18 Years Experience

Austin, TX

Male, 38

I've been a locksmith since 1998. I've done automotive, lots of residential, and now mostly commercial work. Used to locksmith in the Chicago area, now the Austin area.

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Last Answer on March 14, 2018

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Is there a certain type of person that tends to lock themselves out of the house or car more frequently than others?

Asked by Bentoyo! almost 6 years ago

Surprisingly not! Young, old, male, female, etc. a little bit of everybody.

Best locksmith joke you ever heard?

Asked by hootie hooooooo almost 6 years ago

That's a really good question, but I honestly don't think I've ever heard a locksmith Joke! As my friend Alex would say, "I've met some locksmiths who WERE jokes!"

Is it possible to open a combination lock or safe simply by putting your ear up to it?

Asked by DUCKS almost 6 years ago

Yes that's real. Not many who can do it though.

Are there any common locks that you think are WAY too easy to break into and people should replace them? Kwikset comes to mind - seems like all it would take is a paper clip and a steady hand.

Asked by Becks almost 6 years ago

People getting their locks picked by burglars is very rare. What you should be more concerned about is making sure you have good strong strike plates on your jambs with long screws that go into the studs. If you're concerned about your locks being picked or drilled, then sure, buy Medeco or Mul-T-Lock deadbolts. They're awesome. They will cost you $200+ per lock. I think the majority of burglars are looking for an easier way in. Kicking the door in or breaking a window.

Can those huge manual bolt cutters basically cut through any of today's commercial locks?

Asked by CB4 about 5 years ago

Definitely not! I would say those cutters are fairly limited to what they'll cut off.

Do you remember "The Club", the long, red anti-theft locking device for cars? Is The Club very easy to pick?

Asked by Tr3 over 5 years ago

The first ones were, but they changed the lock to a higher security lock.

hey there im wanting to get in the locksmith game i already have the school im going to just wondering once i complete my course so should i work for my self or someone and also since i will be new what would the pay be like for residential and auto

Asked by DONONOVAN about 5 years ago

School or work for someone: I've seen a lot of new locksmiths start businesses and fail because they weren't experienced, and were terrible at running a business. Personally, I would say work for someone for a while, learn the business, make mistakes on someone else's dollar, figure out what you like and don't like about the way they do things, and get comfortable approaching almost any lock situation. THEN start your own company. Pay: First of all, it totally depends on the going rates in your area. It varies quite a bit. You'll have to be doing auto for quite a while and get really good (making keys and servicing ignitions and door locks) before you'll make good money. Luckily, a lot of locksmiths hate auto work (like myself even though I did it for 10 years). There isn't much money in residential work. It's all in commercial work.