Have you ever lost your house keys and been worried that a stranger could get in? Unless you’re the first occupant of the property, you never can be sure how many copies of your keys exist. Locksmiths typically charge a fee to rekey an individual lock, even when you bring it to their shop. Since most homes have multiple doors with multiple locks, rekeying can get expensive.
You can rekey a lock like a pro and at a fraction of the cost, with something like a rekey kit. Re-keying kits are available for most lock brands, like a rekey kit, but they’re not interchangeable. You have to buy a kit for each brand of lock used in your home. (If you’re lucky, they’ll all be the same brand!) A rekey kit or other kits are available in home centers and hardware stores and through online suppliers.
Each rekey lock in Vancouver kit will rekey six locks, but you can order extra pins if you need to do more. The kit will work on entrance and deadbolt locks, and it comes with two keys and all the tools you’ll need, except a screwdriver. But keep your current keys—you’ll need them to remove the cylinder.
We used brand lock for this story, so if you have a different brand, be sure to check the instruction sheet for minor variations.