Knowing how to rekey locks is a vital skill whether you recently purchased a new home and want to change the locks or you want to simplify your key chain by matching all of your locks to one key. You may always purchase and install brand-new locks when it comes time to replace the locks on your home doors. Rekeying locks can also be a cheap hobby if you enjoy a challenge, and you can get adequate Lock Picking Set at lockpickmall.com.
How replacement locks work
Typically, tumbler locks are used on door handles and deadbolts. Key pins (top pins) and driver pins (bottom pins) are a pair of pins that are used in these kinds of locks. The top pins, known as the driving pins, are all the same length. They are responsible for locking the lock without the proper key. However, key pins can be viewed as a variety of locks because they come in different lengths. The “bite of the lock” is the name of this combination. The drive pin will be pushed out of the cylinder and rotate, opening the lock, when the right key with the right notch is inserted into the lock.
What does it take to replace a door lock?
Below is a list of all the tools and equipment you will need to rekey your door locks:
New lock key
Key update kit
How to Replace a Lock
You’ll need the original key to the lock you wish to rekey in order to remove the cylinder from it. Making a new key or changing the lock entirely are your options if you lose the original key.
Remove the knob
The original key must first be inserted into the lock before being turned 90 degrees toward the slot on the door handle in order to separate the handle and cylinder from the door handle assembly. Pull the handle away from the door by applying pressure to the paper clip using a screwdriver, paper clip, or other pointed object. The key will not be turned into the proper position if the clip is not depressed. Consider rotating it the other way.
Remove the lock cylinder from the knob
To remove the key from the cylinder, first spin the key 90 degrees in the opposite direction of the first action. Make sure the key is perpendicular to the slot we compressed in step 1 if you are having difficulties removing it. Remove the lock cylinder from the handle after withdrawing the key.
Remove the cylinder retaining clip
Flip the handle over and remove the holding clip from the back after removing the lock cylinder.
Remove the plug from the cylinder
Insert the old key and rotate it 45 degrees to the left or right to remove the plug from the cylinder. Push the plug out of the cylinder using the plug follower or a ratchet socket that fits firmly against the plug; make sure the tool is tight against the plug the entire time out.
Remove the old pins from the plug
You can empty the old pins from their chambers and take out the original key after the plug has been completely removed.
Insert the new pins into the plug
you need to:
The new key you want to re-secure the lock to
(Optional) Bite code of new key from key gauge
Reassemble the lock
Reassembling the lock is done once all the pins have been changed and their height verified with a key. Reinstall the plug into the cylinder before using it to gradually push the cylinder follower out of the cylinder while the key is still inside the lock. Check that the key spins easily after inserting the plug into the cylinder, then remove the key and replace the retaining ring. Replace the key after inserting the lock cylinder back into the knob. Slide the knob back into the rest of the assembly after turning the key in the direction of the push slot.
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