Posted Jan 18th 2014 | By:
There may come a time when it is necessary to change a set of home locks, be it due to a broken lock or a change of tenants in a rental property. This may seem like a daunting task, but it does not have to be. Most locks can be changed with only a screwdriver and a little finesse.
The first step in changing locks is to select your new hardware. Most modern locks come in the form of deadbolts, but they have been upgraded to include electronic versions. While these are convenient, they are also the most costly and difficult to repair if something goes wrong. You should also ask yourself how good you and your family members are at not only remembering but also safeguarding the combination to an electronic lock. Be sure the lock you wish to use will fit your door. These are just a few things to keep in mind when making your final selection. If you have any questions and/or need more information, feel free to ask a store associate. They are there to help you and should be both experienced and knowledgeable as to how locks will need to be installed and where they will fit/work best. These people should also have feedback regarding which locks are safest and most difficult to pick or breach should you require that information as well.
Before you remove your old lock, there is one step in particular you should take, and that is to make sure your new lock is properly keyed. Open your new lock and make sure the key slides in and out easily and turns the deadbolt. This may seem like a silly thing to do, but it would be a real problem if you found out after the lock was fully installed that your key did not work properly, so take the time to check. Once all systems are go, grab the appropriate screwdriver to remove your old lock and get started. Removing an old deadbolt is typically done by unscrewing it and pulling it gently away from the door. Always be sure to avoid doing damage to your door when removing an old lock, as this could make installing the new lock much more difficult.
When it comes time to install your new lock, be sure to read the instructions. Since each type of lock is different, you will benefit greatly from reading instructions as opposed to just winging it. Put pieces gently in place and tighten all areas of the lock as well as faceplates thoroughly to ensure proper functioning. Once your new lock is firmly in place, go through the motions of locking/unlocking both by hand and with your keys or combination. If something is amiss, backtrack through your steps until you are able to reach a solution to your problem.
Installing a new lock does not have to be as difficult as it seems. Go into the task with a clear head and focus on what you are doing. Armed with a good set of instructions to guide you, replacing your lock should be quick and painless, getting you back to being safe and secure in your home in no time at all.
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