Locksmith for houses

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How long does it take for the home locksmith to get to me?

It will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes depending on your home’s proximity to our available locksmiths. All of our locksmiths are mobile technicians which mean they are on the road 95% of the time.

Do I need to know what type of locks my home has?

United Locksmith staffs trained professionals that can assess your locks and inform you of the services that you may need. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge on the lock products. A history of the services provided would be helpful but not needed.

How long does it take a locksmith to open a door in my home?

Once our locksmith has arrived they will assess your situation and inform you of the services you need. A traditional home lockout will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes depending on the lock and method being used.

Will my house’s lock be damaged?

Most door opening methods such as picking or the use of a bump key will leave the lock in working order. In the most extreme of cases, the lock might need to be drilled, after which the lock will need to be replaced. Replacement is also no issue and is a service that your home locksmith can provide for you.

Will opening my safe damage my property?

No! United Locksmith takes every precaution to make sure that your valuables remain unharmed during the process of opening the safe.

Will opening my safe damage the safe?

door-lock-repairThe safe will almost assuredly need to be replaced after opening because it will have been compromised and will no longer be able to securely house your property.

How much does a professional home locksmith cost?

United Locksmith offers a variety of Home Locksmith services, and prices are based off the type of work required. All standard service calls are priced at ; house lockouts start at ; the price of lock rekeying has a starting cost of ; lock change pricing begins at ; new lock insulation prices start at ; and pricing for safe lockouts also start at $35. For more on pricing, and the services we offer, visit our prices page.

House Lockouts

United Locksmith uses several different methods to make sure we take the path of least resistance and be certain your home is unharmed in the process. Most locks work of a pin and tumbler system, and can usually be picked by and experienced locksmith. The pin and tumbler lock is a common type of lock consisting of a bible (which houses springs and the driver pins), the plug (the part of the lock that will turn with the key), and the key pins (the pins that are touched by the key). The driver pins rest between the bible and the plug of the lock. The driver pins and springs will be a uniform height whereas the keys pins will all be unique in this regard. The key pins have heights that correspond with the grooves of the key, instead of with each other. By placing the key inside the plug, the key pins evenly elevate the driver pins and compress the springs. The driver pins now are set on the shear line, which is the line that separates the plug from the bible. Once the driver pins all reach the shear line the key can turn and the lock is opened.

The process of picking such a lock can be quite difficult, but relies on the basic knowledge that the driver pins must be artificially moved to the shear line. This is most often handled with a professional locksmith picking set, with the main tools being a tension wrench and one or two American standard size picks. The tension wrench is placed on the opposite end of where the key’s teeth (grooves that move the key pins) would go. Knowing what way the key turns is not necessary for our trained professionals because the tension wrench can be used to determine what rotation has more give, therefore determining the way to twist. Once the tension wrench is being twisted the correct way, the keyhole is raked a few times (a process of pulling the pick in and out). By raking the lock, some driver pins will be moved properly. Then, starting from the back pin, the locksmith will work their way through all of the pins (most locks having five pins). When the process is complete the tension wrench can turn the plug as if it was the key, and by acting as a key would in slow motion, no harm is done to the lock. Another method of opening a pin and tumbler lock is with the use of a bump key.

A bump key works on the similar task of moving the key pins so that the driver pins meet the shear line. Grooves are made in a key blank so that when turned as the key is struck (or bumped) it will temporarily allow the plug to be turned. Again, this method has the tool act as if it were a key and does not harm the lock.

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