Why Call a Locksmith if You’re Locked Out of Your Car?
Imagine this scenario. You get out of your car, lock the door and close it. Before you get to where you’re going, you suddenly realize you’ve accidentally locked your keys inside your car. It happens to most people at least once, but that doesn’t make the experience any less frustrating.
Other Options are Slower or will Damage Your Car
You’re probably thinking about using a coat hanger to unlock your door. Don’t do it! This can damage your car, and this type of damage will likely void your warranty. You could also go to the dealership to have a spare key made, but this will cost you time and probably money as well. Furthermore, good luck finding a ride home from the dealership. They will need to keep your car until they “get around to it.” The best option is to hire a certified locksmith.
Professional Locksmiths can Unlock Your Door Quickly
What is a Master Key System?
A “master key system” is a system used primarily by businesses, especially office buildings, in which people who have access to specific areas are each given a specific key that can access specific areas of the building. Master key systems have many benefits, including:
- Better access control
- Minimizing the number of keys that are being used
- Saving money on key replacement costs
- Quick access to specific areas or all areas for management and security personnel
- Can save lives in emergency situations
- Keys cannot be copied without your permission
Types of Master Key Systems
There are four types of master key systems:
GMG System – The GMG system, or General Main Group system, is a hierarchical structure consisting of a general master key, subordinate keys and own keys. The structure of a General Main Group system is very similar to that of a company. This type of master key system is commonly used by administration and infrastructure companies.
Main Key System – A main key system is a system in which locks are given different cylinder configurations that correspond to specific keys. These are primarily used by businesses in the commercial sector.
Central lock system with technical master key – You will see this type of master key system in use by Homeowner’s associations and other types of housing developments. Locks on individual dwellings or flats are given different locking cylinders that are tied to specific keys. A master key is also typically provided that unlocks maintenance areas where maintenance equipment is stored.
Combined master key system – In this type of master key system, doors are protected by both mechanical and electronic locks. These locks can only be unlocked with the correct ID card. The card will have the appropriate combination code that unlocks the door.
What Does it Mean to “ReKey” a Lock?
There seems to be some confusion about exactly what it means to rekey a lock. In order to understand what rekeying means, we will need to take a look at exactly how a lock works.What Does it Mean to “ReKey” a Lock?
There are many different types of locks ranging from simple padlocks to combination locks, mechanical locks, tumbler locks and tubular locks. Your front door will usually have a mechanical lock, and modern interior doors, such as those used in bedrooms, closets, and bathrooms, will commonly be of the tubular variety. Both types of locks are intended to be opened with the proper key.
How Does a Tubular Lock Work?
There is actually much more to a mechanical lock than just the doorknob. Mechanical locks have small hunks of metal commonly called tumblers, latches or levers, depending on the type of mechanical lock you’re dealing with. When the door is locked, these pieces of metal fit inside holes inside a bolt mechanism, which prevents the door from being opened. If you look at keys, they will be serrated in specific patterns. This is intended to raise the pieces of metal in specific configurations that will allow the bolt to slide. If the wrong key is inserted, the metal pieces will not move in the proper configuration, and the door will not open. Inserting the correct key, on the other hand, allows the bolt to slide, thereby allowing the door to be opened.
Tubular locks work in a very similar way, except for one minor difference: the lock can be configured with either a tumbler mechanism or a special button will be placed inside the lock for the proper key to press to allow the door to be opened.
So What Does That Have to Do with Rekeying a Lock?
When a locksmith rekeys a lock, they are actually reorganizing the pins inside the cylinder mechanism inside your lock so that the old key will not work. This involves a few steps:
- Removing the exterior doorknob or lock face
- Removing the lock cylinder, cylinder plug and retaining ring
- Removing the old lock pins
- Reconfiguring the lock cylinder with the new key
- Inserting new lock pins
- Reassembling the lock and doorknob
Rekeying a lock is often a cheaper alternative to simply replacing the entire lock because it saves the old hardware. However, it will render all previous keys obsolete. This can be a good thing though, especially if your key was stolen. A professional locksmith can rekey a lock within a few minutes. Also note that if a lock is too damaged to rekey, as might be the case in some burglaries, it will be necessary to replace the entire lock.