Unlock antique steamer trunk with a figure 8 lock

We recently had the opportunity to assist a customer by opening the lock on an old antique steamer trunk in which the key had mistakenly been locked inside.

Steamer trunks or old travel trunks, although not used as much these days for travel, are great for decoration and storage for blankets, cloths, photo albums or any smaller items you want to store. Problem is that it's easy to lock and the misplace or lose keys that you rarely use or, due to age, the lock may stick and the key no longer work. While not always the most secure lock, simply prying open the figure 8 lock (called a figure 8 due to the way the lock looks when the latch is open) that is on many of these trucks can also damage the lock or the trunk itself. An expert locksmith may be able to open the lock for you with causing damage to the lock or trunk.

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Tips on How to Secure Your Home for Cheap

Discount Locksmith on local ABC15 Arizona news, sharing tips on how to affordably improve your home security.

On a recent local news segment, Discount Locksmith had the opportunity to offer advice and demonstrate ways in which you can easily and affordably improve your home security.

To start, just the appearance of security can help deter would be burglars. Most burglars are looking for easy targets and simple things such as alarm and security yard signs and window stickers may be enough to convince robbers to skip your home and move on to an easier target. There are also lot's of cheap upgrades you can make to help secure your home such as door security bars, window locks and door flip latches. You also want to make sure all exterior doors have reinforced frames, deadbolts, and that sliding doors have pins to prevent the door from being lifted off the tracks and a security bar to prevent the door from sliding open. Many door locks and deadbolts can be easily picked so it's recommended to install high security locks that are almost impossible to pick or bump. For more info about high security locks and keys, click the link below:

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24/7 Home and Business Door Lock Repair and Rekey

Lost keys, broken or worn out locks that stick or won’t turn? Rather than replacing the entire door lock knob or handle, the quicker and more affordable option is to repair or rekey the existing lock. This can be done by removing and replacing the existing lock cylinder with a new one or just replacing the pins inside the lock cylinder.

Lock Cylinder Replacement

Technicians can remove the existing lock cylinder form the knob or handles and then replace it with a new cylinder. They can either make you new keys for the lock or set up the new cylinder pins to work with your existing keys.

Rekey Door Lock

Another option is rather than replacing the entire lock cylinder, technicians can remove the existing cylinder and then just replace the springs and pins within the cylinder so that it works like new. Again, the technician can either set up the repaired cylinder with new keys or rekey the cylinder to work with your existing keys.

Discount Locksmith of Tucson technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency lockout services, locks repairs, installations or to make new replacement keys. Call now for either immediate service or to schedule an appointment.

Door Lock Rekey

Door Lock Rekey and Repair | Home – Auto – Business

Lost keys, broken or worn out locks that stick or won’t turn? Rather than replacing the entire door lock knob or handle, the quicker and more affordable option is to repair or rekey the existing lock. This can be done by removing and replacing the existing lock cylinder with a new one or just replacing the pins inside the lock cylinder.

Lock Cylinder Replacement

Technicians can remove the existing lock cylinder form the knob or handles and then replace it with a new cylinder. They can either make you new keys for the lock or set up the new cylinder pins to work with your existing keys.

Rekey Door Lock

Another option is rather than replacing the entire lock cylinder, technicians can remove the existing cylinder and then just replace the springs and pins within the cylinder so that it works like new. Again, the technician can either set up the repaired cylinder with new keys or rekey the cylinder to work with your existing keys.

Discount Locksmith locksmith technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency lockout services, locks repairs, installations or to make new replacement keys. Call now for either immediate service or to schedule an appointment.

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How To Do a Fresh Lock Installation on Wood & Metal Doors

Replacing an existing door lock and handle is a fairly simple process if you have the right tools and correct hardware. But what do you do if you want to install a lock on a new door or on a door that never had a lock, handle or knob? A fresh installation will require cutting and drilling both the door and into the door-frame. This process will require the right tools and precise measurement and drilling; any mistakes could end up being very costly. Listed below are the basic step for a fresh wood door lock install.

Tools needed for a fresh lock installation (wood door):

  • Hammer
  • 1” chisel
  • 2-1/8″ hole saw
  • 1” hole saw
  • 1” spade bit
  • Small drill bits
  • Electric drill/screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Template
  • Tarp
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Steps for a wood door fresh lock installation:

  1. Lay down a tarp. While not necessary, it’s recommended that you start by laying down a tarp on the floor under the area where you will be working to make the cleanup of wood chips and dust much easier.
  2. Measure and mark your cuts. Most locks will come with a template to show you where to install the lock. There are also lock installation kits that you can purchase from any home improvement store that you can use as a guide for the lock installation.
  3. Cut a hole for the lock and/or knob. Once you’ve marked where you need to drill, you’ll need to use a power drill with a hole saw bit. If installing on a metal door it’s recommended that you go slow, use a variable speed drill, and make sure the bit you use is designed for cutting metal. Use a pilot tip on your how saw, cut through one side until the pilot bit pokes through and then, using the hole as a guide, complete the hole by cutting through from the other side of the door.
  4. Drill hole in the door edge. Using a spade drill bit you will next need to start a hole for the lock bolt by cutting into the edge of the door. Make sure you drill at the correct and straight angle. You can then use the 1” hole saw to complete the all the way through for a nice clean cut.
  5. Mortise area for the faceplate. Using a hammer and wood chisel you will need to cut a recess into the door edge around the bolt hole to install the lock faceplate.
  6. Install the faceplate and bolt. Drill pilot holes for the faceplate screws so that you don’t split the wood. and install the faceplate and bolt. Make sure the faceplate fits snugly and is flush with the door edge.
  7. Install the lock and/or knob. Install the door knob and lock making sure everything lines up correctly and then using your electric or hand screwdriver tighten the screws making sure that the screws are on the inside and not outside of the door ????
  8. Install the strike plate. You will need to measure and mark where on the door jam you will drill the holes and install the faceplate. Drill pilot holes for the strike plate screws so that you don’t split the wood jam when you put in the screws.
 
 

The instructions above were specifically for a wood door. Metal doors with a wood core may be a very similar install but commercial metal door may require different steps and tools.

Of course, here at Discount Locksmith we always recommend having a professional locksmith technician do any fresh lock installation for you! Our professional locksmith have the tools and experience for any door lock install and can do it quickly with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Brands of door locks we install and service:

  • Prime-line
  • First Watch Security
  • Schlage
  • Kwickseet
  • Everbilt
  • Baldwin
  • National Hardware
  • KOCKiT!
  • LockState
  • Anderson
  • Ajustco
  • Privex
  • IDEAL Security
  • Yale
  • Stanley-National
  • Global Door Controls
  • M-D Building Products
  • Toledo Fine Locks
  • Barton Kramer
  • Design House
  • Richelieu Hardware
  • Defiant
  • Faultless
  • Tell
  • Bilco
  • Gordon Cellar Door
  • ResortLock
  • Holmes