Many people need to have a duplicate key for their home, office or car at some point in time. If the key is not copied properly, it can break inside the lock and not work. This is why it is important to have a locksmith who can provide duplicate keys quickly and correctly.
A duplicate key can be made in several different ways. One way is to use a key cutting machine. This machine works by tracing the shape of the original key and cutting it into the new key. This type of machine is available at most hardware stores.
Another way to make a duplicate key is by using a key punch. This method uses a special key gauge that measures the depth of each key notch and cuts it with a tool called a key clipper. It also requires a key blank, which is the pre-shaped key that is used to create the duplicate key.
Lastly, some keys can be copied by hand with a vice and file. This can be a cost-effective solution for customers who need to have their keys duplicated frequently. However, this method can be tricky because it is easy to misalign the key while filing and result in the new key not fitting into the lock.
Most importantly, it is critical that businesses have proper training and equipment for key duplication. It is also essential to keep records of all key duplication activities for security and accountability purposes.