Commercial Door Replacement

We try to avoid commercial door replacement by repairing the metal, aluminum, or wood doors you have. However, when someone uses a crowbar of some kind to break into a commercial door replacement is unavoidable. Paint your doors routinely or they will rust. Once a door is rusty and there's just no fixing rust. This is why many aluminum doors will outlast steel doors. Metal door replacement is a bulk of our business because of rust that is completely avoidable. It is not uncommon for wood...
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Quality lock hardware

There's a very large difference between the quality hardware that we install compared to 90% of the lock and door companies out there. We've been in the business for 23 years now. In turn, what this means for you is we know what lock hardware is good. We also know what lock hardware is garbage, and what quality hardware will stay on the door for 5 years maintenance-free. Most locksmith companies' primary objective is to buy low and sell high. They buy it low and sell it high. These companie...
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Changing locks or Re-keying locks

Changing locks....There are a lot of different terms that describe the same. A lot of people refer to it as rekeying. I've heard it described as we tumbling. I just call it a lock change. Essentially when we re-key a lock what we're actually doing is replacing the pins inside of the lock. So when will you say that we're changing locks, We change locks with different sizes of pins. Therefore the old key will no longer work and a new key will. The benefit to this is it's cheaper than replacin...
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Copy of our Georgia locksmith business license

Here is a copy of our state of Georgia locksmith business license. When you choose a locksmith choose a Licensed locksmith. When someone is in business they carry the necessary insurance and licensing and someone that just operates out of their car doesn't. Having a business license in the state of Georgia requires you to have no felonies on your record. If someone should say that they have a Georgia locksmith business license and not actually be one according to their business licens...
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Certificate of Commercial liability Insurance

Commercial liability insurance it's really only something that comes into play if something really bad happens. However if a door should fall and shatter on a car we have you covered. A million and one things can go wrong this is why I choose to stay covered. Unlike many we don't just have liability insurance we have workman's comp as well. If someone should drill through their hand they're covered. When you choose to do business with Northstar you're doing business with a company that plan...
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Locks are only as good as the doors you put them on.

We repair and replace a lot of commercial metal doors and here lately we've run into this particular situation quite a bit. Someone will cut a door in half at the bottom so that they don't have to open the door and trigger the magnetic alarm contact at the top of the door. What they do is just open the bottom of the door by using a grinder and a cutting wheel. Our new door has a preventative on the inside of the door that keeps this from happening but as you can see the old door they didn't hav...
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Door Closers

At the top of every commercial door there's a hydraulic device called a door closer. Door closers control the rate a door closes. They keep doors from slamming on fingers. They also keep glass from breaking from hard door slams. There are a few different types of door closers: surface mounted closers Concealed overhead closures shotgun closers Floor closers Door closers typically run anywhere $120 and in rare cases all the way up to $500 but most of them don't typically exce...
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Adding a window to a commercial door

In a commercial environment hollow metal doors become dangerous without a viewing window. How many times have you seen someone get struck by a door just simply because the person that was opening it had no idea there was someone behind it? That's why windows can be so beneficial. Even if it's a small viewing window it gives someone the opportunity to see someone coming. In hospital settings you almost always see a viewing window in most of their doors. There's just so much foot traffic that ...
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The E-plex 2000 push-button lever lock saves time and money

The E-plex 2000 push-button lever lock has become a go-to to the locksmith community for over 10 years now. It's ideal for situations where you have under 100 employees. The lock enables you to assign an individual code for up to 100 users. When you terminate an employee you just delete their user code. Making it possible to change the lock without having to call a locksmith out every time you terminate an employee. A KABA E-Plex 2000 push-button lock installed for $650.00 The E-plex 2000...
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We specialize in commercial door and hardware installation and repair

We were working on some commercial doors and hardware on the job we were on today in Marietta. We installed two half-surface continuous hinges, 5 door closers, and stabilized 8 frame legs that had become disconnected. Whereas most door companies would have replaced the doors and frames. After the door repair, We were able to extend their doors lives for at least another 10 years. This will give them worry-free operation for 10 years instead of selling them a brand new door and frame. Here l...
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Commercial lock and door repair in Marietta

We're one of the very few commercial door repair companies that work on all different types of commercial doors and locks. When these double doors started to sag they dragged threshold so they didn't close properly. This door had a push bar that had broken off and had somehow gotten lost in the shuffle. So we supplied a new aluminum push bar and installed two full surface continuous hinges on both doors. We scheduled this door repair early in the morning so that we were not underfoot. By the ...
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Worked on a few locks and doors in Cartersville

Today we did a little work on the locks and doors on the Cartersville city hall bathrooms. Bathroom doors get so much traffic that eventually the locks, hinges, door closers, and even the doors themselves fall into disrepair. These are some pictures of a very simple job that we did for Cartersville City Hall. We just simply added a few bolts and then replaced a lock. A mortise lock body that had just simply worn out over 30 years. We do a lot of work for the city of Cartersville as well as ...
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Pool gate locks and keys

Time to get the pool gates locks ready for action for this summer. Every year neighborhoods and homeowners associations change the keys on their pool gates. Is that time of year that locksmiths practically bathe in brass shavings, and we love every minute of it. Time to decide who has paid their homeowners association dues. This It's also a good time for homeowners associations to decide whether or not they would like to renew someone's ability to use the pool. Whether someone has not pa...
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Quick response is a lifestyle

Needless to say when it comes to the locksmith business or the commercial door business quick response is a must. When locked out of your house or locked out of your car or business you can't schedule that. It is an absolute emergency at times. Businesses have to open on time. People get locked out of offices that are critical to the function of not only businesses but also places like the police stations and hospitals and schools. As hard as it is to believe even business doors Just fall of...
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Safe openings

In the twenty years of offering safe service and being a locksmith for Cartersville, Kennesaw, Acworth, and surrounding areas we have opened thousands of safes. We do Sentry safes, Winchester safes, Cannon safes, Brinks safes, and probably far more Safe openings than what I could even begin to list. How much is a safe opening? This depends on the safe, but Sentry safes are $150 Some of the Cannon safes are about $200 but any safe that has hard plate will be more expensive. Hard plate is a...
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Getting your locks changed or rekeyed

I was changing some locks in Cartersville and I was speaking to a customer and evidently, a lot of people don't realize that you don't have to replace all of the lock hardware on your home anymore. You can just simply have your locks rekeyed. At a fraction of the cost. Is it less expensive to rekey locks or replace them? Most locksmiths charge somewhere around $15 per keyhole to rekey locks. After a lock is rekeyed anyone that previously had a key will no longer have an operational key. "...
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We open safes and this one in Rockmart, Ga had to be drilled.

We open safes. Here are a few of the safes we've unlocked, and serviced: Sentry Cannon Winchester Safari Amsec Fire King Needless to say, if you're looking for someone to unlock safes we've unlocked hundred of different models. The list of safes that we've opened continues to grow. We can unlock safes without a combination. Most importantly we can change the combination to your safe if you should lose an employee. We can change rotational dials to push-button dials to s...
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Master Key Systems

Master key systems, when implemented by the wrong company, can be extremely complex, confusing and frustrating. For example, we recently worked on a church in Cartersville, and I could kind of see the early signs of what I call the master key system haze. Confusion had set in. But most importantly she had at least figured out what employees were going to be given access to what areas at the church. Which is extremely untypical by the way. Master keyed lock setup Master key setup is the mo...
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Is it cheaper to rekey locks or replace them?

In short if your looking to rekey more than two locks YES! The cost of quality lock hardware has gone up significantly in the last few years and the quality has gone down, so re-keying is a great alternative. Although they may have self re-keyable locks now they simply don't hold up. Just as a precaution before I start offering a new product I always use it. The new Kwikset smart key locks that I installed on my home only lasted 18 months. The average cost to rekey locks is somewhere arou...
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Hollow metal doors with full glass installed in Atlanta

I was really excited about this particular install in Atlanta. We installed 2 new hollow metal doors with full glass, 2 new door closers, and 2 new panic bars with ADA compliant lever handles "handicap compliant". This particular opening previously had two wood doors with tiny little rectangular pieces of glass. The limited natural light made the whole hollow way very dark. This door had also started to swell "like most commercial wood exterior doors" so it was time to change the doors. The...
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