How do you tackle a problem with your locks?
Locks come in different shapes, forms, and levels of security. Above all, we all come in contact with locks every day.
We all have a lock somewhere, whether it is the simple lock on your work desk or the safe at your home, the lock on your car, or even your front door lock.
With time, locks wear out, and you start experiencing problems.
You will notice the worn-out locks, to the point they no longer open with ease or even some damage beyond repair.
Of course, it is best if you call in a professional to take a look at your locks.
But, before you do that, why not try some DIYs proven to work from some of the most experienced locksmiths?
Since they offer step by step routines, you will achieve the same results, hence saving a lot of cash.
Now, what are these lock problems that you can resolve efficiently by yourself?
Changing a lock cylinder
If you have one of those locks, with interchangeable lock cylinders, then you can replace them rather than buying a new lock.
So, how do you replace the cylinder in your lock?
First, you will need to remove the flat screws on the latch and keep them safe.
Then, insert your key in the lock and turn it about quarter way.
You do not want to leave your key in a position where it pulls out as you pull the lock cylinder.
Also, you do not want to have the lock is closed positon as this could also prevent it from sliding out of the lock.
Then, remove the key by pulling it while you push the cylinder in the opposite direction.
Now, using your key, slide in the new cylinder into the door, and put in the screws, tighten them and test out your lock for normal functioning.
Changing your door lock
When protecting your family or business, change becomes a welcomed idea. You can change the locks after you lose the keys, or after you use the locks for quite some time.
So, how do you change your lock successfully?
The first step is always to determine the brand of lock you have.
This way, the specification will be the same, and no extra drilling or cutting.
You can read this from the side of the latch adjacent to the frame.
Then, take measurements of the doorknob before you go shopping for a lock.
Once you return, you can remove the interior knob and the decorative cover.
This exposes the inside of the lock by removing the screws holding the lock in place.
Disassemble the lock, remove the latch assembly and repeat the inverse process, starting from the latch arrangement of the new lock that goes in first.
Once you finish, tighten any loose screws and test your door for proper functioning.
Remove a broken key in the lock
Everyone has been in a frustrating situation, but I think nothing beats the despair of breaking your key in the lock on a tiring evening.
Imagine coming home, tired from the busy day at work, and as you are twisting the key in your lock, you end up with part of your key in your hand and the other end on the lock.
However, if you happen to have a toolbox with either a pair of nose-clip pliers, a screwdriver, or even a jigsaw, then you are in luck.
You do not even need to call in a team of professional locksmiths to help you.
How do you achieve your endgame?
The goal is to get a grip in the key in the lock and pull it out gently.
With a screwdriver, you clip one end on the key ridges and pull it out.
For the jigsaw, you slide it gently into the lock along with the key.
When the teeth of the key and saw lock, you can then pull it out gently. For the pliers, you clip the part on the door and pull.
When doing either, make sure that the key is in a vertical position to avoid damaging the pins in your lock.
Once you have the broken key out of your lock, you can try to use a spare key or pick the lock and get some much-needed rest.