Tackling some everyday lock problems, yourself
Constant exposure and time will eventually take a toll on your locks.
Next, you start experiencing some daily trouble like a sticky lock, or even a worn-out deadbolt.
When it is such a time, you do not need to panic.
These are some common problems everyone comes across, and the good news is that you can resolve them yourself.
So, how do you do this? below is a list of what you can do to help improve the efficiency of your locks:
How do you rekey your locks?
Did you move to a new home and you want to improve the security in your house?
Have there been a rise in cases of break-ins in your regions, and you want a safer home?
How about losing your key, and you have no idea who picked them up?
For any of the above reasons, if you want to save a whole lot of money, you can opt to rekey your locks.
If you are doing it at home, or in the office, or the car, you will need a rekeying kit, which you can get from your local hardware store.
Then, using a screwdriver, remove the exterior of the lock face, pull out the lock cylinder and remove the retainer ring.
This is the part that holds the pins, which you will replace to suit a new key you have.
Now, take out the pins, insert your new key, and fit the pins.
Finish off by reassembling the key and trying it out.
The best way to lubricate your locks
The average lifespan of a lock is about six to seven years, which you can improve by regularly maintaining them.
One critical practice during lock maintenance is lubrication.
For this, you can go for one of two options, either use compressed air or wet cleaners, such as WD-40 spray lubricants.
Using the wet cleaner is much preferred because it is not easy to get your hands on a lubricant, but also involves a lot less work.
On the other hand, if the dirt is too much, you can disassemble the lock, clean all the pieces, and reinstall it.
From the guide of how to install a new lock, it will not be hard to do this with the right sized screwdriver.
How do you fix a sticky lock?
A lock is a mechanical system. Some moving parts in there lock your door to keep you and your property safe.
However, with time, these parts wear out, and when exposed to the changing weather conditions, they could rust, and consequently sticky.
However, the solution to this common problem is relatively simple.
Start by buying a can of WD-40 spray lubricant, which you can find in your local hardware.
The can comes with an applicator straw to reach some of those deep places your hand cannot reach.
Next, point the straw to your lock and spray some lubricant into the lock.
Now, insert your key and test to see if your will notice some improvement in your lock.
Replacing a deadbolt on your lock
To replace the deadbolt on your lock, you will follow a two-part procedure that requires you to remove the old deadbolt and install a new one.
Removal of the deadbolt
During the removal, start by disassembling the deadbolt lock.
You do this by removing the exterior screws that hold the lock in place.
Next, using an appropriate screwdriver, remove the interior screws.
Sometimes, you will have to work with a lock that has a decorative cap, which you can remove by tapping using a hammer and a pair of pliers.
If you have problems removing the screws using a screwdriver, a drill will do the trick.
Then, remove the head screws on the side of the lock to loosen the deadbolt.
Reinstallation of the deadbolt
Next, you need to install the new deadbolt to replace the old one.
For this, you need to orient the deadbolt with the door and load it into the side.
Before you go fastening the screws, use your screwdriver to test out how well the deadbolt functions.
Once you are sure it is at per with your expectations, you can then tighten the head screws on the side of the door.
Next, you need to align both tongues of the lock with the deadbolt and see to it that both fit perfectly.
Then, fix the interior screws, then the exterior before testing out the lock for its advertised functionality.