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A Locksmith’s Truck: The Ultimate Tool

When it comes to mobile locksmiths the most important aspect of their business, outside of their professional expertise, is their mobile service unit. Without a truck that is able to accommodate all of the tools and parts that a locksmith may need when completing service, mobile technicians would be no where near as effective. This even holds true for the professional locksmith from Pronto Locksmiths. Our technician relies on his truck to be able not only get him where he is going, but also to provide a mobile work station that allows for him to complete the most intricate of locksmith services.

Mobile Car Key Replacement

Operating in a mobile fashion has allowed locksmiths to not only service more individuals than ever, but has also made the service that they offer much more convenient. No where is this more apparent than with replacement car key services. Before mobile locksmiths were able to bring all of the tools necessary to your location to complete replacement car keys, you would have needed to get your car towed to the dealership in order for service to be completed. Not only did this waste your precious time, but it also left you footing a large towing bill before any service is ever completed. Now, this is no longer necessary. A mobile locksmith, such as Pronto Locksmiths, can come directly to your location to provide you with new car keys. Even transponder car keys can be cut and programmed without the need for an expensive towing trip. The same benefits that you see during the completion of our car key replacement services can also be seen when our technician provides ignition repair or replacement for your vehicle.

Utmost in Convenience

Replacement car keys are not the only service that has become more convenient thanks to the use of a mobile service unit. Since our locksmith completes all of his service in a mobile fashion, he will already be in the field when you request service from him. This is extremely helpful when you find yourself in need of emergency locksmith service. When your request is received our technician may already be in your area completing service, allowing him to drastically cut response time. If you have ever been locked out of your home or vehicle, then you understand the importance of fast response service. Lock installation has become a much more convenient service to receive as well. Rather than having to drive around to different stores to find the right match for your home and security needs, our locksmith brings a range of locks with him to your location. Once he arrives he is able to show you a number of locks which range in security level, style and cost. Based on your selection, our locksmith can then begin professional installation of your chosen lock. Commercial locksmith services are as convenient as ever since you no longer have to interrupt normal business function to have service completed. Our locksmith can come to your location and complete services for you during the normal function of your business avoiding any interruption to your business’s normal activities.
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Our locksmith’s truck allows him to offer more services to a wider area than ever before.

Mobile locksmith units, like the truck used by Pronto Locksmiths, have made receiving professional lock and key services easier than ever. Rather than having to get your vehicle towed, or traveling to a locksmith shop, our technician comes directly to your location to complete these services. This allows for you to get the lock and key services that you need with minimal interruption of your daily routine. Emergency locksmith services are also available with the lowest response time that is possible. With all of the advantages that a mobile locksmith like Pronto Locksmiths can offer, why choose anyone else?

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The Importance of a Professional Locksmith

When you are locked out of your home, or have lost your car keys, it may be too late to complete the research necessary to find the right professional to complete your lock and key services. This is why it is highly recommended to find a professional locksmith before you are in an emergency situation. If you wait and eventually call an unprofessional contractor, rather than a locksmith, you could be left with defective security or unsatisfactory service. This is why Pronto Locksmiths has compiled a list of tips that will allow for you to choose the right professional locksmith for your needs.

Professional Certification

One of the first things that you want to do when looking for a locksmith that you can trust is ensure that they have professional certification. For example, Pronto Locksmiths is a member of the Locksmiths Guild of Australia. The Locksmiths Guild of Australia, or LGA, is a trade association which allows for locksmiths to grow professionally while also certifying that their members are professional to give customers peace of mind. In order to join the Locksmiths Guild of Australia, members must have three years of experience as a qualified locksmith while also being able to offer satisfactory completion of a number of locksmith services. By checking that the locksmith that you are turning to is a LGA member you are ensuring that a professional locksmith will be completing your service.

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Comprehensive Range of Locksmith Services

When looking for a locksmith who will be able to provide for every need that you may have, completing research before you are in need of service is key. Call a few locksmiths before you are in need of service to ensure that they are able to offer all of the services that you may find yourself needing. In addition to this, it is wise to ask that cost of service during both regular business hours and after hours. You will want to ensure that, first, the locksmith is able to provide services 24/7, but also that he is able to complete service for your specific year, make and model vehicle. Many new cars on the road today use transponder car keys to improve security, but some locksmiths are unable to replace these specific type of keys. Waiting until you are in need of service could leave you calling a number of locksmiths before you find someone who can complete the service for you. Pronto Locksmiths is one locksmith you will want to vet before having service completed. Our professional has over 15 years of industry experience which has allowed him to cultivate a comprehensive range of professional locksmith services.

Finding a professional locksmith who is able to provide you with the products and services that you need is easy, but only if you are willing to complete research prior to needing service completed. Sit down, when you have the time, and call a few locksmiths to ask them the necessary questions. Once you have found the 24 hour locksmith who is best for your needs, save that phone number to your cellular device. You can then rest with peace of mind that you can reach a competent professional locksmith at any time of day or night. When you do go to complete this research, choose Pronto Locksmiths as one of the first calls that you make.

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Pronto Locksmiths: Professional and Affordable Service in Ipswich

Pronto Locksmiths is a name that you trust for professionally completed locksmith service. With a mobile technician who comes directly to your location to complete services, Pronto Locksmiths makes it extremely convenient to receive professional services right when you need them. One area that can count on our professional technician for service beyond reproach is Ipswich. Our Ipswich locksmith services are available to be completed 24/7 and our locksmith responds with an average response time of just 40 minutes. Contact us today and our locksmith will be happy to provide you with a no obligation price quote for the lock or key service that you are in need of. From replacement car keys to access control and even emergency unlocks, Pronto Locksmiths is here to help you with a comprehensive range of Ipswich locksmith services.

Ipswich Automotive Locksmith Services

Automotive locksmith services, which we complete in Ipswich, not only offer you a great deal of convenience, but can save you money as well. Rather than having to deal with the dealership’s pricing and a costly towing trip to their location, our Ipswich locksmith comes directly to your location to complete the services that you require. Even transponder car keys can be cut and programmed by our locksmith without the need for towing. Other automotive locksmith services that you can receive in Ipswich include remote programming, lock re-key and emergency unlocks. Available 24/7, Pronto Locksmiths is the perfect choice to turn to for emergency locksmith services. Our technician is always willing to work around your busy schedule, so call today and he will be happy to schedule an appointment time that works best for you.

Securing Your Home and Business

Securing your home or business in Ipswich is much easier with the professional locksmith services that Pronto Locksmiths offers. Not only does our professional technician have a comprehensive range of services that he is able to offer, but also offers affordable pricing which allows you to secure your location without having to blow your budget. Some of the professional security services that our Ipswich locksmith is able to provide for you include master key systems, high security lock installation and safe services. Master key systems are a convenient way for business owners to secure access to every room in their business. Through a series of re-keyed locks, our locksmith creates a system in which every lock can be opened by just one ‘master key’. In addition to this master key, our locksmith can cut additional keys which are only authorized to open certain locks within the master system. This allows for you to keep the sensitive areas of your business secure, while still maintaining convenient access for those employees who need it. For homeowners our locksmith offers a comprehensive range of standard Ipswich locksmith services include re-keying, emergency unlocks and lock installation, but the safe services that he offers are the greatest potential addition to your residential security. Whether you need a safe installed, opened or repaired contact Pronto Locksmiths today to see if service is available for your particular model.

No matter the reason that you have to make the call to Pronto Locksmiths, you can trust that our professional technician will do his best to offer you the service you need at the lowest price possible. Emergency service is available to be completed in Ipswich 24/7 and with an average response time of just 40 minutes our locksmith is the number one call to make whenever you are in need of emergency services. Call today to schedule an appointment or to ask our technician for free professional advice. Our comprehensive approach to offering professional locksmith services is why we are able to offer ‘service beyond reproach’.

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What to Look for in a Mobile Locksmith

Being locked out of your home or losing your car keys can be an extremely frustrating situation. When this occurs you want to already have a vetted mobile locksmith who will be able to assist you rather than having to find one on the spot. It is highly recommended that you first find a locksmith in your area, that can be trusted, before you ever are in need of service. If you are not prepared and find yourself in need of locksmith service, you can easily be fooled into paying astronomical amounts for less than professional service. Pronto Locksmiths has tips on what to look for in your mobile locksmith when vetting companies. Finding a locksmith who suites your needs before any service is needed, will help you to save money and hassle in the long run.

24 Hour Locksmith Availability

You never know when you may find yourself locked out of your home or vehicle, so it is best to have a locksmith already saved to mobile device who will be able to assist you. When vetting locksmith companies make sure to ask if they are available 24/7 for service. It is also important to ask whether it will also be a professional completing overnight service and not an apprentice in training. Additionally, you will want to ask what the rate for overnight service is compared to the rate during normal business hours. All of this information will help you to decide if that company is right as your 24 hour locksmith.

Pricing

As mentioned above, asking for pricing is crucial when choosing a locksmith. Before choosing your locksmith for service, ask the price of likely services that you may need. Since price can differ based on your location, ask for a price quote for lock outs near your work and home. It is also recommended to ask the locksmith a price for the replacement of your car key, this is important to know since his price will likely be much cheaper than that of the dealership. All of this will help you to make an informed decision for your which locksmith should be yours, but beware, if a locksmith can not offer you a price quote for a specific service they may be trying to pull the bait-and-switch tactic on you and should be avoided.

Service Area and Professionalism

It is obviously crucial to check the service area of the locksmith that is going to be providing service for you. As mentioned above, the distance a locksmith has to travel can affect pricing, so make sure that you are within the service area of your locksmith at both your home and work. Lastly, but most certainly not least, check the professional credentials of the locksmith which you are choosing. You want to make sure that only a true professional is completing service on your home or vehicle. By choosing a professional, like Pronto Locksmiths, you can not only rely on the locksmith for emergency services, but also use his training and expertise to help upgrade your home or commercial security.

By taking the time to simply call a few local locksmiths before you are ever in need of service, you can prevent large charges and unexpected hassles in the future. All it takes is just a few short minutes, to call your local locksmith to check a few basic details which will give you peace of mind that you will always be able to reach a professional when you are in need of emergency locksmith services.

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Proper Installation by a Locksmith Saves You Money

As a Brisbane locksmith for nearly 20 years now, I have seen many changes to my industry. When I first began, locksmithing was not even considered a trade and no ticket or certificate was available. It was really a case of sink or swim; you either had the skills or you did not. Twenty years ago, locks were more likely to be repaired using parts available from the manufacturer. However, in today’s lock industry, mass production in other countries has made it more economical to replace locks than it is to repair. That is not to say that the skills learned 20 years ago have no relevance. Having a professional locksmith who you can turn to for lock and key service is extremely important. If you do choose to have a handyman or carpenter install your lock then you could be faced with large repair bills in the future. Fractions of an inch in error can cause your lock to fail in the future, avoid this from occurring by selecting a true professional from the beginning.

Just last week I was called by a real estate agent and asked to respond to the site as soon as possible to repair a faulty front door lock. I wish I could say I was shocked by what I found when I arrived on site but honestly it is all too common. The lock was a Gainsborough Tri-Lock and the latch was not retracting all the way into the door when the tenant used the handle this was, of course, creating a lockout situation and the tenant was scared to close and lock the door since they may not be able to get out again.

A handyman would have simply replaced the lock, written a bill and moved on, but would have missed the underlying problems. The tell tale sign that there were deeper issues was the new lock did not fit easily into the old holes on door. This resulted in friction with-in the lock mechanism which in turn created excessive wear on moving parts. All leading to lock failure on a lock less than 10 years old.

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Pictured is the split snib rotor which disabled the resident’s lock.

Pictured above is the Snib Rotor from the Tri-Lock. If you look closely, you will notice the splits around the square hole. Once split, the snib rotor cannot hold the square spindle firmly and of course will not retract the latch properly. This results in the lockout tenant had reported.

Could I have simply replaced the old lock with a lock which did not have a split in the snib rotor? Yes, however this would only solve the problem in the short term. A handyman or carpenter is likely to simply install a new lock to solve the problem in the short term, without eliminating the long term issues that caused the original lock to fail. This is why some locks have a much longer lifespan than others. A handyman or carpenter who installs a lock does not have a concentration which focuses solely on locks and keys like a locksmith does. So when they install a lock, normally to save the builder a few dollars, there are likely to be long term issues which can cause you lock to fail or become damaged. This is all because a locksmith knows and understands how a lock works, and which parts wear and which ones don’t and why.

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Pictured above the white line you can see the misaligned holes drilled by the initial contractor.

The photo above shows how important it is to have your lock properly installed. The two holes at the top of the image are the ones I drilled so that the lock would work properly. The two just below it are the original holes drilled by the original installer. Notice what is different? The top holes are located a little to the right. This is the correct position for the fixing holes, and by having them installed in the correct position we can eliminate internal friction and as a result increase the functional lifespan of the lock. Please note that I also used a lock with a slightly longer cover plate to cover the old incorrect mounting holes.

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This image shows the door after the door trims had been removed.

The first problem was of course the mounting holes which were in the wrong spot. Once I had fixed that issue and assembled the lock I noticed that the door seals were also creating back pressure on the latch. It is this increased dragging on the latch that also creates premature lock failure. In order to relieve pressure, the only action to take was to have the door’s seal removed.

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Door seals which were removed to help improve the lifespan of the customer’s lockset.

One thing to note is that 99% of the locks available for the Australian domestic market now are NOT designed to operate with the back pressure created by installing a seal around the door frame. Yes, by all means, install a weather seal at the bottom of the door (I use and recommend Raven Door Seals). However, you should think long and hard before you go to your local hardware supplier and buy a roll of felt or rubber sealing for the frame. Ideally a little bit of free play (or a rattle) of 1-2mm is perfect.

A simple test is to turn or push your door handle while you have the door open, if it operates with ease when door is open but is stiff when door is closed, then you may have a problem. Its ALWAYS cheaper to get a locksmith to service an open door than it is to get a locksmith out to open a door lock which has failed and then fix the issue that caused the failure in the first place. The important thing is to take preventative action by calling a locksmith as soon as you notice the issue, rather than waiting until the lock deteriorates at a later point.

The poor owner of this property had to buy a whole new lock to fix the snib rotor problem and pay for the time to diagnose as well as repair the back pressure and crooked lock. Unfortunately for this owner, replacement Tri-Lock’s are not cheap! It would have cost far less to fix before the lock failed.

A Locksmith Saves You Money in the Long Run

It is also worth noting that when any lock manufacturer cycle tests their product it is never tested on a door with back pressure and the lock is always installed straight and true. I have seen many warranty claims against manufacturer’s rejected because the lock was “not installed to manufacturer specifications”. When I first began locksmithing one the first things I was ever taught was that the difference between a lock or a key working and not working is 0.002 of an inch! Next time you have your lock service, ask yourself; is the small savings in the short term, worth the additional repair costs in the future?

This post was authored by Tony P. of Pronto Locksmiths. Tony has over 15 years of professional locksmith experience and is happy to share his vast knowledge with residents of Southeast Queensland.

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