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Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • How to Get Your Locksmith License in Chicago

    Posted on December 24th, 2013 0 Comments

    Chicago Licensed Locksmith

    Because of the nature of the work and the size of the city, locksmiths in Chicago can make a very good living. Similar to other cities, the laws of Chicago are strict when it comes to handing out licenses to potential contractors. Below is how to Get Your Locksmith License in Chicago.

    The Initial Examination

    Before any locksmith can apply for a license in the city of Chicago, they must pass a rigorous test. This examination tests the applicant’s knowledge of current laws, procedures and ethics. Once the applicant passes the initial exam, he or she can move forward in the application process. The applicant must receive a passing score of 70. The Board will notify the exam taker of whether or not they passed.

    The Application

    After the test has been completed, the individual is invited to submit a formal application. The application includes a fingerprint scan, proof of business liability insurance with coverage of at least one million dollars, and the application fee.

    The fingerprint scan can be performed by a licensed individual of a local law enforcement agency in Chicago or by a certified organization in another state, if necessary.

    The liability insurance must be maintained at all times. If the insurance lapses, the license may be revoked.

    The Background Investigation

    A thorough background investigation will be conducted by the Licensing Board during the application process. This investigation is conducted immediately after live scan results have been submitted by the applicant.

    Licensed locksmiths must not have been convicted of any felony within the last ten years. Ten years should pass between the time of the application and the dismissal of the charge, if any. Every applicant must be without mental ailments that may cause him or her to violate any ethical procedures that relate to the locksmith profession. If, at any time during the application process an individual is found to have an addiction to drugs or alcohol, they will be removed from the licensing list.

    After the written test has been passed and the license becomes effective, the test scores and application on file is good for six years. The locksmith must then reapply for the license before their current one expires.

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  • Installing a Deadbolt Lock

    Posted on December 17th, 2013 0 Comments

    A deadbolt lock is one of the most effective and easy ways to add more security to your home and achieve peace of mind. Installing a deadbolt for the first time can seem difficult and even a bit confusing. Once you get the hang of it, you will find that it truly is the easiest way to enhance your home security. Follow these simple installation steps to install your new deadbolt.

    Determine the Setback of the Deadbolt

    A setback is the location of a deadbolt on a door frame, in relation to the standard door lock. Most people place deadbolts roughly six inches above the standard lock. Measure and mark where you will place your new deadbolt.

    Drill Holes for the Deadbolt

    Drill a hole that is roughly 1 1/2 inches wide over the area that you marked. A hole saw may be used to do this. After you have drilled the hole, check and see if it reached the other side of the door. If not, you will need to use a bit to drill through the other side of the door.

    After drilling the hole through the door, you will need to drill another hole into the center of the door’s edge. Use a 7/8 inch spade bit to do this. Drill an additional 3/8 inch space near the backside of it.

    Secure the Deadbolt

    Before attaching the deadbolt, secure the bolt inside the hole located in the edge of the door. Mount the plate with two screws. Carefully insert the deadbolt cylinders, ensuring that they are correctly placed. Secure the driver bars with screws. Drill two 7/8 inch holes that are roughly 1 inch deep on the doorjamb. Make sure it is flush with the center of the bolt location. Attach the deadbolt plate in place using screws.

    Attaching a deadbolt properly is not difficult, but does require a few tools. Make sure that you have the proper equipment prior to attempting to install a new deadbolt. Take your time with the installation, and make sure that the holes are even and chiseled. This will ensure that your new deadbolt has the best possible fit and will work properly.

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  • How to install a Surface Mount Deadbolt Lock

    Posted on December 10th, 2013 0 Comments

    1. Choose a surface deadbolt lock appropriate for your door material. Metal door lock kits will include metal-tapping screw. Go to your local locksmith in Chicago or hardware store if you got a lock make for wood and not metal, they will decide on the appropriate screws.  
    2. Secure the location installation template to the door frame or the desired place you need to place the lock. Mark the exact location for each screw by pressing a pencil or pen at exact the location through the template.
    3. Pull the trim off the top of the lock and line the mounting holes up with the marks. Screw the mounting screws through each hole, and then repeat the process to mount the strike plate on the door trim.
    4. Place the trim cover over the top of the lock and secure it with the trim screws.

    To have a licensed locksmith company in Chicago Install a surface mount deadbolt lock contact

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