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Important Terms Relating to Keys
Keys are used everywhere, in residential and commercial areas, to lock our automobiles and our houses, but few people know much about how they work. So if the dead bolt you've installed at home refuses to work, if you need to replace a house key, or if you need to make a copy of one before it gets lost, you should know how to properly explain what must be done. Here are some important terms to keep in mind.
  • Bow – The part of a key held by the fingers.
  • Blade – The part that is inserted into the keyway.
  • Keyway – Though it has been generally replaced by the popular term "keyhole," this is the preferred word for the opening in the lock where the blade is inserted.
  • Master Key – One that opens any given lock in a related set.
  • Teeth – The pointed, protruding parts of a blade.
  • Notches – The cut-away areas that allow it entry into a specific keyway.
  • Valet Key – Used in cars, it can be used to start the engine but, as a security measure, does not allow access to the car's trunk or glove compartment.
  • Fob – Another word for a key chain or key ring.
  • Skeleton Key – A simplified, easily duplicated type made to open many different locks. Not to be confused with a blank, a key that has yet to be shaped by a locksmith.
  • Double-sided Key – A type with teeth and notches on both sides of the blade; this makes it more difficult to duplicate than the single-sided variety. Locks that require double-sided keys are also more resistant to lockpicking, providing an additional level of safety.
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    Key Locksmith Company
    130 S. Main St., Suite 110, Bellefontaine, OH 43311
    Key Locksmith is a family owned full service locksmith located in Bellefontaine, Ohio. We specialize in commercial, residential and automotive locksmith services such as transponder and chip keys.
    (937) 599-5222
    Monroe Lock and Safe Company
    221 N Monroe St, Monroe, MI 48162
    Our company offers residential, commercial and automotive locksmith services. Our staff of helpful technicians will gladly answer your questions and provide a free quote on whatever lock, key or security work you need done.
    (734) 242-7474
    Clyde Hardware
    1012 E Mcpherson Hwy, Clyde, OH 43410
    (419) 547-9437
    Henry's Key & Lock Shop
    328 N Trimble Rd, Mansfield, OH 44906
    (419) 526-3416
    Advanced Key & Lock Shop
    51 Lexington Ave, Mansfield, OH 44907
    (419) 524-2702
    Lake Erie Lock & Key
    510 Washington St, Port Clinton, OH 43452
    (419) 734-5977
    Freedom Lock & Key
    Harrod, OH 45850
    (419) 233-3312
    Guardian Lock & Key
    17200 Raymond Rd, Marysville, OH 43040
    (937) 644-3966
    Genre's Lock Service
    201 E Burgess St, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
    (740) 392-4031
    Tom's Lock & Key Shop Inc
    624 W Sandusky Ave, Bellefontaine, OH 43311
    (937) 593-9596
    Ames Locksmith
    2121 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43613
    (419) 474-2995
    Lock & Key
    Mount Vernon, OH 43050
    (740) 392-7229
    Elyria Locksmith Service
    498 Cleveland St, Elyria, OH 44035
    (440) 366-5625
    The Locksmith Shop LLC
    146 E Bowman St, Wooster, OH 44691
    (330) 262-5397
    Albright Security Center Inc
    324 W Liberty St, Medina, OH 44256
    (330) 722-7884


    Keys are an important, if not always immediately prominent, part of life. Important for home and car security, they have been around for thousands of years, and today they are often found dangling from key rings. They range from the simple familiar shape to advanced entry intelligent keys, which use electronics and are usually found in cars. This makes replacement services all the more important and fortunately they are often readily available. Key and lock companies cover a broad range of services, including making duplicate keys and installing control access systems. When people think about these types of services, they usually picture someone breaking into a residential house or commercial safe. Security services are in the business of preventing this from happening by providing a copy using blanks, or even skeletons for multiple locations. Securing your house or car means not having to replace a key later if at all possible. Of course, even with the strongest bolts provided by stores specializing in keys, sometimes a locksmith will be necessary. Locksmiths specifically target situations in which fobs have failed or been lost. They can gain access to automotive and home systems, and also provide mobile services. They can even install a new lock or duplicate some keys should the need for it arise. Most will know how to make a master or skeleton key that can gain access to several different locks of the same type. For more information on key services, you can speak to employees at a locksmith company. You can also visit your local home improvement warehouse, which provide you with many security-related services. Often, you can find a local locksmith online. Whatever your lock and key service needs may be, their is certainly a professional in your area that can help.
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