Here are some tips on how to make lock installation an easy, cost-effective, fast and safe process:
Understanding replacement and re-keying
Replacement means buying new locks and changing the whole locking mechanism. It can also involve changing the door handle. On the other hand, re-keying uses the same hardware. It means that the locking cylinders are replaced with new ones, thus requiring a new key to open.
Re-keying locks is more cost-effective than buying totally new locks. That is because re-keying doesn’t replace all the hardware, just the cylinder. A total replacement involves replacing all the hardware and can be useful if you want to upgrade your system. In most cases, you can save money by doing the work yourself.
If you wish to save time, you can employ the services of an experienced locksmith. They can either replace or re-key your locks in a few minutes, depending on how many are involved. You’ll want to get a cost and time estimate to determine if it’s worth it, or if you feel you’d rather take it on yourself. You should realize that the time it will takes you to do the job will be significantly greater than the time it would take the pro — they have the experience and tools to get the job done fast.
Never Compromise Your Security
Sometimes, replacement is the only option, especially in case of old, worn-out locks. A professional locksmith will always advise a replacement when re-keying locks can compromise your security. Sometimes it is difficult to find a replacement lock cylinder for an older locking mechanism. Or it may have become dysfunctional. A damaged lock should always be completely replaced.
Hire a Locksmith
Some people are deft at changing door locks themselves. That is wonderful! But if you are not sure about installing a lock properly, call a locksmith. Re-keying always needs a locksmith as the process is more complicated and needs special tools.
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