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A-Best Locksmith

Serving Normandy, Tullahoma, Manchester, 
Shelbyville, and Winchester, TN since 1989!

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A-Best Locksmith shares tips, tricks, and suggestions to help people in the Tennessee towns of Manchester, Murfreesboro, Shelbyville, and Tullahoma. Call David at 615-308-6794 if you have any questions!

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Are Classroom Intruder Locks a Good Idea?

Posted on May 21, 2019 at 3:50 PM

Classroom inturder locks, locks that can be locked in the outside by using a key in the inside, are one solution to the active shooter problem taking place in school campuses. In the even the classrooms need to be locked down because of an emergency, the teacher can take her key, insert it into the inside lock cylinder, turn it, and lock down the outside lock handle. She can do this without having to leave the room and lock the door from the outside.

Okay. The iclassroom intruder lock ...

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The Manchester, TN Fried Chicken Restaurant Manager Who Needed to be Fried - uh, ur, Fired!

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 11:10 AM

Got a call to a famous fried chicken place in Manchester, Tennessee, a few years ago. It was late, the girl, an associate manager, was pretty upset. She told me to come to the restaurant and open the office door. When I arrived, I asked her about the problem. She said her key wouldn't work. I tried the key myself, working the usual jiggly magic, and the lock would not unlock. I grabbed my long, under-the-door tool, grabbed the inside lever, and pulled. Nothing. The interior lever, which is al...

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Is There Fraudulent Locksmith Activity Going On in Manchester, TN, and Tullahoma, TN?

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 4:50 PM

It has been said to me by somebody in the click-fraud industry that locksmiths are the worst perpetrators of fraud known in the internet world.  Add to that the fact that the Tennessee Locksmith Licensing Program cannot enforce the laws for locksmiths at the present time, then you know you simply cannot go online and hire a locksmith without doing your homework.  (You do need references, don't you?)


There is a locksmith working in the Manchester, TN and Tullahoma, ...

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How Locksmith Scams Work in Tullahoma and Manchester, TN.

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 4:35 PM

If you are an individual looking for a locksmith, and if you do a search for "locksmith" in the search engines, the first things that usually pop up are paid locksmith ads.


 

(Note: People selling locksmith services pay a hefty price when you click on their ads.)


 

Most of the ads you see will advertise a low service call rate.


 

(Note: This is how you are hooked, because you are looking for a cheap locksmi...

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Chances are good you'll get scammed if you hire a locksmith from a pay-per-click ad!

Posted on March 30, 2016 at 4:30 PM

If I were a criminal locksmith working Manchester, TN or Tullahoma, TN, and I wanted to use expensive pay-per-click ads as my sole avenue of income, here's what I would do.


I would advertise a ridiculously low service call price somewhere between $10 and $19, even if I had to pay $30 for the click. This way, I would get the click and the phone call from a prospective customer.


I would tell the customer that the service call was $19 and assure him the labor...

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Don't Damage Your Car by Using a Crow Bar!

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 11:10 PM

I got a call from a woman in Tullahoma, TN.  She wanted me to open her car.  She called me after she had taken a crow bar to the top of the door.  Luckily, she stoppped using it when she saw the paint get scratched and then notices a small dent in the roof of the car.  I would guess that little ding cost her around $400 in repairs.  She called me, and I opened her car for a very reasonable price.  Now she wishes she had never taken the crow bar to her car door!

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Stripped-Out Screw Holes?

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 11:10 PM

If you have stripped-out screw holes in your wooden doors or jambs, try inserting a wooden golf tee.  Hammer it gently unti lit fits snugly and then break it off flush with the wood.  You now will be able to insert the screw and it will hold perfectly!  Just remember not to make the golf tee too tight, otherwise, you may split the wood in the jamb.

Door Closer Leaking Oil

Posted on January 16, 2016 at 9:25 AM

If you see oil on the floor near your business door, or if you see it dripping down the door frame or down the jamb, you have a bad door closer.  The oil you see is called hydraulic fluid, and that fluid is the lifeblood of your closer.  If the closer is leaking, forget about repairing it.  It's time for a new one.  Also, if an inexperienced person has tried to adjust the settings on the closer, and has removed one of the adjustment screws too far, or if he has removed it ...

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Ice In Your Car Door Locks and What To Do About It

Posted on January 16, 2016 at 9:15 AM

The best way to thaw a frozen caf door lock is to spray warm WD-40, or other liquid penetrant of lube, into the lock then quickly nsert your key and open the lock.  You can set the can of WD-40 into a sink of hot water to get it warm - but do not put it on the stove or in the microwave!  Using a pair of Vice Grips to hold the key whiel you heat it up with a match is just plain stupid.  The key will get soft and it will bend easier or break off in the lock.  When you use wa...

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Getting a Firm Quote From Your Locksmith

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:55 AM

I received a call from a business on South Rutherford Boulevard who wanted me to change his locks.  When I arrived, he told me he just paid a locksmith $375 to change two locks.  He also told me he found the locksmith in a paid ad on a search engine.  When the business owner called the number in the ad, the person on the phone would not give him a firm price for the service he needed.  When he got the bill from the locksmith, and said he thought it was too high, the locksm...

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