Does the base price of a rekey come with new keys, and if so how many? : Locksmith


Trying not to sound like a fool with the person we’re working with – but we’re getting a rekeying done and he gave the price of the service call and price per lock to rekey. He did not explicitly mention new keys, but I have to assume at least one comes with the rekey service…how many more should I be asking for?

Thanks for the help!



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Just found these keys. Anyone know if there’s a way to trace a key back to its lock? : Locksmith


Nope… these are just copies of a Schlage keyway – probably a doorknob and/or deadbolt.

If you visit a hardware store and look at the bulk-packages of knobs and deadbolts, you’ll notice the key codes are the same for every few pieces. This is the quick and easy way people buy keyed alike products. It also means that two people who are shopping in the isle the same day may share the same key.

At a hardware store, when door locks are sold, there are no registries recorded. When keys are made, customers and pin codes aren’t recorded. They’re just made and sent out the door.

So, the short answer to your question is “no” – unless you spend a lot of time sticking keys in holes while hoping not to get arrested =)



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Inherited (empty) glass curio cabinet, key hidden by relatives, bought skeleton keys on Amazon, found one that “fit” (unsure of forced) and was able to turn, but now cannot get it to turn and come out. : Locksmith


Oh, I know. It’s not my piece. Keys from Amazon were already here when I arrived. And because of the construction of this one, recovering from a back injury, and knowing how we would have to transport it, it just makes me nervous it will break in my hands.

Was pretty upset she had jammed a key in a lock I had already suggested was probably broken.

I’ll have her make an appointment to a locksmith. Thanks.



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What do you do with OEM keys and pins? : Locksmith


I’ve just started dabbling in locksmithing- mostly repinning and replacing locks for friends and family members. But I was just wondering what professional locksmiths do with the keys and pins that come with locks you install/repin. I’ve started a scrap brass bucket that I dump the key pins in along with the chips from cutting keys. Is there any point in keeping the original key with the brand logo on it or trying to reuse the pins later down the road? Obviously I reuse the key pins in the same lock if the cut depth is the same on the existing key (unless they’re the double-sided ones that come in kwiksets).



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Hi, can anyone advise me on which brand and style of lock this is in order to replace it. It’s not an emergency so I can’t call someone out due to covid restrictions. My pet gets into the kitchen when I’m cooking. All the doors have this lock but when I moved in i was told they never kept the keys! : Locksmith


It’s a Union Mortice lock. Google that and can find what you’re looking for. Better yet, just get a locksmith to make a key for the current lock. Most states field service locksmiths have been considered essential the whole way thru this. Mask and PPE is standard issue now days.



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