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How secure do you feel with your door locks?
Have you moved to a new home and are wondering how many spare keys there could be out there? Or maybe your locks are getting old and the keys are starting to get stuck, making it difficult to open your door. If you have been trying to fix your lock with graphite or by tightening the screws but see no improvement, it could be time for a new lock.
Deadbolts or a lock and deadbolt combination provide the best security. There are also pick-resistant locks available for an even higher level of security.
Rekeying is an easy and lower-cost option for replacing your lock, but be aware that rekeying will not work if the lock is damaged. If your lock is in good condition and you just want to change the key, you can buy a rekeying kit to change the pins inside the lock.
Installing new conventional locks on your home’s entry doors is an easy DIY project that won’t take much time and will be easy on your budget. All you need is a screwdriver!
If your door already has locks, you only need to find replacement locks in the style you like that fit the existing holes. You’ll find a variety of styles and types of locks to choose from at your local hardware store.
If you are tired of searching for your keys, consider replacing your lock with a smart lock. It will likely take more out of your budget than a traditional lock, but there are more affordable editions being introduced every day.
Most smart locks are compatible with Apple and Android systems to give you the convenience of remote operation with your phone.
You can also connect your smart lock to your security system to get alerts when someone enters or exits your home.
It is important to know that Bluetooth-only smart locks work within a limited range, so check if it will meet your needs before buying.
Step 1 – Determine if you will need to change the locks on all your doors.
If you want to use the same key for every door – front, side and back – this is easy to do. If you want to use the same key in more than one lock, you can buy a double set that is keyed alike. Follow the instructions to install the door lock you have purchased.
Step 2 – Measure before buying new door knobs and latch
Measure your existing door locks to help you purchase the correct size lock. You will need to know the back set (distance from the edge of the door to the center of the lock), and the diameter of the holes.
Your local hardware store will help you find the right lock, and to make it even easier, you can purchase the same brand and size as your current lock for a perfect fit.
Step 3 – Remove old door knobs and latch
Step 4 – Install new door knob and lock
Step 5 – Test your lock
You will need:
Basic steps to install a smart lock:
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