How A Locksmith Can Help With Restoration


While many view locksmiths as an emergency service, most are highly-trained technicians capable of helping with a variety of lock-related problems. For home restoration enthusiasts, every detail is important to recreate the original look and feel of a house, and minute details like locks are the finishing touches. A locksmith can help make old locks functional and find innovative ways to combine security with period ambiance. 


Any lock that features a cylinder locking mechanism can be rekeyed by a locksmith. In fact, some consumer market kits feature the tools required for a do-it-yourself experience, but results vary. A professional locksmith with experience is the best choice to complete the delicate work of resetting or replacing pins to fit an existing key or to match up multiple doorknobs in the home to use the same key. The cylinder of a lock can also be replaced in many doors to provide a new locking alternative while maintaining the same exterior finish of an existing door knob.

Creating new keys

When a doorknob and lock are in great condition but keys are limited or non-existent, a locksmith can provide key duplication services or create a key from scratch. Both services make it possible to use either an original locking system on a period home or to find a lock in a resale shop or vintage store and put it into service.

Interior door tweaks

Interior locks in homes often lack the complexity of exterior door mechanisms, but they still provide an important function for privacy. A locksmith can provide skeleton keys and duplicate antique keys for use throughout an interior space. In addition to providing the period touch essential for restoration projects, the keys themselves offer a unique vintage flare to anyone who uses them. 

Designer solutions

Marrying contemporary with antique is very difficult, and when it comes to exterior doors and finishes, the battle intensifies. Door locks have evolved into smart offerings, and even the most dedicated restorer can feel the pressure to up security and convenience with digital locks. Locksmiths are often retailers of a variety of products, including digital locks and security systems. With a bit of legwork, it's possible to combine the style of an old lock with a digital counterpart in a similar finish and have them co-exist on a door frame. Often, the style choice looks no different than adding a deadbolt, and these upgrades can replace other modifications, such as keyed deadbolts, that may have been added with less concern for aesthetics.


15 June 2023

Keeping Your Business Safe

When you start a business, it's easy to forget about insuring your entire building and all of your inventory. Unfortunately, I made this mistake, and I ended up paying for it dearly when our place was robbed a few months after our store opened. I knew that I had to do something to improve our future security, so I contacted a business that offered locks, keys, and safes. They came out, rekeyed our entire building, replaced our safe with something that was a lot sturdier, and gave us all electronic codes to the keypads that controlled access to the building. Check out this blog to learn more about keeping your business safe.