Pacific Beach Locksmiths Install San Diego Mobile Locksmith Truck Hardware

The 2015 Dup-A-Key Spring Locksmith Build in Pacific Beach continues and the NV locksmith truck is looking good. With the shelves configured and fitted it is time for paint.nv-toolboxes-paint-prep

Here is  Weston putting a fresh coat of paint on the shelving unit. nv-toolboxes-paint-wes

nv-toolboxes-paint-wes-2 Look at his wide paint stance and excellent form. Weston opts for the black protective gloves made by Raven because he says they look cooler. Now using his mad paint skills for good, not evil; his Mom is so proud.

After the paint fumes subside, we are ready to mount some toolboxes. nv-install-vince-drillHere are the Dupe Boys drilling holes for the mounting brackets and points.N-toolboxes-install-wes-drillNext, is the fabrication of  the toolbox mounting brackets themselves. Here is Weston bending the mounting brackets.nv-mount-bend-wes-2propane-closeup

He heats the metal up so it is easy to bend and the steel doesn’t break.nv-mount-bendmounts-ready-for-paintNice job, Wes! Those brackets are looking good. Let’s install those bad boys. nv-toolbox-mount-rightnv-toolbox-mount-leftThey went in really nice and the NV locksmith truck is ready for wiring and table tops. Looks like it’s time for Dup-A-Key locksmith decals as well. nv-toolboxes-mounted-2 nv-toolboxes-mounted-rear-viewIt feels like summer is already here and our Dup-A-Key locksmiths are looking forward to a great season popping locks and making car keys in San Diego in our new ride.  Stay tuned to our San Diego Locksmith Blog as our 2015 Spring Locksmith Build continues.


The New Slick Lock Puck Hasp Design Reduces Install Time and the 360 Spinner Sleeve Prevents Force Attacks

NV-slick-locks-corner-shotThe 2015 Locksmith Spring Build marches on at the Pacific Beach Dup-A-Key Locksmith Shop. The Dupe Boys have installed their new Slick Locks mounting brackets and American Lock puck locks with the Slick Locks 360 Spinner and we are really happy with the easy install and low profile design.

slick-lock-frontCheck it out!  We went with American Lock puck locks because of their special ribbed pin design, making it harder to pick; giving her a heightened sensation.slick-lock-driver-alone The 360 Spinner inserts have a really cool design. They reduce the chance of a forced attack, by making it difficult to get a solid grip on the puck lock.
slick-lock-driver-handSlick Locks 360 Spinner design turns the locks into a rotating bearing that prohibits locks from being forcefully twisted off. It will just spin.slick-lock-hand-keyPretty neat. It has a split ring insert to install on the front of the Slick Locks 360 Spinner. It keeps the American Lock puck in place. Sweet looking lock.slick-lock-hand-reverseThe back of the lock looks like this. The spinner is recessed behind the puck lock, making it resistant to prying the spinner lock guard off. NV-slick-locks-rear-door-bracket-2Check out the mounting bracket hasps. The hasps install where the latches mount on the doors. These are the rear barn door brackets.NV-slick-locks-side-door-bracketCheck out the side door hasps. They bolt right into the current mounting brackets. Yes, I photshopped out the VIN to our truck. Stamp tool.hasp-driver-sideThis latch insert style is a lot easier to install than the older style where you had to diassemble the door panel and maybe take out the seats so you could get enough room to drill the holes and install the carriage bolts for the protective hasps that went around the locks. Here is an older style example.old-hasp-designThis protective hasp provides solid protection, but it  is a real pain to install. You had to be super careful while drilling into your door panels and there are access panels that had to be made to ensure correct tightening of all the bolts. These panels had to be filed or you run the risk of slicing open your hand on jagged metal. slick-lock-hand-key-openWith the new puck locks installed, it’s time to complete the NV hardware install and reconfigure the Dup-A-Key locksmith equipment. The sun is setting on El Burro’s San Diego locksmithing rampage. You have served the Dupe Boys well, old friend. Stay tuned to our San Diego Locksmith Blog as our Pacific Beach locksmiths complete the Dup-A-key 2015 Spring Locksmith Build and prep for an excellent summer.

If you have a commercial vehicle and would like to discuss security options, give Dup-A-Key a call. We can work with you to come to a solution.


Dup-A-Key Nissan NV Locksmith Truck 2015 Spring Build

wes-nv-newThe third locksmith truck in the Dup-A-Key commercial fleet. Technically, a station wagon, this vehicle has a low profile and small footprint, but has more room inside than the other trucks. This is Weston after receiving the key truck. The new Dup-A-Key locksmith truck is sweet. This is an exciting build out for us.

We scoured the internet for the Adrian Steel tool boxes we would need for the build. Weston found them in Placentia, near Anaheim. We got a good deal on them and even had one left over for Big Red, our new beach lockout tricycle build.inside-adrian

So then comes the custom fabrication. Weston lives for this part. We put all the hardware in and make the measurements for cutting the toolboxes and fitting them into the locksmith truck. You need a certain amount of room to move around between benches. So you have to cut out around the wheel wells and tighten everything up against the wall. Here is my handiwork, cutting out a shelving unit for the work bench where the wheel well is going to be. vince-wheel-well-holesThe blue tape is there so I don’t slice my hand when the grinder kicks. Cutting commercial grade steel takes time and a few cutting wheels.

wes-mugginWes is cutting and drilling things too. He wears eye protection to protect his long eyelashes. He wants to know what’s up? Are you mad dogging him? Better not.

wes-van-goofHere is the base of the work bench ready to be installed. Weston wants to know what’s taking so long to get it in the van. I’m documenting this install, Wes. Chill.


They’re all fitted in! Time for a well deserved brewski. Looks good, Weston. Living the High Life. You are a craftsman. That top on the workench is not staying on there. It was the old one. We don’t like it. Stay tuned for the rest of the 2015 Spring Locksmith Build. We’re having fun this year building out locksmith vehicles. Vroom vroom.

Dup-A-Key Moves Beach Trike Eco Project Forward

Big Red Cruises on to the PB Scene

Safety is job 1 at Dup-A-Key. New flag and cool helmet.

We call the new Pacific Beach Key Shop Eco Support Vehicle  ‘Big Red‘, after the cinnamon gum. The Dup-A-Key Locksmiths were stoked to see the red tricycle beaming in the fresh sun of the first day of Daylight Savings ending. The world had turned. The sweet sights and suntan lotion smells of spring had arrived in Pacific Beach. Due to an unusually warm winter, the days of beanies and hoodies had never arrived. We went straight back to bikinis and board shorts and there was no complaining from the Dup-A-Key crew. Working the winter was chill and the warm winter carried the promise of a warm summer, which meant a couple things. Fish and tourist traffic would be in abundance. Money and meat. Yum.

Summer beach locksmithing has it’s own set of problems, the biggest being parking. Getting parking is a piece of cake before 10 am. You cruise right in. The parking beach dragon rears its congested head around 1:30 pm after the marine layer has burned off. The parking problem is, there is none. A Dup-A-Key penetration specialist will have a lockout call three blocks south and over two west. He gives up a coveted parking spot he wrangled earlier in front of the key shop. He gets to the call and there is nowhere to put the truck. Wall to wall traffic and a desperate circling pattern ensues. Round and around. Finally, the hazards are flipped and the truck is blocking a lane of traffic while he pops the door. Not fun for anyone. Contributing to the congestion now. He would then spend 30 minutes circling the key shop to find another parking spot. The parking dilemma  stopped the locksmith tech from being happy and productive, and burned unnecessary fuel.  This was a frustrating, wasteful problem, and needed to be addressed.

Dup-A-Keys nimble, eco- friendly, support vehicle
Dup-A-Keys nimble, eco- friendly, support vehicle before it is outfitted for locksmith service.

Enters Big Red. Dup-A-Key’s  solution to local Pacific Beach simple locksmith jobs during high traffic beach days. A tricycle could weave it’s way in and out of busy beach traffic, did not require a parking space, did not require fuel, and could be secured to almost anything. It’s service area and locksmith job scope would be limited, but with the right toolbox, it could handle local car lockouts, residential lock-picks, and simple residential re-keys. It could also be used to pick up supplies and with the right signage, is a nifty little marketing vehicle. It was an idea the Dupe Boys had deliberated on before, but had never pulled the trigger on. Then, one beautiful spring morning, the local PB bike shop, Pacific Coast Cycles opens another location next door, and outside their shop was a shiny red 6 speed tricycle for sale.  It was promptly purchased. Plans were drawn up, and supporting purchases were made. Stay tuned to our blog as this eco-friendly support vehicle is outfitted and implemented at our Pacific Beach Locksmith Shop.