Locks, Keys and Safes: Tips for Protecting Your Flat

Transponder Key Overboard: What To Do When You Drop Your Keys In The Loo!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Transponder Key Overboard: What To Do When You Drop Your Keys In The Loo!

Back pockets are a safe place to put your car keys right? Until you forget they are there and they end up dropping into the toilet! In the good old days this wouldn’t matter because a car key was just a piece of metal that could be wiped dry and put straight back into the pocket. But today’s car keys are called transponder keys, and they have little computer chips in them that just don’t like floating in water. So what do you do when you drop your keys in the loo?

Do Try The Rice Bag Trick

Transponder keys have a black casing around the top of the key. This casing keeps small amounts of water out such as rain drops, but it does not make your key waterproof. One thing you can try if your key is soaking wet is the rice bag technique.

  1. Dry off the key using a towel or other soft cloth.
  2. Half fill a plastic bag with uncooked rice grains.Choose a plastic bag that can be sealed shut.
  3. Place the key into the bag and close it.
  4. Place the bag in a warm place and wait 24 hours.

The rice grains will absorb the water condensation as it evaporates out of the key. After 24 hours most of the moisture will have been absorbed and you can try the key in your car.

Don’t Try The Hair Dryer Trick

You may be thinking that the best way to dry out your key is to apply heat to it. Whether your mind has turned to your hair dryer or your microwave, both these dry out ideas are bad ones.

As previously stated, transponder keys have small computer chips in them, and these little chips contain minute electronic circuitry that make the key work. Applying high doses of heat from a hair dryer is going to fry the circuitry, and then there is no chance of it ever working again. Alternatively, putting metal in a microwave is one way of starting a house fire, so this is definitely not a good idea either.

If your transponder key refuses to work after the rice bag trick, or you don’t have 24 hours to wait for it to dry out, your next stop is your locksmith to get a replacement key made. Only a locksmith or an automotive dealer can provide a coded replacement key for your car. While you are there, get a second one made, or get them to attempt a professional drying of the original. Having a spare car key is not going to go to waste if you want to continue carrying your car keys in your back pocket.

Do You Need a Full Windshield Glass Replacement?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Need a Full Windshield Glass Replacement?

Glass damage is one of the most common vehicular claims of all time. Most of glass damage claims are related to the windshield cracking over time or as a result of an incident. Not only is windshield damage an eyesore, but it’s also a major safety problem as well. Most experts claim that when you drive with a damaged windshield, not only do you put your life at risk, but you also endanger the other drivers. When your windshield cracks, the first question that probably comes to mind is “Do I need to get a full glass replacement?” Here are some questions that can help guide your decision.

Do I Need a Pre-Inspection?

A pre-inspection can be useful because it can actually prevent you from unnecessary work. Remember that not all windshield flaws are considered chips. Most commonly, people notice superficial scratches that don’t infiltrate between the glass layers. These scratches cause no damage to the windshield and don’t weaken it over time.

While it is ultimately your choice, pre-inspections are not expensive and can save you from having to go through the trouble of starting the repair process only to find that a glass replacement wasn’t needed.

How Is My Windshield Be Repaired?

As vehicle panes are more lightweight nowadays, they allow the glass to splinter into small cracks. These cracks can easily be filled and a vacuum created over the crack, removing all moisture and air. After that, resin is injected into the crack and a UV light is used to harden it.

Those repairs are not just aesthetic fixes; they’re actually bonding processes that recondition the structural integrity of your windshield. Not only that, but the resin also prevents more cracks and chips from forming or expanding onto the undamaged areas.

When Is a Repair Not an Option?

When the cracks or chips are too close to the edges of the windshield, or when they cut directly into your line of sight, a full glass replacement is necessary. If the damage is not fixed, the fractures will slowly spread to the remaining areas of the windscreen. When driving over speed bumps or potholes, the cracks will spread and cause a huge driving distraction.

If you have previously used resin to fill the cracks of your windshield and the vinyl resin has been damaged, the windshield will be unable to withstand more impact. Since the glass will then be unable to protect the passengers and the driver as it should, it’s recommended to perform a full glass replacement to avoid any trouble.

Talk with glass repair professionals, like those at Lock Tight Glass & Shutter Service, for more information and help. 

How to Choose Boxes and Other Materials for Packing and Shipping

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Choose Boxes and Other Materials for Packing and Shipping

Cardboard boxes may all look alike to you, but they actually vary quite a bit when it comes to their strength and durability. Along with cardboard boxes, you will typically need packing material and packing tape to keep items secure and to keep the boxes closed properly. Note a few factors to keep in mind when you’re shopping for shipping boxes for a production facility or office, or even for when you need to pack up items for a move.

1. Choosing boxes

Boxes will often be marked with a weight capacity and you don’t want to overlook this. If you opt for a box that cannot handle the weight of what you’re shipping, it’s likely to tear at the corners or have the flaps come loose, no matter the strength of the packing tape you choose. Look for corrugated fiber when choosing boxes for very heavy materials; this is a reinforced type of cardboard that better resists moisture and tearing, and which can hold heavier items more easily.

If you’re choosing boxes for regular shipping purposes such as in a production facility, you want the smallest boxes that can hold your items as shipping charges are usually figured by size and not just weight. Note the dimensions of the box when choosing and, if necessary, actually measure the size of the items you’ll be shipping. Smaller boxes will also mean spending less on packing materials and less risk of your items being knocked around inside the box during shipping.

2. Packing materials

Styrofoam peanuts are a good choice for filling in gaps in a packed box, and they’re very lightweight so they don’t add much to the shipping costs. They can also be used repeatedly. Bubble wrap is good for actually wrapping items and providing extra cushioning to more delicate pieces. Many pieces of bubble wrap can be used only once or very infrequently, as they may get holes during use that in turn, letting out the cushioning air.

If you don’t like using Styrofoam or bubble wrap because they’re not very environmentally-friendly, you might choose actual popcorn. Some production facilities invest in popcorn poppers and bulk bags of popcorn to produce their own and save money versus buying popcorn that is popped, but note that actual popcorn can only be used once for shipping. 

3. Sealing

Always use nylon-reinforced packing tape for closing up shipping boxes; masking tape is never strong enough for closing boxes and keeping them secure. When buying sealing tape, make sure it notes that it is nylon-reinforced, as some very cheap brands of tape are only cellophane, like scotch tape, so they don’t work well for packing and especially for very heavy loads.

Talk to professional boxing or storage companies, like Store-It-Safe, when looking for good quality materials and keep these things in mind.

How Do You Know When to Call a Locksmith for Your Home?

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Do You Know When to Call a Locksmith for Your Home?

Being locked out of your home in the middle of the night is not the only time you may need to call a locksmith. These professionals do much more than just get you in when you’ve lost your keys or locked them inside the house. You may be surprised to know when it’s good to call a locksmith in order to keep your home secure. Consider the following.

1. When locks start to get sticky

In the same way that parts under the hood of your car may be breaking down even though the car still runs, once your locks start to get sticky, they too are breaking down even though you may be able to still turn the key.

Very often sticky locks have pins or tumblers inside that are beginning to break down or warp. These pins or tumblers get lined up in way that matches you key and this is what allows you to turn the lock and open the door. When they start to break down, they don’t line up as easily and the lock may not turn. If you ignore this problem, the key may break off in the lock or the pins may break altogether, and the lock won’t open or close.

2. When deadbolts don’t seem to work properly

If you’ve installed a new door or new deadbolts on your own, you may notice that the deadbolt doesn’t seem to work properly or may even allow your door to come open when in place. This is often due to poor installation; the bolt needs to fully extend into the hole in the doorframe and fit properly in order to be secure.

If the deadbolt doesn’t fully extend because the hole for it has been drilled too short, or the bolt has room to slide around, it may not keep the door secure. If the fit is too snug, the bolt may not be able to fully extend. Have a locksmith check the deadbolt and refit it if necessary.

3. When you need security inside the home

A locksmith can install a new safe in a wall or floor of your home, and in many cases, also install motion detectors and security systems in the home. These can help to increase security in case an intruder does get past your outside locks. You can know that your most valuable possessions are locked up in a safe or you can be alerted to motion or activity in the home, rather than just outside.

How to Increase The Safety of Your House

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Increase The Safety of Your House

Can you think of anyone more fit to give home safety tips than experienced locksmiths? They have tons of knowledge in areas such as repairing and making security systems for your house, and with their extensive expertise in home security, the advice of an experienced locksmith should be taken into account. Here are a few tips from professional locksmiths on how to feel safer in your own home.

Newly-purchased homes

When you purchase a new house for your family, perhaps the most important security system to replace is the key and locks. Make sure to replace any locks and keys that are present in your house; including window locks, door locks, basement access locks, etc. It’s possible that the previous owners gave away key copies to their relatives or trusted friends for easier access to their house, which means that you may end up with uninvited guests in your house.

When going about replacing the locks you can either re-key them so the older key no longer fits in the lock, or you can spend a few more dollars on replacing the lock completely for an added amount of security.

Installing deadbolt locks

One of the most advanced home security systems you could install on your door is a deadbolt lock. While deadbolt locks provide the highest amount of home security, its installation must be done by a professional locksmith to ensure there weren’t any mistakes during the installation process. If you hire an individual contractor and he fails to install it correctly, your house could easily be broken into by a burglar.

Locking systems for your windows

If you have chosen to install deadbolts on your doors, make sure your windows are properly secured as well. It wouldn’t make sense to install top security deadbolt locks on your doors and have your windows defenceless. No thief would bother to break down the deadbolt when he can easily open a window and get in that way. You could avoid this by installing double cylinder locks on your windows.

Hiding places for your keys

It’s also extremely important that you don’t hide your keys in common places, or a thief may easily find your keys and simply walk into your house. Hiding your key under the door mat is a bad idea. Fake rocks, mailboxes, pots or planters are also places where you should avoid hiding your keys. Locksmiths recommend that you find an unusual and protective hiding place or that you give your key to a trusted neighbour instead. And if you’re particularly concerned about using keys, installing a key-less security system could be the answer.

Using Alarms, Codes and Locks to Keep Your Out-of-Control Teen Safe

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Using Alarms, Codes and Locks to Keep Your Out-of-Control Teen Safe

Raising a teenager can be challenging, but if your teen seems to be out of control, it can be even harder. You may find yourself considering things that you had never imagined you would do as a parent. However, in dire circumstances, seemingly extreme measures sometimes become necessary.

If your teen is lying about their whereabouts, sneaking out of the house or doing other things that are against your rules, a strategic use of security alarms, codes and locks can help. Consider these ideas:

1. Add alarms to your doors and windows

Security alarms don’t’ just monitor your home for intruders. These alarms can also be used to monitor people leaving your home. If you put alarms on the doors, you can have them beep or even send an alert to your smartphone every time someone opens your front door — that can be critical if you are trying to keep tabs on an errant teen. Similarly, you can also install alarms on your teen’s bedroom windows.

2. Give your teen a unique disarming code

If the issue is not that your teen is sneaking out of the house but rather that he or she is lying about when he or she returns to the house, you can also use your home security alarm to help monitor your teen. Most alarms have codes so that you can disarm them when you step in your door.

Rather than using the same code for everyone in the family, give your teen a unique code. That way, if he or she slips in after you have gone to bed, you will be able to see what time he or she arrived home based on the record on your alarm.

3. Use locks to keep your teen away from dangerous things

Locking your teen in his or her room is not ideal, but if you are afraid that your teen may leave the house and commit a crime, it may seem better to have your teen temporarily locked in at home rather than locked up in a juvenile detention center.

However, locking anyone in a bedroom is not that safe. In case of a fire, your teen would only have one exit (the window) whereas two exits are ideal. Instead of having a locksmith install locks on your teen’s bedroom doors, lock up the things around the home that could be dangerous. For example, lock your liquor cabinet or lock the door to the basement if you are afraid your teen is going to sneak out of a basement window.

If you need new locks or security alarms for an out-of-control teen now, contact a locksmith such as HUNTER LOCKSMITH SERVICES.  

Making Your Home Safe for a Loved One With Dementia: Five Essential Tips on Installing, Removing and Strengthening Locks

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Your Home Safe for a Loved One With Dementia: Five Essential Tips on Installing, Removing and Strengthening Locks

When a loved one has dementia, they face a number of physical risks to their safety. If your loved one lives with you or lives at home with a caretaker, there are many steps you can take to help make them safer. In particular, you can add locks to certain places, remove locks from other places and modify the locks in yet other places. Take a look at these tips:

1. Lock potentially dangerous rooms

Your loved one’s dementia can cause a level of confusion that makes them unable to make safe choices, especially around knives, ovens, power tools and other potentially dangerous objects. To make your home safer, restrict the person with dementia to certain rooms.

Install locks on interior doors to keep your loved one out of the kitchen, the garage, the home workshop and any other potentially dangerous places.

2. Remove bathroom locks

However, in other cases, you need to remove the locks from certain doors. If your bathroom or your loved one’s bedroom has a lock on the door, they could lock themselves in these rooms and get hurt. Prevent that from happening by removing these locks — in most cases, that is as simple as putting in a new doorknob.

If you don’t’ change these locks, make sure you keep a small key safely stowed above the door frame outside of these rooms.

3. Lock up medications

As your loved one’s dementia advances, it becomes unsafe for them to have unrestricted access to their medication. They may take too many and overdose. For this reason, it should be kept in a locked cabinet or box.

4. Use deadbolts on exterior doors

In addition to making your home safer for your loved one with dementia, you also have to take steps to prevent them from wandering. Unfortunately, people with dementia or other similar issues may open the door, wander off and get lost.

To minimise this risk, you should consider placing deadbolts on exterior doors. If possible, locate them out of the reach of your loved one.

However, if you do this, make sure that your loved one is always supervised. If a fire starts, they need to be able to get out of the house, and they will need help with the deadbolt.

5. Consider alarms

Instead of putting a deadbolt on exterior doors, you can also use a security alarm to ensure your loved one has not wandered off. You don’t have to engage the alarm. You simply have to set it to ding every time the door is opened.

If you feel that you’re not up to the task of making these modifications, get in touch with a local locksmith. They’ll be able to help you with your needs. 

Three Types of Keyless Locks for Office Doors

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Types of Keyless Locks for Office Doors

Security is the most important aspect to consider when purchasing office door locks for your commercial space. Poor measures will lead to burglary and vandalism from thieves and disgruntled former employees. There are diverse types of locks in terms of brand, method of entry and costs in the market; consult with commercial locksmiths to learn about specific options available.

One of the styles gaining popularity in the commercial world is the keyless entry. It is favourable choice because, as the name implies, a traditional key is not required. This means that you will not experience insecurity due to key loss, theft or unauthorised duplication. In addition, you can make savings since re-keying and replacement will be virtually unnecessary. If you are thinking about installing a keyless lock, here are the main types to consider.

Biometric Locks

A biometric lock system uses a genetic trait to operate the door. It is a secure and convenient measure because the hallmarks are unique to every individual. Moreover, the employees cannot lose or misplace their means of opening and locking the door. The most popular type of biometric lock is the fingerprint scan system. These are designed to convert the ridge patterns of the finger into data which is transformed into a code. High-quality locks are capable of storing data from several people; therefore, they are ideal for large and personal offices. In addition, the fingerprint memory can be modified by adding or deleting an individual’s information. This means you can make changes depending on the requirements.

Pushbutton Locks

Pushbutton locks are generally digital deadbolts or mortise locks which require a code for access. They are secure and considerably cheaper than the fingerprint alternatives. There are many types of pushbutton locks because the system is popular. Ideally, you should choose a lock which offers easy programming so that you can add or delete codes depending on the authorised personnel. You can also choose a brand which allows storage of several codes. You should note that the quality of locks varies widely so ensure the manufacturer and your supplier are reputable.

Remote Control Lock

The remote control sensor lock is similar to the keyless locks used for cars. Generally, these doors can be operated using a radio signal from a fob when you are in close proximity. These keyless locks are not popular for office doors, but they are viable if you want convenience. Alternatively, you can choose a lock synced with your smartphone for your private office. You will be able control your entry via Bluetooth and you will receive a notification in case of unauthorised entry.

Shopping for gun safes in Queensland

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shopping for gun safes in Queensland

Choosing the right safe for secure storage is a crucial part of firearms ownership in Queensland, with heavy fines and possible imprisonment for those who fail to follow the strict regulations set out by the government. Here is a simple guide to help you purchase the right safe for your firearms:

Handgun Safes

Small household safes, generally used to store important documents and valuables, can be co-opted to store handguns. However, before purchasing a basic safe you need to make sure  it fits with Queensland firearms regulations.

The law requires that a safe used to store handguns be made of solid steel and be secured to the walls or floor of the building. Fortunately most safes fit this bill, as a safe that can simply be picked up and carried away by a burglar is not very useful. However, if you are storing ammunition as well, it must be in a compartment that can lock independently to the main safe, or in a separate safe of its own. Specialty handgun safes will often have a lockable compartment, but it may still be cheaper to buy two separate safes. Safes must also be secured somewhere out of sight, such as under a bed or inside a wardrobe.

Rifle Safes

For rifles there are few options for non-specialized safes that will be tall enough to fit one or more rifles. Note that rifles fitting into the A, B, and C categories of Queensland firearms regulations have fewer restrictions on what safes can be used compared to handguns, the key difference being that the safe doesn’t need to be bolted to the floor if it weighs more than 150 kilograms. If you are able to discretely store a safe tall enough to hold your rifles then a standard home safe will suffice, but the odds of you saving money when compared to a specialty rifle safe are slim. And again, if you are storing ammunition it must be in a locked compartment or a safe of its own, so keep that in mind when shopping.

Where to Buy

Now that you have an idea of what kind of safe to buy, you need to decide where to buy it from. As with most things safes can be purchased online, but it’s worth your while to look at local stores first, such as Axcess Locksmiths. Shopping locally will save you money on shipping costs, as heavy safes are often quite expensive to transport, and will allow you to work out just how your firearms will fit into it and how you will secure it to the building (if need be). If there is no safe retailer in your area you can often find safes at a hardware or hunting supply store. Failing that, there may be used safes for sale in your local personal ads or bulletin board.

By following this guide you ensure that purchasing the appropriate safe for your handguns or rifles is a quick, simple process.

Why Call a Locksmith When You Want to Upgrade Locks or Doors on Your Home?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Call a Locksmith When You Want to Upgrade Locks or Doors on Your Home?

Adding a new lock or installing a new security door may seem like a simple task for a homeowner with a few tools and a bit of know-how. However, these jobs are usually best left to a professional locksmith, such as Local Locksmiths, no matter the type of lock or door you’re installing. Before you try to swap out the door locks or put on a new deadbolt or do anything else to the entryways of your home, note why a professional locksmith should be called instead.

1. Doors are only as strong as their frame

A security storm door or screen door may be made of thick metal and come with heavy-duty locks or deadbolts, and this may make you feel very secure. However, doors are only as strong as their frame. If someone tries to kick in a door, it’s usually the frame that comes away from the home’s structure so that the door comes down. If you purchase a new security door without a new frame, a locksmith can evaluate your home’s doorframe and note if it needs upgrading or any improvements. They can also ensure that a security door with a frame will be installed so that it’s level and even; failing to do this can weaken it so that it’s easier to pry open or just force open.

2. Deadbolts are only as strong as their connections

As with doors, deadbolts are only as strong as their connections. If you don’t fasten deadbolts correctly to your doorframe, the deadbolt’s strength is compromised. Screws, like doorframes, need to be installed so that they’re level and even. The holes already drilled for an old deadbolt may be too large and not offer a secure fit, and you may not realize this during the installation. Since a poor quality job in installing a deadbolt can compromise its strength, it’s good to have a locksmith do this for you.

3. A locksmith might offer suggestions for improvements in your home’s security

Another good reason to have a locksmith upgrade the locks or doors to your home’s entryway is that they might offer suggestions for improvements to your home’s security. They may realize that the deadbolt you’ve chosen is very flimsy, or note that your home’s doorframe is warped due to age and in turn, your current door is not very secure. Their advice can help you determine the best way to keep your home safe.