So, I followed the 12 easy steps I outlined for myself after watching the ‘4 easy steps’ and the ’15 second process’ outlined by the man in the soothing sing song calming voice. And it almost worked. Thinking I would be smart (almost always backfires on me) I found an envelope of keys that I’ve used previously and found two keys that looked exactly alike. I re-keyed the lock to fit the new key. Then for extra measure I tried it with the second (I thought) identical key and now I locked the lock. Apparently the keys looked alike but were not exactly alike.
Defeated, not being able to re-key this lock after hours of time investment, I call my very talented, eager-to-help upstairs tenant. Turns out in his career of many paths, he worked at Menards at one time. Menards sent the Associates to a class on re-keying locks. I had an expert right upstairs but instead decided to try myself. He pointed out that the keys were not the same and also now my lock was ruined.
He suggested I go and buy a new lock. He pointed out that as good and as convenient that the Kwikset locks are, they are only good for 100 turns. It had been over a year since I changed the locks, it was probably passed it’s lifespan. Neither of my videos or any of my research pointed out this fact, although it felt true.
I asked if I should proactively change the lock that works and I was advised ‘no’. That doesn’t feel right, but it’s advice I get a lot. I prefer when things work and believe it or not, I really like efficiency. I’m dreading when I get the phone call that the ‘lock doesn’t work’ but now that I know it’s only good for 100 turns and the lock is passed it’s lifespan, I’ll just wait for the call.
When I get the call, I won’t assume that the process I followed here will be the ‘right’ process. It will likely be a year or so into the future when I get the call. Who knows what solutions will be available then?
I am sad though that all the locks passed their 100-turn lifespan will sit in a landfill.