Locksmiths work with locks and safes, and provide a variety of services to customers relating to these items. A locksmith may help a customer choose locks for their home or business, install locks, cut keys for locks, rekey locks, or repair malfunctioning locks and locking devices. Locksmiths also help customers who are locked out of their homes, businesses, and vehicles. Opening a lock without a key is like solving a puzzle, and locksmiths try various methods to open locks without damaging them.
The tools and products locksmiths work with range from simple locks to sophisticated locking devices and security systems. Locksmiths must be familiar with the various types of locks they may encounter in their work and stay abreast of advances in technology. They must also be comfortable using tools like lathes, grinders, and drills. Experience with carpentry and electrical work can be beneficial for locksmiths as well.
Because customers may require their assistance at any time during the day, locksmiths may work irregular hours in a variety of locations and weather conditions.