November 03, 2021
A lost or misplaced key is often seen as a lost cause. Some homeowners assume that locksmiths cannot make a working key from the padlock itself with no key to copy. A lost or misplaced key could lead to a breach of security. The affected individual could be tempted to break or jailbreak a key with force.
However, the truth is that locksmiths can copy or make a copy of a lock using several ways. The process nevertheless needs some technical skills and tools. With the below-simplified processes, a locksmith can make a new key even without a replacement available.
Professional locksmiths often follow two ways to make a quick, simple, and cost-effective key without replacement as a guide. Here are the methods:
Using the Locks Code to Create a New Key
Some symbols or numbers are unique to every key, and in some sophisticated locks, a cord card is provided with the lock. Professional locksmiths input the details (numbers or special characters) into software that reads and describes it to discern this code. After getting the underlying code, a new key that perfectly matches the lost or misplaced key can be made. The process is quite simple and time-saving.
The second way to copy a key, the lock, is being picked or drilled open, which isn't as difficult as decoding a lock's code. There are two types of impressions that locksmiths use: the first one is dead-key, also commonly known as skeleton-key, and the other one is live-key. The difference between both keys lies in how they are made. A live key is a replica of all the teeth shapes found on both sides of the lost key, while a dead key has no notches found on either side of its blade. Both types need to be cut at different angles, sharpened just enough to fit between the pins inside a lock but sharp enough not to damage them upon insertion or removal.
Lock impressioning works, for example, if the key code is found on both sides of its blade. A live key is established by engraving it. Once done correctly and with proper angles, it is placed into a locked space and allows the new blank key to operate any door lock.
Although there are other ways to make keys from a lock, even if the old key has been lost, the above key impression and code processes have been focused on simplicity and brevity. With the right skills and tools, these methods offer a straightforward method of making a key duplicate from a padlock. And in case of difficulty in implementing the impressioning or locks code method, consult the services of a professional locksmith.
At 843 Locksmith, our services are of the highest quality. From key cutting, programming, replacement, and high-security key installation, you will surely get satisfactory services from us. Call us today for any locksmith service and you will be surprised that our prices are so reasonable.
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