Company Name: Eagle’s Locksmith Cincinnati
Phone Number: (513) 202-4240
Service Location: Cincinnati, OH – Downtown, 45202
Today a restaurant owner called to get a service from a local locksmith in downtown Cincinnati to change a few locks as quickly as possible. I came out there after an hour and the customer showed me 9 locks to repair, 6 stainless steel locks and one file cabinet lock. In the beginning all of the locks seemed to be very common and I knew I can get them almost in any hardware store. After I took them apart, I realized that I’m dealing with a homemade locks. One of the reasons that people are doing their own combinations with the locks is because they want to be unique and they also want to promise their future work with the place they provided the locks for, since a lot of locksmiths are not going to be able to understand how it was built and what needs to be done in order to change the locks.
The six stainless steel locks are basically a mail box locks and they were attached to the box with rivets. At first I drilled out the rivets to take it off the box and behind it the other guy used a welding machine on the rings so the locks will stay stable. I had two choices, either to buy a machine and do it by myself or going to a welder to do it for me. I ended up going to the welder in Blue Ash, OH and while is working on the locks I went back to the restaurant in downtown to work on the other 9 locks. I started to rekey the locks on the same key and duplicated 10 extra keys. After 3 hours I came back to the welder to take the locks and went back again to complete the job. I used a pop rivet gun to with an 1″8 blind rivets to close the lock ring on the stainless steel box. I put them all back together on the inside of a bar so I can work on the crooked tails and make them straight.
This job was very interesting for me, because not every day I redo a homemade locks. All of my work was successfully completed in about 8 hours and that is including my rides to the welder an my supplier. I believe that almost any locksmith in Cincinnati can do work like that, but it’s just take more time to figure out what was the builder did and what was the purpose for that. The client was very grateful for the time I spent to finish the job on the same day.