My first stop in preparing for the ‘changing the keys’ project was YouTube. I found two videos. The Official Kwikset video claimed the lock could be re-keyed in 4 easy steps. Weeeeellll that’s a bit of a stretch. The really important note of leaving the door open and making sure you had another way to access your living spaces was a really good one.
“Re-keying in 15 seconds even with a bad key” posted by Mr. Hardware seemed promising. I really like the soothing quality of his voice as he uses a sing-song tone to walk the view through the processes steps.
I’m not good at this stuff, and I have the barrier of not liking it. I knew that 4 easy steps sounded too good to be true and 15 seconds didn’t seem likely. I learned a little bit from both, I felt pretty prepared. To be on the safe side, I watched both videos and took my own notes documenting each, what some people might think to be intuitive step, and came up with 12 Steps. In case someone found this post by googling re-keying kwikset locks, I’ll list them here. They are a combination of what I learned from watching the office video and the very helpful and non-shaming Mr. Hardware:
- Keep Door open – make sure you have another way to get into the house
- The lock should be in the ‘locked’ position. Both the top and the bottom.
- Insert current key
- Turn 90 degrees to 3:00 o’clock.
- Insert pin fully and firmly into hole while the original key is in the lock
- Remove pin first – before removing current key
- Remove current key
- Insert new key
(make sure new key is fully inserted. Edge of key touches the face of the lock)
- Without pushing or pulling rotate to 180 degrees (counter clockwise) to 9:00 o’clock
- Rotate new key again to 3:00 o’clock
- Pull the key to make sure it will NOT come out in this position. If it comes out at 3:00 o’clock something is wrong.
- Turn back to starting position. Lock is now rekeyed, new key should work.
Did it work as easily as 4 easy steps and 15 seconds promised? Not exactly. Stay tuned and I’ll post an update.