A locksmith is a professional tradesman who works with a variety locks. A locksmith uses various techniques to open, repair and fit locks to various buildings, offices and cars. Locksmiths offer services to people who are locked out, who have lost their keys, need keys cutting or for changing locks.
A good locksmith is highly adaptable and doesn’t necessarily need expensive tools to carry out their chosen trade but can adapt. MLA tutors even teach locksmiths how to make their own lock opening tools on our level 1 opening course.
If it’s a lost key a locksmith can make you a key without the original, as locksmiths can make keys to lock by hand. By using a blank and a file and the skills, they’ve developed over the years a locksmith can create a key from scratch without the need for an original key.
Locksmithing is an excellent career choice for people who like to work with their hands and their brain. It’s a flexible career that lends itself to both creativity and logic. If you like puzzles and problem-solving, you will thoroughly enjoy a career as a locksmith.
To start, there are some 35,000 different keyholes manufactured. A Locksmith has to be decent with numbers so they can accurately measure the different types of cuts and pins, and they operate expensive specialized tools. Because of the growing number of electronic systems, they can’t balk at running wires.
Why Do You Need a Locksmith?
The locksmith call out cost in South Africa is about R100 on average, though you might pay anywhere from R59 to R350 depending on the distance of the locksmith company to your location, the time of day ( during office hours or after hours ), day of the week ( weekday or weekend ) and the kind of locksmith service you require will determine what tools / equipment to bring to the site.