Welcome to Nonstop Locksmiths, your trusted partner in security. We understand that the safety of your home or business is of the utmost importance, and one way to enhance that security is by rekeying your locks.
In this comprehensive guide, we will take you through the process of how a locksmith, like us at Nonstop Locksmiths, rekeys a lock. So, let’s dive into the world of locksmithing and discover the secrets behind rekeying door locks.
Why We Rekey Locks
Rekeying a lock is a process by which a locksmith alters the internal components of a lock to change the existing keys configuration. This means that the old key will no longer work, and a new key will be issued to unlock the rekeyed door lock.
Rekeying offers several advantages, such as maintaining the security of your property while providing a cost-effective alternative to replacing the entire lock.
Getting Your Locks Rekeyed
Before we delve into the process of rekeying, it’s essential to familiarise ourselves with the tools required for this task. Locksmiths rely on a specific set of tools to ensure precision and accuracy in their work:
Key Pins: These pins come in various sizes and are used to match the new keys configuration or cuts.
Driver Pins: Driver pins separate the key pins in the same lock/cylinder and help prevent the lock from being picked.
Following Tool: This tool assists in removing the lock cylinder barrel, allowing access to the pins.
Tweezers: Tweezers are used to handle tiny pins and springs inside the lock.
New Key: A new key that will match the reconfigured lock.
Process Of Lock Rekeying
Now, let’s walk you through the step-by-step process of how a locksmith at Nonstop Locksmiths rekeys a lock, ensuring your property’s security:
Remove the Lock Cylinder
The locksmith begins by removing the lock from the door which houses the key cylinder. The cylinder contains the pins that need to be replaced. This step is critical as it grants access to the internal components of the lock.
Take Apart the Lock Cylinder
Using the following tool, the locksmith disassembles the lock cylinder, exposing the pins and springs inside the locking system. Care is taken not to damage any of these sensitive components.
Replace the Key Pins
With the lock cylinder disassembled, the locksmith removes the old key pins one by one. The old pins correspond to the notches on the old key. New key pins are then inserted, matching the configuration or cuts of the new key. This is a delicate process, as each pin must be precisely aligned to the new key to ensure the key operates smoothly.
Insert and test the New Key
Once all the new key pins are in place, the locksmith tests the new key to ensure that it works smoothly in the lock. This step ensures that the new key aligns perfectly with the reconfigured pins in the newly rekeyed lock.
Reassemble the Lock Cylinder
With the new pins in place and the brand new key working flawlessly, the locksmith carefully reassembles the key cylinder into the lock. This involves reversing the disassembly process, making sure that each component fits correctly for proper operation.
Test the Lock
Before completing the process, the locksmith tests the lock multiple times with the new key to ensure it functions correctly. This thorough testing ensures that the new lock itself is properly assembled and the new key operates without any issues.
Refit the Lock to the Door
Once satisfied with the rekeying process, the locksmith refits the lock to the door, securing your property once again.
Rekey With Nonstop Locksmiths Today
Rekeying is a crucial service provided by locksmiths like us at Nonstop Locksmiths.
It offers a cost-effective way to enhance your security by keeping your existing locks but rendering old keys inoperable and ensuring that only those with the new key can access your property. The process, although intricate, is carried out by skilled professionals using specialised tools to ensure the job is done correctly.
At Nonstop Locksmiths, we take your security seriously, and our experienced locksmiths are dedicated to providing you with top-notch service. If you are looking to fit new locks, to rekey your existing locks or need any other locksmith services, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.