Just before you input the rekey locks near me search, there are basic things you should be able to do on your own to fix those spoilt rekey locks.
Before I get to that, you may need to find some information I would be sharing with you here very useful. In certain cases, you may not even need a rekey lock due to the fact that you can solve the lock issues on your own.
- 1 How much does it cost to rekey a lock?
- 2 What does it mean to rekey a lock?
- 3 Indepth Difference between replacing and rekeying your locks
- 4 Before your search for rekeys near you, check whether you have rekeyable locks in your home.
- 5 How do you rekey a lock? DIY:
- 6 1. Buy your kit
- 7 2. Remove the door knob carefully
- 8 3. Now remove the lock cylinder
- 9 4. Pull out the cylinder retainer ring
- 10 5. Now you can remove the cylinder plug
- 11 6. Remove the lower pins
- 12 7. Put the new lock key into the cylinder
- 13 8. Guide the new lock pins into the lock
- 14 Can most locks be rekeyed?
- 15 What if your door refuses to lock?
- 16 Can you change the locks on your car?
How much does it cost to rekey a lock?
If spending between $5-$20 to copy your lock key, or coughing out a whooping $50-$150 plus other dollars you will have to pay to to rekey your lock seem to be a little drop of water in the ocean for you, then just go ahead and spend the money. However if you feel this is such a big deal for me, since re-keying your locks does not mean replacing them, and you feel with the right knowledge you should rekey your lock yourself, then there may be just no need to input the search ‘rekey locks near me’ anyway.
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What does it mean to rekey a lock?
Rekeying a lock means rendering an old lock unusable by making the key inoperable and using a new key on the same old lock. Most times, people call on professional locksmith to to perform this work which will be at a huge cost to the house or office owner. Rekeying always happen in the event of theft, employee turnover, old/ worn out keys, break in, vandalism, or loss of keys.
A lot of new house owners tend to throw away the old locks of their new home and replacing with new locks when they can actually just still retain these new locks while they change the keys. Most times, old locks are usually still very much good to be used, and a lot of new house owners are not aware of this, and they therefore replace the new cheap inferior locks with the old better ones.
Indepth Difference between replacing and rekeying your locks
If you need a new hole for your lock, maybe because the hole is totally damaged as a result of broken keys, or you want something more stronger and secure because you feel the current lock in there is past the grade you would normally love, then you can just replace your locks instead of rekeying them.
The locks sets usually arrive in templates that stems over the door edges to find the centre of the hole. Sometimes, finding the perfect hole saws to DIY in replacing the locks may be a tad difficult therefore you maybe pushed into hiring a locksmith to help you with replacing your key locks.
However, if your locks are still in very perfect conditions, and you feel that spending a lot on replacing might not be the right thing to do at that time, you may just rekey your locks.
Rekeying is changing of the tumblers of a lock cylinder with a tumbler that is different from that which was there before
The act of rekeying a lock will lead to using a new key which is the effect of changing the tumblers of your lock cylinder, to open your doors.
Usually, rekeying of locks are less expensive than replacing your locks. The purpose of this post is not to advice you on contracting locksmiths or contractors to help you fix this but to see how you can DIY. All you need to do is buy rekeying kits and get it done on your own.
You need to be aware that the kits used to rekey locks are usually specific to the locks in your home, so there is the need to find out which works for your locks before purchase. Fortunately enough, rekeying kits comes with manuals which tries to explain the use of the kits and what you need to rekey your locks.
You need to know that your old key will be very important to key into the lock to pull out the lock cylinder plug, therafter the new key will be used to rekey your lock. If you have misplaced your old keys, then, you will have not choice than to hire a certified locksmith to handle the job for you.
Before your search for rekeys near you, check whether you have rekeyable locks in your home.
If you have locks that are rekeyable, like those produced by Kwikset and Schlage, then great for you, because you are lucky enough to have one of the best and flexible keying systems in your home. All you need to do is use the reset key, since these keys come in threes, two standard keys and one reset key.
You just place the reset key into the lock, such that the pins go inside a neutral position and then you reset into the new house standard keys from same key producer.
You see? Easy Peazy!
If you do not have these rekeyable locks in your home or office, then you can go through the detailed steps I will be sharing below and you may not eventually need to search for ‘rekeys near me’ afterall.
How do you rekey a lock? DIY:
1. Buy your kit
Rekeying kits are also known as pinning kits and are available in most of the stores that deal with doors. You can also make your orders for rekeying kits online. There are a lot of producers who sell online.
There are a lot of kits available for different brands and some of them can actually handle different locks from different brands, so you’ve got a multipurpose rekeying kit on your hand if you had bought one
Go for kits that have all the multipurpose tools like the ring removal, cylinder and plug follower than those kits that possess only lock pins. The latter type of kit is definitely not for you. Take note when you are ordering or buying the rekeying kits.
You can also make purchase of extra pins if there are locks to rekey than what your rekeying kit has!
Make sure the kit is from a trusted seller and will last for a very long time. Check for manufactured and expiry dates in order to know how long the kits would be useful for.
2. Remove the door knob carefully
There is a clip inside the door that holds the door knob. This can be assessed by pushing a wire into a hole. Your rekeying kit must therefore possess that wire tool for the reason of removing the door knob. Alright?
3. Now remove the lock cylinder
There is a small tube called a cylinder follower that you will push through the assembly to remove the sleeve covering the lock cylinder and then pushing out the lock cylinder itself. Got it yet?
4. Pull out the cylinder retainer ring
There is a retainer ring in the lock cylinder, use the ring remover in your kit to push out this retainer ring and keep it in a place where you will find it, because you will definitely need it when you are putting the locks together later!
5. Now you can remove the cylinder plug
Push in the key of the current lock into the cylinder and turn it (either clockwise or anti-clockwise) to pull away the upper lock pins from the lower lock pins. You can now exert pressure with the plug follower, by pushing it into the cylinder to pull out the plug.
By applying constant force on the pins, the upper lock pins and the retaining springs will be in place during the removal of the plug. There is nothing saying the springs can’t fall out anyway, all you need do is put them back together when assembling the lock again.
6. Remove the lower pins
The lower lock pins have a bullet shape, with the sharp ends making contact with the key. Just pull them out.
7. Put the new lock key into the cylinder
The will make the springs give way and help to welcome the new lock pins as they arrive into the lock.
8. Guide the new lock pins into the lock
The new lock pins should have colour codes or numbered to show which pin enters where. You may need to find tweezers or small pliers that will help you get a hold of the pins to push them into the cylinder. Please note that there is need for alignment of the pins as they are being pushed into the lock.
Just in case you realize that the pins are not coloured, you may have to second guess which pin enters where. Which means you will insert and check whether the pins fit perfectly and withdraw where you know they don’t fit, until you get the locations for the pins and work is DONE!
You can now go ahead and re-assemble your lock by putting back the cylinder retaining ring and cylinder plug earlier removed. Also replace the cylinder situated in the lock face and put it back to the door. Now you can lock in and lock out your keys to confirm whether you got it right. You need to check this to ensure that your door is can be locked and locked, and voila, that’s it!
Can most locks be rekeyed?
A lot of homes are open to using mulitple locking system, and contracting a locksmith can get very expensive. You can therefore work on your locks like a professional if you have followed the steps mentioned above.
A lot of locks can be rekeyed though, especially those from popular lock brands.
What if your door refuses to lock?
Check the striker plate of your door
This is like a brass plate, rectangular in shape that allow the striker to get, which is morticed into the door jamb. In some cases the screw would have been loose and this would make the brass plate slip out of the jamb. All you need to do is find a very good screwdriver and make the screw go back in position by tightening them up.
Close the door and check if it can lock.
If it is not working still, the slide the door open. Hit the chisel which is just beneath the door stop on the striker part of the jamb. Work on it until it comes out loose and pull it out. You can as well make use of the chisel to pull out the door stop too.
Using your pliers
You can now pull out the nails from the door stop. Insert the door stop back to the jamb, set at 1/4 inch from where it was before, there is a line in the paint where the jamb came out from. Leverage this and make it align properly to the stop and nail the side and top of the door stop back. You should be good to go NOW!
If your door is totally bad, remember that this quick fix will not work. You will need to change the lock set completely. A locksmith should be available to get this done for you. Make sure you contact a certified locksmith to get this done.
Can you change the locks on your car?
Yes, this is very possible. You can DIY the locks of your car if the door locks and the car ignition use the same key. Remember that when you replace your car lock, you may need to replace your ignition lock cylinder as well, unless you will want to start using two different keys on your car.
Have you changed your door or car lock by yourself before. Or you intend to try that now? Just go ahead and stop searching for the rekey near me when you can actually fixed your locks yourselves. Let me know how the experience was when you are done DIY.
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