Tips on changing locks09/10/2013 Back To Blog
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At some point in time you will consider changing the locks in your home. It may sound like a hassle, but there are some good reasons why you should change your locks. Your lock may be damaged beyond repair and you may simply want to replace it with a new one that works better, or others may have a duplicate of your old lock’s key. In any case, changing your locks will help keep your home safe. The process itself is simple, but here are a few tips that can help you. Experts at Locksmith Sammamish recommend that you study this guide well in case you express interest in changing your locks.
-Knowledge on your old knob is helpful while you are in the process of removing it. Knowing its brand and features can help you understand the features of your new one better, and measuring its size beforehand allows you to plan ahead and find a new knob that will surely fit in.
-When installing the latch, make sure that you chisel out any uneven recesses on the latch so that the new one will fit well. It may seem quite obvious but make sure that the keyed section is on the outside part of the door when you slide it into the hole. Test the latch and locking mechanism to make sure it is working properly. Do this while the door is open, or you might lock yourself out!
-It helps if you know how to rekey a lock. This can prevent you from throwing out locks that can still be fixed, and can give you the option of using one key for all the doors.
-You can also use graphite lubricant on your lock. This helps increase its longevity and prevent the need to replace it altogether. Apply it inside the lock, as well as in the keyhole.