Is this quote crazy for rekeying new home or am I just a newbie who doesn’t know any better? : Locksmith


Hello lock experts! First time homeowner and just closed on our home on Monday. I had a locksmith come out today and they quoted us nearly $900 to rekey the entire home! Yikes! I researched the average cost of rekeying a home before he arrived, and was expecting a number in the $200-$300 range, but maybe I drastically miscalculated?!

Here’s the breakdown of the job:

4 Kwikset deadbolts (one sided) – 1 Kwikset deadbolt (double sided) – 1 Schlage deadbolt (locksmith was going to replace with a new Kwikset so every door could be opened with the same Kwikset key). Time 2hrs (but he was charging me for 1hr because he was 5.5hrs late). Home is in CT.

The locksmith seemed like a super nice guy, but… $900?!

If that is normal, and I’m just having a bit of sticker shock, perhaps there is a better way to go about getting all these doors to have the same, but new key?

Thank you so much in advance for any and all advice!

(Edit: Gor my hours wrong and adding my location)



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Deadbolt throw doesn’t extend all the way sometimes : Locksmith


I have a schlage 562p double cylinder that I’ve installed and the throw will extend all the way for a while and then it becomes inconsistent and I can push the deadbolt back in with my fingers. This has been the case for two deadbolts so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. It feels like the tailpiece works for a bit then starts binding up?



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[NEED ADVICE] So this afternoon I wanted to open my garage door and the key that normally opens this door doesn’t unlock the lock anymore. I have a couple keys and they all don’t work anymore, is there something I can do so it opens again or do I need to call a locksmith. Thanks in advance. : Locksmith


Honestly though, places for locksmiths and people that want to discuss unique locks are few and far inbetween. The more traffic this sub gets, the more people find it, and the more discussions we can have as a community. Some posts may get redundant but in the long run I think they’re helping as long as it’s not someone just saying “ay how do I get into this kwikset lock” I think it’s okay.



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Key turns but lock doesn’t work 90% of the time : Locksmith


Hi everyone! Have an issue where a new key that I had cut turns endlessly in the door lock but it doesn’t engage the actual lock 100% of the time, but it unlocks 100% of the time on the first try.

The original key also locks 100% of the time which is odd because the new key looks identical to the original key. Was wondering if anyone had any insight into where the issue might be? Apologies if this isn’t the right subreddit to be posting in. Thanks!



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Programmed Hyundai Key Fob Now Old Key Doesn’t Work Is That Normal? : Locksmith


I have a 2013 Hyunda Elantra. One of the original key fobs has a broken battery terminal and only works if I’m lucky. I bought an aftermarket key fob and took it and my broken key fob to the dealership. They programmed the new key, and my old key still works. When my wife tried to use her original key though, it no longer works. I would have thought they were just adding a key, not reprogramming the whole car. My question is if this is normal that you would have to program all the keys at the same time?



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Apparently gatehouse (or some “locksmith”) doesn’t know what macs are or why they’re important. I had a residential eviction today. Started picking and it took me longer than normal for these shitty locks. When I got the knob picked, I pulled it so I could just make a key and unlock the db. 76277 : Locksmith


I am not a locksmith, can someone explain to me why you don’t see cuts like this more often? Seems like it would be a whole lot more secure, adding that OP said it was hard to pick. Every house key I’ve had rarely had cuts with depths that differed more than 1-2 – In other words I’ve always felt my homes would be incredibly easy to bump-key or pick



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