Locks & Locksmithing

If you get locked out of your home, car, or business…

If you get locked out of your home, car, or business…

There are a few reasons why you might be facing a locked door that you need to open. You may have locked yourself out by letting a door with a spring-loaded latch or automatic lock mechanism close behind you. Or it could be that you lost the key to your deadbolt. Or you may have even broken your key off in the lock.
There are few ways to open a lock besides using the key:

Picking or bumping the lock. The best option is if you can pick the lock, but not every lock can be picked. What determines if a lock can be picked is the structure of the key and the bottom pins in the lock. Bumping a lock can work in some cases but it’s not recommended because it may damage the lock.

Bypassing the lock. In some situations you can bypass a lock by going through the door frame or some other external means. This isn’t an option if your door is correctly installed, but many doors have not been properly installed. If your door is installed correctly then bypassing may damage your door or door frame, and even a scratch on those surfaces can be more expensive to fix than taking the last option – drilling and replacing the lock.

Drilling the lock. When the first two options don’t work or if the lock is broken, the final option is to drill through the lock. Once a lock is drilled it can no longer be used and must be replaced, but drilling will only damage the lock itself and not the door or the door frame.

All of this work should be done by a licensed and bonded professional locksmith. Amateur attempts to fix the situation will often end up making it worse or damaging your property. The methods above can be used on about 95% of the locks currently on the market.

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Washington, DC / July 10, 2012 / AngiesList.com

“The bolt was stuck. Locksmith had to remove the entire lock and replace. The locksmith answered and provided same day service, which is a plus. Locksmith was punctual and very helpful. He came prepared to work and provide service quickly.” — Lisa Smiley

August 18, 2012 / AngiesList.com

“A saferoom door deadbolt lock was installed. The locksmith selected the lock capable of providing maximum protection, installed it masterfully, and removed all evidence of debris. He did this within a half hour with the utmost professionalism. Outstanding experience. I would strongly recommend this locksmith and will use him again.” — Jonathan Emord

20 Feb 2013 / Customer Lobby

“I called Keyed In and they came over immediately to assess the damage. Unfortunately, my front door handle is a "specialty" handle and had to be ordered. Keyed In worked with me to find the cheapest handle and worked around my schedule to come back to my house (9pm) to do the repairs once the new handle came in. They were professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. I would definitely use them again and recommend them to anyone in need of a locksmith.” — Kory Dubayau

16 May 2013 / Customer Lobby

“Great experience, great company. I would highly recommend. I needed a lock replaced on the door leading out to my deck. The door is very heavy and the lock very old and it was stuck. Keyed In came out and said they could replace it. The guy gave me three options - a low price option, a middle price options, and a high price option. He then noticed that the handle on my screen door was broken. I thought I would have to replace the entire door but he said he could fix it for me. So not only did he do a great job with the door but he also saved me from having to buy and entire new screen door. It was a great experience.” — Dorothy Shildes

1/29/2014 / Yelp

“Foster Property Management in Washington DC has used Keyed In for the past 6 months. They are responsive, efficient and most of all cost effective. As a property manager, our business is based on the quality of our vendors. Keyed In is the best in the business and we appreciate them as part of the vendor team.” — Jean P.