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A New Perspective on SFIC Locks

SFIC cores are a type of interchangeable lock. An operating key opens the door and a special key called a control key removes the lock core from the the lock itself – without needing to disassemble the lock. The ability to remove the new old lock and put a new one in has several advantages. […]

Pricing & Qoute Policies

“Please submit a proposal” “Could you provide an estimate?” “How much will it be?” We’re asked all the time by our Cleveland neighbors to provide pricing information for locksmithing, access control, and security cameras. There are a few reasons why it’s often times complicated to provide an exact price. We’re not trying to be obtuse […]

Consumer versus Professional Grade

The proliferation of smart locks, DIY, alarms, Wi-Fi Cameras, and DIY home automation kits have had a huge impact on the industry. Many people think that The DIY market is cripplingly traditional manufacturers and installation companies. It has impacted some but it’s actually been a help for most. Many customers see items like smartlocks or […]

DIY Security Cameras & Coaxial Cable

The 2019 holiday season is full of discounts on DIY home camera systems. We recommend that everyone strongly consider using IP cameras with PoE (power over Ethernet). However, budget considerations and the inability to return a kit may result in a home owner sticking with a coax Security camera system. Here at Lock Alchemy Locksmiths […]


DIY Alarms Will Have Unforseen Consequences

There is a proliferation of new DIY alarm and security systems. Tech companies are hungry to offer yet another device and subscription service. Privacy concerns aside, there are some issues with DIY security and alarm systems. Before delving into potential issues, I’d like to state that DIY is okay. There’s nothing wrong with someone taking […]


New Profession “Tech Smith”

Professional titles help people understand very quickly what someone does. Doctor, lawyer, teacher. We know what they do. However, the term “locksmith” is quite ambiguous. The term “Locksmith” is related to blacksmith because locks and keys were forged. Creating locks and keys required the ability to heat, shape, and manipulate metals. Today, keys are cut […]


Ferrules for Low Voltage Applications

A ferrule is a metal tube crimped over stranded wire to secure the strands within a screw terminal. Electric wire ferrules are also called  electric end terminals, or bootlace connectors/ ferrules. Why am I such a fan? They’re useful They’re inexpensive They are very cool It’s very European. Call me old fashion but I think […]

Announcing Hanwha Partnership

Lock Alchemy Locksmiths and Security is proud to announce that we see now authorized dealer of Hanwha security cameras. Hanwha is a subsidiary of Samsung, the South Korean technology company. Being headquartered in South Korea offers several advantages. South Korea has been known for decades of innovation in technology, stable supply chain, and reduced involvement […]

Access Control Brand Highlight: ZKTeco

ZKTeco offers a number of quality products in different sectors. They have everything from access control, visitor management systems, metal detectors, point of sale systems, camera integration and more. ZkTeco may be an excellent choice for your access control project – especially if you are considering integrating many other options and features into your system […]

Lock and Door Challenges in Cleveland Heights

Whenever we get calls to Cleveland Heights we never know exactly what type of lock and door situation we’ll find. The lock is “old.” That could be a lot of different things. In this article we’ll talk about some of the common things we see in homes in Cleveland Heights, OH. Push Knobs – We […]