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What are some secret locksmith tips and tricks?

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Locksmith recommend always rekeying or replacing the locks in a new home. Locksmiths also recommend avoiding cheap mass-produced hardware and selecting at least a grade two lock. Locksmiths that specialize in automotive work can often duplicate keys for less cost than a dealership.

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For enhanced security, locksmiths recommend the installation of a dead bolt with at least a 1-inch throw and a security plate that screws securely into the door frame. Locksmiths advise installation of a double-cylinder lock on a doors located close to a window and lubricating locks and hardware to ensure proper function. Because many locksmiths appearing in phone books or online searches are scams, it is best to choose a locksmith by visiting the Associated Locksmiths of America website.

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