Safe work seemed to be the theme of the month of August. We've gained entry for business safes, re-built malfunctioning safe keypad systems, re-wired and programmed safes stuck in lock-out mode and drilled ancient, long-lost safes found in a relative's home. It seems each job had one thing in common: lack of resources.
It took a great deal of networking, out-sourcing and research to be able to diagnose and service these multi-varied machines. Even the seasoned safe professionals whom we contacted admitted to there being a great dirth in adequate training at the outset for qualified locksmiths. Much of the expertise is gained through experience and consistent contact with, not only the latest, but the oldest forms of technology in the safe world.
All in all, it is a lost art within which the skills of the blacksmith seem more appropriate. And to that we can attest: there has been welding and metal work aplenty in our own shop this month! Not to mention the necessary understanding of electrical components and wiring.
Just another reminder of the many diversified skill sets that locksmithing requires.
We look forward to seeing what new sorts of technologies emerge in the next decade in the safe world.
Been programming vehicles, custom fabricating locking mechanisms, fixing continuous hinges that had gone bad in addition to re-keying homes and businesses.
So next time you buy a lotto ticket at the Rexall in Millet, you can admire the new locks on the display case. And when you go through the door at the Fas Gas in Millet, you can notice the door isn't dragging anymore.
Not to mention, getting those dormant vehicles people have kept in storage back on the road by impressioning ignition keys! Nothing like seeing someone's face when they get to fire up that sports vehicle for the first time.
We hope our Wetaskiwin County customers are enjoying the benefits (and discounts!) of staying local.
A Locksmith must be available to handle emergency lock outs at all times. The phone is always on and ready to go. But the locksmith runs a normal life as well!
Our company specializes in the harder to get to, bad time of day jobs.
Just a note for all those on call workers who understand!
Called out to an open up at a shop today, I encountered the yearly issue with cold you may not know about. Subzero temperatures freeze grime into car door locks making them hard to pick. Bypass tools also got put aside in this case due to instructions discrepancies.
Finally, a code software came to the rescue. Just cut a new key and used it to open the door. The point? Don't leave keys in ignition in subzero temperatures and lock the doors!
I found a situation where a drilled hole that is not aligned with the bolt mechanism caused the motor in the electronic lock to be over stressed and fail.
The strike plate was neglected and a drive in for the bolt used. In this case, the motor was left working only intermittently and the lock non- functional. Thankfully, the lock manufacturer may be willing to provide a refund for the damaged lock.
For now, we installed a new electronic lock and positioned the strike plate and bolt properly. It works beautifully and now covered by our warrantee. Done right the first time is always best!
Was out at a local business recently servicing a Paddle Handle that had been sprung. The door closer was leaking hydraulic fluid. It caused the door to slam. This caused parts of the door mechanism to come loose and the latch to become damaged due to persistent use in such a condition.
If it had been serviced right away, a tightening is all that would have been needed. But as it was, a new paddle handle was required and cost more.
All that to say, minding your hardware is repaired as soon as it becomes damaged is worth it.
On site at a local business this week, we were investigating a side door to have an alarm lock installed. We provide free estimates for all types of security issues a business may encounter.
Also was out at a residence rekeying a front door. Found the hinges sagging on one side making the door on an angle. Not wanting to jeopardize the hardware installation, I corrected the hinges first.
Whenever issues like that are encountered, I always make sure corrections are made to ensure the best installation possible. When asking for a quote, make sure all areas supporting the installation are described for us and that can help. We are always willing to discuss your security and hardware needs.
One job yesterday involved removing a seized master lock on the tailgate of a truck. I cored the lock to gain access to the pins. It was seized completely on.
If you have a lock that looks like a hopeless situation, give us a call.
Customers come by the shop with vehicles or hardware that need opening or new keys and save on the service call.
acquiring equipment to best meet the need for re-programming keys of all types of vehicles. From all the calls we've received, there is a need in our county for more affordable key programming and replacement than can be offered by local dealerships. Always worth considering the programming capability of locksmith services if ever in that position!
Several times our company has been the best option for many Wetaskiwin and Leduc County residents. We have to wonder what would be their option if we were not positioned perfectlyin the middle of both counties. We are the only Certified Journeyman Locksmith serving this well populated and thriving area around Wetaskiwin.
Keep our number handy!
Its not uncommon to get early morning open up calls. This time is was someone needing to get to work from a rural Leduc county residence. Its cold outside, the house is locked, the keys are in the car running the engine and its doors are locked. If they call an Edmonton locksmith they would be waiting a full hour at least. By calling us, they can be glad to know they'll be in the road again within 20 minutes.
If you are a Leduc or Wetaskiwin County resident, keep our number handy: we take calls 24 hours a day if you ever find yourself in a similar situation!
Spent the evening keying up leversets and modifying desks to receive drawer locks for a local Wetaskiwin business office. Also cut filing cabinet keys, another bonus of working in this trade. It is great to watch the peace of mind that comes to business employees and owners when they know their business information is secure. We like the challenge of impressioning keys for locks that are without them. One of a locksmith's skills is anticipating potential problems in an installation job and being prepared to handle them so that locks and keys are prepared correctly. Offices, often with a variety of older furniture, are among those things we are proud to secure to a business' satisfaction.
If your business is in need of some enhanced security features, give us a call at 780-387-8421. We'd be glad to provide a free quote with options tailored to your office space.
Been seeing an increased need for key programming, vehicle open ups, keys for trunks and other needs. Thankfully, codes are coming readily using some effective tools and programmers. However, with vehicle keys nowadays, the process can be finicky as the computerized components within each new make and model arent always cooperative with all tools. It is always a bit of a gamble. Will the computer respobd to the programmer? Will a non-chipped key (as per customer request due to cheapness) keep working the vehicle or suddenly stop working? Its one of those things that brings locksmiths into question but is just evidence of a flawed and diverse vehicle keying system. Thankfully there are few jobs we have had to turn away. Take a look at our latest google reviews for insight into our expansion into automotive service!
As our recent customers can attest, we are commited to sticking with it, no matter the challenges.
Give us a call for more details!
If posts look scarce around here, make sure to take a look at our Google business page. We encourage daily posts from every job to help provide the most readily available updates of our work.
Wherever you find us at work, you'll find customers and their reviews not far behind on our Google page.
Here's a snapshot of our busy springtime...
" Made key for ignition and doors, on site at Richie Brothers auction mart today. Glad to be of help to regular on call locksmiths in Leduc. Love doing semis. They are a pleasure to work on."
" New access door at the Millet library. Waiting on right size window. Word from patrons is that it works great. Just another job coordinated by Capstone."
"Been opening vehicles and residences, drilling safes, getting documents together for company Security License renewal and arranging jobs for April. Thankful for the warmer weather, tools that get the job done and loyal customers. Glad to be serving the counties we do! "
" Enjoyed some old fashioned key manufacturing today. Got to disassemble and reassemble an older lock and then create a working bit key for it. Customers dropped off the lock at our Millet shop and the keys were ready in 24 hours. All done cheaper than retrofitting the door to a new lock. So keep that in mind when daunted by older hardware or restoring those favorite antiques."
Installing mechanical push button locks, re-keys and making locks for a keepsake chest in Ponoka today.
Looks like Capstone is the ' go to ' locksmith for the area.
It has been a busy week from Wetaskiwin and out to the Pigeon Lake and Ponoka area; re-keys, securing after break-in and open-ups. Glad to service these more remote areas. Just a reminder to home owners to make sure deadbolts are installed on back and front doors. Also a good idea to keep keys for vehicle separate from house keys and in non visible locations in the event of home invasion. Contact us via our website to assess your home security options.
One thing we encounter on a regular basis is the need to ask customers to decipher their key.
Going over the key blank and explaining how it is labeled often is necessary. Just in case you are ever asked, it is helpful to know that the 3 letter and number combination stamped under the key brand designate the type of keyway that the key opens. Keyway refers to the type of lock. In the case of this key, it is a Schlage product, indicated by SC. The number refers to the number of cuts the blank will hold. A Locksmith may also ask you about the "bitting" of the key, meaning how many cuts it has, whether there are cuts near the bow or tip, etc.
Theft of keys from locked or unlocked vehicles has been a problem lately. Several customers in the last few weeks have had their keys stolen and needed new ones. So make a point of keeping your keys out of unwanted reach. It never hurts to know your key!
Needing a functional knobset and deadbolt for your front door? Customers have been calling us to schedule new hardware installs.
Whether concerned about lost keys, preventing or recovering from robbery, or re-keying for any reason, customers also benefit from our technical opinion, common sense advise, consolation and instruction for DIY situations.
Never forget Wetaskiwin and Millet, we are here 24 hours a day to answer your calls, with no obligation quotes and security guidance!
Always urging you to ThinkSecure.
December always seems to be a busy month for lock outs. You've got metallic keys getting snapped off in the cold, locks freezing due to exposure to keys dropped in the snow and a lot less tolerance for hanging around outside when locked out.
For our local customers in Millet, we understand the pressures of the holiday season. We appreciate your calls this month as city locksmiths often can't meet our town needs quickly enough. And there is also the after hours charges and holiday pricing they often charge.
Being locked out during the holidays is always difficult and so we are glad to offer consistent rates no matter hour or season. We hope this is a blessing to our community.
So as the days get longer and the winter season marches on, we are thankful for the still presiding sense of goodwill in our small town community. It's good to love where you live and work! We know its the combined efforts of many people that makes it this way.
Keep up the good work Millet!
We wish you a secure and healthy New Year.
Think Secure. Think Capstone.
Helping people secure home, business and vehicle is our business, but lifestyle habits are a big part of safety. Many people shrug their shoulders with the comment, "if they want in, they'll get in," and don't take any measures to inhibit entry and theft.
It is easy to forget that it is not only possessions at stake, but lives. Unsecured firearms, chemicals, prescription drugs, vehicles...all these things, once stolen, could cause harm in someone's unwritten story.
Personal regret can be avoided by taking simple steps to purchase safes, locking cabinets and installing basic surveillance with alarms that deter intrusion. Even though times are tight financially, some precaution is better than none and there are affordable options. I hope we can all desire to live above regret and take precautions even if it is unnerving to admit property crime has increased.
We were reminded of all this upon reading a recent article (pictured) in our local Pipestone Flyer. (You can read the full article in the Thursday paper, Millet residents.) It will be available online at the link below sometime this weekend as well.
Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding which security measures you may be considering upgrading or investing in. Why not take advantage of Locksmith connections and expertise!?
Here's wishing you a great wintery Canadian night and that you ARE thinking secure!
Professional Locksmith Manager and Administrator