05:20PM | 03/11/07
Member Since: 07/24/04
4 lifetime posts
Long story short, I am finding myself in a position of unexpectedly needing to ensure that the current keys to the house will no longer provide access. Initially, I was planning to just pick up a combo kit at Lowe's or Home Depot, but someone has mentioned that I might be able to buy a kit and repin the existing locks. (Two knobs and two deadbolts, currently all keyed alike and I would like to keep that system.) I had never considered someone might be able to repin their own locks, so I am at least intrigued as to how difficult a process this might be.

I have also seen online that one hardware store would repin locks you brought to them for $6 a lock. Is this a common hardware store practice? I would gladly take my locks in and just let them do the repinning.


06:53PM | 03/11/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
Depends ons on the hardware store.

I don't think that any in this area do rekeying. At least not in the stores.

But that is about what I paid at a locksmith.

Note - most locksmiths are mobile service and you would pay for a service call.

But there are some Builders hardware or security equipment sales that also do locksmithing and they can rekey a lock at there store.


07:00AM | 03/12/07
Member Since: 07/24/04
4 lifetime posts
Thanks for the info.

I decided to just call some hardware stores this morning, and it turns out most of them around here will rekey for $5/lock, including Lowes. And I can get all four locks keyed alike. So I am going to forego the DIY route on this one, and take the locks over to the nearest hardware store. :-)


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