A sizable assortment of wood and metal screws can be built up by keeping the extra screws when installing a lock or hardware. Having the right size replacement screw can often save a rushed trip to the hardware store (or back to the shop), both of which result in lost time and added cost.
There are oversized screws for wood and metal applications. The threaded portion is one size larger than the head size. This way, if threads are stripped, using this larger body screw might allow tightening the head will fit into the hinge, latch or strike plate.
Lock picks are often carried in the pocket, but also can be found in the toolbox. Depending upon preference, locksmiths can carry a small unobtrusive pick set or the one hundred-piece assortment in a multiple level leather pouch. Remove the broken picks as they can be used as a tiny straight slot screwdriver, chisel or tool pick.
Re-keying pin kits can be small, dedicated kits for a specific brand that fit in your toolbox or larger universal kits mounted to your workbench. Pin kits are an essential tool for locksmith work.
A working flash light, standard or LED, provides the ability to see in confined or dark spaces, A handy addition is a headlight hat or those worn like a pair of glasses that allow you to work hands-free.
Car-opening tools are often carried in a cloth pouch or a hard shell case available from the tool manufacturer separately or as part of a package. Specific companies offer different assortments of tools to open almost any vehicle quickly and without damage. Some locksmiths prefer to make their own car-opening tools or specialty tools.
An informative car-opening manual can make the job easier and lend a more professional appearance to your efforts. Produced in varying formats, they include black and white photos on light paper to full color photos on gloss paper to informational software and CDs.
Car-opening accessories also include plastic or wood wedges, inflatable wedges and leverage tools to hold a doorframe away from the body. Protective cardboard or plastic sleeves are essential to pass a metal tool in between the glass edge and rubber weather-stripping without scratching or breaking the glass.
Automotive SERVICE TOOLBOX
Door panel removal tools, including a manual window crank removal tool, will start to fill your auto service toolbox. A choice of detailed service manuals can keep you up to date on constant changes.
To perform full auto service today, one or more programming and interrogation tools are needed. Different makes and models of cars require a variety of these tools to service everything. Transponder and standard auto key blanks, specialty lock picks, specialty decoders and automotive keying kits will be needed
Metric and SAE short and deep sockets and wrenches are needed to service certain vehicles. Steering wheel pullers, lock, key or wafer readers or other special locksmith tools will make the job easier and save time.
A simple egg timer or stopwatch will help count down the minutes to being able to retry a fitted key or re-enter a programming sequence when it has been voided by a time-out.
A code cutter or punch key machine can produce the finished key.
Normal lock installation work requires one or more drill motors. An electric or battery operated drill motor with a one-half inch chuck is still good to have as many of the installation jigs require a ½” opening to accommodate their tools.
Battery drills in use today offer the sizes, speed, torque and stamina to perform most lock installations. A fully charged standby battery is essential. Many chargers work off the 12v system in your service vehicle.
A quality set of high-speed drill bits is a must. A portable drill bit sharpening tool can save the cost of repeatedly replacing broken or dull bits with new ones. Some of these tools use a drill motor to power the sharpening process. Spade drills and hole saws in various sizes allow you to install, re-install or re-drill doors and cabinets to accept an altered style of hardware.
A torpedo level, T-square and tape measure are all basic tools that will be needed on a recurring basis. Specialty hinge adjustment tools allow re-setting or realignment of hinges while still on the door.
Hammers and screwdrivers are necessary tools for locksmiths.
Steve Young shares his top 10 tools in three categories: automotive, residential/commercial and safe and vault servicing.