While receiving the keys of a purchased house or car, you need to ask yourself whether these are the only keys. There can be risks inherited with the assets that you buy if the keys have been copied by someone before handing it over to you. Your valuable assets are at the risk of burglaries, break-ins and vandalism. Therefore, it is important to re-key your locks.
How it’s done:
Rekeying locks helps in carrying a lesser load of keys and you can use one key for more than one lock at home, at work, anywhere, without letting anyone know about this. This comes in very easy methods with simple steps to follow. For normal house locks, designed on the universal keying system, any locksmith can rekey it. However, for branded locks, rekeying kits are available at hardware stores. These kits can rekey up to 6 locks at the most but its components can be purchased separately to make the kit work longer for you.
Once you have the kit in front of you, follow these simple steps:
- Regular house locks need to be removed using the wire in the kit.
- Use the retainer ring tool to separate the ring from the cylinder.
- Remove the cylinder and carefully place the news pins inside the spaces there. Match the color coding on the pins and spaces.
- After placing pins, reassemble the lock again.
- If placed in the correct combination, the key fits perfectly well.
- This method works effectively for the basic 6-pin locks that we usually use around our houses.
Similar kits can be used for the car locks too. The method and steps are almost the same.
A Professional Locksmith can also be hired to do the job .
Rekeying the locks ensures the safety of your valuables from theft and at the same time reduces the burden of carrying multiple keys for different locks.