How a Locksmith Installs New Locks


Whether it is in a newly constructed home, or an older home that you have just purchased, you want to have new locks in the premise you just moved into or are concerned about the safety of your current locks and need them replaced with new ones, the job needs to be done by the right person. A qualified locksmith will help you get the locks installed the right way so they serve their intended purpose and they do so for a long time. When it comes to guaranteeing the safety your loved ones, it is best to leave the job to the professionals as only they can guarantee quality work. But how does a locksmith install new locks when you call on them?

If the door had other locks installed initially, it will not require the holes to be drilled. If however it is a new door, the locksmith will drill holes into the door on which the new locks will fit. If there is an old lock covering the hole, it needs to be removed and a locksmith will do so by removing the screws securing it and the door knob. Removing the door knobs precedes removing the deadbolt but for both actions to be completed successfully the interior and exterior parts need to be pulled simultaneously.

Once the old lock leaves the door, it is time to assemble the new lock into the hole. For faster an economical results, a locksmith will settle for a lock of a brand and/or design similar to the old one. This saves the time and money that would be spend in drilling new holes for locks designed differently. The new lock is placed carefully ensuring that the slanted side faces the direction towards which the doors swings.

The locksmith then places the lock plate on the lock assembly and screws it in place. The doorknob is then slid on to the door’s front and back and slight shifts made to ensure that the spindle slides through the lock assembly for perfect linkage. Holding these knobs in place, the screws are inserted into the interior side of the knob and tightened in place. New strike plates follow which are placed on the doorjamb and screwed in place.

One the new lock is in place, a good locksmith will always try it out to ensure it works perfectly. They will try the turning the knob from either of the sides as well as locking and unlocking the locks to ensure they give the right key for every lock.

A good locksmith will be able to achieve a perfect new lock installation in a single attempt. If not able to do so however, it is best to repeat to ensure that the job is done perfectly. Wondering how long the entire procedure will take. This will entirely depend on the level of expertise of the locksmith working on the lock. For most however, it will be less than an hour with some taking as short as 10minutes to work on a single lock. If there are many locks to be installed in a premise, it is best to have several locksmiths work on them simultaneously so as to save on time.