security

Roseville Locksmith – How To Install A Deadbolt from Scratch

Working as a Roseville Locksmith I have noticed that many homes built prior to 1990, and some even after that, don’t have a deadbolt lock on the exterior garage door. This means the only thing guarding your most vulnerable entry point is a spring latch that can in most cases be bypassed through the simple use of a credit card.

Not having deadbolt securing your exterior garage door represents a serious residential security risk; once inside of the garage the would be burglars have all the time and usually tools necessary to break down the interior garage door and thus gain access to the rest of your home.

Many home owners may not realize how vulnerable they are or perhaps they  just might not want to pay the money to have a deadbolt installed by a professional locksmith. In either case installing a deadbolt lock into your exterior garage door is probably the most cost effective way of increasing your residential security.

If money is an issue, as these days it often times is, you can perform the installation yourself. To assist in this task we at NorCal Locksmith have put together an instructional video that walks you step by step through the fresh installation of a deadbolt door lock. How To Install a Deadbolt Lock : Fresh Installation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWYpEn4ZwdQ

Roseville Locksmith – Do Away With All Those Keys On Your Ring By Replacing Your Padlock With One That Can Be Keyed to Your Front Door Key.

Rekeyable PadlockMost people have key rings that would function equally as well as a 10 pound fishing lure. These heavy key rings can be very cumbersome and extremely uncomfortable especially for a man who might carry them in his pocket. Believe it or not these rings can also be your ignition cylinders worse enemy. The problem is the weight of the keys  suspended from the ring can actually cause your ignition cylinder to wear out prematurely.

As a Roseville Locksmith one of the things that we try to do is reduce the number of keys that our customers have on their rings and in their possession. One simple way to do this is to get rid of that old master lock padlock  and replace it with a padlock such as the Abus 83/45 rekeyable one.  Abus is just one company that makes these locks you can find similar ones made by Schlage, Almont and Master Lock. These padlocks can be keyed to a Kwikset, Yale, or Schlage key. The advantage to this is that these keys happen to be the most common residential keys on the west coast. In other words you can have the padlock that is on your gate open with the key that is used for your front door to your house. Thus you can have one key that works all of the locks on your property. Talk about convenience.

Sacramento Locksmith Reviewed – Master Locks Vs. American Lock

When it comes to locking up your work trailers, storage units, bins or even your bicycle choosing the proper padlock is essential. When you put your head down on the pillow at night you want to rest assured that what ever it is that you’re locking up will still be there in one piece in the morning.

First and foremost, you must come to accept, like so many other things in life, that  not all padlocks are alike. For example, one might be able to find a padlock at a hardware store for $5-6 or maybe two for $10. Just don’t think that a cheap padlock is of good quality. More likely than not a padlock that costs you this little offers little in the way of security as well. Often these inferiors padlocks can be simply pounded off or cut with a pair of bolt cutters rather quickly. Be warned if you do choose to use such a padlock make sure that what ever your securing with it is of little or no value.

With that being said lets explore how one may go about finding a quality padlock. What should one look for when deciding which padlock best meets their needs and requirements? Any padlock you get needs to have a case hardened shackle. A case hardened shackle is one that is much more difficult to cut with a pair of bolt cutters. This type of shackle comes standard on both Master Lock as well as American Lock Padlocks. You may also consider the use of a padlock that features a shackle guard. A shackle guard further prevents the cutting of the shackle buy insulating it from such attacks. This type of shackle is available from both of the major manufactures.

Cutting the shackle isn’t the only threat to a padlock. Like most cylinder locks a padlock runs the risk of being picked open. The majority of Master Lock padlocks can be picked by someone with the proper tools in a matter of seconds. Ultimately this is one of Master Locks greatest weaknesses. Recently Master Lock has tried to respond to the threat of picking attacks by adjusting the spring tension and adding special driver pins in their lock cylinders. While this has resulted in decreasing the probability of them being bumped it has done little to nothing against the use of traditional tools.

American Lock padlocks come standard with pick resistant pins called spooled driver pins. Spooled driver pins make it extremely difficult to pick the cylinder even with the proper tools. Spooled driver pins also make American Padlocks difficult to bump even with specially cut bump key.

Most of the standard Master Padlocks can be rapped with a wooden handle or a hammer in a precise manner and the lock will release the shackle.  This is due to the fact that the shackle retainers are spring loaded and the inertia from the blow causes them to release the shackle. The fact that they are spring loaded is also the reason why these locks can be shimmed open.

American Lock withstand the brute force attack because in the place of the spring loaded retainers they utilize ball bearings. These ball bearings only allow the shackle to be released when the cylinder is turned to the unlocked position. The ball bearings also make these locks impossible to open via shims.

Take it from me, a local Sacramento Locksmith, when your locking up your valuables and want to guratee they’ll still be there in the morning go with American Lock Padlocks.