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How long does a locksmith take to open a door?

There are several factors that dictate how long it takes a locksmith to open a door. Professional and qualified locksmiths will always attempt to open your door without causing damage to your existing door hardware.

The type of lock installed on the door will decide the time required to open the lock.

How does a locksmith open a locked door?

In most cases a qualified locksmith will be pick the door lock. A basic lock cylinder should be fairly simple job for a trained locksmith to open, however a high security lock may require specialist tools and will take a lot longer to open. If the lock has been damaged it may not be possible for the locksmith to pick the lock.

How long does it take a locksmith to open a door?

It can take anywhere from 7 seconds to 45 minutes for a locksmith to pick open a lock. In most cases a locksmith should be able to unlock most doors in about 10 minutes. This is affected by the type of lock installed in the door. Speed of the gain entry is dependent if there is a single lock on the door or if there are multiple locks installed which require unlocking to enter the premises.

Has the lock been installed upside down?

This can make the job take longer and complicates things. The increase of anti-bumping and anti-picking components in locks being widely used impacts the time it takes for a locksmith to open the lock without causing damage.

When will a professional locksmith drill out the lock?

Qualified and professional locksmiths prioritise opening a lock without causing damage. Sometimes however, locks are un-pickable. If the lock has a faulty spring a professional locksmith will be unable to pick the lock and it will need to be drilled out. If for some reason your lock is faulty or un-pickable the locksmith will be able to replace the cylinder of your lock and provide you with a new key.

Call Temple Locksmiths and Security for all your gain entry requirements.

Mischa Temple

Mischa Temple

Our founder Mischa Temple, who many years ago completed his 4-year apprenticeship in Locksmithing and Engineering, became a fully qualified locksmith and now, with expert experience, up-to-date training, and industry association membership, has lead Temple Locksmith’s team since 2016 with a hands-on approach offering tailored and personal solutions to our many and varied customers.
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