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Thread: re keying a dead bolt lock.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix

    Question re keying a dead bolt lock.

    I need to have 3 locks re keyed and am researching it as a DIY project. It doesn't look that hard. Anyone ever done it. Any insite or does and don'ts ?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    If it is a name brand lock, kits are available to re-pin the cylinder. For the fuss the few times I did it (not difficult, I just have other things to do ;-), I now just look for an outfit that will give free keys with a re-key or some other incentive and let them do it. The online locksmith dispatch service we tried once was a terrible experience. Apparently the site is subscribed to by locksmith wanna-bees. The guy we got mutilated the front door set. After a lot of pain we got the functional parts replaced but, never did get them to pay for the trim plate he destroyed.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    If they are kwikset or schlage bring them to Lowes and they will do it for free. They are only do it yourself if they are a newer style (can't remember the model numbers). When I was a working at Lowes I rekeyed hundreds of them.
    You do need a few special tools.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    What Bob said. My daughter works at Lowe's and she re-keys locks often. However, not all the employees know how to do it and you might sometimes have trouble finding a re-key person on duty. Just spoke with my daughter and she said the quicksets are self re keying and you can do it at home.
    Last edited by Ted Calver; 10-26-2014 at 02:56 AM.

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