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These are answers to commonly asked questions. Find out how many key duplicates you need and whether your door should only lock with one bolt.
What locks should I use for apartments?
Start with the five-lever mortised version on the exterior. You can even use some element of video or sensitive technology to sort out who can enter. The inner locks are less critical but some people have valuable items so they should be functional.
What do I do if the key doesn't turn?
First of all, make sure it's the right key. It's also good to remove it and lubricate the door locks before you attempt working the key back and forth again. Be gentle with your moves and don't apply force or you might break it.
Just how many duplicates of my keys should I make?
While it depends entirely on your discretion, experts over at Locksmith Maple Valley suggest that you make as few as one or two duplicates of the same key. This is done so that your security is not put at risk by having too many keys which can open doors in your home.
Should there be more than one locking mechanism on a door?
For home security’s sake, that is generally a good idea. Keep in mind however that the more locks are on a door, the more complicated it can become. After all, some locks have no key and can only be locked or unlocked from the other side so you always have to take that into account.