I've recently had to use these and if you re-key per instructions (using the tool) then you have a lock that will work with 2 different keys...you haven't changed the key. You have added another one that works the lock!
Funny since they advertise, "Don't change the lock...change the key?" Think of the X partner trying to keep the other out of the house/apt.
Well, if you're actually trying for more security than "keeping honest
people honest" you're not using Kwikset locks anyway.
So you've actually verified that it will still work with the key that it
shipped with? I kind of suspected that that might be the case. I
couldn't really imagine how it could work any other way - and also that
the tumbler pins are probably awful fragile making it susceptible to
just hammering a screwdriver in there and twisting really hard.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I have four of these SmartKey lock sets. None of their original keys
work after the lock sets were re-keyed. I just double-checked.
I wonder if you happened to get one that had the same key as the one you
wanted to change to? Can you check the original key on a different lock
that came with your preferred key?
On Thu, 11 Jul 2013 07:14:20 -0700 (PDT), Bob_Villa
The Wieser "re-keyable" lock CHANGES the key so the original does not
work any more. It is a disk lock, not a tumbler lock - and can be
troublesome. The secret is NEVER use a key that has lower protrusions
at the end than at the root. Said differently, you don't want the key
to taper towards the point.
There are apparently other resetable locks that have a master that
does not change, and changeable "pass keys". I've never seen one or
worked with one.
much better choice is a electronic touch pad lock, easy change of code, set a special one time code to let visitor like someone checkng on pets while your on vacation, never a lost key, impossible to lock yourself out...
batteries last over a year, common AA and lock warns you when battery is low....
best thing i have bought in years:)
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