Quick Tips for Changing Locks
One of the most important parts of home and commercial security is the lock you choose. Whether you’re moving to a new location or looking to upgrade your current security, AllPro Lock and Safe brings 30 years of experience to help you choose the right locks for your personal needs. Changing locks can be very complicated without professional help.
There are numerous types of locks ranging from complex to simple dead bolts. If you want to change the door locks in your home, the two most common types are cylinder and mortise locks. Cylinder locks commonly come as a night latch. You do not have to change the entire lock if you don’t want to. You only need to replace the working parts if you feel that the lock is weak or defective.
To change cylinder or mortise locks you will need the following tools: screwdriver, locking wrench, pliers, new cylinder and keys, and a hammer. You may also need a small hacksaw. Mortise locks are slightly different as you will need a new set of keys and levers as well as the aforementioned tools.
Changing cylinder locks can only be changed if they do not have a night latch that has a locking interior handle. A night latch with a simple design can be easily changed with a few simple steps. Locate the lock cover on the inside of the door. You will need to unscrew it and find the screws that hold the cylinder in place. Once the cylinder becomes unscrewed, remove it along with the attached connecting bar.
Your new cylinder will also have a bar attached to it. Notice that the new bar is segmented lengthwise. Use a locking wrench to hold the connecting bar as you cut it with a junior hacksaw to match the length of the original cylinder. Place the new cylinder into the hole and tighten the new connecting screws. Ensure that the screws are the correct length before fully securing them. You may need to use the junior hacksaw to trim them. Slot the handle of the lock onto the bar before fully tightening the screws into place. Finally, set the cover and tighten the screws to keep it secure.
Changing a mortise lock can be complicated because they come in a number of shapes and sizes. If you don’t want to chisel a new slot on your door, take your old lock with you to match its shape and size when searching for a replacement.
First, unscrew both screws to remove the cover plate and lock-face from against the door. Use the key to set the bolt in the lock position. With the bolt out, take a set of pliers and slide the lock out of the door. Using pliers, set the new lock into the slot. Ensure that the lock is set correctly before screwing it in completely. Screw the cover plate back into place and use the key to test that the lock works correctly.
To ensure professional service when changing locks, contact AllPro Lock and Safe (604) 858 – 0003. We have been providing home and commercial security for more than 30 years and are proud to serve the Fraser Valley.