Key Duplication

key duplication

The process of key duplication refers to the process of creating another key based on the key on hand. The process of “cutting” refers to the actual removal of material or the shaping of material that makes up the key. “Cutting” is the main method used to create a duplicate key and is done worldwide.

Essentially, the process is a matter of placing the key on hand in a vise while adding a “blank” at the other end of a guide used to align the two keys. The blank is moved along a grinding or “cutting” wheel that is made to be an exact duplicate of the original. The new key is then deburred, scraped or sanded to remove burrs. These small pieces of the key can prevent the key from working, so they must be removed immediately. In addition, without the removal of burrs the key would have sharp edges that would cut the user. Further, these burrs could break off and foul the inside of a lock. Tumblers can be enmeshed by the shards of metal and be rendered useless.

You may find key duplication happening in hardware stores, “big box” stores, individual retailers and locksmith mobile vehicles or shops. The cost is minimal for the duplication of house, free standing buildings, and older automobiles. You may even find key duplicators online these days.

Sometimes locksmiths will use a punch machine to duplicate keys. This type of duplication is more labor intensive and requires the locksmith to be highly trained and skillful. However, the knotches made by the punch can actually be more precise and the margins/depth of the knotches will not wear as much as keys that are ground. Further, the original key is not needed for this duplication process if the placement and depth of the knotches are known beforehand. Often, large institutions prefer this method as these demensions are known throughout the property and variety of keying is kept to a minimum to prevent theft and breakins of undesirables.

Using the punch machine method requires the key being duplicated have the depth of each notch measured with a depth gauge. The key is then placed in a holder that also contains a numeric slider. This slider is adjusted to match the measurements taken by the craftsman. The lever is pressed and this cuts the knotch. When the lever is raised the key advances to the next indexed/marked position and the punch cuts the next knotch. This process is repeated until the key is completed.

A dual cutting machine is sometimes used by locksmiths and hardware people. This machine allows for the duplication of both cylinder and mortise keys. A mortise lockset is a design for doors usually where a mortise lock is used inside a mortise at the edge of the door. They are usually more classical in nature and design. A cylinder key and lock system involve pin tumbler locks inside a cylinder that can be removed by the locksmith. This is handy as the cylinder can be changed without changing the bolt or other hardware.

A sensitive area of locksmithing surrounds the category of key known as the DND or Do Not Duplicate. The key might also say “duplication prohibited.” This is a category of key designated by the manufacturer to be used as a deterrent to dissuade retail key duplicators from offering this service to the general public. This key is not suppose to be duplicated unless the person needing the key has the appropriate authorization. It is a key control system that is often overridden by stand alone key duplicators found in “big box” stores. The stand alone machine does not “read” the master key and simply reproduces whatever is inserted in the slot found at the front of the machine. In addition, some store employees will just accommodate the customer to make the sale and overlook the words “Do Not Duplicate” clearly written on the key.

Restricted keys are then the way to go! This key comes with restricted levels of sales and the distribution into the public retailers and locksmiths. They are protected by a patent. Any customer may be asked to provide identification before the locksmith will provide the duplicating service. A restricted key may also be sold with magnets, computer chips, and manufactured with a variety of metals.

Key Types

Berlin Key

Berlin Key

The Berlin key is designed with two key blades. One blade is at each end of the key. The key was designed so that the user must retrieve the key after the door is locked. This ensures the locking of the door. After the door is unlocked, the key must be pushed through the lock and retrieved on the other side of the door. This kind of design makes the retrieval of the key impossible unless the door is locked again. In 1912, Johannes Schweiger created this key and the Albert Kerfin and Co began its manufacture.

 

 

Car Key

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The car key is a key to the automobile that can open/close and start the vehicle. They are usually symetrical in design and contain grooves that activate the locking mechanism. In addition, the key can open the glove compartment and the trunk. More recently, car keys are designed with coded immobilizers that prevent theft by not allowing entry without a code or starting of the engine.

 

 

Skeleton Key

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The skeleton key may be used in several kinds of locks and is usually viewed as a master key. The sharp or serrated edge of the key is removed. It is a key that has been reduced to the essentials such as the teeth at the end that innervate and operate the tumblers of a lock.

 

 

Smart Key

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A smart key is an electronic device that functions as an authorization and deterent system. It is the standard these days in new car sales and has been a significant advancement in the security of vehicles. The key is kept in the owners pocket and is used to open, close and start the vehicle. A button is pressed to unlock, another to lock. The automobile may often be started remotely using this kind of system.

This system is also handy because it can remember settings such as steering wheel position, mirror placement, climate control, seat position, and stereo preferences.

 

 

If you happen to be in a situation where you are undecided about which key to use or you need a key duplicated, contact https://24hourbelfastlocksmiths.com

 

 

 

 

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Famous Locksmiths

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Famous Locksmiths

The Famous Ones

Did you know that locksmiths have never wanted to be famous? The very nature of locksmith is that they know something that nobody else knows and are in possession of a set of skills that no one else has mastered. Locksmiths like to keep a low profile and have done so for centuries. The skill set they hone to a striking point is one that the average citizen neither has or cares to have. Here in the 21st century, locksmith still has that air of secrecy about it, but we have become interested in knowing who is providing the service.

If you can’t name some locksmiths from history, it is no major surprise. The very famous locksmiths who became well known for their skills started as purveyors of entertainment to the public by opening seemingly impossible locks made of wood, stone, brass, rope, and leather. The method by which they would either loose themselves or gain entry was kept a secret and the general public went away stunned, confused, and amazed with the skill and showmanship of the locksmith on stage.

Robert Barron

Consider Robert Barron, an Englishman made famous by improving the security of a lock by creating the double tumbler. He did not have the advantage of computers, technology, or electronic means to increase this level of security in locks. He did so by the power of his mind and the work of his hands to create a device that would be viewed as an 18th century masterpiece.

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The lever tumbler lock is a lock that uses levers to stop the bolt from moving. The tumbler is lifted to a certain height which allows it to slide past the tumblers. The number of levers vary depending on the level of security needed. Locks with levers use a bitten key that is either singular or double. These can be found in southern and eastern Europe in doors, barns, and other types of buildings.

 

 

 

Jeremiah Chubb

In 1818, Jeremiah Chubb received a patent for the detector lock. The Chubb detector lock is a variation of the lever lock and has as its major goal to detect and prevent picking by others who would gain entry for less than honorable purposes. This detector lock is also fitted with a relocker which serves to stop entry attempts and gives an indication that entry has been attempted.

The brilliant part of this kind of lock is that when someone attempts entry, it is designed to jam in a locked state until a regulator or original key is used to turn it in a different way. When the owner of the lock finds it in this state, it is a clear indication that the lock has been tampered with. Further, when the lock is tampered with the picker is faced with the added problem of having to reset the detector mechanism to attempt another entry. This level of complexity slows down the entry process significantly and often exceeds the skill level of the person attempting entry. This kind of lock remained unpick-able for 33 years and came into existence after a government sponsored competition.

 

King Louis XVI

Louis XVI,  the King of France was also an accomplished and famous locksmith.

During that era, children were encouraged to pursue both liberal arts interests and interests in practical matters. King Louis-Auguste was influenced by his parents to pursue the science of locksmiths and as a result the king became quite proficient at design, implementation and entry into locks.

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Houdini

Just the mention of this man’s name conjures up memories of consummate entertainment and masterful skill in escapology. His fame continues into this century and he remains the quintessential locksmith and escape artist that modern entertainers seek to emulate.

In regard to locksmiths, Houdini started learning these skills at an early age. Born Erik Weisz in 1874 and hailing from Hungary, he started as a vaudeville and circus performer. Originally known as “Harry Handcuff Houdini,” who challenged police departments all over Europe to contain him. His skill set included the use of ropes, hanging from skyscrapers, straitjackets, chains, being buried alive and holding his breath for long periods of time while submerged in water or milk!

 

 

Mark in Belfast

Moving now all the way into the 21st century we find an equally skillful and famous locksmith set to make his own mark in the emergency locksmith service field. With over 20 years experience with a variety of locks and providing prompt service to the Northern Ireland public, Mark is ready, willing, and able to provide you 24 hour locksmith services.

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Some of his areas of expertise include locks repair, key cutting, locks changing, locks fitting, car key service and 24 hour service. His work is always done with a smile and friendly demeanor. His name may not be written in the locksmith hall of fame as others have been, but his level of locks mastery is on par with any previous centuries famous locksmith.

Mark is devoted to constantly learning about technologies and techniques for both gaining entry through locks, preventing others from gaining entry, and providing the public with a variety of services needed in the 21st century. His career enjoys a history of famous and dedicated professionals of locksmithing and Mark is no exception.

You may contact Mark and engage him for locksmiths services by navigating to https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com/.

 

Call him anytime at 07866 522422!

 

Should you prefer email, address your correspondence to  Mark@24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com

Emergency Locksmith For Your Car In Belfast: Locked Out?

Oh No! You Are Locked Out of Your Car!

Have you ever noticed that you forget things? We forget our attache cases, computer bags, house keys, car keys, phones and a sense of what we are going to do next. The intricacies of what the average person has to do in any given day will boggle the mind. It is understandable then that a locksmith is an important and integral part of any cities’ services.

No matter the reason you are locked out, an emergency locksmith in Belfast can help you get on with your day or night. Don’t stress! Help is on its way.

Oh, and all that forgetting of things, places, and general stuff are pretty normal for the average 21st-century human. We have so many things to keep up with, it is no wonder we remember where our car is parked!

HYPERLINK “https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com/”https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com will be there for you when you, for some reason are locked out of your vehicle. Through the years, we have learned what it takes to open a variety of automobiles. We are also keeping ourselves educated in regard to recent changes in lock technology. We are confident we can answer any question you may have regarding your particular transportation mode and locks.

We are also open 24 hours a day, which means we can assist you at any time to gain access to your car, truck, or SUV. We can usually respond immediately to emergency situations and will be at your service as fast as traffic and the laws of the land will allow. You can expect and receive excellent service and we will always be friendly while rendering it.

I’m locked out! What do I do now?

Don’t panic! First of all, if you can gain the presence of mind to remember where you may have stashed a spare key, then remember. Call a taxi or a friend to get you to that extra key. That is the first step. (That means you would have had to have the foresight to make an extra key and store it somewhere.)

It is also important at this point to begin to consider your options. Remember: Calling relatives and friends might make you feel better and one of them may come to get you, but they are not locksmiths and will not be able to get you back into your house, car, boat, etc. (If you can remember where you put that spare key, ask your relative or friend if they will get it for you.)

Make a determination if you will require the talents of a roadside service. Insurance policies can provide this service, but it is often an add-on. The policy will cover lockouts and may also include the provision of gas, battery jumps, and towing.

The next step is to make a phone call to  HYPERLINK “https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com/”https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com. Our lockout services are on par with any other company. When we get the call our first goal is to get to where you are.

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Why Should You Call Us?

Fast and Dependable. It doesn’t matter when you call, we will always make your emergency situation our top priority. We know what it is like to be standing next to your car in an unfamiliar area and wondering what is going to happen next. We will be there quickly and with your safety in mind.

Experience. After all these years of being in the business of understanding lock technology, we can arrive at a solution for your state of affairs. Knowledge is important in this kind of situation and knowing how to apply that knowledge is even more important. At  HYPERLINK “https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com/”https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com there isn’t much we haven’t seen or had to figure out in the past.

You Can Afford It  The national average cost for changing a lock in this area can be between 30 to 300 euros. The cost varies based on the type of lock, fees for the locksmith, and the security level of the lock itself. Of course, the time of the lockout occurrence is important. Prices may vary if the occurrence is at the weekend or some major holiday. You must also understand the distance to travel to your car will figure into the cost. Not to worry. Our professional goal is to protect your property, possessions, and self. Our price will be well below the national average and in line with reasonable price points.

Areas of Car Lockout Service

At  HYPERLINK “https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com/”https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com, we have knowledge and experience in several service areas. From reprogramming to making new keys, you can trust us to provide a solution. Here are some things we can do for you…

Provide vehicle lockout service. We can also get you into your trunk!

We can extract a broken key.

We duplicate keys.

We replace or repair your automobile door locks.

We can replace the ignition key.

We can assist you by replacing transponder chip keys.

We can provide keyless entry reprogramming.

So, why should you trust us with your car lockout recovery?

HYPERLINK “https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com/”https://24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com is licensed, bonded and insured. Our pride shows in our full-service locksmith service areas and capabilities. We like to think we treat your situation with respect and care. That is a rare occurrence these days in any area of society. It is our goal to provide you with what you need and do it at a reasonable, affordable price.

We are comfortable and skilled in commercial, industrial, automotive, and residential areas. We will respond on any day and at any hour. So, contact me. My name is Mark and I will help you get back into your house or car and back on your road to a good day!

 

Emergency Locksmith For Your Car In Belfast: Locked Out?

HOW TO REPLACE FRENCH DOOR HANDLES

Your external doors serve two purposes – making your house look good and keeping your home secure. Usually, when most people are looking to purchase new doors, they focus mostly on the price of the doors and the appearance of the door. But these are not as important as how secure the door is and how well it can keep intruders out of your home. These factors are especially important when buying French doors which are usually big and are made with mostly glass.

French doors have huge frames, and the glass is doubled all the time, which means the level of security is high. In spite of the robust frames and double glazing, the handle and locking mechanism of the door must be of the best quality. , and if your French door is an older model, the handle or lock may not be of modern standards,  and you may need to have your French door locks replaced Belfast.

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Why should you have your French door locks replace Belfast?

The most common reason why you may need your French Door Locks replaced Belfast is if the door handle or lock is broken. Your French door gets used a lot, and since it is the door at the entrance of your home, it constantly is exposed to the elements. These factors are bound to affect the functionality of your French door locks at some point in time which may warrant requiring you to change the lock.

You might also have to change your door handles if you are looking to change the look of your old French door and make it look fresh. A new handle will save you a lot of money, and the change will be easily obvious as well. Replacing door handles does not take time, so if you would like to revamp your home’s exterior, a good idea is to change your French door handle. If you are also looking at security, changing your door handle can also help you achieve this. There are different types of door handles with varying levels of security. The modern ones are more advanced and secure than the older ones. Their locks are more robust; they have double locking systems; are generally stronger, secure and harder to break into. The exterior doors of your house should keep your mind at rest every time you are away from home. You need to be able to be away from your home and be rest assured that your door can withstand any attempt to force it open.

Types of French door Locks

For you French doors, you will find different types of lock that you can use. Find out the one that suits you the most;

  • Key-Operated Locks (Top and Bottom) – These are most commonly used on patio doors.
  • Key-Operated Locks (Central Rail) – These are found on patio doors and not exactly peculiar to only French doors. They are however more secured than basic locks.
  • Key-Operated Locks (Multi-Point Locking Systems) – This type of lock is the most secure type of lock you can use for your French door. The rim-locking system bolts the door securely into the door frame or the supporting door. This makes it very difficult for intruders or burglars to force the door open.

How to have your French door locks replaced Belfast

For your exterior French doors, there are usually two doors, latched to each other, which open away from each other outwards. The doors are not latched to the door frame; therefore, you make sure you use a secure locking mechanism so that no one will find it easy to force the doors open.

The two doors each have their handles where one is active while the other one is a dummy handle. The active handle houses the lock while the lock is held in place by the dummy handle. First, you need to decide where the active handle will be then you identify the lock cylinder pin. The cylinder pin is a long piece of metal that goes through the door to the other side. Turn it anti-clockwise if you will have the active handle on the right and clockwise if you would like to have the operating handle on the left door.

You can create new holes in the doors if they are new and if there are existing handles, the holes might just fit. If the holes don’t fit, you can make use of the hole-boring template to know where you will bore the holes. The holes you will need include two holes for the latch and the lock mechanism, and one for the doorknob. The locking mechanism hole will hold the actuator slot on the active door. Put the lock bolt in the door’s edge through the hole and connect to the actuator. You may have to insert the bolt before the actuator depending on the handle design, so you have to follow the instructions in the user manual.

You will then have to position the face plate on the door and pass the lock cylinder pin through the actuator slot. The process of attaching the face plate to the door involves screwing it into position then you will need to screw the inner plate after sliding it over the lock cylinder pin. Then attach each of the handles and screw them tightly with a set screw.

Take the latching mechanism and slide it through the latch hole in the edge of the door. Screw the plates, including the outer plate securely. The outer plate is the one that covers the locking mechanism and latch. Test both the latch and lock to see if they both work properly and tighten all the plates.

Having your French door locks replaced Belfast can be a simple task if you follow the instructions to the letter but to save yourself the stress, you can contact a locksmith in Belfast instead. Emergency Locksmith Belfast can help you deal with issues like this. All you have to do is put a call through to 07866 522 422 today.

HOW TO REPLACE FRENCH DOOR HANDLES

Auto Locksmith Belfast

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7 Reasons Why Your Car Key is Refusing to Work

One thing virtually all car owners have experienced is their car keys refusing to work. Imagine you are rushing out to work and you are unable to unlock your car or start it. You check what the problem is only to realize that your car key has stopped working. While you are locked out of your car trying to figure out what the cause of the problem is, you should also be thinking of the auto locksmith Belfast that you can call. The truth is, we have all been there, and it is a pain that we all share. To make this problem less of a problem, we will be looking at some reasons why your car key may not work.

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First off, if your car key is broken or if it breaks inside the lock, these reasons do not apply to you. Your problem is different, and you should reach out to an auto locksmith Belfast to check it out for you.

Is your lock damaged?

If, when you try to unlock your car, the car refuses to open, the problem might be with your car lock. If your car is a fairly recent model, you probably will never have this kind of issue as most new cars come with keyless entry remotes and key fobs. But if your car is an older model that requires opening the door with the key, this issue is quite possible. The lock gets spoilt over time after constant use, and in this case, the internal mechanism of your car lock may have worn down. Sometimes, it may be dirt or dust clogging up the lock, and all you have to do is clean the lock. In more extreme cases, an external collision could damage your car lock as well. The bottom line is if your car refuses to open, try and figure out whether the problem is with your lock.

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Is your key damaged?

If your car lock is not damaged, it is possible the key is damaged. A damaged key does not necessarily have to be a key that is broken into pieces. Your car key has grooves embedded on it which must correspond with the internal mechanism of your car lock or the ignition. If these grooves or any other element on the key have gone through some wear and tear, that key will not work. So, you need to pay attention to your key and if you do not know what to look for, an auto locksmith Belfast can take a look at your keys and give you a report on its current state.

Damaged Ignition Cylinder

The way it is possible for the internal mechanism of your car lock to be damaged, it is also possible for the internal mechanism or cylinder of the car ignition to be faulty if the car refuses to start. Get an auto locksmith Belfast to check it out for you as this is not something you can check by yourself.

Are your key fob batteries worn out?

If you drive a modern car that uses a Key fob or keyless entry remote, it is possible your key batteries have run out of juice. It is normal for batteries to run out after a certain period of use. This is a common issue, and it has a simple solution. Find new batteries and replace the old batteries with the new ones. You should be good to go afterward.

Is your Key Fob or Keyless Entry Remote Damaged Internally?

After replacing the batteries, if your keyless entry remote still does not unlock your car, then you have a much serious problem on your hands. The key fob works on the principle of communication between a transmitter and receiver. If any or both of these components are damaged, the car key will not work. The damage could be caused by frayed wires, dropping the key or even moisture. You need to have the key fob checked so you can ascertain what exactly is the problem with it. 

Is the key programmed?

This is another issue that may prevent you from being able to unlock your car. Usually, there is no need to pair traditional keys, but for transponder keys and keyless entry remotes, they have to be paired with the car for them to work. This hardly happens with keys that come with the car originally; it is more common with people who get duplicate car keys or replace their car key remotes. The new key has to be programmed to work with your car, and this fact is one that most people forget. An auto locksmith Belfast can do this.

Did you get aftermarket car keys?

When people are looking to replace their car keys, they go for cheaper options known as aftermarket car keys. Aftermarket car keys are usually not designed for your specific car model and brand, or they may not be fully programmed to work for your car. So, you may need to do some additional work on the key so it can be paired with your vehicle. If you buy an aftermarket key, do make sure all the programming and pairing work is done on it to avoid any future headaches.

Conclusion

Your car is useless without its key and if your car key refuses to work on a particular day, your activities for that day may be hampered. The points above are the most common reasons why your car key may not be working to either unlock or start your car. So, take your time to digest them keep them in mind and should you ever find yourself in such a situation, you would be able to do the necessary checks on your car’s components. And of course, to solve any car keys or lock problem in Belfast, you should not hesitate to get in touch with an auto locksmith Belfast to check it out for you instead of tampering with things and potentially causing further damage. You can get in touch with 24-hour Emergency Locksmith Belfast by calling 078 6652 2422.

Car Key Repairs Belfast

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Is your car key broken or damaged? Find out how to get Car Key Repairs Done In Belfast.

Having issues with your car keys will surely get you rattled a bit, and it is hard not to conclude or fear that your key is permanently damaged. Fortunately, there are some key problems that car key repairs Belfast can get fixed for you. You will not have to go through the stress of a car key replacement. As long as you do not try to force things, your car key should be back up in no time. Some of these issues include;

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Your car key is worn out.

Your car key got stuck in the ignition.

You are unable to start your car.

Your car key’s transponder chip is damaged or broken.

The key fob is damaged or broken.

Other than these issues, when going for car key repairs Belfast, you should make sure your Belfast locksmith can repair the following keys;

Standard car keys

Key fob Remote

Transponder keys

Motorcycle key

Van and Truck Keys, etc.

Even though there is a massive shift towards the use of electronic keys as technology is advancing, your car key repair locksmith will have to offer key programming as part of their services so they can deliver the best service to you. Imagine you have a car which is a recent model, and the key is faulty; then the locksmith is unable to fix it for you. Such a bummer, right? 24-hour Belfast Locksmith is a fully certified and well-trained locksmith that specializes in Car Key Repairs Belfast.

What are the common car key problems and how to fix them?

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Broken Key in the lock

A lot of car owners who have experienced this problem usually worsen the situation by pushing the broken part of the key further deeper into the lock. Some, who try to remove the broken segment out of the lock often end up damaging the entire locking mechanism. They would have prevented this if they had called a professional locksmith in the first place.

The job of a car key repairs Belfast specialist is to find solutions to things like this rather than escalating an already existing problem. Therefore, since you are not a professional, it is advised that you leave the problem for a specialist to fix. The task is a delicate one, and this is the more reason why you should contact a car key repairs Belfast Locksmith who specializes in the removal of broken keys. This way, you can be sure that the service you are receiving is a quality service.

Key won’t turn or is stuck in the Ignition.

Picture this; you want to drive out, you get into your car, insert the key into the ignition, and the key does not turn. You try to remove the key, but it does not budge either. Don’t sweat it, call a locksmith 

immediately so they can diagnose the problem. If it is a key problem, you might have to cut and reprogram another, but if it is an ignition problem, the ignition may need to be repaired or replaced depending on how damaged it is. Overall, this is not something beyond the skillset of a car key repairs Belfast specialist.

How to remove a broken car key out of the ignition

Of course, not everybody will have the patience to wait for a locksmith to come around to remove the broken key for them. There are some steps you can follow if you are confident you can pull this off.

First, clear off any form of obstruction from the lock. You can use compressed air to do this. Using spray cleaners can damage the ignition because of the harsh chemicals they contain.

Insert the key fragment that is with you back into the lock so it can join the other fragment inside the lock.

Slide straightened paperclips or stiff wire along both sides of the key. You have to bend the end of the straightened paperclips so that they can hold the broken fragment in place.

Keep the wire or straightened paperclip in the ignition then pull out the upper key fragment slowly.

Keep the fragment in-between the wires and pull out carefully.

How to remove a broken car key out of the door lock

Like the process of removing a broken car key from the ignition, you can remove a broken car key from the door lock as well. You should, however, note that you have to be careful and must know how to do this or else you might damage your car lock in the process.

Remove the broken upper part of the key from the lock. If the key is only partially broken, break it completely.

Use your thumb to rotate the lock to the “insert key” position.

Clean the lock and add some lubrication to make the key removal easier.

Buy a lock removal tool or get a long narrow object that has a small hook at one end.

Insert the tool and twist it towards the broken fragment inside the lock.

Carefully pull out the broken fragment until you can remove it with your hand.

Can you duplicate a broken key?

Yes, you can. Once you have removed the broken parts of the key from the ignition or lock, a locksmith can put the parts together to cut a brand new replacement key. The chip from the old key will then be removed and placed in the new key. This way, you will be able to unlock, lock and start your car normally.

Where can you repair key fobs?

A professional locksmith who specializes in car key repairs Belfast and full key programming can help in repairing your key fob. If your key fob is broken or damaged, you might be unable to have access to your car or even start the car. Therefore, it is important that you get the best car key repairs Belfast specialist to help you with issues like this.

Call 24-hour Belfast Locksmith on 078 6652 2422 whenever you get into fixes that have to do with your car key or lock.

How to deal with Burglaries

One of the most emotionally-draining things that a person can go through is a home or office burglary. Nobody should ever go through that, and whether it is a home burglary or office burglary, there is the potential to lose some of your belongings or properties. If you have never experienced a burglary before, you probably will not know what to do after realizing that you have been burgled. Apart from the loss from the burglary, experiencing a burglary can cause emotional issues. Before scheduling a locksmith Burglary Repairs Belfast, here is a guide on what to do for those who just experienced a burglary or if you want to be prepared.

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Imagine getting home from work, and you find out your home has been broken into or you go to your place of business and find out that it has been broken into. So, after you have called the police to report the burglary, you should also call someone close to you who you know and trust. You need all the support that you can get from friends and family, especially if you live alone. Find a way to calm yourself down then you can go ahead to check for other things.

The next thing to do is to call your credit and debit card provider to cancel them and check if your finances have been tampered with. Even if the cards were not stolen, the burglar could have written down the details to use them later to make internet purchases. Some websites do not require a security pin or code to make purchases.

When the police arrive

When the police arrive, they will want to know what property you have lost. If your phone was stolen and it has an anti-theft software installed on it, you need to tell them it is possible for you to track your phone. The police will then be able to help you with the tracking and possible retrieve the phone or even capture the burglar. The police will ask for a list of the missing items. This list will be useful when you move to the next step which is to contact your insurance provider. The police may give you pointers on how best to present your itinerary to your insurance provider. It will also help if you have receipts and model numbers of stolen items.

While you are focused on taking inventory of the things that were stolen in the burglary, you should also make sure you are taking full stock of your health state. Are you able to deal with the emotional stress of the burglary? According to government statistics, of the total number of people who have experienced a burglary, about 87 percent were affected emotionally. Of those 87 percent, 13 percent got depressed while 15 percent suffered from anxiety.

 

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Burglary Repairs Belfast

After you have followed all due protocols required under the law, the next thing you should do is figure out ways to prevent another burglary from occurring. You cannot pack your things and move out of the burgled property so; your only option is to beef up the security. This is where a locksmith burglary repairs Belfast comes in. You need to let a locksmith inspect and see where you had a lapse in security and give you solutions to fix it. 24-hour Belfast Locksmith can help you secure your home or business. If you want to repair or change your locks, repair your windows or doors, we can help with any or all of these. You have experienced one burglary, why don’t you make it harder for another burglar to break into your property? You can only do this by keeping your doors and windows more secure.

Some of our services include;

Lock replacement.

Lock repairs for damaged or broken locks.

Upgrading your window and door locks.

Provide you with insurance-approved locks and carrying out security surveys.

We are available every day, and in emergency situations, we have a 20 to 30-minute response time. So, we can get to wherever you are to provide you with immediate help. We also repair and replace locks. If you recently experienced a burglary, it would make sense to have a security survey which we can get done for you as well. For any damages done to your doors, windows, locks, and frames, you can get a locksmith burglary repairs Belfast such as 24 hours Belfast Locksmith at the scene within 30 minutes to carry out repairs of change locks if needed. We also provide security surveys to see if there are any further lapse in your security and if the property is secure enough. We will also teach you methods to make your property less attractive to potential burglars or thieves in the future.

In most burglar cases, the thieves usually damage the locks, doors or windows depending on their mode of entry and they leave them damaged like that. Damages like these have to be repaired as soon as possible, and this is why 24 hour Belfast Locksmith, an expert in burglary repairs Belfast exists.

To prevent a burglary from occurring another time, below are some tips to follow;

Know your surroundings: Get rid of trees and bushes close to your property so you can have a good view of every part of your property.

Think like a burglar: Sometimes, to defeat an opponent, you have to think like them. Identify the possible security breaches you have so that you can know where a burglar might get in through. Make the necessary changes as soon as you can by getting in touch with 24 hour Belfast Locksmith.

Keep your valuables strategically inside your property so that it will be difficult for outsiders to see them and also for a burglar to find them.

Be on the lookout always: Learn to keep an eye out; report all suspicious activities to your neighbors and the police.

It is better to find prevention than a cure. It is better if you prevent the burglary altogether instead of waiting for the robbery to happen before taking steps.

If you need further assistance with burglary prevention or locksmith burglary repairs Belfast, contact 24 hour Belfast Locksmith by calling 078 6652 2422.

What do you do when you lose your Car Keys in Belfast?

Losing your car keys is one of the most sudden headaches a car owner is going to ever experience. The truth is you will never be prepared for it, and when it happens, instead of moping, you should be thinking about finding a solution. What is the next thing to do about lost car keys Belfast? Of course, get a locksmith Belfast to help you out.

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For emphasis, we will reiterate the importance of having a spare key for not only your house but your car and all other important keys that you carry about with you. Losing your car keys is not a fun experience and can ruin a perfect day. You will find yourself unable to get into your car or drive your car, and you could be stranded if you do not have any means of leaving where you are. In some cases, it might even be an emergency and life-threatening situation such as a kid locked in the car or one of such things. So, what should you do in a lost car keys Belfast situation?

Well, first off, panicking will do you no good. Staying calm will go a long way in helping you gather your thoughts. First figure out the type of key you lost.

What type of key did you lose?

The type of key you lost is valuable information that the locksmith will ask from you. There are different types of keys depending on your car make, and the year it was made. The following are the different types of car keys we have; Transponder key, Keyless Entry Remote, and Traditional Keys. This will help the locksmith know what exactly to prepare for and what you need.

So, if you lose your car key and you have no spare, let’s go through the following steps that might get you out of this unfortunate situation.

Search your immediate surroundings.

This is why you need to be calm once you find out your car key is missing. Keeping calm will allow you to focus and pay attention to the things that matter. Immediately you notice your key is missing, check your immediate surroundings to be sure that your keys are indeed lost. Retrace your steps and remember the places that you have been to in the last few hours. You can go back to those places to see if you did not drop your car key there. We have seen one too many cases of people who forget to pick up their car keys from a place, and they already concluded that their car key was lost. This will save you time and money.

Check your car

If your car key did not drop on the ground around you and you had checked the restaurant you ate last, your house, office or any other place that you have been to before you noticed the key missing, the next place to check is inside your car. You may have locked your keys in the car due to forgetfulness. If you find your key in your car, you will have less headache to deal with. You only have to contact a locksmith in Belfast to help you get out the key.

Get the necessary information about your car.

For a locksmith to help you with your lost car keys Belfast, they will need to have details about your car as this information is what they will use to get you the key that will help the situation. You also need to be able to tell them the type of key your vehicle uses whether it is a traditional key or transponder key. You also have to be specific about your car model and brand as well as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of your car so that the locksmith can know the type of key to provide.

Do not ignore cost and reliability.
It is normal sometimes to be influenced by how much something costs and not pay attention to how reliable or dependable that thing is. Of course, you could find the most cost-effective means to change your car keys, but you have to make sure the key you want to get will last you for a long time to come. Your car keys are about the most important security feature of your car, so, while getting your keys replaced, make sure it is done well with quality method and materials. Do not because you are in a hurry to replace your car keys, ignore security.

Request for a spare key.

After getting a locksmith to get you out of your lost car keys Belfast situation, you can take a breath of relief that you can get into your car very soon. However, make use of the opportunity to ask for a spare key to be made. The importance of have spare car keys cannot be ignored; anything can happen anytime, and if you have extra keys, you will have to worry less. Ignore how much you might have to spend if your car keys are the type that needs to be programmed to work for your car. It will be worth it in the long run, and you would be thankful you decided to make spare keys.

Conclusion

Nobody is perfect for sure, and anybody can lose their car keys at any time, but if you lose your car keys and you don’t have a spare, we hope that this article has shed light on the best ways to deal with such situation. If you have not experienced this and you got to read this article, then good for you. We hope you don’t lose your car keys and well, if it happens, we are just a phone call away. Call 07866 522422 if you are in a lost car keys Belfast situation, and a locksmith will come to your rescue. If it is an emergency situation, call the appropriate emergency services first then call us if our service is still needed.

What do you do when you lose your Car Keys in Belfast?

Losing your car keys is one of the most sudden headaches a car owner is going to ever experience. The truth is you will never be prepared for it, and when it happens, instead of moping, you should be thinking about finding a solution. What is the next thing to do about lost car keys Belfast? Of course, get a locksmith Belfast to help you out.

24 hour belfast Locksmith

For emphasis, we will reiterate the importance of having a spare key for not only your house but your car and all other important keys that you carry about with you. Losing your car keys is not a fun experience and can ruin a perfect day. You will find yourself unable to get into your car or drive your car, and you could be stranded if you do not have any means of leaving where you are. In some cases, it might even be an emergency and life-threatening situation such as a kid locked in the car or one of such things. So, what should you do in a lost car keys Belfast situation?

Well, first off, panicking will do you no good. Staying calm will go a long way in helping you gather your thoughts. First figure out the type of key you lost.

  1. What type of key did you lose?

The type of key you lost is valuable information that the locksmith will ask from you. There are different types of keys depending on your car make, and the year it was made. The following are the different types of car keys we have; Transponder key, Keyless Entry Remote, and Traditional Keys. This will help the locksmith know what exactly to prepare for and what you need.

So, if you lose your car key and you have no spare, let’s go through the following steps that might get you out of this unfortunate situation.

  1. Search your immediate surroundings.

This is why you need to be calm once you find out your car key is missing. Keeping calm will allow you to focus and pay attention to the things that matter. Immediately you notice your key is missing, check your immediate surroundings to be sure that your keys are indeed lost. Retrace your steps and remember the places that you have been to in the last few hours. You can go back to those places to see if you did not drop your car key there. We have seen one too many cases of people who forget to pick up their car keys from a place, and they already concluded that their car key was lost. This will save you time and money.

  1. Check your car

If your car key did not drop on the ground around you and you had checked the restaurant you ate last, your house, office or any other place that you have been to before you noticed the key missing, the next place to check is inside your car. You may have locked your keys in the car due to forgetfulness. If you find your key in your car, you will have less headache to deal with. You only have to contact a locksmith in Belfast to help you get out the key.

  1. Get the necessary information about your car.

For a locksmith to help you with your lost car keys Belfast, they will need to have details about your car as this information is what they will use to get you the key that will help the situation. You also need to be able to tell them the type of key your vehicle uses whether it is a traditional key or transponder key. You also have to be specific about your car model and brand as well as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of your car so that the locksmith can know the type of key to provide.

  1. Do not ignore cost and reliability.

It is normal sometimes to be influenced by how much something costs and not pay attention to how reliable or dependable that thing is. Of course, you could find the most cost-effective means to change your car keys, but you have to make sure the key you want to get will last you for a long time to come. Your car keys are about the most important security feature of your car, so, while getting your keys replaced, make sure it is done well with quality method and materials. Do not because you are in a hurry to replace your car keys, ignore security.

  1. Request for a spare key.

After getting a locksmith to get you out of your lost car keys Belfast situation, you can take a breath of relief that you can get into your car very soon. However, make use of the opportunity to ask for a spare key to be made. The importance of have spare car keys cannot be ignored; anything can happen anytime, and if you have extra keys, you will have to worry less. Ignore how much you might have to spend if your car keys are the type that needs to be programmed to work for your car. It will be worth it in the long run, and you would be thankful you decided to make spare keys.

Conclusion

Nobody is perfect for sure, and anybody can lose their car keys at any time, but if you lose your car keys and you don’t have a spare, we hope that this article has shed light on the best ways to deal with such situation. If you have not experienced this and you got to read this article, then good for you. We hope you don’t lose your car keys and well, if it happens, we are just a phone call away. Call 07866 522422 if you are in a lost car keys Belfast situation, and a locksmith will come to your rescue. If it is an emergency situation, call the appropriate emergency services first then call us if our service is still needed.

 

What do you do when you lose your Car Keys in Belfast?

We have all at one time, or the other in our lives lost our keys or locked them in the house or car, and as a 24-hour Locksmith Belfast, we have witnessed it all. It’s not only embarrassing, but it is also frustrating, and it is not a situation that anybody enjoys. Imagine you have been out all day, tired, hungry and sleep-deprived, then you get home to find out that you have been locked out of your house or have misplaced your keys. It’s not the first time, and you want to put an end to it for good. Or if it’s your first time, you certainly never want to experience that another time. So, what do you do? We’ve put together a couple of time that you probably never thought about.

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Get a Lanyard and Keychain

Not misplacing your key has nothing to do with being careful; losing keys happen to the best of us. But keys are more effectively kept if they are attached to things that are difficult to lose. Attach a lanyard or something large to your key – something that you can feel on you at all times whether you’re walking or sitting so that if your key isn’t with you, you would be able to feel it’s absence. You can also get a bright keychain to make your key stand out and make it easier to find in the midst of a lot of other things.

Get a home for your keys.

Having a specific place to drop your keys in your house will help you get used to keeping your keys in specific places. Make a habit to keep your keys in the same spot every day. Some people have a bowl or key-hanger at their front doors, so it’s easy to drop when they get home and pick up on their way out.

Also, you have to make conscious efforts of taking note of your keys before closing your house or car door if it is possible for you to lock your keys inside. Here’s one way to go about it: Mention the word “Keys” to yourself every time you are about to step out of or lock any door. If you do this always, you will in no time stop forgetting those keys.

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Make copies of your keys.

Making copies of your keys is never a bad idea as long as you keep the copies safe and out of reach of anybody else. It is easy to make copies of standard keys; it is something that can be done by 24-hour locksmith Belfast. It is not expensive and takes little time to do. Within 24 hours, you should already have your set of spare keys. Copying a metal key costs lesser than copying a key fob but whatever you spend on making copies of your keys will be worth it someday if it happens that you lock yourself out of your home or car.

Your spare keys should, however, be kept in places that are convenient, safe and easily accessible. You can keep your spares in your desk at work or with trusted family members who live close to you. This way, if anything happens to your keys, you can quickly go and get the spare keys. You should note the kind of people you would leave your keys with though as whoever you leave them with will have access to your things. So you need to make sure you can completely trust them and well, if anything happens to your stuff, you would be able to hold them accountable.

You never can tell when you would need those extra set of keys and you would be glad you made copies if all you have to do to gain access into your house is to phone a friend, or more preferred, a family member.

Have a strategy and stick to it.

An excellent strategy that works is to always think about your keys before opening or stepping out of any door. Through all your daily activities in your house, your car or any other room, think ahead. Think about stepping out of the door even before stepping out, ask yourself, “are my keys with me?” Check if they are in your pocket and try and remember when last you saw the keys. A well-thought-out strategy of keeping your keys in mind does not fail. A lot of people forget to pick up their keys even if it is in plain sight and this is because they don’t have the keys in mind. Having your mind wander around to your keys will no doubt keep you prepared ahead of any inconvenience that might arise from misplacing or dropping your key. Foresight is a great virtue that will help you a lot when it comes to handling your house keys and car keys.

If you can’t help forgetting your keys, you should not forget our number.

“Live and let live” is quite a popular saying. We do not expect everyone to be the same; and while we have people who effortlessly remember everything that matters, we have those who will forget one or two things every day. That is all right, we understand, and that is why your 24-hour Locksmith Belfast is here for you.

If you are the forgetful type, and it so happens that you lock yourself out of your home or car, we will make ourselves available, swing by and save the day like your “locksmith with shining keys.” Within a short time, you can go about your daily business as if nothing happened. But this will not happen if you don’t call us, and you sure cannot call us without our phone number. So, for your 24-hour Locksmith Belfast, call the number 07866 522422. You are probably imagining the possibility of needing our services right now. Why don’t you save the number to get started? And give us a call whenever, and the best 24-hour Locksmith Belfast will come to your aid right away.

 

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