There’s a tricky situation here… Do I rekey or replace my locks? If I do either, do I hire a locksmith, or do I try and do it myself? The problem with doing it yourself, is that if you mess something up in the middle and decide to call a locksmith later, he or she is going to spend more time trying to figure out what you did wrong than actually working, and in the end it’s going to cost more. However, there are some great guides online, and I’ve pulled some information from a Locksmith’s website on how to do it yourself, along with a video about how to do it.
Buy a rekeying kit. Here’s the thing, you might end up spending more on this kit than just hiring a locksmith from the beginning. But if you’re planning on doing a lot of locks, this might be worth the money.
- Disassemble the lock. Remove the lock cylinder but be careful. It’s recommended that you look at the manufacturer’s website to make sure you’re doing this correctly.
- Take out the lock cylinder and remove the cylinder ring. This is a really trivial step, and you’ll want to make sure you’re doing this properly.
- Remove the lock plug. According to the locksmith website, this requires a lot of concentration.
- Take out the old pins, insert the new ones. You’ll want to use tweezers to make sure to get them into place.
- Reassemble the lock, basically just reverse the steps to get them back together.
When you find yourself in urgent need of a locksmith, the last thing you want is to be scrambling to learn how to choose a good one. The better route is to review the above information first, so you are never at a loss for knowledge. Then, call a locksmith, knowing you will get the best possible service.
This seems quite complex, maybe by watching the video below you can figure out how to make it work. I know that it can be done with some concentration, but this is one of those things that I would personally hire someone for.
This locksmith has offered up his own tips as well, you may want to check his guide for more details.