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You would be surprised at how easy it is to re-key a regular lock. Stop by your local hardware shop and go to the contractor's desk. Ask if they can re-key a lock and how much would it cost. I worked at a hardware store while I was in college and while it wasn't a service we publically offered, it was generally something that we could do. It wouldn't hurt to ask and it's quite cheap.
Alternatively, you can buy a cheap rekey kit for $20 bucks. There are a number of 5-15 mintue videos out there and with a steady hand, you could rekey the lock in 30 minutes.
Source: I am an amateur lock picker :)
I bought this from amazon and followed a YouTube video to rekey it myself.
I bought a new house and didn’t want to spend $200 bucks to get my locks rekeyed. Payed $20 bucks and spent 1.5 hours on 3 locks, resulted in 3 same keys and opened all 3 locks.
I'm with you. I've used this kit from amazon for $8 to change all the locks on a house myself quite easily. They're really not as complex to change as you think.
I decided that it was worth paying $160 extra to a professional and saving an hour of my time to have it done right.
Now, if you're buying an OEM rekeying kit with all the pins so you can choose the patterns yourself, then maybe. But those are almost as expensive as a locksmith, and you'll still need to have keys cut.
I purchased a kit on Amazon and did it myself. It wasn't too difficult. The kit I bought isn't available anymore. This looks similar: Prime-Line Products E 2402 Schlage Type C Re-Keying Kit, 5 Pin [link]
That is zero bitted. So you would have to have someone cut the key for you and add in the correct sized keypins.
If it was a standard Schllage, I would suggest this kit, but maybe you can get someone to cut your blank to match the keys in the kit. They are both Schlage depths.
It's way cheaper than a locksmith. But you do need to be careful, as it's pretty easy to accidentally mess up and then require the help of a locksmith. I did two of mine just fine, then got distracted on the last one and ended up letting a bottom pin and spring out, which I couldn't get to stay back in. Had to take it to a locksmith (who fixed it in like 2 minutes and charged me nothing).
I have a schalge keypad too. The tumbler is standard though.
Even cheaper than buying new locks: buy new lock pins:
I kinda steered clear from the Master Locks myself. I would pick up a Schlage mortise because they are so versatile. You can pick up a re-pinning kit from Amazon with a small number of pins to get a little more bang for your buck. You can also find sellers on eBay that have various security pins for sale to give yourself some more variation to learn with later on. If you buy one that is branded with the Schlage name on it, you will also be learning on a lock with some tighter tolerances and that can help you to learn some of those higher belt locks.
totally - and I actually just use the rekey kit above for $10 per 6 locks (doing that on all my rental properties).
This really was a post to feel out how common it is to buy a house without keys - I certainly think it's odd.
To give more context: seller hired a friend-agent for 1% - by far the sloppiest realtor experience I have ever dealt with. And yes, I would totally do the same, except "I don't always loose my house keys - but if I do, I re-key that shit"
Good point! This is the only thing I would be concerned with, but otherwise mixing brands should be fine. I had all Schlage dumb locks already, so I picked the Schlage Connect and rekeyed it and all the dumb locks to the same Schlage key. There is some overlap with certain manufacturers, but for the most part each use a different key shape that is incompatible with the others.
Admittedly it was a bit frustrating with the first lock, but I rekeyed everything myself using this kit: [link]. Saved some cash as compared to having a locksmith do it and learned a new skill that may come in handy in the future.
I recently purchased a home and we updated all the locks so they have the same key. It was fairly simple. You can buy one of these kits, just make sure you get it for the right kind of lock. They are different depending on which brand of doorknob/deadbolt you have - there are only really Schlage and Kwikset options. The kit we bought is good for 6 locks - just keep in mind that each deadbolt and doorknob is a lock so potentially 2 per door.
I'm assuming this means you will have a different key for your electronic keypad lock but those may also be changeable.
As an aside, if you're somewhere between an entry-level and moderate handyman it's not too difficult to grab a lock repinning kit from Home Depot and just change the pins in the locks. They have kits for a few different brands. Amazon has the Schlage, Weiser, and Kwikset kits for a bit cheaper than HD.
It's what I'd do between tenants. Under $20 to repin up to six locks to use the keys included in the kit. The first lock I did took a good half-hour to get the hang of it, but after that it was under 10 minutes a lock.
Let me preface with saying I have never bought a Schlage Prefab Repin kit.
This one on Amazon looks good for the price.
It seems to have everything. There are few complaints in the reviews:
Schlage are a little bit more money. These are the pins I buy from CLK Supply. You can try their discount code RCLP2 and that is good for 20% off all pins most of the time.
If you need any additional help feel free to ask!
> A $70 kit from Amazon
Much cheaper if you get a smaller set.
Is it from an Abus 83?
Those are mostly sold to make it easy to match your home lock.
You can pick up this kit to pin it up.
Good call on the thrift stores! I'll start visiting those in my area! I will bug you again with one last question! I found this on amazon, but I can't quite understand what exactly comes with the kit... i.e. does it come with some regular driver pins, or is it just the key pins: https://www.amazon.ca/Prime-Line-Products-2402-Schlage-Re-Keying/dp/B008RIDQD0
Maybe see if Lowe's has these? [link]
The kit I ordered is this Prime-Line E 2402 Re-Keying Kit –... [link]
It doesn’t have any springs in it.
Yes you can. I use this kit and it works great. I think they all have to be Schlage locks.
Either that or you can get a kit and do it yourself if you're handy.
You can re-key the lock yourself, but it would be easier to just replace the locks. Here are some links to re-keying if you what to look in to doing it.