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Try Opening Antique Locks Before Calling a Locksmith in Fairfax, VA

March 24, 2019 5:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We all know someone with an old vintage steamer trunk in their house that’s locked up tight just because the keys have disappeared—maybe that person is you! Luckily, depending on the type of lock on your antique trunk, you might be able to open it yourself. Read on for an overview of the two most common types of vintage trunk locks from a locksmith in Fairfax, VA. Warded locks Take a look at the history of padlock security and you will come across the warded lock design. This is the kind of antique lock you can picture a stereotypical old... View Article

Locks and Winter Weather

February 5, 2019 11:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We’re right in the middle of the coldest time of the year. As locksmiths in Fairfax, VA, one of the most common issues we have to deal with during the winter months is people who have locks around their home that have frozen up during cold weather. This is a problem that can happen to locks both old and new. Sometimes the cold weather causes locks to start sticking. This problem can actually become worse if you try to lubricate them with WD-40. While WD-40 is a useful product to have on hand for most of the rest of the... View Article

What to Do After You’ve Been Robbed

December 11, 2018 2:43 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s estimated that 1.03 million home invasions occur each year in the United States and, on average, about $2,000 worth of goods are lost during each burglary. Let’s hope your home doesn’t become one of those statistics in 2019. But if it is, here are a few things you need to know about recovering from a robbery, courtesy of your mobile locksmith in Fairfax, VA: Leave your house: Your first step after you’ve been robbed is to get out of your house! You never know if the robber is still inside and whether or not he has a weapon. Call... View Article

What Are Remote Access Keys and Why Do I Need One?

September 21, 2018 9:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In our increasingly technological age, it’s hard to imagine going anywhere without your phone. These hubs of data and internet access come with us almost everywhere, unlike other physical items, including keys. This can lead to a tricky situation if you leave home in a rush, phone in hand, only to realize your keys are locked inside the house. Fortunately, all this new technology has provided us with a way to utilize our smartphones in a new, innovative way. New locking mechanisms transform our smartphones into digital keys for the locks on our homes or commercial businesses. Remote access keys... View Article

A Locksmith’s Dilemma: The Copying of Restricted Keys

September 7, 2018 9:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’ve ever been given a key for a housing property or a business, you’ve probably seen a key stamped with the words “Do Not Duplicate.” These keys imply that duplicating them is illegal, which helps to deter some people from duplicating the key when they are not supposed to. However, a large majority of those keys are actually capable of being copied legally. This is because most of the Do Not Duplicate (DND) keys are considered “unrestricted” keys, meaning they are just like all other keys. While you may find a locksmith in Fairfax, VA who will not duplicate... View Article