The Do’s And Don’ts Of Replacing A Lock
Replacing your lock is not always an easy task, keeping in mind the importance of security. Generally, change is good, but if the right procedures are not taken when changing your locks, serious consequences may follow. Here is a sneak peak of what to do and what not to do when changing your locks.
- Decide whether you need the same brand of lock or a new one. Determine which lock brand and type you have now, and decide whether you want a new brand or this old one will be okay. If you are going for a new brand, some modifications may need to be done, but if you are going for the same brand, few or nor modifications will be required. For instance, if you are changing from a mortise style lock to a night latch, some modifications will have to be made to allow the new lock to fit well.
- Ensure that the new lock satisfied the industry security standards. The new lock must satisfy the set standards, or it will compromise your security and insurance plans.
- Remove the interior knob and the decorative cover with care before installing the new one. Having decided which brand you will go for, you now need to prepare for the replacement itself. Remove the interior knob carefully, then proceed to remove the decorative cover. This should be an easy task, especially if your lock is based on a simple configuration. Disassemble the parts and remove the latch.
- Don’t replace the lock yourself if you are not sure of the procedure. Replacing your locks may lead to far-reaching and catastrophic repercussions if it is not done in the right way. This is not a do-it-yourself task that you can do using trial and error methods. It is a serious task that gives a new dimension to the security detail of your house. For this reason, it should be done by professionals.
- Don’t choose a lower standard of the lock. Locks come in various standards. It is not advisable to replace a lock with another one on a lower standard. Remember the standards of the lock you have normally affects insurance, security level and peace of mind. Go for higher lock standards to be on the safer side.
- Don’t change the size of the lock. Locks also come in various sizes, and one is advised to stick to the original size, to avoid lock snapping. Check for the sizing descriptions carefully so that you don’t find yourself trying to fit a square peg in a round hole after the replacement.
In summary, the first step in securing your property is having a properly locked door. This explains you need to replace your lock whenever you have lost your keys, you have got a new roommate or your old lock is damaged. It is always good to go for the better options when replacing a lock. For example, if there has been a break-in robbery in your house, you may need to replace the old lock with a new one of a higher standard.