Repairing and Protecting Locks, Keys and Safes

Repairing and Protecting Locks, Keys and Safes

When Lock Replacement Is Better Than Rekeying

Duane Ramirez

Lock replacement and lock rekeying can both give you a new set of keys for a given door. However, lock replacement may be a better option than lock rekeying in a given set of circumstances. This article discusses when it would be better for you to replace the lock instead of rekeying it when you lose your keys.

The Lock Is Old

It may be wiser for you to replace the lock with a new one in case the current lock is showing signs of aging, such as corrosion and discolouration. This will save you from the inconveniences that are associated with having a worn out lock on your door. For instance, you may need to wiggle the key several times before it can open that aging lock. Buying a new lock gets rid of those hassles.

Greater Security Is Needed

You should also replace the lock in case you want to upgrade to a higher security level for your home or office. The old lock may have been an ordinary lock that can be opened by someone who knows lock bumping. Such a lock can be replaced with a more secure type of lock if you have recently installed a safe in your office or home and you need a stronger lock to prevent any unauthorised entry into the home or office.

Time Constraints

Lock replacement may be a better option if you would like your lock to be in a working condition within a short time. Lock replacement is as simple as removing the old lock and replacing it with the new one. However, lock rekeying is more time-consuming because it entails dismantling the old lock to realign its internal mechanism with the new key which has been made.

Incompatibility With Copied Keys

The service life of some locks can be shortened if you use copied keys to open those locks. This is because it is hard to fabricate a duplicate key which works exactly like the original key. The sensitive internal components of the lock can, therefore, wear out quickly if you keep using duplicate keys to open the lock. Replacing the lock altogether can allow you to have several original keys for distribution to those who need them instead of trying to make copies for those people.

Talk to a locksmith about your specific requirements before you opt for lock replacement or lock rekeying. The locksmith will assess your needs before recommending the most appropriate service so that you don't spend more money than is necessary.


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Repairing and Protecting Locks, Keys and Safes

Hi, my name is Olive, and when I was a kid, my dad was a safe manufacturer. I used to love being in his welding shop or accompanying him to jobs to make locks onsite. When I grew up, I did not follow in his footsteps, but I owned a restaurant, and I always thought of my then late father when I put cash into the safe at the end of the night. Through years of being a business owner – sometimes in a not very safe neighbourhood – I learned the importance of locks. I also learned how they can break, how to repair them and how to ensure they in working order. To honor my dad, I wanted to make a blog about locks and safes. Whether you are a business owner, a homeowner or someone curious about becoming a locksmith, I hope you enjoy reading these posts!