J.J. & Elaine Callari
J.J.'s Locksmith Service
Gainesville 352-336-6991
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Frequently Asked Questions
J.J.'s Locksmith Service
Gainesville, Florida
(352) 336-6991
What can I expect from the locksmith and what are the differences between locksmiths?
These are just two of the many issues that people deal with when considering calling a locksmith. This section will help to answer the most common concerns dealing with our trade. Please call us at 352-336-6991, or email us @ jjlocksmith@coxnet (no spam please) with any additional questions.
Q What does rekey mean?
A The term rekey actually has two very different and distinct meanings.
First, it means to change the combination of a lock, create a new key for the lock, thus disabling any keys previously in use.
This is done to re-secure a home or business after a change of some sort. Usually new homeowners will get their house 'rekeyed', so no one but the new owner has entry to the new home.

Businesses get their locks rekeyed when a key carrying employee has left the company or a change of owners/managers.
Only the part of the lock that takes the key inside the lock actually gets changed, and the original hardware remains unchanged.

REKEY can also mean to replace a key that was lost, stolen or broken. This is entirely different than recombinating the lock.
In this case, the original lost key would be remanufactured from scratch, and the and the combination to the lock remains unchanged.
Both services share the same term, but the actual work and charges are very different.

Q What does Certified Locksmith mean?
A A certified locksmith (like J.J.) has studied and graduated from an accredited school or association specializing in locksmithing.
By working toward certification, the locksmith learns the history and principles of locksmithing, in order to be as prepared as possible before entering the field.

He has then developed a universal understanding of how the locks and keys work, and the various conditions that may affect their performance and repair.
A non-certified locksmith can do much the same, however, he may not know or understand the principles of the locks and may be unable to correct a key or lock problem, or even properly install a lock.

Also, a Certified Locksmith continues his training throughout his career, keeping up with new products and innovations as they arise, so as to have the best and current knowledge, in order to give the best service possible.
You can see our Cerification Information on our Resume and Links page.

Q Why should all my home or business door locks use the same key?
A Law enforcement and security specialists all agree on this one, because the real issue is safety. In the event that you must get in the house quickly, it is awkward and dangerous to fumble through an assortment of keys to unlock the door.

This is especially true if one is dealing with severe or inclement weather, or being pursued by an animal, or worse, someone with malicious intent.
The idea here is to gain entry to your home or businessas fast and easily as possible.

Q What is BONDED and INSURED and what is the difference?
A Both are forms of insurance, but cover different things.
Being BONDED is when the locksmith has purchased a small bond with special conditions attached. The bonding company agrees to cover any costs due to unintentional mishaps or failures by the locksmith.
The bonding company usually requires a sworn promise from the locksmith that he is not a convicted felon, that he will not use his special knowledge for anything illegal or improper, and that he will not retain any extra key copies or other lock combination information unless authorized to do so by the owner.

Most bonding companies today typically cover locksmiths for any losses from between $5,000 to $25,000 and they have deductibles just like any other insurance program.

INSURED goes beyond the coverage of bonding and includes all the typical liability coverage used by other businesses and homeowners. General liability insurance is not cheap, but the coverage protects the customer and the locksmith. In addition, illustrates the locksmith's commitment to safety and protection.
Liability policies and coverages vary wildly, but most coverage starts at $250k, and go up to six figures depending on how much coverage the locksmith feels he needs. Certain coverage amounts may be dictated according to a company or government requirement.

Not every locksmith is bonded, and more still are not insured.
Click on the link to our Resume and Links page for more information about our bonding and insurance coverage.

Q How does the locksmith rekey my doors, and what is a 'cylinder'?
A The cylinder is referring to the part of the lock that you put your key into and turn in order to unlock the door, otherwise known as the 'key cylinder'.

This is the part of the lock that will be recombinated to the new key and must be removed from the lock to do so.
Once the lock has been removed from the door, the key cylinder is safely removed from the lock for recombinating, then reassembled and reinstalled to the door.

Entrance doorknobs have one cylinder to be changed.
Deadbolts may be keyed on the outside only (single deadbolt) or keyed on both sides (double deadbolt).
Single deadbolts count as one cylinder and double deadbolts count as two cylinders, as both sides must be changed during recombinating.

Many locksmiths only concern themselves with rekeying the locks in haste while ignoring other flaws or problems with the locks or the door that may compromise the lock and leave it unable to work properly.

When we rekeys your doors, the locks, bolts and latches are lubricated, tightened and tuned up for maximum efficiency. The hinges and any attached closers are also lubricated and adjusted.
The best door is the one that you don't notice working.

We always leave the entire door in better working condition than we found it. Any lock J.J. works on can be operated by anyone without difficulty using one of his hand-cut keys.
That's his guarantee for as long as his keys and combination are being used, throughout the life of ownership. No other locksmith company in our area offers such a guarantee.
Does your home or office deserve any less?

Q What is a key code?
A A key code contains information on how to cut or mill a particular type of key in a very particular way.
This usaully but not exclusively applies to auto and truck keys.
The key code appears as a number (4392, 10213, etc.) or as an alpha-numeric sequence (22F3, 122B625, X1562, FA1028X, etc), and varies according to what kind of key it is and what it goes to.

Many new car dealers (for their vehicles) and most (but not all) locksmiths can do this.
We no longer replace keys for vehicles, but feel free to contact us for the best method to replace your vehicle keys when lost or stolen.

Click the link below to go to our Roadside Assistance Phone Numbers page to get help finding your vehicle's key code, if it is available from the manufacturer.

There are many effective ways to replace lost or stolen car keys. Contact us for additional information about the best way to replace vehicle keys. Just click the link to reach our Contact Us Page.

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