"he probably gave ya good advice.
the (pre-drilled) holes and strikes will probably need to be
adjusted ! "
I was thinking along those lines too. I doubt it's as easy as using a
screw driver, as some have suggested. For example, are the locations
for the strike plates mortised out? If you don;t have the proper tools
or skills and screw this up, it can be a lot more work to do correct
than to do right the first time.
Also, some people claim that the same model locks sold by locksmiths
are of a better grade than those sold at the big stores. Based on my
experience, I don't believe it. I have Kwikset's on my front doors. I
would gladly replace them with a costlier and better lock, but only
Kwikset's will fit. I bought Kwikset's from a locksmith that appeared
identical to the ones sold at Lowes and HD. I had bought locks at
Lowes, but had to keep taking them back. One was all scuffed up,
another had a trim piece that obviously had not even been plated
The Locksmith assured me that while his looked the same and had the
same model #'s, that the ones they sell to locksmiths are in fact
higher quality. So, I paid a premium price. And what I got is the
same junk that within 2 years is already seriously tarnished. And the
location they are in is well protected by a huge porch overhang. I
would avoid Kwikset, if possible, at least for any lock that you want
to look good.