Locksmith

Locksmith

Josh-the-Locksmith

22 Years Experience

Austin, TX

Male, 42

I've been a locksmith since 1998. I did automotive residential & commercial work from 1998 to 2008. From 2008 to 2018, I did some residential, but mostly commercial work. I have been project managing & estimating since 2018. I used to locksmith in the Chicago area, now the Austin area.

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Last Answer on June 24, 2022

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We have a condo that has an ADA lockset on it so that when you open the lever door handle, it unlocks the deadbolt. The cat has learned to jump up and grab the handle and open the door. Short of getting rid of the cat, is there a way to disable that

Asked by Gene over 9 years ago

It sounds like you have a mortise lock (8" long plate on the edge of the door held on with 2 screws? If so, that's the way they're designed and you can't change that. You could install a deadbolt above it. Granted the cat would still open the main lock, but at least the door would stay secure. 

i have to tear apart a door lock from a 1999 cavalier to clean the inside cause the key wont work but i dont know how

Asked by killbot over 9 years ago

If you've never taken a door panel off, take your time, look for hidden screws, and what doesn't screw on, snaps on. 

Honestly, you're probably best off taking the lock to the dealer or a locksmith and either getting it rebuilt, or get a complete new one. They get very corroded when they don't get regular use. It's usually not a matter of just cleaning it out. Plus there may be pieces you'll have to replace. 

I have a 2008 Mercury Milan that has the chip transponders. I have two of the three keys. My Ex has the other. Recently, I noticed that my windows would be rolled down over night and the panic alarm would go off unexpected. Can I reprogram my keys?

Asked by Jared over 9 years ago

Yes you can. It should be fairly inexpensive. The dealer can do it, as well as a lot of locksmith. From what I remember, you shouldn't even need to recut any keys. They will need both of your keys to do it though. 

Hi,
I just bought a used combination lock for my apartment door and the owner that sold it to me did not remember the combination. Is there any way a locksmith can figure out the code or reset it if I bring it into the shop? Thanks

Asked by rachel about 9 years ago

Depends on the brand. if it's a mechanical one the code will have to be either decoded by a professional or physically taken apart & reset. If it's electronic, some will have a button on the inside by the batteries that will allow you to program a new code. Schlage has a yellow sticker on the inside of theirs (behind the outside part of the lock) with the factory program & user codes. If the previous owner didn't change the program code, you're good to go.

I am turning 13 in about a month or so and I was wondering if I can volenteer at a locksmiths.(wondering if I can violent err at my age)
I have always been interested in locks and have enjoyed taking them apart and resetting them for one of my keys.

Asked by Jacob about 9 years ago

That's not really a question I can answer. It all depends on the laws in the state you live in and on the owner of the lock shop whether he wants to take the time to train someone your age, etc. 

what is p1738 code for a 2000 Honda Accord?

Asked by mike about 9 years ago

Go to your local brick and mortar locksmith shop and they'd be happy to give you that info. I can't do that on Jobstr.

can a lock be built with a double bladed key like two keys side by side with a gap between the blades that are both inserted into a single mechanism at the same time in order to unlock it i am a builder of machines and wanted to see if it was poss..

Asked by castiel tir bourne over 9 years ago

Sure! It's possible. I've never seen it done, but I'm sure someone could figure out a way to do it.