I need to rekey an entry lock but couldn't figure how remove the cylinder
from the handle. It this one from Schlage:
There is a hole on the lever for a push pin to remove the handle but
couldn't be this easy since it's an entry lock. Sure enough its a "no go"
with just the push pin. How do I get access to the cylinder without
destroying the lock? Thanks in advance.
Generally you have to remove the inside handle to remove the outside
handle. If it's like my Schlage entry locks, once you have the
outside handle off, you insert the key and turn it part way. Then
there's a pin on the back of the cylinder you push in, which frees a
retaining nut which you then unscrew. That releases the cylinder. But
be careful or you'll have a lap full of pins and springs.
Most Schlage entry locks can be easily rekeyed DIY. DAGS for Schlage
rekeying kit. I did all mine for a few $$ a cylinder. But mine were
traditional deadbolts, not handlesets. The kit I bought had enough
pins for 6 locks and came with complete instructions. Took about 5
minutes per lock.
I have the lock removed from the door, it's on my bench. There is nothing
from the inside that I could see that could be removed to get to the
cylinder. The inside parts that I could see is press fitted with nothing to
unscrew or unlatched - why did Schlage do that? Like the others said, I need
to have the key or pick it to get to the cylinder. I don't have the key and
lock picking ability is something I have yet acquired. Seems like I'm
stuck - could use this lock as a non functional dummy lock.
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