Hello everyone out there on the wold wide web. In my last post I gave you instructions on how to take off a door knob and how to put on a new one. Today I am going to show you a video on how you can Re-key a simple house lock , in this case a Kwickset lock. I was going to give you step by step instructions but I realized that would just be very confusing so instead I found this video on Youtube that was created by Locksmithman37 on how to re-key a Kwickset lock. You can get a re-key set for one lock at Lowes hardware for about $10.00 they are called Prime-Line Pin Door Locksets Re-Keying Kit. If you have any questions while undertaking this project feel free to leave a comment and ill try to get back to you. Good Luck!!!!
Have you ever seen a lock that does not have a key hole but still has the ability to lock? What do you do if you accidentally lock yourself out with one such lock?
These types of locks are actually quite simple to pick. All you need is something that will fit through the small hole on the lock and cause the inner mechanism to turn a little bit. I would recommend a small screwdriver or a long thin nail.
What Do You Do:
Insert screwdriver into hole on front face of door knob.
Stop inserting the screwdriver when you feel that it has reach some sort of metal inside the lock.
Turn the screwdriver .... and Poof! The lock is unlocked
My adventure started one windy afternoon, I was sitting in my roommates room talking about nothing of importance. When suddenly my bedroom door down the hall slams shut. At the time I thought nothing of this because I don't often lock my door. After a while I when back to my room with its closed door. I reached down and turned the door knob and pushed.
Oddly the door knob turned but the door would still not open. That's when I remembered the the latch on the inside of the door. It must of sprung shut when the door slammed. So here I am a locksmith locked out of her own room.
Is it hard to turn your key?
Does your key often stick in the lock and you have trouble getting it out?
Do you find that you sometimes have trouble putting your key in the lock?
Well then this blog is for you. Often keys will get stuck in locks because the locks inside have become slightly rusty or are need of some oiling. Well don't worry its really easy to deal with this problem.
If you are ever in the area of Spokane Washington and need a great locksmith you should give Terry Younger at Always Lucky Five Locksmith a call. He friendlyand really knows his stuff. I was having problems the other day with a lockI was working onso I gave him a call. He was able to help me figure out what was going wrong and told be a good way to fix it. Here is a link to his web sight www.alwayslucky5locksmith.com it is not fully set up yet but it outlines what he is able to do and what he specializes in.
Well since my last post was on how to open your car using only a hanger and a stick (hammer). I thought I should spend some time showing my few readers out there different ways to hide a spare key on your car. So in those rare moments when you lose your keys or lock them in your car you can always open the doors without much hassle. For most peopleI would recommend purchasing a magnetic "Key- Holder".
Have you ever been so busy or distracted that you locked your keys in your car? I am remarkably great at this, I have a tendency to lock my keys in my car at some of the most random places. Well as a locksmith you may think that I am always prepared for this, that I always have a hide a key, but I am blond for a reason. For some of you out there that are like me and don't want to pay $50-$80 to get a locksmith to come unlock your car (plus for me it becomes really embarrassing). I am going to teach you how to unlock a car with a simple wire hanger and a stick.
The Wafer Tumbler Lock is a type of
lock that uses a set of flat wafers to prevent the lock from opening unless the
correct key is inserted. The wafer Tumbler locks operation is similar to the
pin tumbler lock except for the Wafer lock has only a single piece (wafer)
instead of stacked pins. If any wafer is insufficiently raised or raised too
high, the wafer edge will be in one of the grooves, blocking rotation.
The Pin- Tumbler Lock is a
cylinder based lock design that uses movable pins to prevent rotation of the
plug. A Pin Tumbler lock uses a key with specific cuts to properly move pins
upward and allow for the plug to rotate which in turn causes the locking bolt
Pin tumblers utilize a series of
pins that are stack upon each other and pushed down by a spring. Each stack of
pins must be properly raised to allow the stacked pins to separate at the shear
line of contact. Once the pins are separated the plug can easily rotate freely
allowing for the lock to be locked or unlocked.
Have you ever locked your keys in the house? I know almost everyone some time or another has locked themselves out of there house. Most of us then spend the next hour trying to get out of calling a locksmith. We check all the windows and doors. We even look at our little brother and wonder "hmmmm can he fit through the dog door?" But here is the question that I have for all you readers out there on the world wide web. Did you have clothes on?
Have you ever been locked out of your house, locked out of your car, had a sticky lock, needed a new key, had your house broken into?
Well, you have come to the right place. Over the next four months I will be blogging about how you can fix your common lock problems yourself. Get ready for new tutorials for all you "do it yourself" type of people and funny stories from a local locksmith.