F.A.Q. about Locksmiths


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  1. What is a locksmith Association?
  2. What should I look for when choosing a Security Professional?

  3. Does my locksmith need to be licensed?

  4. I want some keys cut. Why should I go to a locksmith....
  5. Why do you recommend locks that seem so expensive?
  6. Can a locksmith cut a key from a number?

  7. What if my key is broken off in the lock?
  8. What is a Master Key?


Q: What is a locksmith Association?

A: Locksmith Associations are organizations committed to safeguarding the trust society has placed in Security Professionals, and the Security Industry. This is pursued in a number of ways, varying from Association to Association and from State to State. Some principle ways are: Accountability - through security checks, fingerprinting, background investigations, licensing, etc. Training - through ongoing hands-on classes at the local, state and national levels, including Manufacturer and Distributor sponsored classes and seminars. Education - through Association newsletters and National-level journals, manuals and books.

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Q: What should I look for when choosing a Security Professional?

A: A good place to start might be the recommendation of a neighbor or other business. In addition you might check the following;

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Q: Does my locksmith need to be licensed?

A: It differs in each state. Here in Oklahoma  locksmiths must be licensed.  Check with your local authorities to see if itís required in your city/state.

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Q: I want some keys cut. Why should I go to a locksmith and not the local shoe repair shop or hardware store?

A: We have qualified, well trained, and supervised locksmiths. We have a huge range of key blanks in stock. We guarantee our work. We cut car, motorcycle, house, boat, business, padlock keys, keys to code and many more. We use only the best brass key blanks and properly maintained equipment.

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Q: Why do you recommend locks that seem so expensive?

A: We have found through experience that you get what you pay for and nothing hurts more than having to replace a cheap lockset that has worn out prematurely. We here at Aztec Locksmith believe that you should only have to pay once for your security needs. Purchasing the very best hardware you can afford, will keep your security needs cost effective. 

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Q: Can a locksmith cut a key from a number?

 

A: In most cases keys can be made by a locksmith from the code number of a lock. This is common with vehicles, padlocks, filing cabinets, etc. Requiring proof of ownership before cutting a key by code is a standard procedure used by Security Professionals to safeguard security.

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Q: What if my key is broken off in the lock?

A: We can remove a broken key from just about any house or car lock then copy a new one for you from the pieces.

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Q: What is a Master Key?

 

A: A Master Key is a key that is designed to operate all the locks in a specific group of locks. It is a myth that there exists a particular Master Key that will open all locks. In order to master key a group of locks the locks must all be made by the same manufacturer or at least have interchangeable Keyways. In a group of locks that are Master-keyed (MK) each lock is operable by both it's own individual key and the master key. Each individual key operates it's own lock only. The master key operates all the locks in the group. Other systems are also possible using sub-Masters, Grand-Masters, etc.

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