Keyboard Organization Helps Locksmiths Unlock Potential

When most people think of a keyboard, what comes to mind is the device which is used to type on your computer. The meaning of a ‘keyboard’ has a much different meaning if you ask a locksmith. Locksmiths will tell you that their keyboard is one of their life lines which not only allows them to help a wide variety of customers, but also do so in an extremely organized way. Depending on the locksmith, and the number of services he offers, you may find a variety of keyboard configurations which help them to meet their customer’s needs while making their job as easy as possible. We’ll examine some of the keyboard configurations which a locksmith may use as well as give our customers a look at the way we at Phila-Locksmith organize our own key blanks.

Locksmith Keyboard Configurations

swinging keyboardDepending on the type of work that a locksmith completes, and the space he has available, the configuration of keyboards can greatly vary. In many cases, locksmiths are working in restricted areas which forces them to conserve space in anyway possible. One way that a locksmith may try to do this is by using swinging keyboard panels. You can see this set-up displayed to the left. Much like you may find posters in a store, these swinging keyboards allow for the locksmith to maximize the surface area to hold keys while simultaneously minimizing the overall wall space that the keyboard would occupy. Swinging keyboards are an extremely efficient solution for locksmiths with shops that are small in area, or for mobile service units which have extra width in the vehicle. In many cases, a locksmith will take the most straight forward approach and that is a keyboard which simply rests on the face of the wall. Generally, a locksmith who has a board such as this will have the board start at about their waste level and go as high as five feet tall. This allows for the locksmith to maximize his space while also keeping all of his keys within reach. No matter the configuration that a locksmith decides to choose, organization is an important part of their keyboard. By organizing the keys in an easy to remember fashion a locksmith can quickly pull the correct blank for any customers whether they need a car key, residential key or high security key.

Phila-Locksmith’s Keys

At any moment, Phila-Locksmith keeps hundreds of key blanks in stock. These key blanks range from residential knobs to high security commercial keys and of course a wide variety of car keys. In addition to these keys, we work closely with suppliers which provides us access to thousands of different keys at a moment’s notice. With so many keys which our locksmiths must keep track of, organization is an extremely important aspect. Due to the limited room inside of our mobile services units, proper organization is even more important. In addition to a keyboard which holds many of our technician’s blanks, our locksmiths also uses a number of drawers and storage devices to easily organize their truck. It is our wide range of keys and services provided which allows us to be a top locksmith Philadelphia. The careful organization of keys by our locksmiths plays a large role in maintaining our comprehensive range of services to customers.

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Cap Popper Adds Another Tool to a Locksmith’s Arsenal

In May’s issue of the Locksmith Ledger they feature a brand new unlocking tool which will allow locksmiths to easily unlock a locked door for some customers. The cap popper is a patent pending tool which locksmiths can utilize to pop the clip-on spring retainer from pin tumbler locks. This part of the process takes only 10 seconds to complete. Currently the cap popper will be available strictly for the Schlage F51 and F51A in addition to pin tumbler lock cylinder-equipped Kwikset deadbolt locks. With these locks being commonly used in many different applications, it is likely that a locksmith would find plenty of opportunity to use a time saving tool such as this.

 

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Pictured is the j hook which comes in the Cap Popper Kit. The j hook is used to rotate the plug after the tumbler springs and top pins have been disengaged.

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Pictured here are the pins and plugs which were disengaged in order to open the lock without the key. The lock can be reassembled without any permanent damage.

How Cap Popper Works

The cap popper kit comes with a handle, wire, guide key and j hook which can be used to open an engaged lock when an individual is locked out. The first step in disengaging a lock with the cap popper is inserting the guide key and wire into the key way. Once this has been done, the wire is tapped with a hammer, or other hard object, to disengage the clip-on spring retainer. One the spring retainer has been disengaged the j hook must be used to clear the pins and and springs from the lock tumbler. Once this is done the j hook can be used to rotate the lock plug which disarms the lock.

Not only is this a fast and easy way for a locksmith to gain entry to certain Schlage and Kwikset locks, but it also allows for the locksmith to use the same lock without permanent damage. After opening the door, the locksmith can reassemble the lock and tumbler with no long term effects. With just four small pieces to the cap popper, it may seem a small tool, but can be very useful when in a locksmith’s tool belt. Currently there are two types of cap popper kits available. The basic Schlage F series, which can be used on Schlage F51 and F51A series locks and the Kwikset deadbolt kit which can be used on, you guessed it, pin tumbler lock cylinder-equipped Kwikset deadbolts.

Phila-Locksmith’s Ch-Ch-Changes Benefit Our Customers

David Bowie once famously sang that ‘time may change me’, and time certainly has changed Phila-Locksmith. At Phila-Locksmith we are always striving to offer our customers the top locksmith services in the Delaware Valley. This means that as we continue to grow, our services and the way we deliver them sometimes have to change. Through these changes we aim to bring our customers the most professional locksmith services in the most convenient manner. Recently, Phila-Locksmith has made changes which will help customers to more easily request service, receive a wider range of services than ever and decrease the amount of time that it takes our locksmiths to respond to a service request.

Phila-Locksmith’s Website Redesign

While Phila-Locksmith’s blog has remained unchanged, our Phila-Locksmith home has vastly changed. Our redesigned website reflects the professionalism that our technicians offer to our customers. The same depth of information which we have always offered from our website remains unchanged; you can still view the services offered by Phila-Locksmith, our price list, and the areas which we offer service. Customers can now even fill out a contact form directly from our home page! Additionally, Phila-Locksmith’s site is now easier than ever to navigate and access from your mobile phone. This means that you can access the information that you need from Phila-Locksmith even in emergency situations.

Expanded Service Fleet

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Phila-Locksmith’s new trucks are bigger and better than ever before!

Phila-Locksmith has added two brand new Ford Transit vehicles to our service fleet. We have done this for two reasons. The first being that these new vehicles afford our locksmiths extra space to carry all of the tools that they need to complete work, while also increasing the work space that they have. A more comfortable work environment allows for our technicians to complete service as quickly as possible with much more breathing room. The second reason Phila-Locksmith has added these trucks to our fleet is that it allows for us to have two extra technicians on the road at any moment. These additional locksmiths allow for us to answer a larger number of service calls, while also responding to those service calls faster than ever.

Coming Soon: In-store Service

As mobile locksmiths, our technicians are able to offer a great deal of convenience to our customers who need emergency service or who are in need of replacement car keys. However, it has not been convenient, or cost effective, for our locksmiths to complete services like house key duplication. In the near future, this will no longer be the case. Phila-Locksmith is aiming to offer in-store service through our location in North Philadelphia. Stay tuned for the latest updates regarding our in-store services.

At Phila-Locksmith we are constantly striving to offer our services to more people in more location than ever before. The recent changes which we have made will certainly allow for us to do so. By adding two additional mobile service vehicles, Phila-Locksmith can have an additional two technicians offering service at any moment. The additional room which our trucks provide allow for our technicians to carry even more parts and machines than they have been able to previously. Stay tuned to Phila-Locksmith for updates on our in-store services! In the meantime turn to Phila-Locksmith as your Philadelphia locksmith for all of your commercial, residential and automotive locksmith needs!