January 19, 2012
Many home buyers do not realize that in the process of selling a home a key can get lost or forgotten in different places. Because somebody else may still be holding the key to the house purchased, it is very important to re key the locks before the new buyer moves in. This is a simple and affordable service which we believe every customer will appreciate a reminder for. Of course, in addition to re keying On The Double Locksmith can provide a wide verity of other services and products.
November 3, 2011
Residential door locks are a necessity these days. Whether in the suburbs, in the downtown area of a major city, or out in farm country we feel the need to protect ourselves and our property. There are two types of locks commonly found on residential doors: door knob and deadbolt. Today more and more people chose added a deadbolt to the door knob (if they don't already have one), understanding that a dead bolt is a big step in upgrading home security because it is much harder to manipulate or pick than a door knob. In fact, today the big majority of homes are built with deadbolt as standard. In some homes the door handle does not have a lock on it; only the deadbolt locks, and although it is a bit less secure it prevents locking yourself outside because a deadbolt can only be locked with a key from the outside.
Some of the common deadbolt manufacturers are Schlage and Kwikset. The decision is between a double sided deadbolt, which has a key on both sides of the lock (inside and outside) and a deadbolt with a thumb turn on the inside and a key hole on the outside. If you want to install the lock on a door that have a glass window in it, make sure you choose a double sided bolt, this way if a burglar breaks the glass he still cannot open the door. Of course, make sure your locks are installed and inspected by a professional locksmith to insure a maximum level of security.
Although deadbolts are much more secure than doorknobs, many of them are still venerable to attacks like peaking, drilling, or bumping. If you are looking for higher security for your home or business than a door knob and/or a deadbolt your other option is high security locks. They are much more expensive than a regular lock (3-10 times more), but a good high security lock is made of superior metal, which is why it is hard to brake or drill and the reason for the high price tag, and will also incorporate different kinds of technologies and restricted key ways.
It might be a larger investment to install high security locks, especially if your home has many doors, but it is a very smart investment to make; first, because this way you insure the level of security of your home, and second, most of the high security locks come with a lifetime warranty, so it is really a onetime investment. There are quite a few options when it comes to your home safety, however, the most important thing is to choose the best you can in your price range and to do it before your house is broken into rather than after. Get a professional locksmith to look at your doors and asses your house security level. When the locksmith knows the situation he or she is able to advise you better and show you the options that will be best for you in your price range. Than you can make an educated decision and sleep better at night.
October 29, 2011
On The Double Locksmith, Inc. EARNS BBB ACCREDITATION
On The Double Locksmith, Inc. is Committed to BBB's Standards for Trust
This week, On The Double Locksmith, Inc. announced its recent accreditation by BBB serving eastern North Carolina. As a BBB Accredited Business, On The Double Locksmith, Inc. is dedicated to promoting trust in the marketplace.
"We are proud to have met BBB's high standards and we are excited to be part of an organization that exists so consumers and businesses alike have an unbiased source to guide them on matters of trust," said Lee and David Traister. "We value building trust with our customers and our BBB Accreditation gives our customers confidence in our commitment to maintaining high ethical standards of conduct."
BBB Accredited Businesses must adhere to BBB's "Standards for Trust," a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices representing trustworthiness in the marketplace. The standards call for building trust, embodying integrity, advertising honestly, telling the truth, being transparent, honoring promises, being responsive and safeguarding privacy.
When dealing with a BBB Accredited Business the consumer has peace of mind knowing that they are dealing with an honest organization that is accountable to its clients. About On The Double Locksmith, Inc.: On The Double Locksmith is a locally owned and family operated company, serving North Carolina's triangle area. We have licensed technicians who carry all the necessary equipment to handle any kind of locksmith job. We service automobiles, residential properties, and commercial facilities. We are here 24/7 for our customers for scheduled appointments or emergency services. Our goal is to provide you with safe, secure, fast, and reliable service. About BBB serving Eastern north Carolina: The Better Business Bureau serving Eastern North Carolina is a 501 (c)(6) not-for-profit corporation serving 33 counties in Eastern North Carolina. The organization is funded primarily by membership dues from more than 2,900 local businesses and professional firms. The BBB promotes integrity, consumer confidence and business ethics through business self-regulation in the local marketplace. Services provided by the BBB include, reports on companies and charitable organizations, general monitoring of advertising in the marketplace, dispute resolution services, and consumer/business education programs. All services are provided at no cost to the public, with the occasional exception of mediation and arbitration. Visit bbb.org.
October 29, 2011
We know how frustrating it is to step out of the grocery store with dairy and meat products in your bags only to find out that you locked the keys in the vehicle. It is hot, you are swatting and the products are going to go bad. You stand by the window of your car peering in, eyeing your key chain dangling down from the ignition lock. In other cases you can't see your keys at all. And then the race starts…. Maybe they fell while you were shopping, or maybe they are under the seat or in the trunk of the car. Money is tight and you ask yourself what will be the best way to handle this situation.
As locksmiths, we come across customers that try all kind of creative solutions. Some try to stick a cloth hanger between the door and the frame of the car, hoping they will be able to reach the electronic button with it. Some try to push a thin piece of metal, or even a tooth pick, into the lock and turn it. And some just assume it will be cheaper to break the window than to call a professional locksmith.
The results of those "creative solutions" are damaged cars and large bills. When trying to push things between the door and the frame (even the old fashion jimmy) the seals can tear allowing wind and rain into your car. Hard object can scratch the vehicle and chip the paint, and when trying to turn the lock with objects other then the right key, the result is usually a piece of the object left broken in the lock or in other cases a damaged lock.
The best way to deal with a car lockout scenario is to prepare ahead of time and duplicate the car key. You can keep the key in a safe place at your house or give it to a family member, and when locked out call them for help. Another solution is a magnetic box. You can place the key inside and attach it to the undercarriage of your car, just make sure it secured so it won't fall when driving on a bumpy road. We suggest not to keep the spear key in your wallet because if it gets stolen the thief has your home address and the keys to your car which makes it a very easy steal.
However, if you did not prepare ahead of time and found yourself locked out of your car, the fastest, easiest, and probably the cheapest thing to do will be to call a locksmith. Today, a professional locksmith uses special air bags to make room between the door and the frame, allowing an easy access for a plastic covered reach tool (a kind of long rode). There is no damage to the vehicle and in most cases the technician can get to you within thirty minutes.
So, if you are locked out of your car, take a deep breath and look for a licensed locksmith. You can find the closest phone book or the closest computer and search online. You can search on your smart phone if you have one or call 411. But, the simplest will be to program our phone number into your phone. Our locksmiths are professional, fast and reliable. They are trained to open all kinds of vehicles without making any damage, a result of years of experience. So give us a call @ 919-828-8866 we will arrive to the rescue ON THE DOUBLE!
October 29, 2011
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