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Locksmiths: All of Your Questions Answered

As one of Galway's most established Locksmiths, Armour Locksmiths has installed locks in new builds, replaced broken locks, helped people access their property and, of course, given people access to their locked vehicles. That is the nature of locksmiths; we offer diverse services. Because we deal with so many different issues and interact with so many different clients, we field all kinds of questions. Despite this diversity, there are some questions we get asked again and again. Therefore, for the convenience of our clients, we have compiled some of the most common locksmith questions.

Please call us now if we haven't answered your question. Our friendly customer service team will do our best to help you out.

How much does a locksmith cost in Ireland?

The cost of a locksmith in Ireland can vary depending on the location and the type of service required. A basic call-out fee for a locksmith to come to your location can range from €70 to €100, with additional charges for cutting new keys or drilling out locks. It is best to contact a local locksmith for an estimate for the specific service you require.

Please call us today to request a free, no-obligation and fully customised quote for your locksmith requirements.

What does a locksmith do?

A locksmith is a skilled professional who specialises in installing, repairing, and maintaining locks and security systems. They can work with a variety of different types of locks, including traditional mechanical locks, digital locks, and biometric locks. Some of the services that a locksmith may provide include:

  • Installing new locks on doors and windows

  • Repairing or replacing broken locks

  • Cutting new keys for locks

  • Rekeying locks (changing the internal mechanism of a lock so that it works with a different key)

  • Installing and maintaining security systems, such as CCTV cameras and alarm systems

  • Opening locked doors or safes when the key is lost, or the combination is forgotten

  • Making duplicate keys

Locksmiths may also provide services to commercial and industrial clients, such as installing master key systems, high-security locks, and access control systems.

How does a locksmith open a door?

There are several methods that a locksmith may use to open a locked door, depending on the type of lock and the situation. Some standard methods include:

  • Pick the lock: This involves using specialised tools, such as lock picks and tension wrenches, to manipulate the lock's internal components and cause it to open. This method is often used when a person has lost their key, and the lock is not damaged.

  • Bypass the lock: This method is used when a lock is damaged or malfunctioning. A locksmith may use specialised tools, such as a lock bypass tool, to manipulate the lock mechanism and bypass the lock without damaging it.

  • Drilling the lock: This method is used as a last resort when a lock cannot be picked or bypassed. A locksmith will drill a hole into the lock and then use a unique tool to turn the lock mechanism and open the door. This method will damage the lock, and the lock will need to be replaced.

  • Key extraction: Sometimes, keys can break off inside the lock; in such case locksmith use special tools to extract the key and open the lock

  • Using specialised tools: Locksmiths may also use specialised tools such as bump keys, electric pick guns, and special lock-opening guns to open a lock.

It is important to note that locksmiths are trained professionals and will use non-destructive methods whenever possible to open a lock and avoid any damage to the lock or door.

How long does a locksmith take to open a door?


The time it takes for a locksmith to open a door can vary depending on the type of lock and the specific circumstances. A locksmith should be able to open a standard door lock in minutes. However, more complex locks or unique situations, such as a broken key or damaged lock, may take longer. It's best to contact a locksmith for a more accurate estimate of the time it will take to open your specific door.

How does a locksmith rekey a lock?

A locksmith rekeys a lock by changing the internal mechanism of the lock so that it works with a new key. The process typically involves the following steps:

  • The locksmith will remove the lock from the door by taking out the screws that hold it in place.

  • Once the lock is removed, the locksmith will use a tool called a "pin tumbler" to remove the pins from the lock cylinder.

  • The locksmith will then replace the old pins with new pins that are specific to the new key.

  • The lock cylinder is then reassembled and placed back in the lock.

  • The locksmith will test the lock with the new key to ensure it works properly.

  • It's worth noting that rekeying a lock is cheaper than replacing the lock entirely, but it depends on the lock type and complexity and age.

In some cases, locksmiths may also use specialist machines to rekey locks, which can speed up the process and make it more efficient.

How does a Locksmith open a car?

There are several ways a locksmith can open a car, depending on the type of lock and the specific circumstances. Some standard methods include:

  • Using a lockout tool: A lockout tool is a unique tool that a locksmith can use to unlock a car door without damaging the lock. It's designed to slip between the door and the weatherstripping and push the lock button.

  • Using a lock pick: A locksmith can also use a lock pick to manipulate the lock mechanism and open the car door.

  • Using a transponder key: If the car has an electronic locking system, a locksmith can use a unique key called a transponder key to open the vehicle.

  • Using a key extractor: If you break your key in the lock, a locksmith might use a key extractor to remove the broken piece of the key.

The method used will depend on the type of lock and the specific circumstances of the lockout. A locksmith will assess the situation and determine the best action.

Do you still have a question about locksmith costs or the process? Then please get in contact with our Galway offices today. We are available to clients all over Galway city and county.

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