Berkeley ca Rekey Locks Service
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Have you ever lost your house keys and been worried that a stranger could get in? Unless you’re the first occupant of the property, you never can be sure how many copies of your keys exist. Locksmiths typically charge a fee to re-key an individual lock, even when you bring it to their shop. Since most homes have multiple doors with multiple locks, rekeying can get expensive.
You can re-key a lock like a pro and at a fraction of the cost. Re-keying kits are available for most lock brands, but they’re not interchangeable. You have to buy a kit for each brand of lock used in your home. (If you’re lucky, they’ll all be the same brand!) They’re available in home centers and hardware stores and through online suppliers.
In rekeying a lock, the locksmith removes the pins and springs in the lock cylinder and replaces them with new pins and springs that work with a new and different key. Unless a lock is malfunctioning or a totally different style is desired, many locks can be rekeyed in Berkeley and kept in service, operating as well or better than ever.The most common reason to rekey the locks Berkeley is to maintain key control when there is a change in possession of a property. Key control simply means accounting for all keys made to operate the locks. Once keys are loaned out, key control is lost. Obviously, with a previously owned home, you don’t know who may have had access to the keys. In new homes, contractors have had access to the keys.
In many single-builder communities, locks are construction master keyed. While the use of the homeowner’s key may prevent the future use of the contractor’s key, there are often master pins left in the lock. Each master pin doubles the number of keys that will operate the lock. In many instances, as many as 16 different keys would operate a single home’s locks. Rekeying would remove these master pins and eliminate the possibility of another key operating the locks.
Why You Should Rekey door Locks in Berkeley CA
Rekeying your locks provides your home with a renewed sense of security, without compromising on costs or even on the sense of normalcy you have become accustomed to. It utilizes the old locks you already have in place, with no need for significant hardware replacement. As stated earlier when homeowners rekey locks, it gives them the sole key control to their property, and this in turn increases the security of their home. In most cases locks and keys can be retrofitted instead of having homeowners go out and replace the locks for their doors. Rekeying a lock basically comes down to changing the key pins within the lock mechanism so that it can work with a completely new key. Unless the cylinder itself is damaged, or if another internal component is damaged, then homeowners should be able to rekey locks.
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How to re-key a lock Berkeley ca
Tools to Rekey a lock Berkeley CA. Inside a Kwikset/Society Brass Collection Re keying Kit are the different bottom pin sizes you need to rekey a lock in Berkeley, a Key Gauge for reading the cuts on a key, a Cylinder Removing Tool (affectionately known as a “pickle fork”), and a plug follower. This is a very simple device which keeps lock parts from scattering across the room when you remove the plug (which houses the pins, and into which the key fits) from the cylinder. There are also extra top pins, springs and other parts in the kit, but you do not need to be concerned with those now.
How to Gauge a Kwikset Key
Hold the NEW key (the one with which you want this lock to be keyed alike) and slide it into the gauge. ALWAYS gauge a key from the bow
(the bow being the part you hold in your fingers) end out. To measure, position the flat portion of the first cut even with the “0” position of the gauge, slide the key toward the narrowing end of the gauge until the key stops at the correct “step”. This will always be between two numbers and the cut number is the one to the RIGHT of the key. Here it is a 3
Position the next cut and move the key down the gauge until it stops. The second cut of this key is a 2. You can slide the gauge or the key, the result is the same. The first cut comes after the shoulder next to the bow.
Do the same for the third cut which is a 4. Remember, always read
the number to the right of the key. Also, remember to read the cuts from
the bow of the key out (the bow being the part you hold with your fingers).
It’s also a good idea to double-check that you are reading the correct
cut each time. In this case, cut number four is a 6.
Finally, the last cut: a 2. So we have a key with a cut combination of
3-2-4-6-2 (if this is a UltraMax Security key, there will be six cuts
to gauge). Of course, you’ve written that down as you went along.
When the time comes, you’ll know exactly which pins to select.
Locate the special “control key” which is cut specifically for the
combination of your lock, but with a notch on the bottom of the key
NOTE: If not available, cut a blank “control key” to match
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