Posted on: 7 November 2014
So you're going to try your hand at installing a new lock? With a screw driver and about 20 minutes, you've got a good chance at getting it done. You may need to change your lock if it is old and in disrepair. It may feel loose on the door or the key hold may get stuck in the key hole, which is frustrating on high traffic doors.
How Your Locksmith Can Help
Before you put the new lock on your door, take it to locksmith services so they can match your key to it. Since you're only changing one lock, you want it to use the same key that your other home locks use. Your locksmith can take your new lock, and "key" it to your normal home key. This means they make it possible to use your regular key on the new lock. That way, you don't need a separate key.
Be sure to bring one of your home keys to the lock smith. They use it as a guide for the grooves to apply to the new lock. They locksmith can also spray a grease in the lock to keep rust out of it and make for smoother feel.
Place Your New Lock
After you get your lock back from the locksmith, you can then attach it to your door. Of course, it's a good idea to make sure your key works perfectly on the new lock. There's no reason for it to stick and frustrate you. Let the locksmith know if the key doesn't feel right in the keyhole. This is smart because it can be a hassle to take the lock off the door again if you need to take it back to the locksmith.
Once you're happy with the lock, then apply it to the door. Follow the directions that came with the lock. Also, make sure the keyhole points up in the right direction throughout the process. It's easy to forget the correct positioning of the lock while you're screwing it into the door. Keep that in mind.
If You Have Trouble Attaching Your Lock
If you can't install your lock, you can have the locksmith come to your home. This is a good idea if you find yourself having to take the lock out of the door often to retry the installation, or if the lock's bolt doesn't align with your panel.Share