Every person in the world has to deal with keys. Many of us experience problems with keys which compel us to get key making services. Sometimes, we have to jiggle the key to make it work. At other times, the key gets stuck and creates trouble for us. Or, the worst of all, we can lose a key or get locked out. Whatever the reason is, there is no denying the fact that at some point we do need to hire key making services. This guide helps you understand locks and keys in a better way.
Normally, keys and pins of lock are made of brass or a mixture of nickel and brass mixture. They can wear down over the years, and face trouble in operating a lock. Therefore, there arises a need to have a new key. Here is what you need to know about keys.
1. How are keys made?
Keys are carved using a machine known as a key duplicator. In case of duplicate key, a blank key is cut using a blade, exactly as per the alignment of the original key placed on the Key Copy Berkeley. To ensure that the both sides of the key are even, a key guide, or alignment bar, is required. After the cutting, it will be sand for a smooth finishing.
In order to get a perfect key, it is important to use the right blank key. It must as much similar, in size and shape, to the original key as possible. Correct blank key ensures accuracy and quality.
2. Avoid making copies of the copy
Perfect key making services do not make copies of the copy. The right key must be cut accurately as per the original key. Once a key deteriorates, before making its copies it should be decoded. A key gauge is used to determine the accurate dimensions and depths of the original cuts. To avoid any malfunctioning, a duplicate key should not be made without having the original on hand.
3. Time required for cutting a key
Normally, making a duplicate key is a matter of few minutes for a professional locksmith to accurately duplicate a standard key. However, complicated keys can take a longer time- up to half an hour. The time required to get duplicate key depends on key making services you choose.
4. From where can you get keys copied?
Although there are self-service key cutting kiosks which can provide key making services, but these machines cannot be trusted over a period of time due to wear and tear. If the kiosks are not maintained regularly, they can wear down and affect the quality of key making services.
With the help of computerized machines, the likelihood of human error can be eliminated significantly. Not to mention well-trained and experienced techs can make your keys in more efficiently, and cost-effectively.
5. Can a duplicate key be made without the original?
It is very much possible to get a duplicate key made without having the original key. In case you don’t have the original key, or it has aged too badly over time, you’ll need to see a qualified and professional locksmith. He can make the key accurately by identifying the groove depths of your key code, using a code cutter. However, it is strongly recommended to avoid any such circumstances and have an extra key made beforehand.
6. Duplicating skeleton keys
If your building is old, and still has locks which use skeleton keys, you can get a duplicate skeleton key from professional key making services. There are many professional locksmiths and key making facilities which can duplicate skeleton keys.
7. What are jiggle keys?
Jiggle keys are like wild cards of the keys. They come in a range of groove patterns, and can be used to open locks if you don’t have the key. They can unlock most of the locks because of their universal natural of grooves. These tricky keys are often used for illegal purposes such as to pick locks. These are not for the normal average people. Since the use of jiggle keys is not appreciated, it is important to have duplicates keys made of all your important keys.
At Rex Key, our professional and experienced team of locksmiths and lock experts can help you get high-quality key making service. Whether you have an original key or not, we can make you a successful duplicate key for all kinds of locks. To know more about our services, feel free to contact us online or give us a call. We shall take it from there.