Make your locks last longer

Make your locks last longer.Worn out door lock needing repair

No one likes to have to call a locksmith out to fix a stubborn lock. So let’s talk about things that you can do to make your locks last longer. Sometimes doing some checking and routine maintenance on your own can help you to avoid having to call a locksmith to repair broken locks. Here are some suggestions of things to check on and ways that you can keep your door hardware in good working order for longer.

Check the Screws

Checking the screws related to your door hardware (in both the latch and the doorknob/Deadbolt) is an important and simple step that you can take to help maintain your locks. As a locksmith for 15 years, one of the most common problems that I see is door hardware that is loose. Over time, and with use, the screws in the door hardware can come loose. When that happens, the lock will begin to fail very quickly or need serious repair. But be Latch with screws that are to longcareful, there is such a thing as TOO TIGHT.

Also, be sure to use the correct screws. Screws that are to long can damage the lock hardware. If you do not have screws that are the correct length, check with your locksmith. We just might have some that we can give you.

Check the Door Knob for needed repair

Door latchOk, time for a little doorknob anatomy. Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz… the latch is the part of the doorknob that sticks out of the side of the door. (Deadbolts are different, and we will talk about them later.) The doorknob latch should move in and out freely. It should be firm and not move from side to side otherwise it will need repair. It should have screws in it. If any of these things are not the case, then the lock needs attention.

Does it move in and out freely

If the door latch does not move in and out freely, then it needs to be either lubricated or replaced. (We will talk more about lubrication later.) If the latch is broken, you will need to replace it. Contact your locksmith for replacement parts. We can frequently get you parts to fix your lock without you needing to replace the whole lock.

In this picture, we see a latch that need repair. Notice the blue arrow, there is a part missing. This is called the dead latch. In a properly operating latch, this piece would be held in when the door is closed. It would prevent the door latch from being to be able to be jimmied open with a

Damaged latch needs repair

credit card. This one is missing. This door would be able to be easily opened. Also, notice the red arrows. You can see where the latch has been rubbing on the door frame. This is a sign that the door is not functioning properly. The door needs to be serviced, either by repairing the hinges or adjusting the strike,

If it is sloppy or moves side to side

If the door latch is sloppy (has some side to side movement), then you will need to replace the lock. That sloppiness means that the latch is failing. The latch is the business part of the lock. It is what holds the door closed. If the latch has become sloppy, it is close to being unable to keep the door from being able to open and close properly.

If it is missing screws, replace them

Latches missing screws will drastically shorten the life of the lock. When replacing the missing screws, however, take care to use the appropriate screws. Screws that are too long can damage the lock, and screws that are too small will just fall out. Here’s a trick to use if the screw does not hold. Try inserting a small piece of a toothpick in the screw hole to help the screw bite into the door.

Check the Deadbolt For needed repair

As with your doorknob, check to make sure that all the screws are tight. While in your doorknob, the part that extends is called a latch, in your deadbolt, the part that extends out of the side of the door is called the bolt. Like the latch, the bolt should also move in and out freely, without any sloppiness. It should also be able to fully extend into the door jamb. If it does not you will need to repair it by adjusting either the door or jamb.

Check the Hinges for needed repair

Hinges may not seem like part of your doors locking, but they are integral to the proper functioning of the lock. If the hinge is damaged or out of alignment, it can cause many different problems with the door. Check to make sure that all of the hinge screws are tight and that none of your hinges are bent. If they are they will need repair by tightening the screws or doing some of the things that we will discuss next. Over time, a heavy door can cause the top hinge to spread, and this can cause the door to rub and the latch to not hit properly. Hinges can also stretch when people (including children) hang on a door.

The simplest way to fix this problem is to replace the hinge, however this can be made difficult by the screws that hold the hinge in place. There is another way to fix this problem, but it can be a little challenging. As a Locksmith I have special tools that will allow me to correct this problem, however, you can use a crescent wrench to bend the hinge back together. With the door closed, place the crescent wrench on one of the knuckles of the top hinge and bend it back into shape. Be careful with this fix, it is easy to over correct and cause damage to the hinge and require greater repair.

Lubricate your Locks

Triflow Lock Lubricant

We all know the idiom if it moves and it’s not supposed to, use duct tape, and if it doesn’t move when it’s supposed to, use WD40. However, NOTHING could be FARTHER from the truth! DO NOT LUBRICATE YOUR LOCK WITH WD40! WD40 is not designed to work as a lubricant. It will work for a little while, but within hours it will start to get sticky. It will hold onto dust and fine particulates within your lock. A lock is a finely tuned piece of hardware. Parts of it are made to work within thousandths of an inch. Over time, WD40 will cause your lock to work MUCH WORSE. (By the way, graphite is not a good choice, either.)

Use a lubricant that is made to be used as a lubricant. You want to use something in your locks and hinges that is going to stay vicious, and not get sticky over time. My favorite is a product called TriFlow. You can find it at your local bicycle shop or on Amazon. TriFlow is designed to be a bicycle chain lubricant. It will stick in the lock for a long time and will not interfere with the delicate internal mechanisms of your lock by gumming up the works.

Conclusion

As with most things in life, a little care and concern will go a long way towards making sure that your locks can last you a very long time and stay in good working order. A little repair now can save costly repair later. If you have locks that are not working well, give your locksmith a call. A little investment now can help to keep your home more secure and to keep your locks functioning for a very long time. Betach LLC is YOUR local locksmith. We can keep all your locks working for the life of your home.

 

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What’s a locksmith got to do with it? Part 3

Commercial Locksmithing

So what IS a Commercial locksmith?

This is the third post in our 3-Part series, “What’s a locksmith go to do with it?” In Part 1, we focused on what a locksmith is NOT. In Part 2, we focused on what a locksmith can do for you as a Residential customer. Today, in Part 3, we are going to focus on what a Commercial Locksmith IS.

Again, there is a lot of overlap in what a locksmith can do for you as a commercial customer and as a residential customer, so we hope that will you read both this Part 3 blog post, as well as our Part 1 and Part 2 posts.

Commercial customers have a number of different needs to be concerned with. In addition to the need to protect their property, they also have to worry a lot more about liability issues that can result from poorly operating doors and compliance issues, and the safety and security of a lot more people (with both employees and customers). We are going to discuss some of the ways that your Security Professional can help you.

Policies & Procedures:

Locksmiths are experts at knowing how to help your business develop policies and procedures to keep you safe. It can be very difficult to know what you should do to safeguard your business or organization. We can advise you on the best ways to keep your facilities and personnel safe and secure.

Key Systems:

Locksmiths can build key systems that serve you exceptionally. We can build a key system for your business that will provide you with a single key for your doors, padlocks, outbuilding, and even your file cabinets. If you have other people needing access to your business (i.e. maintenance personnel, janitorial staff, tenants, etc.), we can create a system that will allow keys to work in some locks but not all. We specialize in making your locking environment very easy to use. (And we can do this for your residence, as well–if you have caregivers or other household staff needing access to certain parts of your house.)

Access control can help you secure your business. We can help you know who has accessed your buildings, and when they did it.

Access Control Systems:

Security professionals are experts at building access control systems that will work for a long time. From a single door system to an enterprise level system, we can match you with the right product to lessen the number of keys that you need to issue and to provide seamless and secure use of your facility. We can implement access control with badges, codes, biometrics, or keys. We can set up anti-passback (to keep multiple people from using a single badge) and man traps (to allow only one person through at a time.) We will work with you to find the best solution for you.

Storefront Door Service and Repair:

Storefront doors come with their own set of problems and challenges. They can be very difficult to figure out and service. Your locksmith knows how to install, service, and maintain all of the systems that make your storefront door work. So stop letting your door smack your customers in the backside, and give us a call.

Store front doors have many unique features. We can help you have yours look great, and function perfectly.

Crash bars, door stops, and everything in between:

There are many unique pieces of hardware that make your business secure and functional. Your locksmith is trained to make all of them work well. We can adjust a pivot, install a sweep, bring a latch into compliance, and much more. If you don’t know what those words mean, don’t worry, we do, and we will happily show you what is broken and how we are going to fix it.

Code Compliance is hard, we can help. Commercial Locksmith

Code Compliance:

Your Commercial Locksmith is an expert when it comes to knowing and understanding the many different codes and how they apply to you. We stay up to date on the various codes that pertain to your home and business. Whether it is your home, rental property, or business, we know how to apply the relevant codes to keep you in compliance and doing what you do without a hitch. We stay up to date on international building code, fire code, life safety code, and ADA code so that you can keep doing what you do best, without worrying about compliance issues.

Security Solutions for Business:

Most locksmiths today know how to guide you to solutions that protect your business. Your commercial locksmith knows about mass notification systems (to alert all of your people very quickly about an emergency) and visitor management systems (to ensure that the people who are in your building/campus are supposed to be there). We know how to integrate these systems into your business or organization. We can advise you in best practice in implementing the policies and procedures to protect your business/organization.

Security cameras can help protect your buisness

Security Camera Systems:

Security cameras can be a great addition to any business/organization’s security plan. But which ones do you need? How many? Looking at what? Your Commercial locksmith can assist you with all of these questions. From setting up a few cameras to monitor the productivity of your employees, to completely covering your facility for safety or liability purposes, we can specify, set up, and manage the system for you.

Conclusion:

The things in this list about Commercial Locksmith services and those in the list of locksmith services for the residential customers is far from a complete list of the Security Services that a locksmith can provide for you. However, I hope that these posts have begun to give you an understanding of the large scope of what your locksmith can do. A locksmith today is so much more than just someone who can duplicate your key or break into your home or vehicle for you.

Betach LLC is here to provide you with the services of a Security Professional. We provide All of the security services listed in our two posts about what a locksmith IS, and More. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any security concerns that you have for your home, business, or organization. With all of the changes in our world today, a locksmith is a complete Security Specialist.

We at Betach LLC look forward to being YOUR Security Professional.

 

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What’s a locksmith got to do with it? Part 2

So what IS a residential locksmith?

Back in Part 1, we talked about the many things that locksmiths are NOT. In Parts 2 and 3, we are going to focus on what a locksmith IS. Locksmiths are YOUR security service specialists. In this article we are going to focus on the residential locksmith.

There is a lot of overlap in what a locksmith can do for you as a residential customer and in what a locksmith can do for you as a commercial customer. We hope that will you read both this Part 2 blog post, as well as our Part 3 post that is still to come, so that you will have a good understanding of what a locksmith DOES do.

In this post, we will focus more on what a locksmith IS for our residential customers.

Keys and Locks:

Whether residential locksmith or commercial locksmith, we are experts with keys and locks. As an illustration, go grab a piece of copy paper. Just humor me for a minute. While you’re there, go ahead and get three sheets. I’ll wait… Okay, hold one sheet in your hand. Feel how thin it is? That is about the tolerance that we have to work with inside a lock. Now put all three sheets together. That is about the amount of change in size that locksmiths deal with when making keys. When we make locks or keys for you, we have to be very specific and exact. We have to be incredibly accurate. There is no room for error when making these devices. This is what we love about our work! We get to work with our hands and be very detailed in the process.

Desk Lock repair
Desk Lock Repair

Door Hardware:

Residential Locksmiths are experts at understanding all of the many different pieces of hardware that affect the use of a door opening. From door hardware (privacy, entry, storeroom, lever, code compliance, etc.), hinges (3.5 in, 4 in, 4.5 in, ball bearing, non-removable pin, standard), door closers (top jamb, parallel arm, regular arm, right hand, right hand reverse, left hand, left hand reverse, hold open, closing speed, etc.), door lights (the windows in the door), and MUCH more. We know how to put the right hardware on the right door to make the opening function in the right way to keep you safe and secure.

Marketplace Products:

Locksmiths are experts at knowing how to take the existing products in the marketplace and use them to accomplish your needs and desires. The marketplace for security products is always changing. Even as a security professional, it can be difficult to know how to properly apply all of the options that are in the marketplace. Your residential locksmith can help you to navigate all of the choices available in order to settle on the best option for you.

Door Problems:

Door Lock Damage, broken lock, residential locksmith

Locksmiths don’t only know about locks. They are also experts at knowing how to diagnose and repair problems with your residential doors. Whether the door is in your home or business, we can diagnose the reason why it does not close or latch, and then we can fix it! We deal with a whole lot more than just the lock, we can make the entire door opening work without a hitch.

 

Protecting Investments:

Locksmiths can help you learn how to protect your investments. We know how to utilize and service safes to protect your things. Your residential locksmith can guide you through choosing the type of safe that will accomplish the exact things that you are trying to do and can also assist you with digital inventory systems that will benefit you in the event of a loss due to theft or disaster. We can help you develop security best practices that will guide you through both preventing loss and helping to mitigate the impact if losses do occur.

Security Cameras, CCTV, Network Video
Security cameras

Camera Systems:

Many locksmiths, being security professionals, are also experts at camera systems. Whether the camera system is digital or analog, closed circuit or network based, varifocal or fixed, we can guide you through the massive variety of options that are available to you. We can then expertly install the camera systems to accomplish your goals.

Emergencies:

Your residential locksmith knows how to help you with security issues resulting from medical emergencies at end-of-life. This may sound very odd, but have you thought about how emergency personnel are going to get to you in the event of an emergency in the twilight of your days? How are your loved ones going to find the important papers and documents needed, when you find yourself indisposed? We can help you come up with workable options and solutions to these questions.

Repair and service, residential locksmith
Full-service repair

Conclusion:

I hope that this discussion has helped you to see a little bit more about what a residential locksmith IS and what a residential locksmith does. As you see, we are so much more than just lock and key people. As you move through your life and have a question about how to keep your family, home, or possessions safe and secure, come talk with your locksmith. We are YOUR security professionals.

We are not quite done yet, we still need to talk about how locksmiths can help your business or organization. Stay tuned for Part 3 for more information.

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What’s a locksmith got to do with it?

One of the things that I have found surprising lately, is the lack of understanding about what a locksmith actually does. For years, I have heard things like, “Can you really keep busy just cutting keys?” or “So what is it that you actually DO?” The life of a locksmith is actually VERY fun and diverse! We may start off the day designing a master key system (which is a very intricate and beautiful process) and end the day tracking network issues through routers and VPN’s. Locksmiths have come a long way from being simply lock and key shops. Most of today’s locksmiths are Security Professionals. We not only cut keys and pick locks, but we address the complete security picture of your home, business, or organization.

Before we get into what a locksmith is, let’s first look at what a locksmith is NOT:

  • Locksmiths are NOT magicians (although we like to pretend that we are sometimes). A lot of what we do looks mysterious. All those picks and pins, and specialty tools look weird, but they all have very specific purposes and many of them are very delicate. We use them for specific things that we have been trained to do in order to fix your security needs.

  • Locksmiths are NOT all knowing. Like many of you, we locksmiths are rushing to keep up with the ever-changing world that we now live in. Twenty years ago, almost everything a locksmith did was mechanical. We had to be really good with our hands. Now, not only do we have to be experts with the mechanical systems that we have always used, but we also have to know network systems, basic programming, computer use, etc.!

locks, locksmithing, locksmith

  • Legitimate Locksmiths are NOT out to scam you, trick you, or rob you of your money. We are here to provide you with EXCELLENT security solutions that will meet your needs and budget. As our world seems to get more and more UNsecure, we are here to help you navigate all of the options, products, and risks that exist.   It is true that there are a lot of illegitimate locksmiths or locksmith scams out there. When you do a google search for locksmiths, the first twenty or so, are likely call centers that have been made to look like they are local shops. They will often send out untrained technicians who will quote you a low price and then greatly increase the cost once the work is done. However, this is NOT what a legitimate locksmith will do.
    • Legitimate locksmiths will quote you a fair price and and stick to it (unless the scope of work changes).
    • Legitimate locksmiths will happily provide you with their license number. We have to work hard to prove that we are committed to the public safety, and are honest and upright people. Our licenses are issued through the state’s Private Security Board, and we are held to the same standards as private investigators and armed security companies. Be wary of any locksmith who does not want to give you their license number.
    • Legitimate Locksmiths will show up in a vehicle that clearly displays their company name and license number.
  • Locksmiths are NOT handymen. While you might hire a handyman to replace a light fixture or a faucet in your house, we all know that if you need serious plumbing or electrical work done, you need to hire a licensed plumber or electrician. In the same way, when you need security work done, you should hire a licensed locksmith. Your security is a serious matter. When a locksmith comes to your home or place of work, we are looking at all of the potential security issues that may be there. We pay attention to door hardware, door condition, camera placement, and security vulnerabilities. We don’t always tell you all the things we see, because we do not want to scare you off or make you think that we are just there to get money from you. However, if you ask us, we will let you know the areas we see where you can make improvements. We are your SECURITY professional, and we are here to help you be more secure in all aspects of your life.
  • While it’s true that locksmiths do know how to bypass most locks, locksmiths are NOT criminals. We have a very unique skill set. In order to know how to best serve you, we need to know a lot about how to manipulate and bypass many different systems. However,  don’t worry, we are the “White Hats” of the physical security world. We figure out how security products actually work and what it takes to make them break. Then we can help you choose the best product to meet your needs.
  • Locksmiths are NOT just for the rich and famous. Did you know that it is usually no more expensive to get keys cut by your locksmith than from a box store? And we keep our machines tightly calibrated, so you can trust the keys that we make. Have you heard the phrase, “You get what you pay for”?  With locks and door hardware, that is often true. Unlike your local box store, as locksmiths, we choose to only carry really good-quality hardware–not the most expensive, but hardware that will give you really good security for your money. So even though it may be a bit more expensive to buy your hardware from us, “you get what you pay for.” Did you know that you don’t necessarily need to get new hardware put on your doors in order to “change” your lock? key, rekey, locksmithWe can come out to your home or business if you need your locks changed, and we can change things on the inside of your existing lock to fit new keys and give you the new keys, all without replacing your door hardware!  We are YOUR Security Professional! We will gladly serve you in resolving all of your security needs.   

These are some things that a locksmith is NOT, but how about what a locksmith actually IS?

Check back here for Part 2 to find out about what a locksmith IS.

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Security issues can seem very overwhelming. It seems like we hear daily about more problems. We all want to make sure that our families, homes and businesses are safe and secure. Yet, how do we accomplish this?

Betach is a Duncanville based business. We are looking forward to servicing our community with top quality security services! With more than 15 years of experience we can bring the right security solutions to your home or business.

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