I need a brass key, exactly like the attached sketch, can anyone help? : Locksmith


As weird as it might sound, I need an old school brass key exactly like the one on the sketch. The most important parts are the top (almost round with the small ‘arrow’ part) and the two ‘prongs’, one a plain rectangle, and one slanted and pointy. Any help would be appreciated! Willing to pay for shipping and manufacturing if needed 🙂 I’m in the US



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Locksmiths. What do apprentices/low experience guys do that drives you nuts? : Locksmith


Use your tools without asking. Great way to get in some deep shit with an experienced technician with reliable hand tools they’ve been using for years.

I had to chew out a rookie a year or two ago for using my short little phillips head that I’ve had for years. It’s like he didn’t realize that not only is that thing someone else’s property, but it’s used in countless applications that make it better than having to find an equally versatile tool for the job. Little dumb mother fucker.



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where can I find another door lock like this? : Locksmith


I live in a really old house and one room has this lock on the door, and I’d like to add the same type to another door but I can only find mortise lock sets with the latch included. I want one that is keyed but only has the lock, not the latch, and is surface mounted. I think it is called a rim lock, but all the ones I find online have doorknob holes as well as keyholes. Any ideas?



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Calling all ‘smiths to solve a mystery. : Locksmith


I’ve got a coworker, fellow licensed locksmith, that is in a situation where someone is getting into an apartment with no signs of forced entry. The front door lock was changed out to two Mul-t-lok 006 keyway, on a jimmy-proof deadbolt and a mortise lock. There are no other ways into the apartment: 13th Floor, fire escape is not attached. This is a former significant other with no known locksmithing experience, that’s getting in and is stealing items and shitting on the floor.

Does anyone have any ideas how this person could be getting in? I’ve seen people pick mul-t-lok cylinders but I highly doubt this person is capable. Or are there vulnerabilities that would allow someone to bypass two jimmy-proof lock and mortise body with two mul-t-lok cylinders that I’m missing?

All are welcome to message me if you have an answer, where I’ll provide my license. Thanks to everyone in advance, we are completely stumped.



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Need recommendations for time lock safe : Locksmith


I am looking to find a good time lock safe, and I’m hoping you wonderful people can help me out. I was prescribed benzodiazepines for postpartum anxiety a few years ago. I am trying to get off the medication but it is EXTREMELY difficult (and yes, I am doing so under the supervision of my doctor). I want to find a time lock safe where I can set the safe to open after a specified time period (e.g., 3 days, 1 week, etc.). I have found a few time lock safes online but honestly they look really cheap. I need something that cannot be broken into. Does anyone know where I might find such a safe? Alternatively, is it possible to add a time lock device to an existing safe and, if so, how would I do that? Thanks in advance!



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Help! Need to feed neighbors cat his medicine! : Locksmith


I am watching the neighbors cat. They only gave me the code for the deadbolt. I think I may have accidentally locked the handle lock so I can’t get in. The neighbor is saying there is no other lock on the door but handle will not budge. The code is working to engage and disengage deadbolt, but handle will not move. The cat needs medicine every 12 hours. help!



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How to retrofit a door lock with the emergency function? : Locksmith


Have a look at the way this Nuki junk is fitted. They literally fit over an existing key that you leave on the outside of the home. If a key is left in the back of a normal euro cylinder it won’t work as you know. Difference with a ‘smart’ lock is that you perhaps won’t notice that it hasn’t locked.

The ’emergency function’ is on some cylinders that can be opened with a key on the inside to prevent accidental lockout if it operates a latch or to allow someone to open the door without waking up the muppet that left the key in the back before going to bed.

It’s a stupid suggestion for a stupid product made by clueless fuckwits that haven’t got the first idea about locks.



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How Can I Buy A File Cabinet Lock That Can Lock Two Drawers? : Locksmith


I have a file cabinet with 4 drawers. There is a lock on the second drawer that lock the first and second drawer. This lock uses a Wind Danbury key.

Now I want to install a second lock on the forth drawer, and lock both the third and fourth drawer in the same way. It is better to use the same lock and the same Wind Danbury coded key.

Anyone know the official name for this category of file cabinet lock that can lock two drawers? How can I order one such lock?

Here is the picture of the lock. The two “cams” lock the drawer and the drawer above it.

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Most used/handiest tool : Locksmith


I thought of a better question to ask/answer.

Which tools do you keep backups of in your van?

I have backup screwdrivers and Allen keys. Everything else I reckon I can get by without for a couple of jobs, but no way am I going into battle without either of those things.

I guess a drill is nearly essential too and I actually have an old one that needs repairing. Once I’ve done that, it’s going into the tool box.

I also keep a fully charged 18V battery in the glove box. It’s strictly for emergencies only and it’s got me out of jail once or twice when I had to drill and realised I’d been slack with keeping the rest of them charged.



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Replace 5 pin cylinder with 6 pin : Locksmith


My SO bought a bunch of Schlage keyed entry levers for my house which have 5 pin SC1 keys, similar to this. I’d like to key them alike to our deadbolts, which appear to be 6 pin SC4 keys (the key is visibly longer).

Is doing something like this possible? My guess is that the locksmith would have to change out the whole cylinder, would it even fit in the lever assembly?



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