How to rekey a door lock

What is Lock Rekeying and How to Rekey a Door Lock

What does rekeying a lock mean?

Rekeying a lock is simply the process of changing the pins and springs in the cylinder of an existing lock. Over time and use the springs and pins can become worn and cause the lock to stop working, become difficult to turn with the key, or even become so worn out that the lock can be open with any key that fits into the cylinder.

What are the benefits of rekeying a lock?

There are a couple benefits to rekeying a lock. The first benefit is cost. A professional locksmith can determine if you need to completely replace a lock or if it can simply be rekeyed. Rekeying is just changing the pins and springs in the lock cylinder which is quicker and cheaper than replacing the entire lock. The second benefit is that you can rekey the lock to work with your existing keys or rekey all your locks to work with a single master key.

How do you rekey a lock?

To rekey a lock you will need a kit for your specific lock brand. You’ll need top pins, bottom pins, cylinder follower, remover, gauge detector, springs, and other tools for removing the lock and reinstalling it.  Rekeying involves removing the lock cylinder and replacing the pins and springs to match the cuts in your key. Below is a video in which a CallOrange locksmith technician demonstrates the process:

If you would like to have a professional rekey your door locks and deadbolts for you, give CallOrange a call today; we’re available 24 hours a day! We can rekey your locks, create master key systems and provide discounts for rekeying of multiple locks.

How to get started in Home Automation

What is Home Automation & How To Get Started

What is home automation?

Home automation enables you to control your household features such as lighting, temperature, security and more all through a single control panel or internet device such as your smart phone, table or computer. Beside just convenience of having control f your home through a single device, automation can save you money by improving your home’s efficiency and security.

How do you get started with home automation?

The great thing about getting started with home automation is that you can start small and it can be done affordably while still providing great benefits. When setting up your home automation system you can start with just the basics and over time add on to your system as needed. A basic home automation and security system usually starts with a control panel (you can usually also use a computer, table and/or smart phone), door and window sensors for alarm security and a smart thermostat for temperature control. These devices are relatively affordable and can either be set up by yourself or quickly and easily by an installation professional. Just these few basic devices will enable you to secure your home, monitor activity and control temperature such as being able to turning up your heat or air conditioning minute before you arrive home.

After your basic home automation system is set up you can then add additional devices such as video cameras, smart smoke and heat detectors, smart carbon monoxide detectors, smart light bulbs that enable you to set timers or control your lighting from your phone. You can also install smart electronic door locks that can open doors automatically when you approach the door with your Bluetooth device or create custom key codes that you can use to track who comes and goes and to provide for visitors that can automatically change or expire on a specific day and time.

There lot’s of information to help you get started in setting up your home automation system. You can check out this article about “10 Expert Tips For Building Your Automated Smart Home” for additional information or give us a call here at and we can answer your questions and schedule a professional home automation installation appointment today!