The One Manly Chore You Should Leave to the Professionals

It goes without saying that there is nothing manlier than knowing your way around the toolbox. It is not just about saving time and money, but about being self-reliant, which is truly an idea that is difficult to top. However, some skills are simply out of the league for a layman and fixing your own lock is one of them. The lock mechanism only appears to be simple, but there are dozens of complications that can occur if you try to meddle with it on your own. This makes it into that one manly chore you should always leave to the professionals. Here are few additional reasons why.

So Many Things Can Go Wrong

There are so many things that can go wrong with your lock that it would take you years of experience in this field just to learn how to identify them properly. Sometimes the key turns but the door won’t unlock, at other times it gets frozen, then there is the issue of the entire cylinder turning which is yet another problem to look out for. Needless to say, each of these problems requires a different approach (sometimes even a different set of tools), which further complicates things.

Failure Can Have Serious Repercussions

Of course, fixing the lock may not be as dangerous as working on your electric grid (the greatest physical danger is cutting your finger on a sharp part of the mechanism), but failing to fix it can have serious repercussions. For example, you could lock yourself out of your home or get stuck inside just before you need to go to work. In other situations, your lock remains broken during the whole day, which means that the doors will remain unlocked even while you sleep. Sure, you may be ready to protect yourself and your family against a home invader, but taking this unnecessary risk is never worth it.

You Don’t Have the Right Tools

This is true for most malfunctions in your home, since your tools will never be of equal quality as those held by a professional handyman. The greatest difference is that every household needs to have at least basic plumbing and home maintenance tools, but the same could not be said about lock-fixing gear. Since the price of acquiring necessary tools would on its own be enough to dissuade most people from trying to pose as amateur-locksmiths. It is much easier, not to mention more frugal just to have professionals do this for you.

Making a Contact

The world is becoming progressively less safe to live in. This is why, you need to make a contact with a reliable locksmith near you as soon as possible. Even if you can do some minor fixes on your own, sooner or later you will want to do something more complicated. When this happens, you won’t know who to trust. So if you live in Eastwood area it would be far better to contact a professional locksmith from Eastwood to do a minor fix for you so you can evaluate them before you need some serious work done. Sure, as a layman you won’t be able to tell exactly what they did, but you will see how quickly they arrived and fixed the problem.


It is clear from all of this that fixing a lock is one chore you may want to leave to a professional rather than meddling with it on your own. It goes without saying that your DIY repairs may make things worse, which will result in lengthier and pricier intervention later on. For all of the aforementioned reasons, this is that one manly chore you simply shouldn’t mess with on your own. Let someone else do it instead.


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Comment by Martin E. Wagoner Jr. on February 3, 2017 at 12:51pm

My dad never taught me how to fix things as a child or teenager. He worked construction for the majority of my childhood, so the last thing he wanted to do when he got home was to teach me how to repair plumbing, drywall, etc. He did instill in me a great respect for the blue-collar workers like Plumbers, Electricians, Locksmiths,and the like.

He always said that he would much rather find a respectable tradesman to contract with. That way he could feel like his money was going to support someone and their family.   

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