Lock Re-keying Service
You might ask if it is necessary to re-key locks to a recently acquired house.
It is important to re-key your locks after moving into your new house. Although most owners think the locksmith just wants to take their money or have even been in a situation where they scammed them, it is just a precautionary measure for extra security.
In the new house, you would not know how many people have copies of the keys to your locks before you acquired the house. There could also be the possibility of the lock being master keyed if it is new or even having experienced entire reconstruction.
This makes the lock lose control of the keys used to open the said lock. The locksmith can easily remove the master key pins that were left in the locks thus making the house more secure.
An integral question to ask yourself when having problems with your lock is whether you need to change it entirely or the lock cylinder only.
This is because most of the time these locks do not need to be replaced but the key, on the other hand, may need replacement. However, if you want to have an entirely different lock or if an important part of the lock is spoilt. This is why a locksmith is supposed to present these cases to their clients.
Re-keying the lock is essentially cheaper than replacing the lock and it improves the quality of the lock. At Low Rate Locksmith, we provide these services which save you loads of money.
How long does it take does it take to re-key a lock?
This depends on the type of lock to be re-keyed. With the aid of an experienced locksmith, it can take an average of just a few minutes. Getting that lockout of the door so as to change the cylinder is the only thing that takes up more time than the rest of the process. This is because all the locks are unique. The locksmith can estimate the time they will take on examining the lock.
Is it advisable to attempt to change the cylinder on your own?
It can be very easy for an experienced locksmith especially if one happens to be aware of how the system of the lock works. However, if you make a mistake the lock can end up being destroyed and this could lead to more loss of the money you were trying to save.
This is why we provide locksmiths available to the general public at Low Rate Locksmith who will do it for you without destroying the locks.
Why You Should Rekey your door Locks?
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 residential 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.
How do you re-key a lock?
Taking the lock off of the door is the act that takes longer because of the difference in the locks so some are faster than others. This is why if you have a deadbolt lock it could be easier to remove it and to replace or re-install it.
This is because you just need to unscrew it from the door and separate the sides. You then take off the screws attached to the bolts on the door. Doorknob locks are harder to re-key.
To re-key such locks you need to use a spanner and a catching tool to remove the lock. The catching tool is to help pry the knob off the door. Before this is done you need to to make sure they are not held down by any screws.
Ensure the screws are off and then pry the knob off the lock, you do this until the hole in the knob is visible by rotating it. Insert the tool into the hole in the knob. This causes the knob to pop loose and making it easy to remove it. After this, the locksmith uses the spanner to take off the shank enabling you to access the cylinder of the lock.
On gaining access to the cylinder the locksmith removes the ring of the cylinder retainer and keeps it safe. Insert the key currently in use and turn it ninety degrees so that it opens and slides off the plug.
A key decoder is then used to find the pin easily to groove.it helps choose the right pin to insert in the plug.
It acts as a chart that helps the locksmith find the appropriate size for the new key-pins thus re-keying the lock. You need to measure the grooves of the new key by inserting the new key into the decoder.
When you are done measuring then gather the necessary pins for the new key and fit them into the plug. Verifying the pins is simple since if they are not the right size they are flushed against the cylinder. On verifying the right pins are used, they are inserted into the bible.
This is to be done with extreme caution with gentle pressure being applied to ensure the plug is inserted while the follower is being removed from the cylinder. It is done at 90 degrees just like while removing it. After re-installing the plug the retainer ring is reattached then the lock is put back together as good as if it were new.
Inside a Kwikset/Society Brass Collection Re keying Kit are the different bottom pin sizes you need to re-key a lock, 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
Before you can rekey a lock, you have to know what pins to use. For obvious security reasons, Kwikset doesn’t print key-cut combinations on the packaging. We use this Key Gauge to find the key-cut combinations. Before disassembling the lock, measure the cuts and write
down the numbers.
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 blade.
NOTE: If not available, cut a blank “control key” to match