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Many resources will take you through the steps to replace a deadbolt lock, but very few will give you the information you need to deal with preparing for the things you don’t expect. Even fewer prepare you for buying the right lock and achieving the goals you have for your replacement lock.

A broken door lock might be more serious than you think, so be sure that you do not delay in necessary deadbolt lock replacement. But there are a few reasons you may be looking to replace your deadbolt lock, and further questions, which you need to ask yourself.

  1. Why replace a deadbolt lock?

The reason that you are looking to replace a deadbolt lock will influence every decision you make. It is the most important question to answer. These reasons will affect your approach and your concerns in the following ways:

Broken or Malfunctioning Deadbolt – If you are looking to replace a deadbolt, you need to know why it has broken. When a deadbolt breaks, it can give you insight into what to consider in a replacement. Perhaps the reason for the broken lock breaking is because it was not the right lock or was poorly made.

A deadbolt that breaks always breaks for a reason. If the reason is just that it was old and worn, your only concern will be replacing the deadbolt lock correctly. A common issue when you think you are replacing a broken deadbolt lock is that the issue is actually with the door or the key. Replacing a deadbolt lock will only be effective if the lock itself failed.

Upgrading Security – When you replace a deadbolt lock to make a room or building more secure, it is important to know how much force the deadbolt will withstand and resistance to lock picking. Understand the protection your original lock provided and what you are looking to get in your new lock.

You must also be sure that your security will be properly upgraded when you replace your deadbolt lock. For example, if you are looking to make an improvised DIY panic room, you will need to do more work than simply replace a deadbolt lock.

Aesthetics – The main concern when you replace a deadbolt lock for aesthetic reasons, is that you may lower your security or buy a lock that is generally inappropriate for the purpose. In the case of replacing a deadbolt lock, you do not want to use a double or single cylinder inappropriately.

In almost every case, you will need to replace a deadbolt with another deadbolt. Unless the deadbolt was inappropriately used in the first place, you should not use a different type of lock for a replacement. For instance, a bathroom door lock should not use a deadbolt.

  1. What kind of door do you have?

When you replace a deadbolt lock on a glass door (or partial glass door), you need to use a double cylinder deadbolt. This is even more important if you are replacing a deadbolt to upgrade your security. Using the wrong lock on a glass door makes it much easier for criminals to break in.

If you have a hollow core door, there is no reason to replace a deadbolt lock with another deadbolt. The door will be so insecure that the lock matters very little. It would be better to go with a locking door handle when you replace a deadbolt on an insecure interior door.

  1. Are you adding a new lock to the door?

Whether your door is new, or you want to add another deadbolt to an existing door, it is important to understand the door that you are dealing with. Many doors that do not come with pre-drilled cross bore holes for mounting deadbolts, were not meant to hold deadbolts. A good example of this are hollow core doors meant for interior use. If you are installing a deadbolt on an interior door, make sure it has a solid core.

The issue that is most likely to come up when you are adding a lock where there was no lock prior is that every hole you cut weakens the door. If you are adding several deadbolts, even to a strong solid core door, you are removing a lot of material, and subsequently weakening the door. Make sure to install metal slip covers and heavy locks to add metal content where large amounts of wood have been removed.

Read more at: 8 Questions To Ask Before You Replace Your Deadbolt Lock

Related Video Here: Home Repair & Maintenance : How to Replace a Deadbolt Lock

Looking for a professional help regarding with your deadbolt replacement? Call AA Locksmith Woodstock and they will help you anytime!

Thank you for visiting AA Locksmith Woodstock Anytime you’re seeking the services of an automotive, commercial, residential or emergency locksmith in Woodstock, turn to AA Locksmith Woodstock. We know how to give the people what they want and in Woodstock, GA they want quality services at a good price. You wouldn’t think that this is too hard to find especially since there are so many locksmith services around. Just because there are plenty of locksmith services around doesn’t mean that they are any good. At AA Locksmith Woodstock, our locksmith technicians are professionally trained and they have years of industry experience. These are the things that make our locksmiths so valuable to us. They have all of the skills needed in order to effectively handle your lock and key needs. We’re always here when you need us, 24-hours a day. With our mobile services, we’re always able to provide you with the services that you need. If you’re in need of home security features to contribute to your peace-of-mind, allow a locksmith from AA Locksmith Woodstock to assist you with your service needs. If you’re a stranded motorist, you’ll be glad that you know the name of a responsive locksmith service, such as, AA Locksmith Woodstock. We have all that we need in one place at AA Locksmith Woodstock. We understand the needs of our customers and we deliver it to them. This is why our services are the preferred and most widely used in the area. You don’t have to settle for second best when the best is just a phone call away at AA Locksmith Woodstock. If you’re a motorist in the area, you should remember the name of AA Locksmith Woodstock. We act quickly to ensure that your needs are immediately taken care of. When you lock your keys in the car your first thought might be to break the window. This isn’t the solution because you’ll then have another problem on your hands, getting the window repaired. A motorist simply wants to get back into their car as quickly as possible. You can do this with the help of an automotive locksmith from AA Locksmith Woodstock. We hand select our locksmiths at AA Locksmith Woodstock based on their experience and skills. You’re in good hands whenever you rely on the services of our locksmiths at AA Locksmith Woodstock. No matter what the problem is, you can be sure that our locksmiths are capable of handling the job for you. They don’t just tell you what they can do; they actually do it. You will be glad you know the name of the preferred automotive locksmith service in town when you see how quickly we are able to get you back inside of your car. There is no reason you should have to stand outside your car for too long as long as you know who to rely on for your service needs, AA Locksmith Woodstock. We don’t care how big or small the job may be, we’ll be there when you need us. When we come to your aid, we’ll always have all that we need to handle the job. We’re here to deliver the following services: Residential Services: Intercom Systems Broken Key Extraction Home Lockouts High Security Locks Home Safes Re-Key Locks Master Keys Deadbolts Installation Lock Change Commercial Services: Lockouts Break-In Repairs Locks, Deadbolts & Hardware Upgrades Safe Unlocking Lock Change Lock Replacement Re-Key Business Keys Miscellaneous Services: Change Locks Deadbolts Panic Bars Make Keys 24 Hour Service Emergency Lock Out Lock Installation Lock & Key Automobile Services: Opening Car Doors Transponder Keys Made Unlock Car Doors High Security Sidewinder Transponder Key Replacement Smart Keys Ignition Change Auto Lockouts, Keys Made, Lock Change Automotive Keys When you are experiencing an emergency lock or key situation, there is no one better suited to address your service needs than AA Locksmith Woodstock. AA Locksmith Woodstock is able to effectively handle any of your emergency lock or key issues due to the level of talent we have on our team. No emergency situation is pleasant. This is something that can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. If you’re safety and security is in jeopardy, you will undoubtedly want to know who you can rely on to effectively handle the job for you. In Woodstock the service provider who is sure to be able to get you the level of service you want and deserve is AA Locksmith Woodstock. You don’t have much time to waste when you’re seeking the services of an emergency locksmith. You need to know exactly who you’ll turn to for your emergency locksmith service needs.

Nothing should stand between you and a secure home, car or business. Not only will it keep your valuables safe, but it will keep those you care about safe as well. When it comes to your locks, you must hire a professional to complete any project you need done. Read on to find out how to do just that.

 

While it is important to understand how much the job will cost, it is also important to be aware of any other fees involved in the process. For example, some locksmiths charge extra for emergency service. Others will tack on a fee if they have to drive a certain distance. Question the locksmith about this so that you understand how much you will be charged.

 

Pay attention to the car the locksmith is driving. It should be adorned with his or her business slogan. If the locksmith arrives in an unmarked vehicle, it is probably best to look for someone else. The locksmith that you called may not be legitimate and may try to scam you.

 

Always get an estimate from a locksmith before allowing them to do any work for you. Unfortunately, there are locksmiths out there that will do the job then ask for an unreasonable amount of money. This can be avoided if you are clear about what you will be charged for the service.

 

Most locksmiths are aware of how to pick a lock and help you gain access to your home. If you are told that the entire lock needs to be replaced, you should see this as a warning sign. This costs significantly more than picking the lock, which is the reason some locksmiths will say it is necessary.

 

Contact your local Better Business Bureau to ensure that there are no complaints lodged against your locksmith. The BBB will have records of any complains along with what the locksmith done to try to remedy any complaints filed. A reputable locksmith may have one or two complaints filed against him; however, if numerous complaints are recorded, look elsewhere.

 

Always ask a locksmith if you can see a photo ID before they get started. Do not be offended if they ask you for the same. Any good locksmith will ask for an ID so they know that you are someone who is authorized to enter the home or vehicle in question.

 

Try looking for a locksmith that works on homes, businesses and vehicles. This will help you avoid needed multiple people in case of emergency. Keep this person’s number in your wallet and call them if there is a problem. Repeat business can sometimes result in you getting some pretty good discounts.

 

Find out if the company you are considering working with has ever had another name. In some instances, companies switch their names because customers were unhappy with their work. This helps them escape negative reviews. While a company may not be honest with you about this, it does not hurt to ask.

 

Hiring someone to tend to your security means bringing in the best. While you may not have time to search high and low, the tips in this article will help you find someone quickly and easily. They’ll be trustworthy, meaning you can leave your security in their hands without worry.

 

Original Article Here: The Best Locksmith Tips To Handle Your Locks Yourself

Related Video Here: 2017 Locksmith Hiring Tips

 

Don’t settle for less when hiring a locksmith! Find a trusted one! AA Locksmith Woodstock can guarantee you with this!

Here’s an often asked question. Is it possible to add extra security to your home without being obvious? Here’s what our AA Locksmith Woodstock technicians answer to that; yes, it is! Take your garage door, for instance. Our local Woodstock, GA customers often call us for extra lock and key assistance for their garage doors. They want added protection for their homes; especially concentrating on their garage but without obvious security additions that often just attracts attention to your property. Keep reading and see what our licensed, bonded and insured technicians suggest. 

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“What’s In Your Wallet?” 

The above words are part of a well-known television commercial but they can be altered slightly to “what’s in your garage?” If your garage protection and security seems a bit excessive, it gives the impression that you are protecting something very important. This of course, invites more than mere curiosity; it is almost like a beacon for possible crime. Your garage just might have valuable property in it; most do in today’s world of multiple cars, off road vehicles and recreational transports. On the other hand, your garage may be mostly empty and you want the added security for other reasons. The point is; why advertise? Use our suggestions for adding extra security for your garage without anyone knowing that you’ve done so. 

Do you have average items in your garage? 

You don’t have to have a garage loaded with Italian sports cars and a Bentley or two in order to add some extra security to protect it. Most folks have the usual items inside their residential garages. These can include cars, trucks, motorcycles, lawn mowers, SUV’s, bicycles, storage boxes, work benches, garden tools, power saws, water heater, water softener, shelves, skateboards, cabinets, cleaning supplies, auto parts, toys, sports equipment, collectibles and lots more. In the recent past, many of these items were stored in the attic or basement areas but nowadays our home’s garage is the perfect space to do everything from park a vehicle to making a birdhouse. Many modern garages are so very full that the resident(s) must park outside in the driveway or on the street.  

What good is an additional garage lock? 

You probably have a lock on your garage door already. If you are using an automatic garage door opener unit, there is a locking mechanism already built-in. Try it out for yourself. Close your garage door and attempt to open it either from the inside or outside by simply lifting it open. Doesn’t work; does it? That’s because the lock is automatic and works when your opener closes the garage door. This brings the obvious question; if your garage door already has a lock, why bother with another one?  

Why you need an additional garage door lock 

Let’s say that you have to disable your opener system for repair or due to an electric black-out. See where we’re going with this? Your garage door opener lock won’t work anymore if the system is disabled. Also, there is a little known phenomenon where older garage door opener units sometimes share the same remote code. This can happen by accident or by coincidence but anyone (neighbor or someone living close by) can now easily and quickly open your garage door using their remote. This of course disables your automatic lock, and you don’t have to be home for it to happen, either! 

Steal in complete privacy! 

Not you; the crooks that break into your garage! All they have to do is gain access to your garage. They go inside, close the garage door and no one knows anything is wrong from the outside. Even if a light is on in the garage, it is usually assumed that the owner is in there working away on something. If your garage has room for a car inside, the burglars can drive in, close the garage door behind them and load up in comfort and privacy. Then, there’s the problem of the interior garage door leading into the house which many people don’t lock. Crime reports all over the country show that thousands of home burglaries take place each year using this very technique. 

So, what are my options? 

Actually, you have quite a few. We’ll go over some of the more affordable and easily installed ones here. Let’s start with the common T-lock system. You are probably familiar with these already; these locks are easily recognized by the T shaped handle shown from the outside of the garage door. When grasped and turned, this action unlocks the garage door. This system uses a cable and two bolts on the inside of the door. Turning the T handle secures the bolts, locking the garage door from the outside or inside. 

Slide locks 

These simple but very effective locks are affordable, easy to install and portable, too. You simply slide the lock onto the garage door track and bolt it in place. Once bolted, the garage door can’t be opened or closed since the rollers are blocked from going up or down in the tracks. These garage door slide locks are less than $10 when bought locally or online. 

Use a combination lock 

Remember your old locker from high school and the combination lock that you secured it with? You can use that same lock or one just like it to secure your garage door. Choose one of the wheels in your garage door track and slip the Master lock through it. If you need to, drill a hole in the wheel large enough for the lock to be inserted and you can easily secure your garage door in this simple manner. You can even get simpler by using a bolt instead of the Master lock. Just secure the bolt into the hole you drill and lock your garage door into place. Be double sure to not forget that your garage door is sealed this way. You can burn out your opener motor and cause damage to your garage door by trying to gain entry with your improvised lock in place!

How much value do you think a safe can offer you? Not a lot? Just a little? What if we were to tell you that you are very wrong? A safe is a very valuable device. It is not just an item that rich people have in their homes. It should be a part of every home; even if you are just a tenant.  

Many persons do not have a safe in their home because they do not think they need to have one. The truth of the matter is, you do not have to be extremely wealthy to have a home safe. A safe is not just good for storing a lot of money or to keep tons of wealth away from criminals. As long as you are alive and have important documents, you should have a safe to store them in.


Safes come in different sizes and some are meant to be installed differently from others. If you do not have a lot of space for a safe, we are sure that there will be a safe that is suitable for the space you have available. Not sure which safe to purchase? Call us at AA Locksmith Woodstock in Woodstock, GA. We can give you expert advice on which safe to purchase and send a technician to install it for you. 

 

Why Should You Own a Safe? 

Owning a safe should not be considered a privilege and it definitely should not be reserved for specific types of people or big houses. If you do not have a safe in your home, here are some reasons why you should think about getting one.  

  • Protects important documents 

How safe are your documents? Perhaps you are not sure how to answer that question. You may be thinking that you’re not a business owner so you don’t have financial records and client information to store. But what about personal documents such as your birth certificate, passport, marriage certificate and other important documents like those? Ok, you have them stored safely and within reach so you can grab them up easily. But what if you are not home when disaster strikes? What will happen to them then?  

Many safes are waterproof and fireproof. If you get flooded or your home burns to the ground, you can be sure that your documents will be safe inside that safe. If you do not need a safe for any other reason, this is one reason that should lead you to start searching for the perfect safe.  

  • Stores gun safely 

If you have a gun at home, it is very important that you keep it in a safe. This is especially true if you have children in your home. It is not safe for your gun to be in plain sight or easily accessible. If you continue to leave your gun accessible, it may pose a security risk to you and your entire family since burglars may be able to find it easily if they gain access to your property. The best thing for you to do is store it in a safe. So, make sure you think about purchasing one as soon as you can.  

  • Helps to lower insurance rates 

A lot of people may not be aware of this, but it is quite true. When you have a safe installed in your home, it is easier for you to lower your property insurance. Seems weird? Well, it isn’t. Think about it. If you have a safe, it is likely that you will store many of your valuable items inside. In the event that there is some form of damage to your property, the safe should remain intact. This means that there is less risk taken on by your insurance company and they will be able to pass it on to you by offering you lower insurance rates.  

  • Great alternative to safe deposit boxes 

Many home safes are quite similar to safe deposit boxes. However, there are differences that makes the home safe a much better item. Unlike safe deposit boxes, home safes tend to be waterproof and fireproof. So, if you store your most prized possessions in a bank by using a safe deposit box, it can be damaged by fire or get flooded. Moreover, safe deposit boxes tend to have a recurring cost. Once you install a safe in your home, there is very little or no recurring cost attached to using it.  

  • You can use it to store jewelry and valuable heirlooms 

A lot of families have valuable pieces of jewelry that are passed on from one generation to the other. If you have valuable items such as these, once they are not being worn, you should make sure that they are safely stored so they cannot be accessed by just about everyone. If you have other items that have been passed down in your family for generations, you can also store them in your safe. That way, you can ensure that they remain safe.  

  • It doesn’t have to be used for one item only 

Based on all the reasons given above, you should realize that one of the best reasons for having a safe is that it can be used to store just about anything that is valuable. Once you own something that you consider to be valuable, you can put it in the safe. If you think about it, having a safe in your home, is almost like having your own upgraded safe deposit box. You won’t even have to ask anyone if you can put items in or remove some. All you need is a locksmith that you trust to install it for you 

Not sure how to determine which safe will be best for you? Call our experts at AA Locksmith Woodstock in Woodstock, GA. We will give you our professional advice and we can install that safe for you. If you do not live in the Woodstock area, make sure that you find a reputable locksmith company in your area that can give you good advice and install your new safe for you. 

Many resources will take you through the steps to replace a deadbolt lock, but very few will give you the information you need to deal with preparing for the things you don’t expect. Even fewer prepare you for buying the right lock and achieving the goals you have for your replacement lock.

A broken door lock might be more serious than you think, so be sure that you do not delay in necessary deadbolt lock replacement. But there are a few reasons you may be looking to replace your deadbolt lock, and further questions, which you need to ask yourself.

  1. Why replace a deadbolt lock?

The reason that you are looking to replace a deadbolt lock will influence every decision you make. It is the most important question to answer. These reasons will affect your approach and your concerns in the following ways:

Broken or Malfunctioning Deadbolt – If you are looking to replace a deadbolt, you need to know why it has broken. When a deadbolt breaks, it can give you insight into what to consider in a replacement. Perhaps the reason for the broken lock breaking is because it was not the right lock or was poorly made.

A deadbolt that breaks always breaks for a reason. If the reason is just that it was old and worn, your only concern will be replacing the deadbolt lock correctly. A common issue when you think you are replacing a broken deadbolt lock is that the issue is actually with the door or the key. Replacing a deadbolt lock will only be effective if the lock itself failed.

Upgrading Security – When you replace a deadbolt lock to make a room or building more secure, it is important to know how much force the deadbolt will withstand and resistance to lock picking. Understand the protection your original lock provided and what you are looking to get in your new lock.

You must also be sure that your security will be properly upgraded when you replace your deadbolt lock. For example, if you are looking to make an improvised DIY panic room, you will need to do more work than simply replace a deadbolt lock.

Aesthetics – The main concern when you replace a deadbolt lock for aesthetic reasons, is that you may lower your security or buy a lock that is generally inappropriate for the purpose. In the case of replacing a deadbolt lock, you do not want to use a double or single cylinder inappropriately.

In almost every case, you will need to replace a deadbolt with another deadbolt. Unless the deadbolt was inappropriately used in the first place, you should not use a different type of lock for a replacement. For instance, a bathroom door lock should not use a deadbolt.

  1. What kind of door do you have?

When you replace a deadbolt lock on a glass door (or partial glass door), you need to use a double cylinder deadbolt. This is even more important if you are replacing a deadbolt to upgrade your security. Using the wrong lock on a glass door makes it much easier for criminals to break in.

If you have a hollow core door, there is no reason to replace a deadbolt lock with another deadbolt. The door will be so insecure that the lock matters very little. It would be better to go with a locking door handle when you replace a deadbolt on an insecure interior door.

  1. Are you adding a new lock to the door?

Whether your door is new, or you want to add another deadbolt to an existing door, it is important to understand the door that you are dealing with. Many doors that do not come with pre-drilled cross bore holes for mounting deadbolts, were not meant to hold deadbolts. A good example of this are hollow core doors meant for interior use. If you are installing a deadbolt on an interior door, make sure it has a solid core.

The issue that is most likely to come up when you are adding a lock where there was no lock prior is that every hole you cut weakens the door. If you are adding several deadbolts, even to a strong solid core door, you are removing a lot of material, and subsequently weakening the door. Make sure to install metal slip covers and heavy locks to add metal content where large amounts of wood have been removed.

Read more at: 8 Questions To Ask Before You Replace Your Deadbolt Lock

Related Video Here: Home Repair & Maintenance : How to Replace a Deadbolt Lock

Looking for a professional help regarding with your deadbolt replacement? Call AA Locksmith Woodstock and they will help you anytime!

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If you are reading this because you need a locksmith, Woodstock is home to one of the finest automotive, residential and commercial lock and key shops in the region – AA Locksmith Woodstock; where our fully certified technicians are available for your use on a round-the-clock basis. Call us for all of your locksmith needs from small to large, and don't worry about price or quality, as one is low and the other higher than you'd ever expect! That's right! Our Woodstock locksmiths charge affordable rates and the end result in superior quality locksmith workmanship that is  done right and on time, as well. Our family owned company dispatches licensed, bonded and insured lock technicians who have decades of experience and training backing them up. We come directly to your location, whether it is your home, your car, or your place of business. In Woodstock, locksmith service also brings great value when you work with AA Locksmith Woodstock. That's because our technicians service all brands of locks and keys including famous ones like Master, Insta-Key, BiLock, Schlage, Primus, Kwikset, American, Kaba and dozens more. And even though the brands are exclusive, our pricing is right in line with your budget. Our services are priced just right too; and we do them all! We offer everything from transponder chip programming, to fingerprint locks and everything in between. Choose from ignition cylinder replacement, glove compartment locks, safe opening, panic bars, Master Key systems, access control, mortise locks, re-keys, deadbolts, and hundreds more! So when it's important that you work with a locksmith in Woodstock, call the one shop that can help you best – AA Locksmith Woodstock!

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