A locksmith’s job03/31/2015 Back To Blog
People might ask what a day in the life of a locksmith is like. Is it action packed? Is it dull? Is it everything you thought it would be? These are a few questions that this article aims to answer, based on the experiences of one of our expert smiths who we shall refer to as John.
A day in the life of a locksmith
John relays that his day starts out innocently enough, with a bath and a cup of coffee. He takes his children to work before reporting to work where he waits for calls or assignments. John admits that apart from relaxation, he reads up on the latest news and circulars from our private sources regarding new techniques or knowledge about lock installation, maintenance or repairs during his spare time.
However, spare time is not that common since there is always a repair job to be done somewhere in the city. John usually responds to around four or five jobs per day regarding malfunctioning locks or compromised systems. He always carries his trusty pack of lock smith tools when he is called out on a job, which comprises mostly of different lock picks, some metal rods, several precision instruments and the standard screw drivers with varying heads. John also has a tool box in his car which contains other useful tools such as a hammer and a coping saw. These tools are important to his livelihood and ensure that he is able to finish a job within a couple of hours at the most.
The jobs that John usually responds to involve installation, repair, or replacement of commonly used residential locks. The most popular lock involved in these scenarios is the tubular locks. John doesn’t have a problem with installing or replacing set ups involving a tubular style system and considers it to be his specialty. He has disclosed that he is most familiar with this type of lock because of his sheer experience in repair, replacing, or installing this type of system over the last few years. He even shared his knowledge about this type of set up, saying that the three major components of a tubular style lock are the knobs, the tumbler, and the latch-strike plate combination. When a door is closed and its knobs are turned, the knob winds the mechanism in the tumbler which pulls the latch back from the strike plate that is attached to the door frame. As such, when a latch is retracted, there is no obstruction between the door and its frame allowing anyone to get access to from the door.
John says he enjoys his job mainly because he works with seasoned professionals like him who find this industry very fascinating. John gets to open doors for our clients, literally and figuratively, and he enjoys that.