How To Rekey A Kwikset Or Weiser Smartkey Lock

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If you are planning to rekey your Kwikset or Weiser Smartkey deadbolt or handle lock you will require only two things. You will need the tool that was originally supplied with your Smartkey lock when you purchased it. You will also need a new and different key. The rekeying process for these locks is quite simple and straight forward. To change the key for your Smartkey lock, follow this:

Note that there are 2 holes in the plug. The plug is the portion of the lock that the key goes into and turns with the correct key inserted. The large hole in the middle of the plug is of course the area that accepts the key. You will also notice that there is a smaller rectangular hole near the bottom of the plug to the left of the keyway or keyhole. The tool that was supplied with the lock enabling you to change your key is inserted into this smaller hole. It is what activates the key change process.

1) To begin, insert the key that currently operates your Smartkey lock into the keyway or keyhole (the large hole on the face of your lock).

2) Turn the key clock-wise to the 3 o’clock position (to the right). You will know when the key is in the right position because the key will stop turning momentarily and then continue. You may need to start again from the 12 o’clock position and very gently turn the key until you feel the resistance at the 3 o’clock position. Stop there. Don’t turn the key and plug any further.

3) Insert the key change tool that was originally supplied with your lock into the small rectangular hole and push. You will feel it engage and know that it has when you hear the click.

4) Now comes the tricky part. First, carefully remove the key change tool. Then, be careful because one wrong move and you’ll be calling a professional locksmith service to reset the lock to the factory setting for you. The key that is in the plug should now be able to be removed. Gently and carefully remove the key from the plug taking care to keep the plug from moving out of the 3 o’clock position. I can’t stress this enough: it is imperative that the plug not turn in either direction as you remove the old key from it. It may be a good idea, if you have never done this before, to press your thumb up against the plug and the face of the lock at the same time to ensure that the plug does not move during removal of the old key.

5) Once the original key has been removed from the plug, slowly and carefully insert your new key into the lock plug, once again, taking care not to turn the plug in either direction. Once the new key has been fully inserted into the keyway and plug, turn the key in a counter-clockwise position (to the left), past the 12 o’clock position.

6) Congratulations! You have just successfully completed the required steps to rekey you Kwikset or Weiser Smartkey type deadbolt or handle lock.

I sincerely hope that this article has helped you achieve a successful lock rekey of one of these locks.

Security Article Written by: Toronto Locksmith


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