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What do key cutting services include?
When you request a key cutting service through Airtasker, you can expect to work with an expert who can cut house, car, safe, and even security keys. While some Taskers may have you go to their shop, several may also offer mobile key-cutting services (meaning they'll bring their tools over to your location).
While the specifics may vary from Tasker to Tasker, here's what you can typically expect from a key cutting service:
The process starts with verifying your ownership of the property. Whether you're looking for house, office, or car key cutting, you can typically expect the locksmith to ask for proof that you live at that location or own that vehicle. If you're trying to duplicate high-security keys for offices or communal areas, you may also need to prove that the lock's serial number is registered under your name.
Key cutting (with an original)
It's best to have the original key on hand when getting a new key cut, as a copy of a duplicated key may not work as well.
To start cutting a new key, the Tasker takes a blank key (a flat metal blade) and runs it through a key cutting machine. This machine shapes the blade to make it match the original key.
Key cutting (without an original)
If the original key is lost, the locksmith may use a key code. This set of numbers dictates the placement of the pins inside the key cutting machine. It will then cut the keys based on this key code.
If you feel that your security is compromised, we recommend changing the locks instead of just getting a new key. You might also want to consider installing security measures, like CCTV.
Key cutting using a broken original
Sometimes, a key will snap or break while inside a lock or in your car's ignition. A skilled locksmith can retrieve these broken parts and use them as a basis for the new key. A nearby car key cutter may also offer mobile services, meaning they can head to your location, use the key cutting machine in their van, and provide you with a new set in less than an hour.
If you've damaged your door while trying to get your key out, you can use Airtasker to find a door repair specialist in minutes quickly.
Cutting security keys and restricted keys
Security keys, or patent-protected keys, usually need special authorization before you can ask a Tasker to duplicate them. Sometimes, you'll need to contact the manufacturer of the lock & key since they are the only ones who can legally duplicate these restricted keys. If this is the case, a Tasker may be able to help by ordering a copy of the key on your behalf (as long as you have an authorization letter).