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Changing locks

Discussion in 'Real Estate' started by JudgeDreadz, 17th Nov, 2009.

  1. JudgeDreadz

    JudgeDreadz Well-Known Member

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    Good morning fellow investors

    I have never changed a lock before. From all accounts, it seems to be a simple process.

    I found this article after a quick googling

    Wikihow

    Can anyone indicate if anything is missing from the process, any tips and tricks not mentioned.

    In addition, can anyone recommend locks?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. merlinnn

    merlinnn Active Member

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    I have been a locksmith for many years, the simplest thing to do is remove the existing lock, take into a locksmith shop and get them to change the combination for you, this is usually cheaper then buying a new lock and you will be guaranteed it will fit back in the same place.:)
     
  3. Billv

    Billv Getting there

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    I don't believe you need a guide to change a lock.
    You use a screwdriver to take the old 1 out, fit another 1 that looks the same in it's place, put the screws back on.

    If you find exactly the same lock then no problem, but if you don't find the same lock there could be small differences and if you are not good with tools then go for Merlinn's locksmith idea.

    Security screenlocks can be tricky to replace sometimes but it's all common sense stuff.

    If you are changing more than 1 lock it could be beneficial having them keyed alike. If you look at locks in Bunnings the packets have a code, if you get 2 locks with matching codes they'll use the same key