All you need to know about Rekeying


Rekeying what is it? How master Rekey works?

Rekeying was first invented in 1836 by Solomon Andrews, a New Jersey locksmith. His lock had adjustable tumblers and keys, allowing the owner to rekey it at any time. Later in the 1850s, inventors Andrews and Newell patented removable tumblers which could be taken apart and scrambled. The keys had bits that were interchangeable, matching varying tumbler configurations. This arrangement later became the basis for combination locks. Most locks now days are rekey friendly, and all it takes is to call a locksmith.

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Rekeying is a relatively simple a process of changing the tumbler or wafer configuration of the lock so a new key will function while the old one will not. Rekeying may be done without replacement of the entire lock. Rekey is done when a lock owner may be concerned that unauthorized persons have keys to the lock, the key was lost, or you moving to new business or house while you don’t know who has access. Call to local locksmith will solve that problem by rekeying the lock so that only new keys will work and you the only person that has them. In addition to rekeying locks for security many home owners choose to rekey locks for convenience. One way to reduce confusion and the weight of many keys on your key ring is to have all of your exterior locks rekeyed to use the same key. A locksmith can rekey an unlimited number of locks in your home to all work with the same key. For owners of rental property such as apartment buildings, or for condominium associations, it is often necessary to have a master key that will open multiple locks. These locks then each have a key that will open only that tenant’s lock. Locksmiths can perform master rekeying to almost any configuration to meet the needs of rental property owners, businesses, and home owners.

Rekey is not restricted to house locks. You can rekey car locks, mailbox locks, cabinet locks, motorcycle locks, ignition locks, mortise locks and much more. So if your car keys been stolen, you don’t have to replace the locks its much more affordable to rekey them. All thou some auto manufactures built locks that not possible to rekey and they have to be replaced but the majority of car locks are locksmith friendly.

Master re-keying:

Master key is a key that operates all the locks that been rekeyed to work with it. There is no limitation to how many locks that key will unlock or operate. These locks might have they own key and a master still will operate them. Locksmiths were rekeying entire buildings with hundreds of locks in them to where all the locks have they own keys and the building manager has the master key  that’s unlocks every single one of them.

Rekeying instead of replacing locks:

If you move into a new home, rent a new apartment, lease new commercial space, fire an employee, or change cleaning companies you may find yourself thinking about changing your locks. Even if you do get your keys back from previous owners, occupants, employees or contractors, they have had the opportunity to duplicate your keys. You have no way of knowing how many duplicates may have been made, or who has them. In almost any situation where you think a lock needs to be changed a local locksmith can rekey the lock at a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time it would take to select new locks and replace them. You do not need to replace the entire lock to protect your property, files, and cash.