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Since 1992, owner operated Advanced
Locksmith has set the standard for reliability and service in Texas'
Brazos Valley. Advanced Locksmith offers very competitive prices
for a full range of high quality services. There are no extra or hidden charges, such as
for service calls or "after hours". You can expect the same low
price all the time, evenings and weekends included. I am usually able to perform the task
when called and rarely have to schedule at a later date. Also,
when I say I'll be there in 20 minutes, I mean within 20 minutes or
less and am not just saying that to keep you from calling
elsewhere. Other companies that do business like that makes us
all look bad. I guess they don't care if they get your repeat
business. A large portion of my work comes from satisfied
customers recommending me to their friends and giving my cards
out. I don't bother with radio or television ads because word of
mouth is the best advertisement by far.
A little about me...
My name is Gerald Mitchell and I am a
second-generation master locksmith servicing the field since
1965. Over the years, I have developed a wide knowledge base or
automotive, residential, commercial and detention locking
systems. I have received awards from TLA (Texas Locksmith
Association) and from ALOA (Associated Locksmiths of America). I
served as Educational Director for the Dallas Locksmith
Association. I also have a formal degree from Texas A&M
University in Physics; Gig' Em. So far, no locking systems out
there have posed a challenge. Even the high security
transponder systems in cars are easy to understand and work on.
I am extremely picky about the quality of my work
and will not cut corners or use inferior locks and parts. When I
rekey a house, I don't just change the working key, but make the locks
work correctly. First I set the door so it closes properly.
Then reset the keyset keepers so the latches catch correctly and hold
the door tight. Next I redrill the deadbolt holes in the frame if
not deep enough and set the deadbolt keepers with three inch screws to
make sure it is solidly secured. It doesn't do much good to rekey
if you have no security because nothing works properly.
When I replace lost keys for a car, I make the keys
to the factory specifications whenever possible. I either
retrieve codes or decode the wafers and very rarely have to make the
keys by "impressioning" methods. Locks in most cars since the
late 80's have serrated wafers to make them pick resistant. These
wafers are weak and can bend under the pressure of impressioning.
Also, impressioning produces keys that don't work very well to begin
with and copies of them sometimes don't work at all. I believe if
you are going to spend your hard earned money to have lost car keys
replaced, then they should be to the factory specs. It may take
me longer to decode your lock, but you get keys that usually work
better than the ones that were lost. I also write the key
information on the back of a card for you to keep in case it happens
again. No sense in not saving that info and having to go through
all that again, especially when you can get another regular key made
from that info for about $20.