House and Home Locksmith NY Locksmith Tools
Here's an introductory article about the basic New York Locksmith Tools our technicians use when you call one to help you out from a lockout. It's important to remember that different tools are used for different purposes and each has their right time to be used. The following information will clarify how our New York Locksmith Tools are used in every occurrence.
Locksmiths have basically three options when trying to open a locked door:
- Trying to lock pick the lock and open the door
- Trying to lodge a broken key out of a key hole or a fix a stuck lock mechanism and open the door
- Or drilling the entire lock and key cylinder out and replacing it
Each of these techniques requires a different set of tools. Here's a breakdown of which locksmith tools New York locksmiths use and what you can expect to see for each technique and a suggestion of which work order should be tried first.
Locksmith Lockpicking tools:
The first and most asked for order of work when calling a locksmith should be to ask him or her to try and lock pick your door, this is the least expensive way to open a locked door. The lockpicking tools you should expect to see tried on your doors are:
- Plug Spinners - used to flip plugs to the unlocked position.
- Computer generated picks - steel based and able to conform up to 6 pins and disc tumbler patterns.
- Light, medium and rigid tension wrenches - used to apply the correct amount of turning tension to the shear line.
- Broken key extractors - used to extract broken keys that got stuck in the cylinders.
- Electric pick guns - an electrical drill gun with replaceable picks.
Locksmith Key extracting tools:
- Pin tumblers - used to grab and lodge out stuck cylinder pins.
- Deadbolt installation kits - for installation of deadbolts and replacing locks.
- Clip zip tool - for removing car door panel clips without damage; used by automotive locksmiths mainly.
- Broken key pullers and tweezers - as the name implies used for pulling broken keys and often to lodge out stuck pins.
- Locksmith hammers - delicate hammers with different hammer heads: from plastic to brass and steel and ball shaped heads.
- Key cutters - for cutting and fitting bent keys or deformed keys.
Locksmith drilling tools:
- Router drills - used for drilling starting holes in wood, steel or metal and enlarging holes.
- Cylinder drill jigs - used to drill away the cylinder due to corroded lock pins and jammed cylinders that cannot be pick locked in anyway.
Remember, all New York Locksmith Tools should be used according to their purpose and the correct order of work that is recommended - trying to lockpick the door, trying to fix the mechanisms and only then trying to drill the locks and replace cylinders and locks. The same rules apply for automotive locksmith tools and any case of opening car doors.