When should I rekey? Easy answer – when you need to reclaim control of the access to your home or business. This could change for several reasons: 1. You just bought a new home, or leased a new business. 2. You lost your keys and anyone could have them, especially if they might also know your address (such as if your car or wallet get stolen). 3. Tenants are changing. 4. Employees are changing – either as a business owner, or because your dog walker/nurse/
Why we like the Lockey mechanical keypad here at Pixx by Sixx Lock & Key LLC: its excellent quality. It has solid, heavy components made of metal. There is nothing plastic on the inside to wear down. You can choose a 3, 4, or 5 digit access code to punch in. There are several styles, including with deadbolt or with handle. And multiple colors: chrome, brass, white, black, and more. Best of all: no batteries to die. No computer chip to fry. No wi-fi to lose signal. In Tucson,
This entry will discuss the two most common keyways we see in residential situations in Tucson: Schlage (SC) and Kwikset (KW). Of course, there are many types of locks and many types of keys, but these are the two most common we see on houses here in Tucson. The other thing to note is that both Schlage and Kwikset are brand names and they sell hardware under those names, but their keyways can be under any brand name. For example, Defiant uses the KW keyway, and Baldwin uses t
This entry will talk a little bit about keypads, also known as keyless entry. One thing to keep in mind when installing keypads in our beautiful Tucson desert: temperatures here regularly reach 110 degrees in the summer, even higher in direct sunlight. We don’t recommend using models that rely on batteries or chips if the door will be in direct sunlight for a majority of the day. Another thing to keep in mind: most models have a keyway for emergency use if your batteries die.
There are usually several different options for your car fob, which may seem confusing at first glance. As one example, these options are available for a 2015 Ford Expedition: All of these are available in both brand name (with Ford logo), and aftermarket, which has new internals but may or may not have the logo. But don’t worry! We will walk you through a match. Providing your VIN or FCC number on your current fob, if you are getting a duplicate, will also help ensure a matc
You may have heard about a chip shortage. This has affected everything from PCs to vehicles. You may also know there is a computer chip not only in modern cars, but in most modern car key fobs, shown below. Not only that, but there are shortages of various types of metal too, including: steel, brass, and copper, all of which are common components in everything from door hardware to keys. Besides all the current shortages, manufacturers often make changes to design and hardwar
Sixx the Locksmith has been locksmithing since April 2017. People often ask, how Sixx got into locksmithing. Basically, by a series of coincidences, like most jobs. Sixx has always liked tinkering with small appliances and tools, and if you have met him, you know he’s a people person. This is helpful for the detail-oriented work and customer interactions that go with being a locksmith. After a few unfulfilling years in middle management, Sixx found himself at a career crossro