Pacific Beach Locksmith 2015 Spring Locksmith Build Wrap Up

We are excited to complete our 2015 Spring Locksmith Build in time for summer action. It was a solid build and went really well. Here is Weston putting the final touches on the electrical system battery and inverter.wes-inverterDan is going to town on organizing the keys and Weston is hamming it up for the camera. Weston spearheaded this project hard but we wouldn’t have had it done in such a timely manner without Josh and Dan having our backs and supporting the Dup-A-Key team. They really stepped up and made sure the service calls got done while we pieced it all together. Go team!organize-nv-dan-wesHere is Tim Steen putting the decals on the truck. He did a wonderful job on our truck, making sure the spacing was correct and the seams clean.tim-app nv-right-side-done nv-rear weston-watching-vinyl-appSummer is here. Our new Pacific Beach locksmith truck is online and school finals are wrapping up. The fuse has been lit and summer is just beyond tomorrow’s big storm. Stay tuned for our wacky summer adventures!

Pacific Beach Locksmith Welcomes Dan Gruszecki To Lineup


Pacific Beach Locksmith Candidate Selection

There is nothing quite as fierce and competitive as the candidate selection of an apprentice Pacific Beach locksmith. The prospective locksmith employees withstood an exhaustive interview process. The psychological tests are particularly stressful. 

“To be a Pacific Beach locksmith, a person must possess a unique skill set and an inner strength.’, says Vincent Fisk, a locksmith trainer at Dup-A-Key locksmith. “It’s our job to weed out the unskilled and weak minded ones. I love my job.”

After the initial selection process, the remaining Pacific Beach locksmith candidates are subjected to a battery of physical and mental tests. They are pushed to the breaking point. Driving tests, typing tests, Rorschach inkblot tests, social interaction tests, and various technical exams are administered.

“It’s easy to write something on your resume.”, says Vince, grinning at me from behind a pair of blue blockers. “I see it every day. People think they can do something, so they say they have experience. There is saying and there is doing. You shake them all up and see who rises to the top.” 

Expecting Excellence

We asked the locksmith trainer why  the apprentice locksmith selection process was so grueling.

“We expect excellence.” replied Vince. “Our customers expect it and our employees will deliver it or find something else to do. It has to be that way. These San Diego streets will grind your bones if you’re not a strong locksmith. We can’t afford to put a barney out here. They’d be mangled.”  

It is this steady focus on customer service and aptitude that has been the key to this Pacific Beach locksmiths’ meteoric rise in the San Diego locksmith scene. 

It comes down to the final three candidates and they are put in the locksmith shop for a day to work side by side with the other locksmiths. Unfocused and combative candidates are removed. ” We need to see if they can play nice with the other locksmiths.”, explains Vince. “We’re a team at Dup-A-Key Locksmith Shop and you need to fit into that equation or you won’t be part of our locksmith crew.” locksmith-key-copy-pacific-beach

It comes down to two candidates and the whole team is there discussing strengths and weaknesses. It is a tough decision. There is some strong language. A choice is made.

Dan Gruszecki is newest Pacific Beach Locksmith

Dan Gruszecki is handed the title of apprentice locksmith for Pacific Beach. If you see Dan in the Pacific Beach locksmith shop, congratulate him and wish him the best on his journey to locksmith legend. His great attitude, dexterity, and ability to learn new tasks quickly has earned him a spot on the Dup-A-Key Locksmith lineup.

Dan will work with you to come to a key solution.
Dan will work with you to come to a key and lock solution at Dup-A-Key Pacific Beach.


Ocean Beach Locksmith – Car Keys


Ocean Beach Car Keys and Car Openings

Ocean Beach Locksmith

If you live at the beach, you know how the ocean waves can steal your keys, or the sand at the beach will hide them. If you have lost them to the sea, and there are no spare keys  back at the pad, give us a call. We are local Ocean Beach locksmiths that can open your car to retrieve your keys or make a new car key from scratch.

Ocean Beach Car Keys Made At Your Location

Our Ocean Beach locksmith makes a variety of different types of car keys.transponder-car-key-3

Transponder Chip Car Keys

Ocean Beach locksmith technicians can make a wide array of transponder chip car keys at your location. Towing can be expensive and sometimes your vehicle is in a location where you can’t get a tow truck close enough to drag it out. Our Ocean Beach locksmiths can come to your location and make a programmed car chip key while you wait. There is no need to tow it to the dealer when you can have a key made at your house. If you are in Ocean Beach give us a call. 858-750-2224


High Security Remote Head Keys

Ocean Beach locksmith technicians can also make the fancy high security remote head keys for keys that have all the buttons, bells, and whistles. We can make these car keys on site at your vehicle so you don’t have to tow it. If you just need a duplicate, come by our shop and we can make a copy of your key and program it to your car while you relax in our waiting area or you can drop it off and shop at the many stores near our locksmith shop in Pacific Beach.

Our Ocean Beach locksmith technicians are stationed in the San Diego coastal communities and can usually be to your car or truck in a flash.

Ocean Beach Cars Opened

We can open your car if the keys are locked inside and we can make a new car key on the spot. We open trunks when the keys are locked inside. We also unlock hard to open European cars.

Give us a call for a quote. 858-750-2224. Visit our website at

Broken Keys Replaced in Pacific Beach


Your key is broken. Don’t panic. If you freak out and start sticking things into the lock there’s a good chance you may push the broken key in further, or you may damage the lock. A few good decisions now can save you time and money.

Step 1:  A few deep breaths.

This isn’t the end of the world. This is just another part of your misadventures in life. You’re going to get through this.  Money can fix this. Don’t spend too much. Don’t start blaming people for breaking your key. Your better than that.

Step 2:  Call for a quote on your broken key issue. 

Believe it or not, keys break every day. A good locksmith is trained on how to remove them. The key is finding one in your area that can help you at a reasonable price.

Ask some questions of the person on the phone. Is there a shop that I can bring the pieces of the key and have them made? What are your shop hours? If I tow my car to your shop is there a place to park? Are there additional charges if you go out to the car? Does that price include parts and labor? Are you going to act stupid and jack up the price when you get here?

Figure out what your getting into. You need the whole price over the phone. Then you can proceed. You know what to expect. You are in charge of your life. Making good, calm choices usually saves time and money. You got this.

Step 3: Get the right help for your broken key situation.

Instead of requesting mobile locksmith service out to your location, you can usually get a better price if you can bring the pieces of the key into the locksmith shop. If you bring both pieces of the broken key into the shop, we can cut a key back to factory specifications while you wait.

Sometimes that is not an option. If the key is broken in the ignition of your car, we can come out to where your car is located and take care of it on site. If it is a broken key in the door to your house or office, we can come out to your location and make a new key on site.

If you need help in San Diego, California, give us a call at 858-750-2224. We have a locksmith shop in Pacific Beach at 1478 Garnet Avenue. We have mobile locksmith service as well. We can help you find the right solution to your broken key woes.

Check out this video we made on broken keys. It describes broken keys in depth.

Laser Cut Key Duplicates in Pacific Beach

My car key is fancy. Bring out the LASER!

Car keys today are high tech devices. They usually have three systems working in sync to ensure your security and safety. There is the keyless entry remote section, for arming and disarming the alarm, and actuating the locks. There is the transponder chip system, which works with your car’s computer. It disables starting the car, if the chip codes don’t match up. Last, but not least, is the high security LASER cut key.


This key requires special equipment to cut the key, but there is no high intensity  laser melting metal involved. These keys are cut using a side milling cutting machine. It has a tracer arm and a metal bit arm that looks like a stubby drill bit. After you set the correct cutting depth, this metal bit will mill the side of the key blank, cutting grooves into the metal.


When we duplicate these laser cut keys, we trace the edges of your original key and it cuts the new key on the other vise. Its important to calibrate the depths correctly so the new key moves freely and actuates the lock easily.

We also have key equipment to originate high security keys from scratch, or read the cuts of an old, worn out high security key and cut it back to new, factory specifications.laser-cut-key-dan-g

At our Pacific Beach locksmith shop, we can duplicate and program your laser cut key, or cut a new remote head shell, if your car key casing is

Surf Keys – Laser Cut Key

We also make surf keys, for people who want to be able to take a door key in the water and leave their fancy electronic key locked in the glove box. A better alternative to hiding your key in the sand or in your car’s wheel well.


Come in to our shop at 1478 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109.

Give us a call at 858-750-2224.