent the retaining pin from flying away in case the tool will get off center. should the tool get a little off center.

When doing a re-key job on these cylinders, it is a good practice to develop a habit to hold the finger over the control pin as the pins are coming out of the plug. Otherwise, it can be a hassle and a waste of time searching for this specialized pin among the scrap brass or the floor of the service vehicle. Quickly, a control key can be made for these cylinders from a standard 6-pin blank by filing the shoulder back to match a 7- pin blank. Next, the customers key can be duplicated, and in the seventh space cut the key to a #6 depth. Now, the cut would need to be ran off the tip of the blank so the tip would be flat.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Transponder Key Fix

Transponder keys are very common throughout the car industry in Europe, and are very much popular in the U.S. as well. I came across a way for servicing one of these units when a key has been broken and a proper blank or a special device to re- program the new key is unavailable. One my fellow locksmith technicians was out working and had to deal with such case of a broken transponder key. He chose to go with this following option as a temporary fix to get the customer back on the road.

The locksmith technician duplicated the key on a compatible key blank by using both pieces of the broken key. Next, he taped the broken bow of the transponder key onto the duplicated key which was without a transponder bow on it. This allowed the vehicle which was a Fiat Punto, to be started and moved to shop that will be able to service and repair it. Our company has used this process in two separate occasions, and I think there is no reason that it would not work for other types of transponder keys as well.

As you may of you noticed by now, the transponder keys adopted a very large bows which is reasonable since the bows contain the electronics that makes this type of system work the way it was intended to. However, this large bow gives the vehicle owner more leverage when turning the key Which may cause a higher rate of broken keys.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

GM Glove Box Lock

Removing the plug from the paddle handle style glove box on GM cars as the Olds-Cutlass Ciera, Cadillac models, and more, to get the last four cuts could be a real hassle for many locksmith technicians if you don't have the privilege of an extra hand. Impressioning those locks shouldn't be an issue and since there is enough 'slop' in the lock, the key does not have to be 100 percent accurate.

Once you have a key that will turn the plug, remove it, turn it over and notch on the bottom of the blade in line with the position of the number one wafer. Remember not to file anymore deeper than the top of the groove. It will be pointless to do so, and there is a good chance that the key will break if the plug will not turn smoothly.

Next step would be re-inserting the key in the lock, then to turn the plug into the 'stop' position, depress the retainer through the hole and turn the plug back to the 'removal' position. Now is when another blank can be inserted, determine your depths and precisely cut an operational key in order to continue progressioning the key.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Security and Safety

In this country and all over the world in general as well our country today, as well, residents, employees and students all want to feel safe at the place the spend most of their day such as work, school, at home or during traveling even. Business owners and employees require different levels of "safety" to compliment their products and their personnel.

Interchangeable cores is able to offer that extra level of security to anyone. An apartment resident can be confident in the fact that their place of living is safe and secure by using an I-core system. Secured access to authorized individuals does not involve the hassle of keys exchanging hands or leaving the property unlocked for an indecisive amount of time. In the event of a lost key, secured access by authorized individuals will not fail and does not involve the situation of of leaving rooms, restricted access areas or exterior doors unlocked for any period of time.

Teachers and administrators can easily change I-cores to make changes in their security situation. The same is true for government complexes such as post offices, federal buildings, utility operations and large-scale prisons and detention centers. That same degree of security exists for hospitals, clinics and scientific labs. Factories, plants and other commercial sites can change security levels quickly and easily as well. One must not forget small to large retail operations such as outlet stores and fast food places where there may be a situation of a large turnaround of employees burdening on security.

Without having to call a professional locksmith, an interchangeable core system offers an easy and reliable solution to maintaining a safe and secure environment. However, it does not mean that a professional  locksmith technician is not necessary. To the contrary, repining, expanding a system, and maintaining it, will require a skilled locksmith technician that is fully trained doing interchangeable core work.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

About Falcon Lock Company

In our current American business society, corporate acquisitions are not something new. When it comes to Falcon Lock company(widely being used by locksmiths all over the country), that was certainly the case. Falcon Locks began its a way as a division of Weiser Lock company in 1962 in South Gate, CA. Fred Russell, the owner of the company back then did some research and came to determine that Best® Lock company took over the military, gas, oil and telephone company across the country with the interchangeable core market.

Russell, who had acquired what he believed to be a saturation in the residential market, was determined to achieve a large growth in the commercial market as well. By this point, Falcon had now developed heavy duty grade commercial lock-sets which Best® was not manufacturing at the time. Russell approached Best® in 1967 in an attempt to sell the product, as he was not interested to continue with this line. However, Best® company did not seem to be interested in adopting this particular line. Thus Falcon began the manufacture of interchangeable cores to compliment their housings. However, during this time and the nature of the business, Best® filed a lawsuit against Falcon based on patent infringement. Best® lost the lawsuit because of the fact that their particular patents had expired and Falcon's cores were much more different different.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Padlock Opening Tip

With all my years of experience in the locksmith field, I came to ind that bolt cutters, are the locksmith's ultimate tool for removing padlocks in the fastest way. These cutters will cut the shackle of most padlocks in seconds. Many locksmith technicians carry a supply of the lower priced padlocks in their inventory for replacement. From my experience, low priced padlocks are rarely worth spending any amount of money on them. In most cases it is more worth it to replace them.

Another method I found working on Masterlock padlocks was using pick tools. Using my pick tools on a Masterlock padlock worked very well and most of the time I was able to unlock it on the first stroke. They way it is done, you insert the tension pick, but without putting tension on it just yet. Now insert the pick tool to the back wall and let it hang. Now that both picks are in place, put a little tension on the tension pick, play with the other pick a little and rip it off. Then, put both pick tools again in place, and while you put a little bit of tension on the tension pick tool, insert the other pick all the way in and make sure it flops. If it doesn't, it means you are to far in. Try again, and this time if it flops while you play with it, the padlock should open right away.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Picking Tip for Schlage Lock

A while back I got a call from a fellow locksmith technician to do a residential lockout job. When I arrived to the scene, I saw the door had a Schlage F series key in knob type of lock. I didn't really experienced before working with this lock, but as I did the job I learned something new.

If you need to pick an F series Schlage lock, you don't really have to pick it to the open position, but try picking it to the "locked' position (sometimes it works better to pick it to the "close" side) and then, as you are holding the plug in the locked position, use a hooked poke tool to depress the knob retainer and remove the knob.

You can use a pair of sharp pliers to turn the actuator inside the knob to open the door. If the customers has the keys to the lock within reach, re-install the knob and turn the plug back to the normal position. If the keys are not to be found, leave the plug in the picked position, remove the cylinder from the knob, remove the clip and make a key, or simply re-key the lock, whichever more desirable for the customer. Check out the following link for more useful locksmith tips.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Kwikset Cylinder Removal

Our locksmith company got a call recently to re-key two Kwikset key-in-knob cylinders. I used my A-l Quik Pull to pull the first cylinder and replaced it with a ready-keyed cylinder that I usually keep in my service van. It looked like the job was going o be as easy as I thought and I would be on my way to the next job. I used my tool to work on the second cylinder and snapped the blade on it. I put a new blade on the tool and tried again. The cylinder wouldn't move at all.

I took the knob-set off the door, pulled the spindle, inserted a Kwikset removal tool and bent it trying to get the cylinder out. I got another tool out and tried again, but without any luck. I told the customer that if the cylinder won't come out, most likely I would have to replace the Knob-set. He said that it was OK and that the cylinder probably wouldn't come out because it "fell" out one day when he unlocked it, tried to put it back in and it wouldn't stay. He said his son super-glued the cylinder in.

I got a new lock out from my inventory, keyed it to the new key and left. This job took me nearly an hour more than it should have because I kept “trying" to get the cylinder out of the knob. Learn from my mistake, don't waste time trying to do something the traditional way if it doesn't work the way it's supposed to. Check out the following link if you need a similar locksmith service in your area.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Key Extraction For GEO

We had a job coming one night of a customer that accidentally broke off the tip of the key to her 95 Geo Metro. Although there is not a specific procedure that most locksmith technicians do to take care of the problem, this is what I came up with:
First what I did was to use a blank key and broke the tip of approximately as far back as hers had broken off(if the customer has the remainder of their key, you can use it for this next part) and inserted it into the ignition. This gets the tumblers out of the way. 
Next, I threaded a spiral extractor down each side of the key, using the millings on the key to guide the extractors. 

Then I clamped the key and the extractors together with vice grips, placed as closely to the face of the ignition as I can get them. The key and the extractors should be virtually "welded" together and by the vice-grips. Once that was done, I used a screwdriver handle between the housing and vice grips in leveraged the key and extractors out of the ignition. The tip of the broken key came right along with them.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GM Six-Cut Tip

Generating a working door key for a 6 cut GM is easily accomplished by pole in the glove lock. The glove box lock, as many locksmith technicians know, gives four of the six cuts then I progress the other two. What can be difficult is popping the plug out of the “squeeze type” locks. 

Here’s what works quite well for me: I clamp the whole lock case in a vice with the bottom of the plug facing up. Of course I’m careful not to crush the plug. With my rick retaining ring pliers, I spread the plastic tabs which lock into grooves on the sides of the plug-ins for those tabs as far as possible. Next, I use an automatic center punch to pop the plug out. It’s a quick way to do that and doesn't damage the tabs.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Retrieving Keys From a Lexus

Recently, I heard of a locksmith technician who worked on a 2003 Lexus ES300. The keys were locked in the trunk. Usually it is necessary to order keys from Lexus in order to open the trunk without any damage, and the other option is drilling the door lock.

The technician was able to open the vehicle with an "under-the-window" tool while preparing to pull the panel and hot wire the security system in the door. Before the technician tried to bypass the security system, he noticed that on the driver's side door, there was a plastic access port. Once removed, it allowed access to a T-30 headed screw that was removed. He was then able to easily remove the driver's door cylinder. It was very similar to  an old Volkswagen door handles, except in this case, only the cylinder was removed.

Using a #3 Philips head screwdriver, the technician activated the linkage/security switch on the cylinder which deactivated the alarm and allowed the trunk release to function. The technician got lucky in finding a simple solution where most locksmith companies would have recommended ordering a new key. The customer was very satisfied as well!

Monday, July 28, 2014

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Monday, July 21, 2014

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Another automotive locksmith service we provide is key duplication and programming. We know how expensive it is to get an extra key to your vehicle at the dealer. After all, most of the time, the dealer get the keys from us, and then sell it to you! So why not cut the middleman and call us right away! We are able to duplicate keys for almost any make and models. We do smart keys, transponder keys, and much more!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day!!!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

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    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    About NorthWest Locksmith PDX...

    NorthWest Locksmith PDX is a local locksmith company that provides a variety of locksmith services throughout the greater Portland metro area including Vancouver, WA. We offer emergency, residential, commercial, and automotive locksmith services. If you locked out of your car or house, we can help! Our technicians are fully trained to deal with any kind of locking problem you may have. Some of the services we offer are:
    • Re-key existing locks
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    • Fencing lock installation
    • Keyless entry lock system
    • Electronic access control
    • Safe locks
    • Lockout services
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    • Transponder keys 
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