Lock changing is the process of adding new keys to the locks and changing the combination in order to secure your property. There are two main types of lock changing: key changing and lock picking. Key changing requires that you have access to the keys that were used to operate the locking device, while lock picking involves efforts to gain access to the locks without using keys. Both these methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. In general lock picking is quite risky, as it may result in causing damage or even injury to you or your companions.
For lock changing, you will first need to prepare the tools that you need such as locksmith tools, screw drivers, a hammer and nails. You should also prepare some clothing that will protect you from injury such as long pants and long sleeves shirt. If you are doing the job of changing the combination manually, you should wear protective gear such as gloves and safety glasses. As for the tools, you will need small tools like pliers, chisels, a small socket wrench, a screwdriver, and so on. To enhance your skills of lock changing, you can purchase books from your local library that teach you how to accomplish this task.
Once you have all of the necessary equipment and materials prepared, you can start by consulting the owner of the house that you are working for. This person may be able to provide you with a trusted locksmith that you can hire to do the lock change. When hiring a professional locksmith, you should make sure that he is well-experienced and that he knows the appropriate techniques to use when changing or altering the locks.
Prior to starting to lock change, you should ensure that you have enough money to cover the lock changing costs. Remember that different locks take different amount of time to change. Hence, you should choose a professional locksmith that can change the keys in a shorter time span. It would be better if you choose a locksmith that offers a guarantee for the work or replacement of the keys if the work is not done properly. You should also inquire whether the locksmith provides the new keys to the clients.
After selecting a professional locksmith, you need to give him the combination of the locks that you want changed. Remember that there are many types of locks such as deadbolts, padlocks, and keyed, electronic locks. You should give an accurate description of the combination. If you know the combination but are not able to remember it, you can write it down on a piece of paper or place it in your pocket, car key, or safe.
After giving the locksmith the required information, he will then install new locks and start changing the old locks. Sometimes, he may also offer to renew your home, if you want to change the locks and get a new key for it. He will then install the new keys and start replacing any malfunctioning locks in your home. When you have finished with changing your locks, he will give you a written note, thanking you for the change and providing you with a key for your front door for immediate use.