Methods of Rekeying
There many types of padlocks and locks that are used to ensure that doors, safes and other lockable things are secured and there must be a keys to do the unlocking of them and in many cases these keys may be lost or get misplaced and there is need for rekeying.
When rekeying a lock there is a replacement of the pins that were there before with some new ones and the locks are normally done so to either master-key or re-key so as to stop any keys getting compromised.
Pins of the lock may be worn out and they require replacement with ones and there are cases where the pins may get shorter and cannot reach the shear-line and so when the key is used it cannot open the locks.
There is need to know what kind of key is to be made for a particular lock and many manufacturers give specific manuals for each particular lock and key.
Expert use a bit to remove the old pin so as to replace them with new pins and the key that was previously used cannot be used again and a new key with new shape that fits in the new pins are specially made to do so.
A lock uses an array of pins which are put in some organized manner with a special length and in the lock there is a depth that is specific which allows a space for the master-key of a new key which is manageable for the user.
Rekeying needs some pin kits which have springs, top-pins, master wafers which go to the cylinder so that to enable a new key to be used and not all types of keys may be used in any kind od of lock and some have to be custom made.
Rekeying must be done by disabling the system and removing all pins and the springs and the pins which are in the chamber must be pushed in place so as to know if the key turns the lock.
Rekeying demands that old worn out springs and old pins to be removed and replaced with new ones.
The new pins when replaced in the chamber must need to have new springs also because of wear that may be excessive and then when they have been placed correctly in the unused chambers the new cut key may be inserted and with some minor adjustments and reassembling key may be turned to see if it turns the key.
Rekeying is an art that is done by expert locksmiths who are very well versed in this complicated art and they are able to rekey any type of key including keys that are meant to open bank safes, car keys, home keys, pad lock keys and any other key that one may think of.
Any type of lock’s tumbler can be taken apart and later scrambled and the bits which vary with different configurations are matched and then interchanged so that new keys may be made from scratch and locksmiths know how to make the rekeying by using combination locks.