If you're locked out of your home, give me a call. I can get you back in. Proof of ownership is required for me to provide access to your home.
If you've lost the keys to your home, give me a call. I can make the 1st key (existing), to most any lock in your home. If your keys have been lost or someone has a key to your home you may find it desirable to rekey your existing locks to a new key. Thus you regain key control of your locks. Having control and knowing who has your key is most important as gaining unscrupulous entry with a key is as easy as inserting a key and opening the lock.
Have your locks rekeyed to a new different key.
When the locks have been rekeyed, you know your new home is yours!
Some locks can be repaired. Some may need to be replaced. Some may just need minor adjustments to work properly. Let Jim's Lock & Key Inc. help you decide what's best for you.
I can also repair your locks if they are malfunctioning. Minor adjustments to the door and frame engagement can be addressed. Misaligned strikes and failed latches are most common failures. I can also repair your lock if it's failed internally. I can get parts for many serviceable locks if necessary.
If your lock is broken beyond repair, I have common locks available for immediate replacement. Unique locks available to order if necessary. If the lock prep is incorrect for the new lock, lock prep modifications can be made to accept the new style lock.
Do you have a Deadbolt on your home? If not, it would be a good idea to get one. A door knob is good for keeping the wind from blowing your door open, but it's not too good against a forced attack on your door. For that, you need a Deadbolt lock. I can put any Deadbolt Lock on your door you desire. I have common Deadbolt Locks on hand. Many times i can match the key for your door knob to the new deadbolt too. This helps eliminate extra keys on your key ring.
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If your lock is performing poorly. One of the first things you can do is to try some lubrication.
For pin tumbler locks, powdered graphite is the preferred lubrication. For some locks like Kwikset smartkey locks, I like triflow. It's a Teflon based lub that evaporates and leaves the Teflon, like a Teflon no stick pan behind. Both of these lubricants are dry in the end. Thus not attracting dirt and grime.
In lieu of taking a lock apart to grease it. Back to tri-flo. It can sometimes be introduced from the outside w/o disassembly of the lock. This type of lubrication will likely either fix the lock if it’s just a lubrication problem or if it doesn’t fix the lock, may indicate keys that need restored to oem specification or that the lock in question may need to be taken apart to look for worn or broken parts.
These are just general comments on lock lubrication.
Notes on the three basic types of latches.
Left is a plain spring latch. Used on no security locks. Example is closets, bathrooms, bedrooms. Used to hold doors shut w/o security.
Middle is a spring deadlatch. Used on entrance doors w/keys to open. Is a security deadlatch. Designed to prevent shimming open w/butter knife or credit card.
Right is a deadbolt latch is either retracted or extended. When extended it is dead out and can't be pushed back to retracted
This type of latch requires further discussion
The right latch is engaged properly The little trigger on the back side of the latch will be depressed against the face of the strike plate.
The left latch is compromised. The deadlatch trigger has fallen into the strike hole. Allowing the latch to be shimmed back with a butter knife or credit card shim. It also speeds up malfunctioning of the deadlatch to failure.
Residential doors with this type of weather seal, a deadlatch can be over shut against the springy refrigerator type gasket. Allowing the deadlatch trigger to fall in the strike hole.