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Automotive, Residential & Commercial Locksmith located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Phone: (918) 814-8890. My Locksmith is a family owned and operated business providing locksmith services to all of our customers in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Sand Springs, Owasso, Sapulpa, Coweta, Bixby, Catoosa, Collinsville, and other areas in Green Country.



I assume you take your home’s security seriously.   With all the break-ins and home invasions I hear about on the news, it surprises me that I still see exterior doors that do not have a deadbolt.  A basic door knob is very easy to bypass and can generally be done quietly.  The deadbolt is generally more difficult to bypass and usually involves kicking the door in.     

If you don’t have a deadbolt installed, make it your top priority.  With the proper tools it can be done fairly easily.  If this is something you don’t want to do yourself, call a licensed locksmith to handle the job.  

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Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: October 13, 2014, 11:37 am







As your home settles, your exterior doors and/or locks may need to be adjusted.  The most common adjustment needed is to the lock’s strike plate.  If your door lock won’t latch, or is difficult to lock, check your lock’s strike plate to make sure it is in the correct position.  If not, remove the strike plate and carefully chisel out the adjustment area as shown in the picture below.
Instructions:

  1. Line-up your lock’s latch with the hole in the strike plate, 
  2. Mark the area that needs removed,
  3. Carefully chisel out excess, 
  4. Reattach strike plate. 
  5. Test door and make additional adjustments if needed.
 All you need is a screwdriver and a sharp chisel to complete the job.  Be careful using the chisel!!!
   

 MY LOCKSMITH - TULSA OK - (918) 814-8890
"Make Your Locksmith, My Locksmith”
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Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: October 3, 2014, 12:39 pm
You have looked everywhere and still can’t find your keys!  If you don’t have an extra key, you will need to have one made.  You have two options:  Call your local car dealership, or call a licensed locksmith.  Hopefully, the information below will help you decide which is your best option, the car dealership or a locksmith.
   
Calling your local dealership:

Over the years, car dealerships have built negative reputation regarding cost.  I’m not sure about you, but the first thing I think of when taking my car to the dealership for repair is, “This is going to cost me a fortune”. 

So what can the dealership do for you?  Well, if your car uses a transponder key (chip key), you will first need to have your car towed to the dealership.  Transponder keys will have to be programed at your car’s location using specialized equipment.  Depending on where you live, a tow bill can be quite expensive.

The actual cost of the key and the programming is usually much higher than a locksmith.  I heard anywhere between $20 and $150+ higher.  Dealerships will also require proof of ownership in order to make a key.  This means, you need to bring in your title.

Once at the car dealership, you will now wait and wait, and wait some more.  The good news is that you can watch TV and drink some coffee while your key is made and programmed.    

Call A Licensed Locksmith:

First, you will need to find a mobile locksmith to come to your location.  Make sure you find a locksmith that is licensed in the State of Oklahoma.    

When speaking with a locksmith, try to have all of the basic information available.  A locksmith will want to know the year, make, and model of your vehicle as well as the car’s location.  Based on this information, the locksmith should be able to give you an exact price to make you a new key.  Make sure you ask for the final price.   An honest locksmith will give you an exact price and will not change the price after service. 

A good locksmith will be able to come to your location, make a new key and program it while you wait.  They should be able to complete the job within 30 minutes to one hour.       

Here is a break-down of why using a licensed locksmith will save you money and time:


  • You don’t need to have your car towed.  Find a mobile locksmith.

  • The cost will be lower due to overhead.

  • Time savings.  A locksmith can have you back on the road in an hour.

  • The dealership needs your title.  A locksmith may take other forms of ownership proof.

Hopefully, I have provided you with enough information to make a sound decision.   I believe that finding a professional mobile locksmith is the only way to go.  Remember to make sure you ask to see their locksmith license when they arrive.  A locksmith is required by law to carry it and show it when asked.


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Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: September 10, 2014, 2:21 am
As Locksmiths, we often get calls from customers who are experiencing some type of ignition problem.  Some say their key has been working fine, but all of a sudden won't turn their ignition.  Others say their ignition key has been getting stuck or needs to be jiggled in order for it to work.  Unfortunately, these are common problems that our customers experience regularly.

From our experience there are two main reasons for these ignition breakdowns:

1) A Worn Key

If you own a General Motors vehicle (Chevy, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Saturn, etc.), you most likely have a worn key.  The good news is that your ignition is most likely function properly.  However, your key is worn down and is not allowing the ignition's sidebar to depress fully.
This is an easy fix.  All you need is a Licensed Locksmith to cut you a new key.  Nine times out of ten this solves the problem.  If not, your ignition will need to be removed and inspected to determine what is causing the malfunction.  

2)  Bent Ignition Wafers or Tumblers

If you own a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Honda (and other) you most likely have bent ignition tumblers / wafers.  The bending occurs when a ingestion wafer is stuck when the key is inserted or removed.  Once again, a Licensed Locksmith will be able to fix this problem.  This repair does require removing the ignition from the column or dash and replacing the bent wafers.  

Regardless of what the issue is with your ignition, My Locksmith Tulsa can help.  One of our mobile locksmiths will gladly come to your location and get you on your way.  When an ignition problems occur, it's good to know you have a local Tulsa Locksmith minutes away.  Give My Locksmith in Tulsa OK a call today!

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Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: June 7, 2014, 11:37 am


When you hire a locksmith, you want to assure you are hiring someone that you can trust.  One way is to hire a licensed locksmith.  In the State of Oklahoma, Locksmiths are required to pass a federal background check and a locksmith exam.   After passing both, the Oklahoma Department of Labor will issue the Locksmith a license.  Here are some tips you can take to assure the Locksmith you hire is properly licensed.

Ask to see the Locksmith’s License and Drivers License.  It is Oklahoma Law that a Locksmith carries both their Drivers and Locksmith Licenses on their person while conducting business.  So when the Locksmith arrives at your location, just ask to see their license.  No licensed Locksmith will have a problem showing you their license.   If the so called Locksmith can’t show you their license or gives you some lame excuse, you can bet that they are not licensed; which means they may or may not have the skills to do the job properly, and that they can’t or haven’t passed the federal background check.  

Don’t just assume that your locksmith is licensed, always check.

Check with the Oklahoma Department of Labor.  Oklahoma Department of Labor’s website will list each individual and each company that is licensed in the State of Oklahoma.
A locksmith is responsible for some very important tasks – some in which your own safety is at stake.  Not all locksmiths are created equal.  You need a locksmith you can trust to be professional, reliable, and competent.  My Locksmith in Tulsa OK is that company.

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 "Make Your Locksmith, My Locksmith"
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Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: June 3, 2014, 2:23 pm

Should you change your locks (rekey) at your home or business?

Unless you know exactly how many duplicate keys have been made and who has each key, the answer is YES.

Have you lost control of who has access to your home or business?

This may be due to staffing changes, lost keys, and/or unknown number of duplicate keys (i.e. neighbors, friends, relatives).

Rekeying is done by changing an existing lock's pins so the old key no longer works.  After rekeying, you will be given a new set of keys and you will, without a doubt, know who has keys to your home or business.

You should have your home or business rekeyed as often as needed.  If you can't answer "YES" to this question, "Who has keys to my home or  then have your home or business rekeyed today! 

Who has keys to my business or home?

Need a quote?  Call My Locksmith in Tulsa OK a call today.

MY LOCKSMITH - (918) 814-8890
 "Make Your Locksmith, My Locksmith"
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Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: April 29, 2014, 3:03 pm

Genuine Factory Keyless Entry Remotes

These remotes are being sold at wholesale prices for both domestic and Imports.  

 These are genuine factory keyless entry remotes (OEM). 


FREE PROGRAMMING!! My Locksmith offers free programming for all keyless entry remote purchases!

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Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: April 3, 2014, 1:20 am

Need a keyless remote?  My Locksmith has a full line of Keyless Remotes, Remote headed Keys, and Key Fobs.  Call for a price today!  918-814-8890

Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: March 19, 2014, 8:16 pm

It happens, keys brake, and it usually happens when we're in a hurry to get somewhere. 

Here's two tips for what you can do if your key brakes in half:

1.  Keep both pieces!  It is usually easier for the Locksmith and cheaper for you if you have the pieces.

2.  If your key brakes in the ignition or door lock, don't make it worse by pushing it in further or jamming it.  It needs to come out immediately, so don't use the other piece to turn the ignition or lock.

If you need a reliable locksmith in the Tulsa area, call My Locksmith Tulsa at 918-814-8890, or visit us at MyLocksmithTulsa.com

The picture is of our new puppy Oscar.

Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: March 12, 2014, 1:27 pm

How many people have a key to your home? 

If you never had your home rekeyed, then the answer is NO! 


Does Your Keyring Look Like This?
During the month of March, My Locksmith Tulsa is offering a 20% discount on our home rekeying service.  If you have recently purchased a new home or have never had your home rekeyed, now is the time to act.

Schedule your home rekeying appointment for a time that works best for you.  We are very flexible and understand that your time is important.

Rekeying typically takes less then one hour to complete.  When finished, you will have one set of keys that works all your locks and you will have the only copies. 

We are a local locksmith serving Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, Coweta, Owasso, Collinsville, Sapulpa, and Sand Springs.

Click Here To Receive the 20% Discount and schedule an appointment.


Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: March 11, 2014, 3:04 am
 
Attention all "do-it-yourselfers":  Sometimes it's better to call the professionals at My Locksmith.  Don't let this be you!
 
 
Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: October 21, 2013, 9:19 pm


My Locksmith FAQs

Are We Licensed?
Yes.  We are licensed in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Department of Labor.  Not only is our company licensed, but ALL of our technicians hold the required licenses as well.  You should always ask the locksmith before he/she begins work to show you their license and photo ID.  Locksmiths are required by the Oklahoma Department of Labor to carry their license with them at all times.

Are we insured?  Yes. 

How much is a standard service call?
A standard service call is $45.00 for customers in Tulsa during regular business hours.  Service call rates outside of the Tulsa area vary depending on mileage and time of day.  

Call us today!  918-814-8890  www.mylocksmithtulsa.com
Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: August 23, 2013, 1:20 am


1) Select the Lock Style

Do you need a Deadbolt, Lever, Knob, or Handle Set?  I suggest that all exterior doors have, at minimum, a Deadbolt (Handle Sets have a Deadbolt). 
 
 2) Select the Brand



The two most popular brands you will find are Schlage and Kwikset.  One thing you need to keep in mind when purchasing new locks is that a Kwikset key will not fit into a Schlage lock, and vise versa.  So stick with one brand in order to have them rekeyed to the same key.  Here are some pictures of both the Schlage and Kwikset keys.  
 
 3) Select the Lock Finish

 Your preference here.  Just remember that there may be a color variance from one brand to another.
 
 4) Keys - Have all your locks keyed to match (rekeyed)

You should have one key on your keyring that gets you inside of your home.  If you have more keys on our keyring, you need to have your locks rekeyed.   

If you have questions and/or need professional locksmith help, feel free to call "My Locksmith" at 918-814-8890 or visit www.mylocksmithtulsa.com


 
Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: July 30, 2013, 3:38 pm


Car dealerships either don’t know or don’t want to tell you that you can save lots of money by using a locksmith when you need a replacement key.  My guess is that it’s a little of both.  Before you fork over your hard-earned cash to replace a key that is lost, malfunctioning, or dead, make sure you have called My Locksmith first.

      Before calling My Locksmith, make a short list of the following:  

  1. Write down the year, make, and model of your vehicle.
  2. Write down your car's VIN number. In most cars, the VIN is located on the driver’s side dashboard and is visible through the windshield; it should also be listed on your insurance card.

If you have problems with either of these steps, don’t worry, we will help you out.

After obtaining the above information, we will come to your location and make you a new key.  Most cars manufactured in the last decade or so are equipped with transponder/chip keys.  They usually have a plastic key-head.  If you have a transponder type key, we will program it for you as well. 

So remember, don’t call the dealership, call, My Locksmith918-814-8890.

Thanks,
Jaime
Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: July 23, 2013, 8:18 pm
Beware of Big Box Stores     

Could copies of the key to your front door be in the hands of strangers?

If you've purchased new locks from a big box store, the answer could be yes.  Homeowners need to know that many locks sold in the big name hardware stores are keyed-alike.  There may be five to ten locks per brand and style that are keyed alike on the shelf.  You buy two of them, so eight are left keyed just like your two.

Someone could be watching what locks you're buying and find out where you're installing those locks.  All they need to do is purchase a lock with the same key and now they have access to your home.

Here is how I recommend you protect yourself.
1.      Look at each lock’s box and find the key number.  Buy boxes   with different key numbers.
2.      Call My Locksmith and have your new locks re-keyed.

Having your locks re-keyed is quick process that will give you added security without breaking the bank.
Call us today at: 918-814-8890


Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: July 23, 2013, 3:15 am
My Locksmith is a family owned and operated business providing complete customer satisfaction to all of our customers in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Sand Springs, Owasso, Sapulpa, Coweta, Bixby, Catoosa, Collinsville, and other areas in Green Country.  
Our licensed technicians are more than capable of handling your locksmith needs no matter how simple or complicated.  You'll recognize our technicians when they arrive.  All My Locksmith technicians wear a proper uniform and drive a clearly marked "My Locksmith" work vehicle.    
Some of the many services that we offer are lockouts, rekeying and repairing locks, automotive key origination and programming, ignition repair and replacement, installing deadbolts, high security locks, electronic locks, door hardware, mailbox locks, and much more.

We are available to help you seven days a week and can assist you with any locksmith need or question that you have.


 
Author: Jaime Schon
Posted: July 22, 2013, 5:39 pm

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