Locksets occupy a prominent place on almost every door in the world. A lockset keeps a door in a closed position. It can also grant or deny access to a building, room, closet, or hallway. Billions of locksets are in use. Abuse, vandalism, and just normal wear can prevent a lock from functioning properly.
A locksmiths role often has three parts:
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As a detective, they discover what is causing the lock to malfunction. As a physician, they prescribe a course of action to “heal” the lock. And finally, as a mechanic, they physically repair the lock, returning it to a useful state.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a locksmith as a person whose work is making and repairing locks and keys. Understanding what can go wrong with a lock and how to repair it is one of the most important skills a locksmith can possess.
Mastering lock servicing is a lifetime journey. With literally hundreds of different locksets in use, it would be impossible to learn how to service all of them. However, there are core behaviors associated with all locksets that a professional locksmith is able to recognize and think through a unique situation to resolve.
Some locksets are considered "consumer expendables". These are typically locksets that are less expensive or equal to the cost of trying to service or repair them. In this case you locksmith will become your garbage man, because it make wiser sense to throw these out then waste time and money trying to make them work. Installing a new lockset is a consumers best option in this situation.
If you are having trouble with your lockset and would like a professional locksmith to investigate, recommend and repair or replace, call your local SOPL Locksmith to receive professional advice and service.
Always ask for a written estimate before the work commences and compare it with the final invoice. Make sure you inspect the finished work several times and get your warranty in writing before paying. Most quality lock brands come with a warranty and most locksmiths also give a warranty on their installation.
Members of he Society of Professional Locksmiths participate in continuing education and professional development programs to provide the consumer the best possible service.
Tom Lynch, CRL