My wood front door has polished brass handleset hardware which uses
the same key as the back door which has an entry knob & single
cylinder deadbolt combo. Since the polished brass is peeled due to
weathering (mostly hot sun), I'm thinking of replacing it with the
same (if possible) but if I replace both front and back door hardware
simultaneously, can I get one key for all (like the old ones are) or
do I need to get a locksmith to rekey both doors to use one key? I
don't know if I can buy a complete front/back door hardware set
similar to the existing in one package so that they share a key?
If I need a locksmith, any idea what this costs? Maybe not worth the
cost for the convenience of one key?
The major brands (Kwikset, Schlage, etc) sell pairs of hardware keyed the
same. For the least amount of work, you should try and stick with the same
brand so you don't need to get involved with any more wood cutting. Even
within brands, different models might require different hole sizes &
placement, so you might want to remove your hardware, measure, and then call
manufacturers to match up which NEW units will fit without cutting wood. You
still might need to do a little chiseling or filing, but that's usually
If you can't find same-key pairs in one package, some hardware stores can
re-key one of the locks to match the other. That cost me $20.00 last year,
including extra keys. This is a good reason to buy from a hardware store,
not Home Depot or Lowe's.
More info at www.kwikset.com and www.schlage.com. By the way, this is not a
situation where you want to be a cheapskate and try to save money. If one
model is $20 and a better one is $30, from the same manufacturer, dish out
I had a locksmith come to my house 5 years ago and re-key every exterior
door in the place to the same key; 4 doors in the house, 1 in the garage,
plus the 2 car bay doors. It cost me $90, and was WELL worth it to not have
A locksmith can sell you any number of locksets which all use the same key.
You can also get padlocks which can be changed to use the same key as the
house key if you have "schlage" locksets.
I have one key (same) for front door and deadbolt, back door and deadbolt,
gate padlock, and shed padlock.
Also you get what you pay for. Locksmiths sell "commercial" grade locksets
for around $200 which will pretty much last forever when used on a home.
These are designed for heavy use doors like schools, businesses, government,
etc. They do not sell these in home improvement stores.
I figure you pay the same over time. Replace cheap locksets every so many
years and the cost adds up. Or pay now and no need to replace in future.
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