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When you move into your first house, you might be tempted to order new furniture or carpets for your place instead of attending to more important matters. Unfortunately, if you overlook home security, you might be left wondering if your family is safe while you are away. As a lock enthusiast, I always tell new homeowners that the first thing they should do is to rekey their entire house. Believe it or not, the process is relatively inexpensive and easy, so you won't have to worry about breaking the bank to protect your new investment. Read my website to find out more.

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Locked Out Of Your Car? Here Are Two "Tricks" That Just Won't Work!

by Katie Davis

If you find yourself locked out of your car and turning to the Internet for some tricks to get your door open, you'll see plenty of information. Unfortunately, a lot of that information is pretty misleading. If you try some of these, you're only going to end up wasting your time. Here's a look at two of the most common "tricks" for unlocking a car door, and why they just don't work.

Busted Trick #1: Using Your Cell Phone to Call Someone With A Key Fob

The story behind this trick is that you can call someone on your cell phone while the person on the other end presses the key fob for your car. If you hold your phone up to your car door, your car will pick up the signal relayed from the fob, and your door will unlock. Unfortunately, this trick couldn't be more wrong. Your car's key fob works on a RF (radio frequency) signal that's in the 300 MHz range, while your cell phone operates on a 800 MHz range. If car key fobs worked via a different frequency, this might be feasible. But with today's technologies, it's just not possible.

Busted Trick #2: Squeeze A Tennis Ball With A Slit Directly Into the Lock

The "reasoning" behind this story is that the compressed air coming out of the tennis ball is enough to open the lock mechanism. But car door locks really don't work like that. In fact, you won't even be able to get enough air pressure to open the cover of the lock, much less the components inside. You could never get enough air pressure to disengage a lock. The professionals on Mytbusters tackled this one, and not only did their test fail, but it failed under much better circumstances as well (with a perfectly closed seal and air pressure from a machine much higher than a tennis ball could produce).  

If you find yourself locked out of your vehicle, don't waste your time with these tricks! The best course of action is often to just call a professional, such as ARC Locksmith Service. Instead of spending your time trying to call someone at home, or puffing air out of a tennis ball, just let someone who knows what they're doing handle things. They have the tools and the talent to get the job done quickly (usually within a minute or two), and get you back on the road.