Locks Rekey – What Is The Meaning, How We Rekey Locks, When Should You Rekey Your Locks & More!

Rekey Kit For High Security Locks - Unique Keyway To Rekey

Rekey Kit For High Security Locks – Unique Keyway To Rekey

 

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In this article:

 

Rekeying a lock – General explanation & introduction

What a locksmith actually do when he rekey the lock?

When should I rekey my locks?

What to tell a locksmith for home or business when you need to change or rekey your locks?

How long does it take for a locksmith to rekey a lock?

What is the cost to rekey a lock?

When can locks be rekeyed to the same key and when they must be changed?

What is the difference between locks rekey and locks replaced? What is better for me, to rekey my locks or replace them?

Can you rekey locks at Home Depot or Lowes?

Is it cheaper to rekey or replace locks?

Can you rekey high security locks?

 

Introduction:

Handle Lock Rekey - You Can Keep The Same Handle, But Have a Different Key

Handle Lock Rekey – You Can Keep The Same Handle, But Have a Different Key

New homeowners, customers who want to change their home or business locks for better security usually wonder what is the difference between changing the locks and rekeying locks.

First, a general explanation of what rekeying a lock means.

 

When a locksmith rekey a lock –

It means that you keep the existing lock, but changing only the key.

Therefore, the old keys won’t work, but you still get to keep the same lock you had.

In addition, you can choose to have all locks operated on the same key, giving you the convenience of having only one key.

Locks Rekey

Rekey Kit Used By Locksmith

Here is a video which explains the process or rekeying a lock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci5hsXlO3sc

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When can locks be rekeyed to the same key and when they must be changed?

lock-cylinder rekey - Schlage

lock-cylinder rekey – Schlage

The only way to rekey two locks to the same key is when they have the same keyway.

The keyway of the lock is determined by the lock manufacturer. E.g. Kwikset locks and Defiant can be rekeyed to the same key because they have the same keyway.

However, when locks have a different keyway, e.g. Schlage and Kwikset, they cannot operate on the same key and therefore one of the locks must be changed.

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Kwikset Keyway locks rekey

Kwikset Keyway locks rekey

 

When should I rekey my locks?

We recommend calling a locksmith to rekey your home or business locks in the following situations:
  1. First, when you moved into a new home or business. Most times many contractors had the key to the house to perform some work and therefore it would be wise to rekey the locks
  2. Lost keys – in cases where you lost your key. Since someone may have gotten your keys, it would be wise to rekey or change the locks. A Very similar situation where someone has your password for your email account – it is a smart move to change it.
  3. Upgrade your home or business security – in cases where you are worried about your home or business security and would like to have a better security system or have better control on who has and can gain access to your property
  4. Divorce, separation, etc. – in situations of divorce, where the other party have the key to gain access, it is recommended to rekey the locks to make sure you are the only one who has the key to get into the property.

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What locksmiths actually do when they rekey the lock?

Rekey & Pick Tools Used To Rekey Most Locks

Rekey & Pick Tools Used To Rekey Most Locks

The process is a pretty simple one. The core of the lock is taken out and instead of the pins that are currently there are taken out and replaced by new ones.

Thus, the old key won’t “fit” to the new “code” created by the new pins.

A locksmith will provide a new key that fits the new code and therefore unlock the lock.

Furthermore, when the locksmith matches the key for a few locks, he inserts the same code, or use the same pins for all the locks and therefore the same key will operate them all.

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Lock Cylinder – Process Of Rekeying a Locks

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What to tell a locksmith for home or business when you need to change or rekey your locks?

First, mention the reason you want to rekey your locks. The locksmith may offer a better solution for you.

In addition, make sure to mention what type of locks you want to rekey. E.g. residential, commercial, deadbolts, door knobs, etc.

Furthermore, if you know the lock manufacture mention it as well. E.g. Kwikset, Schlage, Defiant, Yale, etc.

Moreover, discuss with the locksmith what is a better option to handle the security situation you have. Sometimes it better to change the locks or to upgrade your security system instead of rekeying the locks.

Finally, ask for a quote based on the information you provided.

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What is the cost to rekey a lock?

To rekey a lock ranges between $20-$50 depends on the type of lock, the labor involved to disassemble it and more.

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Can you give examples of locks that can be rekeyed to the same key?

Double sided dead bolt rekey - Kwikset

Double sided dead bolt rekey – Kwikset

Yes. The most common brands today in the US are Kwikset, Schlage, Yale, and Defiant. Those can be found in most hardware stores.

Kwikset, Yale, and Defiant can be rekeyed to the same key as they have the same keyway.

Schlage has a different keyway and therefore can’t be matched with these other locks.

Please call us for any additional information you need.

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Q: What is the difference between locks rekey and locks replaced? What is better for me, to rekey my locks or replace them?

A: Well, that depends. generally speaking, as long as your locks are in good shape, and operate with no problem, then there is no need to change them completely. In this case, rekeying them will be as good.

In situations where the locks don’t function well, and you need a new key we would recommend completely changing the locks.

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Q: How long does it take for a locksmith to rekey a lock?

A: The process of rekeying a lock is involved in two phases:

  1. Removing the lock from the door.
  2. Rekeying the cylinder.

For most residential and commercial door knobs and deadbolts, the process usually takes about 10-15 minutes, that of course in case you have the key to use the lock.

In cases where panic bars, push bars, and other exit devices are involved, mostly for large businesses, the process should take up to an hour.

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Q: Can a lock be rekeyed?

A: The answer is yes, depends to which key you want to match it.

For example, Let’s say that you have a Kwikset lock, and you would like to rekey it to a different key. You can do that only to another Kwikset key. This won’t work with a Schlage key. Therefore, as long as you use the same lock brand, shouldn’t be any problem.

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Q: Can you rekey locks at Home Depot or Lowes?

A: Yes. Home Depot and Lowes, as well as other hardware stores, usually can rekey your locks on site. In addition, you can purchase new locks from them, and ask for the new locks to be rekeyed to your existing home key.

Keep in mind that they only rekey most common brands and high-security keys or restricted keyways cant be rekeyed at Home Depot or Lowes.

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Can I rekey my door locks myself?

A: Yes, you can. However, you will need some special tools to do that such as rekey tools, the new key and pin kit. The total cost of these tools will be higher than just going to a hardware store and therefore we recommend you just let someone do it for you instead.

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Q: How do you remove a deadbolt lock or doorknob lock?

A: The process of removing a deadbolt or doorknob lock is the same for most residential locks.

Simply take a Philips screwdriver or flathead and unscrew the screws. Keep in mind, for most locks they are located at the sides of the lock.

However, in some cases, you may have to remove a plate to get to the lock itself. In addition, in locks such as mortise cylinder, you will also need a smaller screwdriver to release a pin that holds the lock. This is especially relevant for business storefront locks.

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Q: Is it cheaper to rekey or replace locks?

A: Generally speaking, it is much cheaper to rekey locks than to replace them.

The process of rekeying locks basically means changing the pins inside the lock cylinder as shown below:

Different pins create different keys to operate the lock

Different pins create different keys to operate the lock

In other words, you just have to change the pins to have a new key to operate the lock.

Replacing a lock means to completely change all the lock parts, including new cylinder, latch, housing, etc as shown below:

New Lock - New Keys, Cylinder, Latch & More

New Lock – New Keys, Cylinder, Latch & More

Therefore, changing a lock is more expensive. Sometimes it could cost up to 3 or 4 times more than rekeying the lock.

Finally, always ask to rekey your locks instead of changing them, especially if there is nothing wrong with the locks.

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Q: Is it possible to rekey high-security locks cylinders as well? I know that these locks have a unique keyway and therefore it may be a problem to rekey them.

A: Rekeying high-security cylinders is possible, however, not any locksmith or shop can do that. In addition, it requires the locksmith to have a unique rekey kit specifically for the same brand as the high-security locks that need to be rekeyed. Therefore, it is much less common. We would highly recommend calling around to make sure the locksmith has the necessary tools and kit to do that.

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High Security Locks Rekey Kit

High Security Locks Rekey Kit

 

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