Can a locksmith make a lock from a key

old locks we found in our locksmiths warehouse

Can a locksmith make a lock from a key?

old locks we found in our locksmiths warehouse

YES! It’s not easy, and not a rapid process – but a certified locksmith can definitely make a lock just from a single key!

Call your local Miami locksmith:

In most cases we get a call about re-keying. It tends to do the other way around- customers who lost their key, and therefore want a new set of keys without the original. Just to be totally clear here- any professional certified locksmith can make a spare key without the original, on the spot, just by working with your lock – this is a simple, cost effective procedure that leaves you with a brand new- solid set of keys!

However, if you don’t have the actual lock- and you want to make a new one just based on an existing key it would be a whole different world, might take some time and won’t work with any lock…

What can be done!

What we can always do with just a key is to make a strong solid old school lock! As a professional certified locksmith company we provide residential and commercial locksmith services all over Miami and we’re the first to declare old locks as rock solid. 

They may not be the first choice for a modern elegant office space / residential temporary housing – but they are still the leading lock choice for homes around the world!

our local locksmith using pic tool to open a locked door in Miami clients house

Don’t forget – Safety first!

When there are so many available options for a new lock- one would have to wonder, why do you want to make a new lock based on a key alone? No judgment here of course, we’ve honestly heard it all by now, and can reassure you – it is possible, we can make a new lock with a key! But at the same time, not any lock is worth making, it might prove to be an expansive worthless process.  

David Davidof

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David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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What to Expect from Your Local Lock Shop

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What to Expect from Your Local Lock Shop

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A locksmith’s skill and craft can sometimes be overlooked and you’d be forgiven for thinking a low-price option for a quick job is OK. A quick google search for ‘locksmith near me’ or ‘local locksmith in Miami’ will generate a long list of ‘professionals’, but who should you chose? Well money isn’t everything and it’s important to consider the overall value. Quickly Locksmiths offer professional services for residential and commercial properties as well as automobiles.

For those of you outside of Florida though, we’ll forgive you for not calling us. Here’s a list of our top tips on what to look for in a more local locksmith.

Certification, certification, certification!

When your locksmith is certified, it gives you a lot of peace of mind and allows you to rest assured that whatever the job is, it will be carried out to the best standard. In order to gain certification, a locksmith goes through rigorous training. Their skill is honed over a period of time, too; this is not a month gig. Finally, all work carried out by a certified locksmith will be insured – both to the products installed and to your property. In the unlikely event that issues arise later on, this certification is important for any potential insurance claim!

Looking for a local locksmith:

At Quickly Locksmiths in Miami, we have a store that you can visit and speak to our team of experts. Some locksmiths may not operate out of a store and while this doesn’t necessarily equal a problem, there are definitely benefits to being able to visit a physical location. A store is a point of contact for any products or spares you might need in the future and good staff will always be happy to offer advice. Some locksmiths found online that don’t operate from a store may well be certified and professional, but many aren’t and may well be here today and gone tomorrow. Our advice? Look for a store!

Availability is key:

When you need a locksmith, chances are you need them soon. When you’re locked out and/or its an emergency, having to wait for upwards of 30 minutes can seem like an age. At Miami’s leading locksmith, Quality Locksmiths offer an impressive 15-minute response time – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Keep these tips in mind when searching for a locksmith so you don’t end up calling someone unreliable.

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David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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Doorknob turn but won’t open? how to fix jammed and stuck locks

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Door knob turn but won't open? how to fix jammed and stuck locks

locksmith technician prepares the door for installation at a condo in Miami FL

You can slide the key right in and the lock appears to look fine, but it’s just not working. Before you call a locksmith, have a quick read through the following tips for helping fix a jammed or stuck lock.

What’s inside?

A doorknob lock set on your door consists of several basic components. There’s a knob on each side of the door connected by a spindle between them. This spindle runs through the middle of what is known as a latch bolt (which as it sounds is connected to the latch) which in turn engages with the door frame and stops the door from opening. When either of the two doorknobs is rotated, the spindle turns and pulls the latch back, allowing the door to be opened. On most doors, a spring then forces the spindle back so that the latch falls to its resting position – closed – so the door can close once again.

As you can see, these are not the most technically complicated types of lock by any means, so if they’re not working as expected, a quick fix is definitely possible.

First thing to check:

The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the two doorknobs which should simply unscrew. Once removed, take out the spindle so you can see if the latch bolt moves freely as this can often be a problem. Try to clean any rust or mold off with a good quality degreaser/lubricating spray before re-assembling the lock.

Next steps:

If this doesn’t work, it’s possible the problem could lie within the cylinder or with the key. Have a quick check here for obvious signs of rust and try cleaning up as much as possible to see if this rectifies your problem.

As a last consideration, check the door. Paying special attention to the area around the lock, is everything free from obvious damage?

Call the experts:

If you haven’t been able to figure out the problem, a quick google search for ‘locksmiths near me’ will garner a good list of locksmiths. Look for our expert locksmiths at Quickly Locksmith Miami in that list as we’re available 24/7. Give us a call for friendly and reliable service.

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David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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How to remove a broken padlock

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How to remove a broken padlock

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In the vast majority of cases, we’d always suggest breaking off and throwing away a malfunctioning padlock. If it’s giving you hassle, it’s lost its efficacy and it’s no longer safe so it shouldn’t be trusted any longer. Often, it’s not the padlock that is your concern though and you need to make sure what’s inside isn’t damaged or you may well want to prevent damaging your door!

Try cleaning it first:

Before you go ahead and break or cut the lock off, make sure it’s not rusted or otherwise dirty inside. A quick squirt of lubricating oil will help to remove any dirt or rust that may have developed and make sure everything is moving as it should. This easy fix could potentially save breaking the padlock or having to call out a locksmith.

Cut, don’t knock!

Obviously, the lock will likely be entirely unusable once it’s been broken off, but If cleaning hasn’t helped, the only thing left to try next is cutting it off. A strong arm and a pair of bolt cutters are usually all you will need for a normal sized padlock, but on more heavy duty or specialized padlocks, heavy duty tools might be needed.

If you don’t have the necessary tools, find a local locksmith to help. Like ourselves at Quickly Locksmith, many locksmith services offer a 24-hour service so you can get free advice over the phone at any time! Even more reason to give us a call – we promise to arrive with 15-minutes to get you working ASAP!

David Davidof

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David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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Easy ways to unlock a door without a key

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Easy ways to unlock a door without a key

Our locksmith technician installing a brand new door in a residential building in Miami FL

If you’ve lost or misplaced your door key, there are always ways to get back inside. This is a job probably best left for the experts but in case you want to try your hard at ‘breaking in’ to your own home, here are some quick tips.

Bouncing the lock

Hint: before trying this method out, it’s worth having an idea about the internal anatomy of a lock, so check out one of our other blog posts entitled “Easy ways to replace your lock tumblers” for more information about just what’s going on inside your lock!

Bouncing the lock is a tried and tested method used by all locksmiths and while it takes some skill, it’s something you can try yourself. You’ll first need a bump key. If for some strange reason you don’t have one lying around, any locksmith should be able to help you out. Once it is inserted into the lock, use a screwdriver or hammer to gently bump on the back of the key. Start gently and gradually add pressure as you feel the bump key sliding into the lock and aligning the internal pins.

Drilling it out

Obviously, this is more drastic and if you’ve reached this point it really is time to call a professional locksmith. If however you’re reading this because no locksmith is available beware that while it will open the door within minute, it will cause extensive damage to the lock and door. Also remember that Quickly Locksmith offer a 24/7 call out service and can usually arrive within 15-minutes to avoid you having to resort to this drastic measure!

Some locks are easier to drill out than others and some incorporate anti-drill pins that are made of strong metal and that make this method ineffective. In general, what you’ll need is a hole punch (to open up the keyhole large enough for the drill bit to enter), a powered drill and a replacement lock to replace what will be a useless hole when you’re finished.

Use the hole punch to open up a hole towards the top of the keyhole. Once big enough for the drill bit to fit, drill a hole through the lock cylinder. This will destroy the internal pins and allow you to force the lock open. As you pass through the lock, you should feel some resistance as the drill bit meets each of the individual pins (most locks have 5 or 6 pins). If at any point the drill starts to bind or bog down, you’ll need to put the drill into reverse and pull it out slightly.

Other methods

Other ‘tricks’ that you have probably seen in movies such as sliding a credit card along the door jamb or picking it with a paper clip or hair pin and mostly fictional with modern locks. Even basic modern locks are much more resilient and not easily opened, even with experience.

If you’d rather not attempt this yourself and want a professional, Quickly Locksmith in Miami are available 24/7.

David Davidof

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David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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How to ‘break-in’ your own home when losing/misplacing your keys

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How to 'break-in' your own home when losing/misplacing your keys?

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Oh no, you left your home and just realized the keys are still inside- damn it!

We all do it… not on purpose, but hey it happens… Now’s not the time to get med and call yourself a bunch of names, you’d never let someone else say those nasty things to you right? So stop saying it in your head!

And the most important thing to remember right about now is- don’t take your frustration out on your lock- it’s not its fault, and it’s not going to respond well to anger and attempts to force it open (any other day you’d thank it for being so strong and resilient, probably not today..).   

DIY tips that will help you get back inside:

when you forget / misplace your keys, or… when your door is automatically locked and you realize you forgot your keys inside- one second too late you can call a locksmith services to help out or try:

  • Call a neighbor / friend / anyone that might have a spare key
  • Check for open windows / back doors / basement door
  • Use a plastic card to open an unlocked door: insert it slightly and look for the lock mechanism inside. Once you find it start gently shaking the handle and the plastic card will slowly open your lock
  • If you have a screwdriver available you can remove your door knob and then use the screwdriver to simply unlock it

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In case you try a bunch of stuff and nothing works- stop there! You don’t want to cause any damages to your door, or further damages to your knob / lock.

Quickly Locksmith is the leading locksmith Miami has to offer; we offer locksmith services around the clock and we come well prepared with our mobile locksmith units to fix your lock, make a spare on site and get you back to your home ASAP.   

David Davidof

David Davidof

David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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Antique Lock Repair: How to make old locks new again

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Antique Lock Repair: How to make old locks new again

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Repairing antique locks is a task that requires a certain amount of skill and is best suited to experienced locksmiths. While technology has certainly moved forward throughout the years, antique locks, if maintained well, continue to be strong and effective.

Appearance vs functionality:

While antique locks may look more ornate and aesthetically attractive than plain modern locks, they are often something that thieves take notice of. Impressive looks and decorative designs sometimes go hand-in-hand with questionable security, especially if they haven’t been well maintained.

Good as new:

If the lock is known to be secure and functioning well, improving the outward appearance is an easy DIY fix. Head down to your local locksmith with either lock or a photo in hand and they should be able to offer a polish or paint that can offer a new lease of life to tired locks.

old locks

Rust:

If on the other hand the lock doesn’t look so bad on the outside but its not working well internally, rust could be the problem. Gently remove the lock and soak it in vinegar for a few hours to help dissolve any internal rust. If you are dismantling anything, make sure you know how it goes back together first. Once soaked, rinse it off and clean with a good quality decreasing and lubricating spray then allow to dry fully.

Shaky?

If you feel the lock isn’t solid and/or rattles inside when using, something is probably amiss. Taking a look inside might show something obvious, but again, before dismantling, take a photo to make sure you know how to put it all back together. Failing that, take it down to your local locksmith and they will offer expert advice on whether its something that can be salvaged or would best be replaced!

David Davidof

David Davidof

David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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Door lock problems that should not be ignored

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Door lock problems that should not be ignored

Our locksmith technician installing a brand new door in a residential building in Miami FL

Your front door lock is likely the most used in the entire house. It is also probably the most important so it stands to reason that it requires the most attention to ensure its working properly. Even expensive, high quality locks require regular maintenance and their original cost or perceived strength shouldn’t fool you into thinking they are ‘install and forget’ items. Any locksmith can repair or replace a broken lock, but why let it get to that point? There are steps you can take yourself to ensure they work well for as long as possible!

Knobs, handles and doors:

A lock is just one part of the complete assembly that keeps you and your family safe. Doorknobs, handles and the door itself work in conjunction with the lock and if one part loosens, the rest often follow.

Check each item individually to make sure they are solid and working smoothly. Exterior locks are exposed to the elements – in some climates they’re subject to freezing winters and sweltering summers. Look for signs of rust and any other hazard such as dirt or mold. Tighten any lose bolts and switch out any easily replaceable part that looks worn as these are the first things burglars look for.

When you move into a new home or have just experienced a break-in, now is a good time to check things over properly. Quickly Locksmith, the leading locksmith in Miami, are able to offer professional services to suit these situations and provide expert advice and/or repairs where necessary.

New steel three bolt door lock after installation made by our Quickly locksmiths technicians

Broken key:

Before you call out a professional to help with a key that has snapped off in the lock, there are steps you can take yourself. Remove as many pieces of the key as possible. If you can get the whole key out, there is probably nothing else to worry about – new keys can be copied easily and cheaply. However, it is important to check the lock is fully working as it is possible that it could have been the lock that lead to the broken key. Using a different key, check to see that it inserts and retracts freely. Any obstruction could signal a problem and you should have an expert check it out.

David Davidof

David Davidof

David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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Emergency Steps To Take Immediately After A Home Burglary

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Emergency Steps To Take Immediately After A Home Burglary

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Ignoring the financial loss that is often involved, home intrusions are disturbing, scary and always feel like a horrible invasion of your personal space. If you have recently experienced such an event, its understandable that you’re looking for help with what to do next to protect your home and family.

Safety first:

If you are aware that the intruder is still inside or near to your property, immediately stop reading, find the safest space possible, whether it’s inside or outside of your property and call the police.

Even the burglar has already fled the scene, you should inform the police anyway. They will likely attend your property and will be able to give some advice on what to do next. It’s also important to have their report in case of a future insurance claim.

Assessing the damage:

Going through your belongings to find out what has been stolen or damaged isn’t a pleasant experience for anyone, but it is important. It will also be essential to find how the intruder entered and left your property so that you can make sure any damage or security risk is fixed.

Now is the time to call an emergency locksmith service. Ensure they’re certified, insured and have a trustworthy record. Quickly Locksmith are the leading locksmith in Miami, trusted by residential customers and business owners alike. We can attend quickly and offer a 24 hour call out service in case of emergencies. There are a number of services we can offer, including security audits that will shed light on your property’s weak spots as well of course as on the spot replacement for any damaged locks, gates door or security camera.

Back to normal:

Its always a good idea to try to get things back into as normal an order as possible, as soon as possible. Not only will it help you to get over the traumatic event, but it will help with the process of deciding what needs to be replaced or claimed through your insurance.

Please take our recommendation and seek the advice of a certified locksmith service in Miami FL to ensure that your security is brought back up to scratch to keep you safe and help you and your family get over the even as easily as possible.

David Davidof

David Davidof

David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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Top Reasons Why Every Business Must Have A Security Budget

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Top reasons why every business must have a security budget

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Maintaining a costly security budget year after year can sometimes seem like an unnecessary expense. Perhaps you’re the manager of a business and you’ve come under fire by your accountancy team to cut costs or maybe you haven’t had any break-ins or security breaches for all the time you’ve had a security system and are wondering if its been a waste of money? Keep reading for our explanation as to why its important that you DON’T cut that budget!

Safe is cheaper than sorry:

When the ongoing cost of security systems is considered against the potential loss of a security breach, the justification is a lot clearer. Sure you may not have been broken into for years but just one break-in could end up costing a whole lot more than all your annual security costs combined! Even if you have suffered some kind of loss, it’s highly likely that your current security systems have contributed in no small part to the level of security you’ve experienced. Should that budget have been smaller (or non-existent) you’d probably not have been so lucky.

Incorporating the services of a professional locksmith and security firm into your budget goes a long way towards mitigating security threats. Quickly Locksmith offer rapid call outs, 24 hours a day. We stand ready to offer the best products on the market along with first class advice that is reasonable, trusted and importantly, cost effective.

You’re the pro at what you do. So are we!

Your business is what’s important to you. Whether you’re a shop keeper, a luxury boutique director or a large corporation manager, your business is your skill set. When you have more important things to think about, don’t waste time muddling through and potentially putting your business in an ill-prepared state with regards to security. We are experts in our field – the only question you need to ask? What’s the phone number for Quickly Locksmith?

Preparedness shows:

Employees, guests, neighbors, staff and anyone else who comes into contact with your business will all notice if you are secure or not. They’re not necessarily even considering something malicious, but a strong deterrent is never a bad thing. All kinds of people take notice of a business that have the backing of an efficient and reliable security firm.

Knowledge is power:

Knowing that you don’t know everything is wisdom. Let a professional locksmith service in Miami offer you all the information you need, based on your individual requirements. We hope your business grows and thrives, but don’t allow it to outpace your security. As you scale your business, so too should you consider scaling its safety!

Quickly Locksmiths – have been working with business owners small and large for many years and all will attest to our experience, skill and professionalism. We can offer small and large systems designed to suit your exact needs so give us a call today!

David Davidof

David Davidof

David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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