One cannot help but notice the trend in homes and businesses installing the new keyless electronic locks. You might think that, in an age of popular and expensive “gadgets”, these locks were just another example of our cultural tendency to always have the latest contraption. But if you assumed that you’d be wrong. The new generation of keyless, electronic and remote-control door locks are a contemporary solution to a security issue that is both old and trending itself. Criminals always want to find a way into your home and business. And an example of one of their tools for that is “lock bumping”. Though lock bumping isn’t new (the lock bumping key, or rapping key, was first patented in 1928 as a locksmithing tool) since around 2006 it has become an ever more popular tool for bad guys. We won’t go into great detail since that might be boring or useful for “bad actors” but the key to understanding bump keys and other lock picking devices (like pin guns) is that they essentially “spoof” the tumblers in a traditional key and shaft lock and cause that lock to open. When this act is performed by a competent and cool-headed criminal it’s almost as easy for them to get inside a locked location as if they had an actual key. So, the key, key channel, and tumblers are the weak point. And that is why we are so happy to see the advent of the electronic keyless locks and why we are so impressed with the Nest X Yale lock product.
The new Nest X Yale door lock results from the collaboration of the Nest company, a cutting-edge producer of high-tech sensors, cameras, alarm systems and camera door bells, and Yale Locks, one of the oldest and most respected lock HARDWARE manufacturers in America. Nest has combined their innovative software with the sturdy Yale hardware to create a key free door lock. The absence of a key channel and tumblers makes this lock a significant security upgrade on any door. The Nest X Yale keypad door lock comes in three elegant finishes to match any decor- Satin Nickle, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Polished Brass. The lock is battery powered by 4 AA batteries that will last about a year and this keypad door lock will send a signal to your Android when the batteries begin to run low. Thus, there is no need for a new power source or wiring at the time the Nest X Yale is installed. Installation is within the skill set of most amateur locksmiths, but professional installers may be located via the Nest website. This keyless door lock has no key hole channel for a would-be intruder to try to “bump” or “pick” the lock and if someone does try to tamper with it by trying to enter codes into it the lock will go into Lockout Mode after 5 failed tries. AND the lock will let you know that an attempt has been made to spoof it! This effectively seals the door until the owner rescinds the lock out order.
Nest X Yale Lock Communicates
The Nest X Yale digital
door lock communicates with its owner
and follows its owners’ commands. If someone does attempt to open the lock with
an incorrect pass code the lock will alert the owner’s android. The Nest App
allows the owner to create an individual pass code for each member of their
household as well as create “Guest Entry Times” for the lock to unlock to admit
a visitor. The Nest X Yale can also accept voice commands to lock and unlock
via Google Home or an android phone. All of this said, there is a keypad on the
exterior of the lock so that the entry codes may be entered manually. In cases
when it is cold or wet outside, the Nest X Yale generally works fine with
gloves during inclement weather.
Nest X Yale Product Warranty
The excellent Nest X Yale
locks includes a lifetime warranty for finish and mechanical components and a two-year
warranty for electronic components.
We do recommend that for
the highest level of certainty of your security that a professional locksmith
install this lock for you.
A product assessment review from Mile High Locksmith®
It’s a Digital world these days, and it will be a more Digital world tomorrow. Digital devices and technology are improving many industries and devices and making those devices easier and more convenient to use. That’s certainly true in the area of home security and it now even extends to the residential digital keyless door lock. A great many reviews on-line now report very favorably on the keyless door locks for home. Modern folks just like not having to carry a house key and the keyless option is becoming more and more popular.
An excellent and cost effective option in the realm of keyless door locks are the Brinks door locks and Brinks security locks. Brinks has been in the security business since 1859! So you can be confidant when you purchase Brinks door locks and Brinks hardware that you are getting one of the best affordable products on the market.
The “Keyless” function in the Brinks locks is an option, there is a key channel and a key provided with each lock but the digital keypad allows the owner to refrain from carrying a key. They have deadbolt level security, the convenient keypad access, they are easy to install and program and have an “Auto-Lock” feature that locks the door after a pre-programmed period of time that is loaded via the “Master Code”. The Brinks security locks are powered by 4 AA batteries and come in an attractive Satin Nickel finish. The Brinks locks can serve as either a keyless front door lock or a front door key pad lock and of course can be installed on the back or any other door that can take a deadbolt-style lock. In the case of a multi-door installation you can hire a qualified locksmith to set the Brinks locks keyed alike so that you have all of your locks working with the same key (remember, there is a mechanical key with each lock so this would be an arrangement where you only needed one mechanical key for all of your locks).
Cheap door locks
We mentioned that that the Brinks door locks are cost effective and affordable. But we want to assure the reader that they are not cheap keyless door locks in the sense that they are poorly made or undependable. They are not “Cheap” in that sense. They are a safe and dependable product brought to you by a very well established American company and we recommend them as a less expensive alternative to some of the more expensive keyless door locks that are on the market.
You should feel perfectly comfortable installing Brinks door locks at your home.
Allow us to recommend- the Kwikset Obsidian Keyless Lock
Mile High Locksmith® is a seasoned and professional mobile locksmith service and we feel comfortable stating unequivocally that when it comes to the topic of residential locks we are a premium source for service and information. With that said, we would like to recommend the kwikset obsidian keyless touchscreen electronic deadbolt. Mile High has worked with Kwikset lock products for many years and we have in depth knowledge and experience of this fine manufacturer, and in all of our extensive acquaintance with the lock and security industry we’ve never been more impressed with any keyless deadbolt!
First of all, the keyless front door lock or back door keyless lock is the future. The technically pioneering nature of the kwikset keypad lock makes it not only sophisticated enough to compliment any architectural style and decoration scheme but it also delivers a higher level of safety for your belongings, your family and yourself. In fact, its level of delivered security is unparalleled. The elimination of the key and thus the “Key Way” takes away the main weakness in all previous “keyed” locks- without a key way the Obsidian can’t be picked and a bad guy can’t make a copy of your key! You don’t have to carry a key, worry about worn out keys or hide a key outside. And with this digital keyless door lock you don’t have to worry about locking yourself out of your home. You can simply lock and unlock the door by using the touchscreen and entering your personal code.
Keyless lock VS regular deadbolt cost affect
We do acknowledge up front that at the outset the consumer will pay more for this trendsetting residential keyless door lock, just like any other electronic digital door lock, but the follow on savings and enhanced security begin almost immediately. Unlike conventional or “Old Fashioned” keyed locks you’ll never have to rekey the lock in the event of a lost or stolen key. And you’ll never have to have extra keys made for family members or trusted associates because the Obsidians, the best keyless door locks, will accept up to 16 entry codes- which is like having 16 keys to the lock. With this you’ll never have a key that wears out or fails to turn in your lock and if/when you no longer want someone to have access to your home you don’t have to go through the unpleasantness of getting a key back- you just eliminate that persons entry code. So stop looking for a high security key lock and go with the excellent Kwikset Obsidian electronic door locks.
Kwikset Obsidian Keyless
Aside from the facts that the Obsidian is handsome, graceful, elegant and that it will bring your home security system into the future (yes, the “Home Connect” version can be wholly interfaced with your home security techno-suite) we wanted to give you some words of explanation about how this phenomenal device works.
The Obsidian is designed with the Kwikset exclusive SecureScreen technology that prevents inappropriate access to your home with a128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard communications system which meets the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association Grade 2 deadbolt security standards. To that you might well respond: but what is it and how does it work? Here is your answer. First, the touch screen is powered by 4 AA batteries and it is equipped with a low power alert so that your lock never quits, even in the case of a power outage. Also, the system is capacitive, which means that in a low battery situation you may simply apply the terminals on a 9 Volt battery to the terminals on the underside of the lock to recharge it. The SecureScreen system displays 2 random digits prior to accepting your personal code which prevents fingerprint acquisition and keypad observation from betraying the actual entry code. So after the random digits are entered by the system just put in your code and the door unlocks. Conversely, there is a dedicated “Lock” key so that with a single press of one digit the lock is engaged- no fumbling with keys in uncertain situations! Also, in case of uncertainty or forgetfulness the lock offers an optional function that automatically locks the door after a 30 second interval of inaction by the person accessing the lock. The Obsidian also has a Mastercode option that puts the Mastercode holder in complete control of the system and an alarm and temporary “Lock Out” program that activates if there are 3 unsuccessful attempts to enter a code into the lock touchscreen.
One last time, this digital keypad door lock is a true thing of beauty, form and function. It is available in two finishes, Satin Nickel or Venetian Bronze. And Kwikset provides a Lifetime Warranty on mechanical function and cosmetic finish for the original owners.
Is your front door having problems closing? There is an easy way to fix your door without removing the door or the hinges. You will not even need to use a cordless drill or power drill. These days there are many DIY tools that can help you adjust the hinges on your door or your door frame. Mile High Locksmith is a locksmith company that has been working on front doors for many years. Many times we have faced a job where the door didn’t close and some adjustment was required. We would like to introduce you to one of our favorite DIY tools for adjusting front doors, The Hinge Doctor.
The Hinge Doctor is a small tool kit with an Allen tool included that helps you adjust your door very easily and quickly.
“The Hinge Doctor” – Fixing common problems for home entry doors
To adjust your door hinges, many professionals will suggest you remove the door and the door hinges from the door and door frame.
With The Hinge Doctor you can save all of this work. No need for any other tools besides The Hinge Doctor tool. You will not even need to remove the door or the hinges at all.
If the screws on the door hinges are loose, make sure to tighten the hinge screws on both the door and the door jamb before you start using The Hinge Doctor.
The Hinge Doctor will fix your door when your door won’t close in about 30 seconds by following four easy steps.
The Hinge Doctor, which is sold by American Door Products, is a 30 second fixing tool for your home or office doors when your door is not lining up with the door frame and is the main source for closure issues. The Hinge Doctor is a tool made to use only on the upper hinge and not on the bottom one. The Hinge Doctor is a great tool since in many cases your upper door hinge will most likely be the hinge that will need to be adjusted when your door is not closing.
Step 1: Determine which end of The Hinge Doctor is the correct size for your door hinges. Apply that end to the uppermost hinge knuckle attached to the door itself by sliding the tool over the hinge knuckles. Make sure the arrow faces the door lock.
Step 2: With the arrow facing the door lock, tighten the Allen head bolt using the Allen tool so the tool just fits snug on the hinge knuckle, (it does not have to be tight).
Step 3: Rotate The Hinge Doctor toward the door lock applying sufficient pressure to bend the hinge knuckle.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other hinge knuckles that are attached to the door.
Using excessive force with an extension will damage The Hinge Doctor.
Sufficient pressure should be able to be applied by hand. However if more leverage is needed, a pipe or crescent wrench can be used as a lever by adding it to the opposite end of The Hinge Doctor and pushing toward the door knob.
Adjusting the bottom hinge is not recommended!
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Did you lose your car key and have no spare? Did you get locked out of your car, house or business? Did you receive the new keys for your new home and need to change the locks? This is where Mile High Locksmith can help. With years of experience our company carries a full line of car keys, door locks, house keys and many other locksmith products to provide you with the best resources for any lock and key service you may need. With our convenient locksmith retail shop in Littleton, CO or our mobile Littleton locksmith services, you can have your keys copied or you can buy a new front door lock directly from us.
How is the Mile High Locksmith shop different from other locksmith companies that provide only mobile locksmith service?
The answer to this question is our locksmith retail shop
Mile High Locksmith store and mobile service:
In our retail locksmith shop we have our own security specialist technicians and a wide selection of locks and keys that you cannot find in the hardware stores.
We have everyday low prices. We always commitment to providing you with our lowest prices.
With Mile High Locksmith you can choose between aftermarket products as well as factory products.
Being the Littleton lock shop and supplier, we provide you with a warranty on the locks you purchase as well the labor. When you buy locks from one place and hire a different mobile locksmith to install them, you can find yourself with warranty issues. If the key or the lock stops working the locksmith may blame the lock factory and the lock factory may blame the mobile locksmith for his work. With Mile High Locksmith you will receive a full warranty for any parts and labor. That way you only make one phone call for any lock or key problems.
Our trained locksmiths have full access to the shop and will be able to supply locks and keys at your location.
Littleton Colorado locksmith training program
Mile High Locksmith has training programs. We train our locksmith technicians to become expert locksmiths and specialize in the following areas:
Business and commercial buildings
Home door locks
Lost car key replacements
Emergency lockout services
Vehicle jump start services
Mile High Locksmith Partners
Car insurance key coverage
Many car insurance companies are partners with Mile High Locksmith and provide partial vehicle key replacement coverage for your convenience. When you lose your car key, call your insurance company and asked them if you are covered for a replacement car key. If you are, Mile High Locksmith will split the cost between you and your insurance company separately. That way you will end up paying much less for our service.
Mile High Locksmith DBA Mile HIgh City Locksmith Service in Littleton, CO. Trademark policy
Why should you rekey your door locks after closing?
It is a very common thing for people to hire a contractor to improve their home before they put it on the market. These contractors in many cases will need access to the home even when the home is vacant to finish their work. The contractors do not always return the keys and who knows if one of the employees did not make a key copy. Maybe the previous owner’s roommate, spouse or kids still have a key to your newly purchased home. It is always better to be safe and change the keys when you move in just to keep a peace of mind knowing that no one has your house keys.
Rekey vs new locks
How much does it cost to rekey a house and will changing locks on a house cost more?
Rekeying your house doors using a locksmith service can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 for each lock, plus a locksmith service call fee and labor fee. We recommend you consider buying new locks and this is why. If you have locks from the manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant or Emtek on your doors, you can buy the same manufacturer’s locks in a 4 pack of locks. These locks are already keyed to the same key and cost about $30 to $60 for each pack depending on the manufacturer. This option will let you change your locks from old locks to new locks, allow you to change the color of the locks, come with a manufacturer warranty and will have the latest technology for locks on the market. You can buy the locks from the manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant or Emtek at most of the hardware stores such as The Home Depot or Lowes, order them online from websites such as Amazon or Ebay, as well as buy them at your neighborhood locksmith shop. For more information on buying new locks visit our page Cheapest way to rekey locks. The lock manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant and Emtek make these locks easy to install using their installation guides. The packages of locks will always have a small instruction book attached and all you will need are a few very simple tools for the installation. These manufacturers also have full support if you have any questions on how to install them. You do not need to be a professional locksmith in order to install these locks.
Latest technology door locks
After you close on a new home, it is a good idea to look into the latest technology for door locks. A lot has changed. Most locksmiths and realtors will suggest that you rekey your locks after closing but we recommend you look into keypad locks, keyless locks, bluetooth locks from Schlage locks, Kwikset locks or keypad WIFI locks from LockState.
WIFI door locks from LockState
Have you ever had the nagging feeling you forgot to lock your door? With the WIFI door locks you can check if your house door is locked, lock or unlock your door using a computer, tablet or your phone from anywhere in the world just as if you were standing by your door using a traditional key. No more getting locked out from your home. Allow people to enter your home with a temporary code. No need to hire a locksmith to rekey your doors in the future.
When should I consider hiring a locksmith?
When you just want to rekey the existing locks on your doors.
If you have more difficult locks to work on such as French door locks.
If your house doors are old it can be a challenge to change the locks yourself.
Just for a more convenient way.
Hiring a locksmith will be the most easy option when you either want to rekey your locks or when you are replacing your locks. A locksmith will have the experience and additional tools. We recommend you always use a locksmith for your home projects, but after that being said, it is possible to change your locks yourself and we would like to share with you some tips in case you decide to change your door locks yourself:
Size. To avoid modification problems try to measure your old locks and buy the same size locks.
Try to keep the same manufacturer’s locks
Make sure your door is not more thick than a normal door. It can be a challenge if your door is thicker.
If you have a metal door. It is easier to install a lock on a wooden door and can be difficult on a metal door.
Another good tip is to have a locksmith on speed dial just in case when you are trying to install a lock yourself and decide to let the professional finish the job.
What is the difference between a WIFI door lock to any other smart lock on the market?
Mile High Locksmith is a locksmith company located in Colorado. We have been working with locks and keys for many years, installing access control door locks, keypad locks and high security locks. After many years, we can safely say that we have become experts on door locks and would like to introduce to you the new generation of WIFI door locks that are made by LockState.
What is the difference between a WIFI door lock to any other smart lock on the market?
There are many differences between these two types of locks. The difference we would like to point out is the WIFI door lock is a lock that connects to a WIFI internet connection in your home or office. It connects exactly in the same way you would connect your phone, tablet or computer. By having this feature on your door lock, it gives you the ability to access your lock online from anywhere around the world just as if you were standing by your door and using a traditional key. WIFI door locks are the future for humanity to lock and unlock doors.
Extra features for WIFI door locks
A peace of mind. You can set the WIFI door lock to provide you with alerts anytime someone is using a code to unlock your door. For example, you are running late at work and you ask your dog walker to take your dog out for a walk. You can access your lock online, set up a temporary code and provide it to your dog walker. They can then use the code on the WIFI door lock keypad and unlock the door. At the same time they are unlocking the door, you will receive an email alert letting you know that the dog walker has unlocked your door. You will receive the same alert when the dog walker is done and uses the code to lock the door when they leave. Then you can delete this code to make sure the dog walker will not have access to your home anymore. With a WIFI door lock, you can make new codes and delete codes anytime and anywhere using your computer or phone.
Rental property management
If you are a house owner who rents out your home, condo or apartment building manager, the WIFI door lock is perfect for you. No more need to rekey your locks or change your door locks when your tenants move out. If you have a roommate or just rent a room, when your roommate moves out, you will not need to hire a locksmith to rekey your locks. As the owner of your own personal WIFI door lock, you do not need to provide keys to your tenants or roommates. You can just provide them with a key code to lock and unlock the door by using the keypad. Then you can change these codes anytime and from anywhere by using you username and password online.
Is a WIFI door lock good for businesses?
Yes. In fact, most businesses save thousands of dollars by using WIFI door locks and not the traditional access control locks. The first feature we would like to point out to you is no more wires. The traditional access door locks have been installed on business doors for many years by using the prototype system. For example, the old access control locks require sending wires from the lock to the front desk that connect to a buzzer or computer. Drilling walls, having an
electrician come to you, filing for a permit from the city, and then you will need a locksmith to install the locks for you. These are all the requirements that are needed when you use a prototype access control system. This can translate into a much higher bill at the end of the day. With the WIFI door lock, all you need to do is have a locksmith install the lock on your door, download the app to your phone and you are done. With the WIFI door lock, you can track who unlocks and locks the locks by date and time and even provide temporary codes to temporary contractors working in your building.
Mile High Locksmith sells and installs WIFI door locks, also known as remote locks, from LockState. With our convenient stores in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Loveland, we can easily come to your location and install the WIFI door locks for you on your home or business. For more information you can give us a call at 720-248-8087 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We provide free on-site estimates, no service call or any other fees will apply until the work is done.
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It is time to move on! Every generation is changing with the technology, and yes the locksmith trade is changing too.
Best security lock for wooden front door?
If you are the owner of a house or a condo or if you are living in an apartment, using a key to lock and unlock your door may not be your best option. Of course the opinion on this will change depending on who you ask.
There are two leading manufacture lock companies in the United States. These companies are Schlage and Kwikset. It is safe to say that you can find Schlage locks or Kwikset locks, or even locks with a different brand name but still owned by one of those two companies, on about 70% of homes in the country.
The difference between Schlage locks and Kwikset locks is the quality of the locks, (how many years the lock will work on your door), as well as the design of the lock. There is a very small difference in the level of security, but as far as security goes most Schlage locks or Kwikset locks really share the same type of security level.
Schlage locks and Kwikset locks have been the leading lock manufacturers for homes in the United states for decades.
Both Schlage locks and Kwikset locks use simple keys that are easy to copy almost anywhere including hardware stores, locksmiths shops, Ace hardware, The Home Depot, Lowes and even at some Walmarts.
If you are wanting to install new Schlage or Kwikset locks, then we as a locksmith company recommend you look into keyless locks and this is why:
You can change the access code on the lock yourself without spending locksmith fees.
If you are out of town and someone needs to access your home you can provide them with a temporary code that you can erase at a later time.
No more losing the key and paying for expensive emergency locksmith fees in a case where you get locked out.
You can open the door with your smartphone without using the keypad from anywhere in the world.
Why to buy a lock with a high security key when you can buy a lock with no key at all?
Schlage connect lock, Control access with your smartphone
Fingerprint resistant – works in the rain and with gloves
Losing your house keys is a common thing people do. Even more common than what you might think. As a locksmith company located in Denver, CO, we see many people day after day losing their house keys and after many years in the business and after rekeying many homes every day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, we have learned a thing or two about door locks and deadbolts for homes. We also know the options that you have in a case where you have lost your house keys. We would like to share with you some of this information and provide you with recommendations about how to rekey your house door locks quickly and easily. We will answer some questions such as who you should call, how to lower the cost, or even how to rekey your locks yourself. If you have lost your house keys we recommend you either use a locksmith to rekey your locks, (a locksmith is also a good option to use if you haven’t lost your keys but are only locked out), or go to your neighborhood hardware store and buy new door locks yourself.
Using a locksmith company to rekey your locks will be the easiest way to go. However, before you run to the phone and call a rekey locksmith company, be sure to know which locksmith company to call. There are a lot of good locksmith companies to use out there but some of them can get you and the final cost will have hidden fees and they could possibly even overcharge you by hundreds of dollars. We believe there shouldn’t be any hidden fees for rekeying services for house door locks.
To get away from these locksmith companies, first you need to understand rekeying locks is a pretty easy thing to do for a professional locksmith company. Parts cost only a few dollars and many times it is so easy to do that with the right tools you can even learn how to do it yourself in a very short time.
If the locksmith you call does not give you a total cost for rekeying your locks during the phone call, and if they mention something about the lowest service call and the lowest rekey fees in town plus “and up” fees, (by this we mean something like $15 and up for a service call), then we believe it is a big red flag.
Rekey house door locks
What are your options? To rekey locks or replace them, you can use a mobile rekey locksmith company. Using a locksmith company will provide you with the premium service, and yes it will cost more. We estimate that by using a locksmith company to rekey your house door locks, on average, it will cost you about $100 more than it would by doing it yourself. However, by using a locksmith company you will get professional service, the process will be fast and easy, and if your lock is broken, you will have an option to fix or replace it right away. Also, most locksmiths will care about your lock condition and will provide you with a warranty on their work. You will be worry free about rekeying your locks and will be able to focus on other stuff.
Another option will be to do some of the work yourself. Most of the house door locks are very easy to disassemble or install. Most of the house door locks will be held by only two screws, as you see in the picture, and you can easily remove the screws with a phillips screwdriver.
You can take the locks to your neighborhood locksmith shop and rekey them there for a lower fee than the premium service.
Another option and the first one we recommend you do, (if you are ready), is to do it yourself. This is a way to save some money. Instead of rekeying the locks though, you will be changing the locks to completely new door locks, and yes your locks will all still share the same key just like if you rekeyed them.
There are all kinds of types of door locks for homes like electronic door locks or simple door locks such as deadbolts and knobs. Whatever you decide to spend will be up to you. We recommend you read our, “cheapest way to rekey locks,” post, but as an idea we would like to tell you that most of the door locks for homes are very easy to change yourself and it is not always necessary to use a professional in order to get it done.
Front door lock change cost
Most of the house door locks for homes will cost anywhere from $7 to $40 in hardware stores. Keep in mind that many locksmiths will charge you about $60 for each new lock including the labor to install it. The most common locks you can find will be either Schlage or Kwikset locks. Most locks will come in a package of 1, 2, or 4 locks and the most common front door lock color you can find will be bright brass or bright nickel.
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Rekeying house door locks is a very common service that most locksmith companies provide. However, did you know that you do not need to rekey your house door locks at all? You can actually change your own door locks. In many cases it can even cost less and you will get fresh, brand new locks on your door. By replacing your old locks with brand new locks you can take the opportunity to change the color of your locks if you would like, and maybe most importantly, you can get all the locks keyed to the same key. With a big thanks to places like The Home Depot, Lowes and Ace Hardware, finding house door locks is easy.
You might be wondering how you can have multiple locks with the same key. First, you need to know the most common house door lock manufacturers make lock sets with one, two or four locks per package. These packages will come with a key that will work on all the locks. You will even be able to make house key copies in most of these hardware stores. These manufactures are Kwikset, Schlage, Baldwin, and Defiant. There are other brands of locks, however, if you do decide to buy new locks yourself, these are the bands we recommend you look at first.
A common question is what do you do if you need more than four locks working with the same key? These manufactures have already thought this through for you. In every package there is a sticker with a code on it. In many cases the sticker will say “key,” or “key code,” and have a serial number on it. If you match the serial number between the packages, you will find the same keys work on all the locks.
After you know that you can get as many brand new locks as you want that work with the same key, the next question is, is it easy to replace them? Yes it is. First you need to understand that these manufactures are selling the locks to you, not to a professional locksmith. This means they are trying to make it easy to install them. Most locks such as deadbolts and knobs will come with an instruction booklet inside the package that will explain to you how to install the new locks. In most cases, each lock will have a total of four screws. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver and… that is about it. Before you become a professional locksmith, we want to give you a few more tips on how to install a door lock. First, if you have a power screwdriver we recommend you use it. Do not use the power screwdriver on the lock itself, but it is a good tool to use on the door or the door frame.
Tip: To avoid a difficult situation, try to get a new lock made by the same manufacture as your old lock. At least make sure they are the same size if not the same manufacture. This will help you avoid a situation where the new lock will not fit in the space that the old lock fit in.
Here is a quick guide on how to replace a door lock:
To remove the old lock, always start by removing the screws on the old knob or deadbolt. Next, remove the screws from the old latch. Now you should be able to remove the old lock. After you remove the old lock, you will be able to remove the old latch as well. You can decide if you want to remove or keep your old strike plate. In many cases you can just leave the old strike plate on the door frame.
To install the new lock, place the latch on the door and screw it in. When you place the latch on the door, look for the arrow with the word “up” on the latch to know the right direction to place the latch.
Next, you can install the lock itself. The lock will only need two screws. Do not overtighten the screws on the lock.
After you have the lock on the door, you need to check to make sure the latch will go into the door frame. If not, open the door and put the lock on the lock position. Then simply take for example lipstick or something sticky, color the latch where it will hit the door frame, put the lock back to the unlock position and close the door. Then repeatedly lock and unlock the lock to have the latch mark it’s spot on the doorframe. Now you can adjust the plate on the door frame.
Thank you for reading our blog. If you are installing new locks on your door and you cannot find all the answers you need here, please leave your question in the comment box and we will reply to you as soon as possible.
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