Why Rekey?

There are many reasons why you should rekey your home. Here are a few examples:

  • When you move into your new home (new construction or not)
  • If you have had your keys stolen or misplaces
  • If your child looses the house key
  • Divorce
  • After a break-in, fire, or any life safety issue
  • After repairmen have had your house key  (there is a different option for this)

What does rekeying mean?

Rekeying of a lock simply means to change the keys that operate your locks.  This is accomplished by taking the cylinder out of the lock and changing the pins that are currently working the lock to a different key and pins so that the old key no longer works.  By doing so, you eliminate the concern of having your key in the “wrong” hands.

Why not just pruchase new hardware?

You certainly can do that, but the lock manufacturers have taken many shortcuts on the hardware sold in the big box stores.  In fact, there have been several suits filed for these new locks failing to work which have trapped people inside or outside of their homes.  They are also expensive, and made very cheaply.  A simple rekey is less costly than new hardware.  Here is an example.
You currently have a Schlage Accent Lever on your front door, back door, and 2 single sided Schlage Deadbolts on the doors as well.  You decide to do it yourself and purchase new hardware.  Purchasing the same hardware keyed alike will cost you in excess of $300.00!  The Schlage Accent Levers are $105.00 each!  Deadbolts are about $60.00 each, then getting them to be keyed alike will be an additional 60.00.  Getting 2 more keys $5.00 so that totals 395.00 without tax!

Having a professional locksmith like Jerry’s Lock Shoppe do the service of rekeying the locks will cost

4 Rekeys     @ $17.50 each     =   $70.00
1 Service Call                           =    60.00
4 New Keys @ $3.00  each      =   12.00

Total of                                        $142.00 plus tax

So basically a savings of $265.00 plus the time that you don’t have to spend on the install of the locks too.

I’m sure that the savings is a huge factor.

We are a professional service that provides professional care for all you lock needs.  Give us a call @
303-910-7287 for all your locksmith needs.

Big Box Store Dead Bolts

I recently was requested to install a Double Sided Dead Bolt by a customer. She wanted me to install a second deadbolt above the original deadbolt for personal reasons. She also wanted the original deadbolt re-key to match the double sided deadbolt, but had a problem with the re-key when she tried to do it herself and now no key would work that deadbolt.

I suggested just switching out the original deadbolt with the double sided deadbolt, and she was happy with that idea. As I always do, I asked her how many keys she wanted total and she asked for 5. I proceeded to install the double sided deadbolt on the door with the trim the customer requested. I was able to do that, and then I went to duplicate the keys.

I have a brand new key machine in my car that not only will duplicate keys, this key machine will also make keys from just a blank key. I proceeded to copy 3 keys, and I tried them in the new lock I just installed. They didn’t work! I know my key machine was calibrated correctly, because I calibrated it myself. I tried a code key (much like a factory original) it didn’t work either. I apologized to the customer left her with only 2 keys and left the address. I tried the keys I cut in a different lock, and they worked perfectly. The next day I went back to the customer’s home and tried the keys again, they still didn’t work. I make several new keys again, checked my key machine again, everything looked o.k. I even went and measured the keys, there were exactly the same. The original keys that came with the lock worked fine. No matter what I did to the keys I cut, they did NOT work. I then tried something different. I re-keyed the deadbolt to the original key. Yes, I did a normal smart key re key to the double sided deadbolt using the factory key that came with the deadbolt. All keys then worked! The keys from the day before, along with all the code keys, and every key that I had cut worked.

So to summarize this little adventure I would like you to ask yourself. If there was this much trouble in getting a key to work. What would of happened if the customer couldn’t get the key to work from the big box store? Also ask yourself this. What kind of security could I get from a lock that failed right out of the box? Conforting thought no?