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I do not answer Safe or automotive questions. Period. I am knowledgeable in almost every area of Locksmithing. This includes locks, keys, lost keys, residential and commercial lockouts, rekeying, masterkeying, high security locks, access control, electric locks, security cameras and home safety. I have been running an online business since 2004 where I sell all types of lock and security hardware to everyone from apartment renters to business owners to the US government. Before that I started a locksmith service in 1999. I deal with many types of security equipment including high security safe locks, heavy duty padlocks, exit devices, biometric readers, electric strikes, magnetic locks, full surface hinges and I only sell what I personally stand behind 100%. The online business has given me a more in-depth look at the locksmithing industry, helping me to learn more about each and every product that I offer, as well as products I don't have but end up finding for customers to solve any issues they have with security or door hardware.

Please don't submit any automotive or safe questions as these aren't areas that I can help in.

Experience in the area

I have been Locksmithing since 1999 and own my own Locksmithing business. I have many years of hands-on experience through the many services I have performed for my customers. I've run my business the way I wanted, treating everyone as I would like to be treated and knowing that any customer could be my last if I didn't perform my locksmithing duties as I had promised.


I have a diploma in Masterkeying, Advanced Locksmithing & Locksmithing from Foley-Belsaw.

Past/Present Clients

US government, colleges, schools, city and state governments, large and small corporations, home owners.

What do you like about this subject?


What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Early retirement.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

I'm currently writing a book on the business of locksmithing and how others may enjoy working in it with their own business.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

What you see in the movies regarding lock picking is completely fake. Don't believe anything you see in movies.

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Michael12/27/16101010Thorough answer,much appreciated!
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Recent Answers from James

2017-03-15 deadbolt corroded:

Hello Bill,    Once you have removed the inside thumbturn plate the outside assembly should come off as well. Once both sides are removed, use a hammer and cold chisel to destroy the bolt mechanism if

2016-12-26 Jamming deadbolt:

Michael,    There are several things that can cause this issue:  1. Improperly cut keys.  2. Misalignment of the tailpiece due to the door shrinking, over or under tightened screws.  3. Bent or twisted

2016-10-25 Up side down deadbolt installation:

Howard,    The AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction - fire marshal, building inspector, etc.) has the final say on what is allowed.    For most commercial applications an exit that is designated as an emergency

2016-09-17 Key:

Hello Pamela,    I didn't catch a question. I'll assume you need to know what it goes to.    This is likely a safe deposit key or possibly a key to a strong box of some sort. Diebold is a company that

2016-09-07 Harlock lockset-exterior:

Hello Richard,    I'm not familiar with Harloc brand locks as they aren't used in my area.    The type of lock you have should use a retainer to hold the inside lever in place. There should be a small


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