At Pop-A-Lock of Seattle, we want our customers to be informed. If you have a question that isn't addressed here, please give us a call.
Locksmiths can do a large variety of jobs related to locks, keys, and safes. The most commonly requested jobs are lockouts, rekeying, repairs and duplication of keys. Beyond that it is almost endless with electronic, commercial safes, special installations and almost everything you could think of.
Rekeying is the process of replacing tumblers (pins) in an existing lock cylinder so that it will take a new key and the old one will no longer work.
If you are purchasing a new home, someone has stolen your keys, you are unsure of how many keys have been made and given out on a property, you've had an employee change or if you feel uncomfortable for any reason about the security of your property, you should consider rekeying.
You should purchase new locks only if yours are not in good condition or you want to upgrade the quality of locks. If you have good quality locks, most of the time repairs can be done without replacement of the whole lock.
Yes, they can be keyed alike if they are all the same brand of lock. You can test this by trying the common key in each lock and if it will go in (even if it will not turn) it can be done. Otherwise, you may have to purchase a few new locks of the same kind.
Master-keying is a system in which a group of locks that are master-keyed are operable by it's own individual key in each lock and the master-key. Each individual key operates it's lock only. The master-key operates all the locks in the group. The locks must be made by the same manufacturer or at least have common 'keyways'. Other systems are also possible using sub-masters and grand-masters.
Sometimes, but usually not. We can make keys for most years, makes, and models and we're usually less expensive than the dealership and we come to you.