Locksmiths at Dup-A-Key Open Second Locksmith Shop In Point Loma – Part III

Locksmith Shop Shelves Ready For Install

Weston has built the shelves and the key dust partition for the Point Loma Locksmith Shop in his garage. Weston is a wood working wonder. All the shelving  turned out really nice, and it’s time to install at the Point Loma locksmith shop. Load ’em up! Move ’em out!


The Dupe Boys Nevada Truck

We are all loaded up and ready to go. Wait. Weston forgot something.wes-load-shelving-ford-point-loma-locksmith-0-webwes-load-shelving-ford-point-loma-locksmith-2-webwes-load-shelving-ford-point-loma-locksmith-3-web
This is our “Nevada truck”. It’s a ’91 Ford F150 4WD Custom short bed, with a 5.0L. This engine is nearly identical to the 302 used in the Ford Mustang. With EFI (electronic fuel injection), that’s 185 ponies. With the new exhaust system, it purrs, while idling. Mash the gas pedal, and it growls like a riled up old grizzly bear. A Nevada truck is really good at driving washboard roads, and jumping small sand piles. It has the bench seat, so your girl can sit right next to you. The wing windows are clutch for directed ventilation and the large side mirror mounts make excellent rifle rests. Where we’re from, near Reno, this truck is standard issue. You can take the Dupe Boys out of Nevada, but… wes-load-shelving-ford-point-loma-locksmith-4-web

After the shelves were installed, Weston was doing some really great hand modeling. Good form. We are ready to stack up different things.


Mahogany Countertops and Acrylic

countertop-african-mahogany-webHere is the African Mahogany we selected for the locksmith shop countertop and acrylic partition. Every time we reached for the large middle board to flip it over, a sales associate would direct us to the existence of the eight foot boards behind us. After multiple attempts, we finally got the board flipped; exposing this beautiful jewel. I think they were saving it for themselves. Soo pretty.

Weston cut the mahogany, and made the countertop and frame for the partion. He polished them up and the wood grain is so sweet. countertop-close-up--point-loma-locksmith

When he shows them to me, he starts going on about how it didn’t turn out how he thought, and it’s not lined up perfectly, and I’m like, “Shut up, dude. It looks amazing.”  Give me a break, craftsman. Weston can craft some wood. He likes to work a good hardwood. The harder, the better.


Weston is trying out different levels of happiness. Happy. Happier. Good. Now, show me ‘pouty face’.  Weston freaks out and starts yelling,”No more pictures! No more pictures!” He’s waving the drill around and pointing it at people. “Back it up! Back off!” Chill.  Photo fatigue is real.


The acrylic is placed in the  frame and the protective film can be removed. When cleaning acrylic, always remember, absolutely NO Windex. The ammonia will eat through the surface of the acrylic. Just a little dish soap.


When we first envisioned this partition, we thought we were going to have to glue two seperate acrylic panels together at the corner using the magic of capillary action. While placing our order with the plastic lady, she said we can get one piece, folded 90 degrees at the corner. Yes, please.


Wow, Weston. It sure looks great. One last thing. Register cord hole.


Locksmith Speech Inspires Crowd

With the register plugged in, the locksmith shop build is complete. Weston mounts the pony wall to give the commencement speech. He talks about himself, greatness, crushing it during the locksmith shop build, and slaying fat blue fin tuna this summer. It was very inspirational. After the speech, he jumps off the pony wall, rocking air guitar while making guitar sounds and head banging. Everyone is cheering and jumping up and down. It felt like the intro to Enter Sandman. In a large voice he proclaims, “Let’s cut some keys!” Then he shreds more air guitar and we all join in, with more air guitar and some head banging. It was epic.



If you need locksmith service or key duplication, give Dup-A-Key a call at 619-738-8161. Our Point Loma locksmith shop is located at 3675 Voltaire Street on  the corner of Poinsettia, across from the public library. We’ll see you there!

Locksmiths at Dup-A-Key Open Second Locksmith Shop In Point Loma – Part II


The paint job is winding down and we are glad it is almost over. The trim turned out nicely and and we can now focus our attention on the final sections of the installation. vince-shaking-paint2

I forgot my work shoes and refused to get my Adidas messed up. I’m weird about shoes. I also don’t like wearing one brand of socks with a different brand of shoe. Cross branding is wrong.  Unless it’s Puma, or some other lame brand no one cares about.

These vents had to be sanded down pretty far. Some yahoo decided to use a paint brush on them and the paint drips were hideous. We sanded them down to the metal and spray painted them, like a normal person would.

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The security screens for the windows and doors were next.

If someone would have quoted over a thousand dollars for these screens I would have laughed out loud… until we built them. They were very labor intensive. I sunburned my leg arc welding in shorts. Tip of the day. Don’t arc weld in shorts. Then we sanded them down for paint. weston-sanding-security-screens screen-cleanup-preppoint-loma-key-weston-painting-screen-behind-piratepoint-loma-key-weston-painting-screen-behind-monkeypoint-loma-key-weston-painting-screen-behind

Weston hung the screens in his garage to spray them. He put plastic wrap around the walls. It looked like a scene from the show Dexter. Creepy.weston-securing-screensweston-securing-screens-corner-frontInstalling custom screens from scratch is a long, tedious process, and I would not wish this fresh hell on anyone. There are people set up to do these. My recommendation is, pay them what they want, and move on.

Next, came the pegboards. We used to use the grey pegboard that you could only get at Lowes, but it has been discontinued, and the interweb wants too much money for them. Natural looks good and the paint won’t scrape off of them like the gray ones.

weston-pegboard-drillweston-rag-pegboarddiego-drilling-pegboard-lookingdiego-drilling-pegboarddiego-smiles-pegboardWith the first part of the pegboard up, we start hanging keys. Well, Diego the Rook, hung keys. Get to work, Rook. Even though the Rook doesn’t know a damn thing, Diego has been a big help. Attitude is everything. PMA, all day!


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We moved on to the signs after the screens were completed. Here’s Weston giving me the ‘thumbs up’ as we hang signs. Thanks, Wes. The sign install went pretty well. The key to sign installation is measure once, and then again, and one more time. Get it wrong and it’s a three vince-measuring-signshundred dollar mistake, or it looks like hell. We got the plastic from ePlastics aka Ridout. They’ll cut straight lines to whatever you want, but if you want curved lines, it was kind of pricey. It’s just a plotter with a high speed cutter attached to the arm. I don’t have one. Pay the man. vince-hanging-locks-sign-wes-watching

We took the acrylic to a sign guy and he used his super expensive plotter with a blade attached to the arm to cut out the lettering and designs.  I have learned from past mishaps to let them apply the vinyl to the acrylic. It looks better. If it doesn’t, it’s their mistake, and you don’t get charged for the extra vinyl. Plus the frustration, the cussing, and the driving back and forth. Believe me. It’s worth it.

locksmith-workbench-install-point-lomaweston-sweeping-after-key-signsvince-drilling-large-locksmith-shop-signvince-drilling-large-locksmith-sign-squareHey, it’s starting to look like something in here. Time for the locksmith sign on the storefront. It is super important to apply blue tape where you’re going to drill your holes. If you don’t, there is a good chance you will chip your sign, and it looks like crap. You also want to make sure your drill bits are super sharp and start off small and work your way up to the correct diameter. If it chips, no one will probably see it, or it won’t be that noticeable.  You’ll know. You’ll have to walk by it every day at work and look at it. Annoying.

Here’s me and Diego hanging the sign. He wanted to do it, but I vince-and-diego-hanging-locksmith-shop-sign-1000told him if I messed it up, he wouldn’t get yelled at. Then he called me a drill driver hog, and I made him hold the screws.

We are excited about our new Dup-A-Key Point Loma Locksmith Shop and can’t wait for summer to heat up, so we can put it through its paces.

Not before we hit the ocean. The blue fin are hitting right now,  we need to get some time in. Fish on.


Part III, the final chapter of the Point Loma Locksmith Shop Build 2016 is coming soon. Stay tuned.





Locksmiths at Dup-A-Key Open Second Locksmith Shop In Point Loma – Part I


A friend stopped by my house in March, after the construction of the Point Loma locksmith shop was over.  We hadn’t seen each other since Halloween, but he had heard the new key shop deal in Point Loma happened.  “So, how’d it go?”, he asked.

How’d it go? I thought for a moment. How’d it go. Could I describe it in words? One came to mind. Hurricane. It was like being spun around on a merry-go-round until your grasp fails. When your fingers slip, your’re violently thrown off;  tumbling across the ground. While lying there, you finally open your eyes. The sky is spinning above you, as you try to catch your breath. Your so tired from being spun around, and you can’t wait to go again.  After a moment of reflection, I said, “Fine. It went fine.”

Yes, it went ‘fine’, but ‘fine’ doesn’t really say it.  Let’s start from the beginning.

When the summer beach locksmith calls wind down, we start looking at our power tools. We start thinking about what we can build with them. The slow season is like cabin fever for us. If we don’t start a new locksmith project, we will tear ourselves apart. Without purpose, I start pacing and yelling at the TV. Weston wanders.

new-makita-redWhat should we build? Last year was the Eco Trike. That was a blast but not really a full blown project. It was more like pimping a ride out. We needed something bigger. Something to test our mettle. We wanted another key shop and we knew we wanted it in Point Loma. It had the most boats. We love boats.

So we start looking around, scouting the city streets, looking at spots, looking for open angles, searching for a good run. RECON! We call it RECON. It sounds cooler.  Driving around, looking at traffic centers, ebb and flow. Looking at property. Always asking the neighbors what’s up. They are usually quite candid. It has saved us many scalpings, at the hands of shady property management agents. Ask them about a lease hike. I’ve seen many businesses scramble after the lease runs out and the landlord jacks the rent. A shady practice we’ve witnessed up and down Garnet Avenue. There were some stinkers out there.

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Then we found it. To point-loma-locksmith-vince-smilebe fair, Weston found it. He was looking at another unit on the property and the property owner said that he didn’t think the spot would work. There was a therapist  down the hall and the sounds of the key machines would disturb her business. Then he says he might have a better spot. He sure did. The front space looked like the right size and the backroom was perfect for a desk, a couch and some storage. We knew when we saw it that we wanted it.

We are digging all the succulents. The sun doesn’t crush us and the plant life is very entertaining. These shots were taken right after Wes taped down the rosin paper and stripped the outlet covers.

With our target acquired, we started to prep for the build. Now we were really riled up. We have to build this Point Loma key shop and it has to be online before next summer. While building it, we have to run the locksmith shop that we had already built in Pacific Beach. The winds of change start to spin around us in circles; the beginning of the hurricane that’s sure to come. Purpose. What a rush.

point-loma-locksmith-door-removedWe had to get rid of this adjoining door in the front room. So, first Weston ripped out the door and all the drywall, and then put a support through the old entryway.

sound-board-half-with-insulation Then we had to put up the insulation. It took very little time at all to realize that the neighbors could hear us bad mouthing them through the wall, so we put up soundboard after the insulation.  After tsound-board-done-with-ladderhe sound board was up, it was time for a short jam session and then, hang the drywall. The wall looks great and the neighbors seem pretty stoked; not having to listening to everything we say, play, and do. Everyone needs their own space. drywall in wallpony-wall-2 After the wall was blocked off, it was time to build the pony wall. We needed to define our workspace while keeping the room open. The pony wall would have a plexiglass partition on the top of it to keep the key dust  contained and give the techs room to work.point-loma-locksmith-shop-paint-rosinNext came the paint job and trim. First, we painted everything white. painted-point-loma-locksmith-stationThen we started in on the trim for the displayboards and walls. This took a while. We needed at least two coats of paint for it to really pop.
point-loma-key-vince-bottom-side Here I am protecting my lovely locks from the red paint. People have asked how I keep my Shirley Temple curls looking so fabulous. The secret. Biolage, people. It’s the bomb. If it frizzes, I use Mixed Chicks to tame it. Not a Wen fan. Not a fan of blow drying. Love the Wet Brush. Just saying.point-loma-key-display-boards-red-trim-drying

point-loma-weston-paint-reflections This is when the real burn comes. We’re managing the PB key shop and moonlighting at the Point Loma build. Weston is the daily driving force on the build. I am mostly minding the Pacific Beach store and managing the road calls; then jumping in when it slows down. Weston is a trooper and even though it’s a grind, he still has a smile for the camera.  point-loma-weston-paint-good-effortThe lighting turned out well and lit the display boards perfectly.point-loma-key-track-lightingWhy join the Navy, if you can be a pirate? – Steve Jobs  Aargh!vince-red-trim-paint-brush

The display boards are done and look great. Weston has really outdone himself this time. He tore through this locksmith build and since we used our own elbow grease, kept us well under budget. We look pretty haggard. It’s not over yet. Not even half over.  Keep going. If it wasn’t hard, it wouldn’t be worth it.point-loma-key-dup-boys-selfie-onStay tuned for the rest of the Point Loma locksmith build. We are excited about our new Dup-A-Key Point Loma key shop and can’t wait for summer to heat up. We can put the shop through it’s paces and get back to running and gunning beach locksmith calls.