Locksmith Tools

After being asked over and over about locksmithing work, and about the tools of our trade, in particular, we decided to write a blog post about them. We love that people are interested in what we do and are always happy to tell our trade secrets.

As locksmiths, we work out of our vans, which we like to consider a “mobile workshop”. We pride ourselves on our timely and efficient work and of course, our tools play a big part in this. In order to be able to do our best work, at any time, we need to have our tools easily accessible, and that means that they should always be kept very well organized in our vans.

Our tools are organized by types of tools and their uses in different tool bags and tool boxes so we can just take the tools we need at any given time in order to do a specific job rather than take everything in a large, heavy tool bag with us.

Here is a list of some of the most useful tools that every locksmith uses:

Tweezers

These are long tweezers, the tip of the tweezer has been milled and has a grooved tip for fast and easy loading of cylinder pins, used for rekeying.

 

Slim Jim (Lock Pick)

Slim Jims are used to unlock car doors without the use of a key or slip pick.  It is a thin strip of metal roughly 24 in. long and about 0.79–1.57 in. wide. Using a Slim Jim, with careful manipulation, the car door can be opened without a key. Only trained locksmiths should use a Slim Jim, unskilled users can cause damage to the car.

Key Cutter Machine

We have key duplication machinery that enables us to create a new house or car keys on the spot, from right out of our vans.

Key Gauge

A gauge that’s used to measure keys to find out the cut depths of a key.

Hook Pick / Lock Pick

Used to pick locks, this tool is one of the most common tools used by locksmiths. These picks come in different sizes and shapes to fit different sized locks.

Precision Screwdrivers

A set of screwdrivers that are smaller than regular screwdrivers, which come in handy with the very small screws that are found in locks.

Shim Stock

This is a very thin piece of shaped metal that is used for re-keying locks.

 Jackknife Pick

This took has about 5 picks on it that can be used to pick simple household locks, like the locks on bathrooms or bedrooms. The different picks are suited for different types of internal lock mechanisms.

 Bump Key

Bump keys are essentially keys that have been shaved down to enable you to bypass a lock.

These are just the most common of the many tools we carry with us in our mobile locksmith shop. We hope that this has taught you a little more about the tools that professional locksmiths use in their day-to-day work, and what they are used for. All professional locksmiths have been professionally trained at their job and know how to use these tools without damaging the car or door that they are working on. We do not suggest using these tools unless you have had the proper training to do so.

If you have any further questions or  if you are in need of our services in GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN please don’t hesitate to give us a call, we are always happy to hear from you.

Thank You

Todd Theroux

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Choosing the Right Lock

In order to choose the best lock for your needs, it’s important to know what type of lock you’ll be using. Security locks are typically used in industrial and high-security areas such as government buildings, banks, homes, or commercial establishments.

Electronic locking systems are commonly found on public doors on schools and universities, health care facilities, airports, or large facilities such as hospitals. The best locks for your house are made from hardened steel and feature a high-security locking mechanism that is difficult to pick.

They should also be able to resist attacks from drills and saws. You will find the best lock by checking the ratings of each product. It’s important to get a high-quality lock in order to prevent a break-in or burglary. There are many types of locks available, but the most common ones include lever locks, deadbolts, and knob locks.

It’s important for you to decide which type of lock is the best for your needs before visiting a locksmith to change your lock. The best lock is always the one that you have at home, but if you live in a dangerous area then choose a “high security” kind.

High-security locks are meant to deter potential intruders to protect your belongings from theft. It’s also important that the locks are installed properly so as not to be easy for burglars. Types of locks can be very confusing. There are different types that someone may want to use depending on the situation.

A good lock is key-based and offers mechanical security and a defense against drilling, picking, or manipulation.

Call BAYSIDE LOCKSMITH & SECURITY today for information or advice on your specific situation.

Thanks

Todd Theroux

Choosing the Right Lock for your home

When upgrading your security system the locks could be easily forgotten. To feel home and secure, many of people consider installing a strong garage door. Unfortunately, they forget about the door locks. Did you know that the locks count when it comes to securing your belongings and safety of your children? In this post, we are going to look at some important considerations when you want to change locks on house. By the end, you will learn how to choose the perfect lock for your house.

  1. Factor the intended daily use

The number one factor when purchasing new replacement locks for your house is the intended daily use. Today, you will find a growing number of front door locks available on the market. Each of the options you find is suitable for specific use. Before purchasing a replacement lock, consider how you will be using the lock. For instance, let us say you are purchasing a replacement door lock for the front door. Number one, you expect to use the lock for several times a day especially when living with relatives. It is without doubt that the front door lock is one of the most used locks in a house. Therefore, you will consider a mortise lock compared to the standard rim cylinder deadbolt.

  1. Determine the desired security level

The second factor to consider when purchasing the door lock is the desired security level. If you are protecting your valuables, the security level here is higher than just locking up a house to control entry. Realistically, everyone wants to feel as safe as possible. Finding out the level of security when purchasing a replacement lock for your house door is very important. Therefore, ask the dealer to give an explanation of the deadbolt features. Why is the dealer recommending the particular lock? Ask yourself whether the lock really meets the security standards as expected. You should be sure to pick appropriate lock that will meet the expectations when it comes to security levels.

To evaluate the security level, consider how easy it is picking the particular lock. What resources and time is required to pick the particular lock? For high-level security, you want to ensure a lock that takes time to pick and requires advanced technology to pic

2. Do not be carried away by the brand name

A serious mistake that many people make when purchasing a replacement door lock is being carried away by the brand name. Ensure that you consider quality rather than purchasing base on brand name. Ask for the best door locks that meet your desired security level and is best for the intended use. This way, you will be able to choose a better door lock for your house


3. Consider the smart locks

We are in an era when everyone wants to consider the smart door locks. The smart locks provide curb appeal ensuring high-level security, and enjoy convenience. There are various smart lock options available in the market.

4. Ease of installation

Some door locks provide an easy installation experience while others are complicated. It is advisable that you go for the door locks that are easy to install and provide the user simplified use experience.

Consider the above factors when purchasing the replacement locks for your house. Remember that security is an important consideration when purchasing the door locks. Do not forget to engage a professional to assist you in choosing an appropriate replacement lock. At Bayside Locksmith & Security , we provide the best door lock installation. Contact  us today for professional expertise.

Thank You

Todd Theroux

Car Theft Protection

Theft of personal items happens every day. Unfortunately, one of those common crimes is the theft of vehicles. Automobiles have become one of the most important and valuable items that a household can have. For most individuals, they are essential for getting to and from work, for others they are essential just for general mobility. A vehicle?s value, whether monetary or not, is precisely why thieves target them.? Vehicles can be stripped for spare parts or even used to commit other crimes. Now more than ever it is important to protect your vehicle just as you protect your home and family.

There are a few simple tools you can use with your vehicle to help deter or even prevent theft.

The first and primary tool is your vehicle?s car alarm. Luckily this tool already comes pre-installed with all modern vehicles. The sudden loud noise it emits is perfect for chasing off most thieves since they prefer to work quickly and quietly. However, even if your vehicle already has an alarm, it does not mean it is safe. Car alarms are so commonplace that most people have become desensitized to them, so they are not 100% likely to deter thieves. Other tools may be necessary.

Another useful tool may be a steering wheel lock bar. A lock bar is a convenient and compact tool that can be placed on your steering wheel to prevent it from being turned. This can usually deter a thief since its presence makes it a huge inconvenience for them to attempt to remove it. A brake lock is also an effective tool to prevent theft. Brake locks secure to the bottom of the brake petal so it can?t be suppressed. Thieves can?t steal your car if they can?t drive it away.

The final tool is quite effective and most modern cars possess one, a tracking device. Tracking devices are useful for determining your vehicle?s position via GPS if a thief manages to make off with it. Tracking devices are one of the most useful functions vehicles have these days and can be quite powerful when used with other tools. Some companies can even disable your car for you once they find out it was stolen, often causing thieves to abandon the vehicle. Sadly, older vehicles do not come with this function and it can be an expensive system to add to your car. Please research which tools would be most effective for you and your vehicle before you buy.

Thank You

Todd Theroux

Why do keys break?

Ever had a day when you’re running late for work and in a rush, you go to lock the door, and your key breaks in the lock? If you have, you know how frustrating it can be. But why did this happen? You’ve had your key for years, and it’s always worked fine before.

So, what are some reasons why keys break in door locks?

What can you do to prevent it? And what should I do and not do? You may not realize it, but keys are made of relatively soft material like nickel or brass, so they aren’t as strong as you think. The best way to keep it from happening is not to apply too much pressure when using them.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to prevent breaking your keys, what to do when it does happen, as well as some tips to prevent keys from breaking, continue reading below.

Why Do Keys Break in Locks?

    • Keys are made out of soft metals such as nickel or brass
    • The lock is malfunctioning or poorly lubricated
    • You applied too much pressure on the key when locking or unlocking the door.
    • Due to warm or humid weather, the door itself has bent or become warped.
    • The lock is poorly lubricated.

How Can I Prevent Broken Keys?

The best way you can do this is to make sure your lock is adequately lubricated. You can simply do this by using WD-40. Watch for a few simple signs that the locks are not appropriately lubricated. You may notice they are starting to stick, or the lock isn’t turning as smoothly as it used to.

If your key is getting old and you notice that it is becoming weak or damaged, make sure you have a spare, then throw the old key away. A few things to look for in a damaged key is:

    • It’s bent
    • There are cracks
    • The key is sticking even after your lock is lubricated.

One mistake many of us make is not having a knife or scissors to open a package, and so we grab a key and do it. This is something you shouldn’t do. Ever. This simple action causes your key to weaken and eventually break.

If you pull your door closed with your key still in the lock, it will cause a weak spot and break. You may grab the wrong key in a rush and start fighting with it to look or unlock your door and before you realize it.

What Do I Do If My Key Breaks in the Lock?

There are a few different ways you can try to remove your key from the lock before you call a locksmith. If part of the key is still sticking out, you can get some spray lubricant and a pair of pliers. Then you simply spray the lock and remove the exposed end with the pliers. Once removed, get a new key made. If none of the keys is sticking out, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to remove it, and you’ll need to call a locksmith.

Note: if you have trouble grabbing the key, don’t try to force removal or poke and prod; otherwise, you’ll damage the lock itself.

Common Questions

Can a new key be made from a broken one?

Yes, most of the time, you can take the broken key and have a new one made. Since key cutting machines make the key based on the original, it may not work if the key has a damaged node. If this is the case, you may have to get a new lock.

Can a locksmith remove the key?

Yes, typically, locksmiths can remove the broken key. They have specialized tools that other people do not have, and they are familiar with most types of locks.

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No matter what steps you take to prevent it, at some point, you may end up with a key stuck in your door. If it’s sticking out, there’s a good chance you can remove it yourself. If not, your best bet is to call a locksmith, so you don’t damage your lock or create a bigger door lock problem.

THANKS

Todd Theroux

Business Owner

Transponder Keys

Transponder keys are a wonderful example of how technology can be designed as a part of your car’s anti-theft mechanism.  Without a right key, no one can unlock or start your car – limiting the chances of break-ins and getting the car stolen. If somebody attempts to start the engine without a properly programmed key, the car’s electronic computer panel will fail to recognize the code and will even go to the extent of disabling the engine temporarily. While your transponder key is definitely taking the security a notch above, they still are complicated and expensive to be replaced or repaired by just any auto locksmith.
Do you find your transponder keys or proximity fobs stop functioning? What if your transponder keys are lost, damaged or stuck in the ignition? It is very important that you are able to quickly call a local, reliable auto locksmith in the Fox Cities with high technology expertise and experience to resolve your transponder keys issue.
More often than not, people usually consider a visit to their dealership to fix this. Good news is you simply don’t have to pay such high costs for transponder keys replacement and programming services. Call a local, reliable auto locksmith, such as Bayside Locksmith & Security in Green Bay. We offer the most cost-effective and convenient utransponder keys services in your area.
Why us?
1. High quality end to end auto locksmith services in Wisconsin – including car key repair, transponder car keys replacement, ECU programming, ignition repair and replacement, remote fob repair, programming, spare keys.
2. Our technicians take pride in reaching you within minutes of placing the call. We come equipped with all the required transponder keys programming software, hardware, tools and car keys cutting machinery to offer the best auto locksmith services right there, on the spot.
3. Our expert auto locksmiths can provide professional transponder keys replacement and programming services for any model and make of car, including but not limited to Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda and Mazda.
4. We have unrivalled technology expertise with real-time experience in working with latest transponder keys technologies and programming software – making us the preferred auto locksmith in the entire Fox Valley area to perform expert transponder keys programming services.
5. At Bayside Locksmith & Security, our auto locksmith services are available 24 x 7, even after business hours and on weekends and holidays.

Thank you for your business,

Todd Theroux

Digital or Combination Safe?

Myths Vs Reality: Which is Better? A Digital or Combination Safe Lock?
Can you change the lock on your safe from a dial locks to an electronic lock? Yes you can. But are you ready to? Do you feel comfortable making the change?
Do You Even Need to Decide Between a Mechanical & Digital Lock
The debate between with safe lock is better, a combination lock or a digital lock, is strong. One is entirely mechanical; the other much easier to use. But there are myths associated with both.
With today’s technology, Bayside Locksmith & Security recommends upgrading to a digital safe lock from a combination lock for the ease-of-use provided by the digital safe lock. If you are ordering a new safe, get the digital safe lock.
The digital safe lock is better than the combination lock because:
* You get in fast. If you need to access the safe quickly, there’s no better way than a user code.
* If a dial fails, you’re drilling the safe and replacing the dial. If an electronic lock fails, many times you can simply replace the key pad to get in. No drilling. A much less expensive option.

Safe Lock w/ Audit Trail
Myth: Mechanical locks don’t fail.
Reality: They do. Without regular maintenance the combinations of those locks tend to drift with time and at some point, the owner can no longer get in. For example, if one of your numbers is “45” and you notice you have to dial “45 1/2” instead of “45” it’s time to get your safe dial serviced before it’s too late.
Myth: If my batteries die, I’m locked out of an electronic safe.
Reality: Most new safes have the batteries placed in the face plate on the outside of the safe. Those that don’t either have temporary ways to get power to the keypad or a key override.
Myth: Electronic locks fail too often, and I’ll be in for costly repairs later.
Reality: We see both types of safe locks fail. The main advantage for an electronic lock is that if the electronics on the keypad do fail, most can simply be swapped out by the owner of the safe. You don’t even need a locksmith in this case. If a dial fails, you are definitely hiring a locksmith to drill and repair the safe.
EMP Rated Safe Lock

Myth: An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) will wipe out me electronic lock.
Reality: You can now get EMP-rated electronic locks that can withstand EMPs.
Myth: Biometric lock technology is poor.
Reality: Biometric safe lock technology has been improving for years, but it’s true, we still don’t like them, and we don’t recommend them in most cases.
We see them often result in false negatives (a registered user not being able to get into the safe) or false positives (a non-register user getting into the safe). You see biometric locks a lot in the cheaper brands of safes.
Mechanical & Electronic Duel Lock
Myth:You need to choose between a dial and an electronic lock.
Reality: You don’t! There are safe locks that contain both keyed entry and a dial combination. If one fails, no matter which one, you can use the other method to get into the safe.
Changing a safe lock is something you will want to hire a profession to do. You don’t want your lock installation failing because you’ll need to hire someone to drill the safe to get you back in. If you do try this on your own, never close the safe door without thoroughly testing your install and proper operation of the safe lock several times.
Ready for an electronic lock? Call us today!!

Thanks,

Todd Theroux

Fix Frozen Door Locks

Locked out thanks to frozen door locks? When you live in a climate where temps quickly drop below freezing, any moisture that gets into your car locks can freeze and leave you locked out. If you can’t insert the key after a particularly cold day and inclement weather, it’s likely that your lock is frozen shut. Here are some tips to help you out.

 

Don’t use hot water. Don’t use hot water. Don’t use hot water.

It’s so tempting, probably readily available with a coffee thermos, and seems like an obvious solution, however, pouring hot water on frozen locks is more likely to freeze the hot water rather than melt the ice, which creates an even thicker barrier between you and a defrosted lock.

 

How can you get back into your car when the car lock freezes shut?

First: Try all of your doors.

Obvious? Yes. But sometimes the simplest solution is the one we overlook when we’re stuck in the cold and running late. If you have automatic locks on your vehicle, sometimes the passenger door or one of the back doors will unlock even if the driver’s side is frozen shut. If you have an SUV, you can even try getting in through the hatch.

 

Don’t have a source of heat? Try hand sanitizer.

If you can get a hold on some hand sanitizer, the ethanol and isopropyl alcohol in the gel can actually help melt the ice inside of the lock cylinder. Simply coat your key in hand sanitizer and try the lock again.

 

Try a commercial defroster.

You can pick up a can of aerosol de-icer at most auto shops, which use chemicals to melt the ice jammed in your car door locks. Consider keeping a can of this on hand at home and in your office if you live in a colder climate.

 

Grab a hair dryer and an extension cord.

It’s not ideal, but forcing warm air in and around the lock is key to thawing the ice in your lock and around door seals so you can safely open the door. Blow warm air into the lock until you’re able to insert your key without resistance. Don’t force the key into the lock, as you might break the key, lock, or both. Go ahead and use your source of heat to heat the key before you try to unlock the door again, which will help thaw any ice remaining in the lock.

 

However you’re able to defrost your car locks, be careful not to jam or force your key into a lock before the ice is completely thawed, or you’ll end up with a car that’s frozen shut and a broken key.

Thank You

Todd Theroux

Winter Locksmith Tips

Winter Locksmith Tips
The durability of all security hardware in your home, including your door locks, is important in order to secure your home. Winter season may bring lots of fun, but the cold snow may not be friendly with your lock. As a homeowner, you must be aware of common problems associated with home locks during the winter season, this will help you prevent such problems. When you are aware of such lock problems in the winter, you will surely take proactive measures that will ensure that you don’t get locked out of your home and even vehicle. Talk to Bayside Locksmith & Security for these essential tips and ideas.
Be prepared to service your locks before winter.
When you are not prepared for door lock issues during winter, you may wake up suddenly someday dealing with the issue, when you should be enjoying a good sleep. When moisture, for instance, accumulates inside the keyhole of your lock, due to the heavy rain and snow, your security door locks will become frozen, no matter how sophisticated the locks are. When such weather conditions become so extreme, it will even become more difficult to insert your key into the keyhole of the lock, hence you wouldn’t be able to turn the key inside to open the door. You cannot even ignore the possibility of breaking the key inside the keyhole, in such a desperate situation. You need to calm down in this case and contact Bayside Locksmith & Security for help.
Bayside Locksmith & Security is the one-stop solution to your lockout problems during winter
Aside from the possibility that you may end up breaking your key inside the lock when winter snow and moisture has blocked the keyhole, you and your family may end up being locked out of the home. You may also experience a lockout situation if your car is parked outside under extreme conditions. In this case, you may end up with your car key unable to open the car door lock or the trunk. Perhaps one of the best possible ways to avoid this problem is through lubrication. Lubricating your locks regularly, especially during the winter season can help prevent ice from going through the keyhole. You may want to lubricate your home and car lock system even before winter time, for the best result.
You should also keep in mind that oil and dust from your hand and key can also accumulate in keyholes over a period of time and when these mix with ice and moisture during winter, will make your lock even more difficult to handle. An experienced professional locksmith does recommend good cleaning of the locks before the winter season. Cleaning can easily warm up the keyhole which in turn can help melt the ice entering through. If you wait until winter to lubricate the keyhole then you have to do it almost every 1-2 days to ensure that the keyhole remains moist to prevent ice from causing key breakages in the lock.
Do not hesitate to contact Bayside Locksmith & Security for help before the beginning of the winter season

Thank You

Todd Theroux

Autumn Security Checklist

Often as nights become darker there is a rise in opportunistic burglaries, therefore we have created a checklist containing some simple steps you can take to improve your home security.

Check you locks
Make sure all exterior doors and windows are locking correctly. If you have any problems call a locksmith to either service or replace your locks.

So, how can you check your locks to see if they are working correctly?

Testing it – if you don’t use a lock in your house often, your back garden door for instance, it is best to check every now and then that they still work and are in good condition. Also make sure to regularly check your most used locks and call a locksmith if anything seems out of the ordinary. Not only will this help prevent a burglary, it could help you spot a fault before it breaks completely potentially leaving you locked out or in!

Cleaning your lock– carefully cleaning your lock to remove any dirt can be vital as it can prevent the inner mechanism sticking.

Upgrade worn or damaged locks –locks will occasionally get damaged due to weather conditions, burglary attempts or wear and tear. In all of these cases it is always best to have them replaced.

Install additional locks – in addition to your basic lock, why not add some extra security to your door like a chain or a sash jammer? If you have a wooden door, having both a Yale type lock and a mortice will help increase security.

Call BAYSIDE Locksmith – while there are some steps you can take to check your locks, if you are concerned at all about them, or if they are not working correctly, it is always best to call a professional locksmith.

Check your outdoor lights
Outdoor lights ensure there are no dark areas for unwanted visitors to hide, and having fully functioning outdoor lights will help deter a burglar during the darker nights.

There are many different types of outdoor lights. Smart lighting (often called motion sensors lighting), is one of them and is quite often recommended. Besides convenience, smart lighting has many other benefits for security:

Saving energy – instead of having to turn lights on all night when not needed, a smart light only comes on when someone passes by, conserving energy.

Deter burglars– it can help prevent a burglary as it draws attention to your home, and they can no longer hide under the cover of darkness.

Long life span – these lights often come with a long life span meaning they are a good investment.

It is a well-known statistic that most burglaries in the United States happen during the day. What most people don’t know is that statistic relates to a break in and does not take into account the exterior of your property. When it comes to outdoor burglary, this usually happens from 6 pm to 6 am, so we advise investing in some kind of security lighting to help prevent this. Although most burglaries do happen during the day, some do still occur at night so security lighting will also protect you from this.

Arm your security system
It is important to have your home protected at all times, therefore invest in a top quality home security system, or ensure your own system is functioning correctly.

There are many reasons to invest in a home security system for your house, including protecting your valuables, deterring crime, allowing house remote access, lowering your home insurance and giving an overall peace of mind when it comes to the safety and security of your household.

Evaluate your exterior
Trimming shrubs and bushes will eliminate places for burglars to hide. Raking leaves, mowing the lawn and keeping the front of your house tidy in general, will indicate that someone is home even if you are absent.

Secure your shed
Once summer ends it is likely your garden equipment will go into hibernation all winter, therefore it is essential to make sure they are stored properly and securely as these could be used by burglars to break into your house. There are many ways that you can help secure your shed.

Windows – we suggest avoiding having windows in your shed as it could let whoever is looking see if it’s worth breaking in to. If you already have windows, it could be worth applying a film or spray on them to avoid seeing through them.

Position – don’t place your shed somewhere that you can’t see properly; a burglar will definitely find it a better opportunity to break in if it is in a secluded spot in your garden.

Lights – smart lighting is also suggested for a shed to act as a burglar deterrent.

Alarm – another suggestion is to add an alarm to your shed, this will again help deter a burglar but also alert you if someone is attempting to break-in to your shed. Even a dummy alarm can help in these circumstances, as most burglars will not attempt just in case it is a real alarm.

Thanks

Todd Theroux