21 Secrets Your House Locksmith Won’t Tell You
How to outsmart burglars and what they’re really thinking when you call at 2 a.m.
I’ve seen my share of dead bodies
It’s always a bad sign when the landlord calls to get into an apartment, and nobody’s seen the tenant for ten days.
Divorce lock-outs are a challenge
The soon-to-be-ex-wife will call and say she’s locked out, so I get her in and change the locks. Then the husband calls with the same request. I refer him to a competitor house locksmith. Here’s what you need to know before hiring a handyman.
Don’t feel bad if you have to call me twice in a short span of time
I once had a guy lock himself out of his house three times in one day.
If you’re locked out, please call just one of us
More than once, I arrived at a lock-out to find two competitors’ trucks already there. At that point, we all agreed to leave and abandon the inconsiderate victim. Or, if you lock yourself out of your car, you may not even need to call. Just use this trick to unlock your car without keys.
If you call at 2 a.m., beware
If some guy calls me because he’s locked out of his car at a strip club, a service call that’s normally $55 is automatically $100. If he’s got money for strip clubs, he’s got money for me. Here are the sneaky ways con artists try to win your trust.
Don’t believe a car dealer who says only he can duplicate keys
In most cases, a locksmith who specializes in automotive work can make you a key—usually cheaper. You could also be falling for these ways you’re wasting money on your car, too.
If your key won’t turn, try WD-40 or silicone spray
Sometimes the pins get jammed up, and 25 to 40 percent of the time, that solves the problem.