Locksmith

Locksmith

Josh-the-Locksmith

20 Years Experience

Austin, TX

Male, 40

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 November 17, 2018

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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 6 years ago

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

Am I supposed to tip my locksmith?

Asked by Tony Riddles almost 6 years ago

We don't count on tips, but they're always appreciated! ;-) Personally, any time I have service work done at MY house, I always try to tip at least five dollars if I have it. If nothing else, offer them something to drink. I'm shocked at how many people don't do either.

Hello this is a question about tubular locks, how can you tell just by looking at one if it’s a 7, 8 or 10 pin lock? Or am I asking the wrong question?

Asked by Kingpin over 5 years ago

Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen 10-pin tubular lock, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. They're just not very common. I suppose you could just count the pins since you can see them plain as day. 

Can a locksmith make a key by looking at the lock alone?

Asked by brikhaus almost 6 years ago

Sometimes there is a code stamped on a lock, & in those cases we can look up the cuts. Otherwise no.

WHICH WAFERS ARE IN THE DOOR of a 2001 Ford Focus?

Asked by rick over 5 years ago

Cuts 1-6

Are bike locks useless? I've heard that even a decent bike thief can pretty much work around even the most allegedly strong bike locks.

Asked by Tr3 over 6 years ago

No lock is guaranteed, but some are easier to pick, or cut with bolt cutters. The goal is to make it as difficult as possible; so getting something so thick that you'll need an angle grinder to cut it off would probably be your best bet.

if my key keeps jamming in my doorlock, is it usually because the key is misshapen, or is there something wrong with the lock itself?

Asked by not so turn-key over 6 years ago

The first thing I'd try is squirting some high quality lubricant in there. Not WD40, and not graphite. Vehicle door locks get dry or corrode quickly, especially if you rarely use it. Secondly, I'd look at your key. If it's bent or a bad copy (possibly not visible to the untrained eye), that is very possibly the problem. A lock shop should be able to read & cut you a new factory-spec key. Past that, it's internal lock damage.