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Moving house - need to change front door lock

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by molinari, 27 May 2006.

  1. molinari


    Joined: 6 Jan 2003

    Posts: 5,182

    Right, I'm moving house on Monday into a house which currently has tenants in. They are leaving the day I get the keys, and as a precaution I want to change the lock on the front door and I'm just wondering if anyone on here can tell me if this is a diffficult thing to do?? It's a wooden front door with a normal key lock on there at the moment, and I can get a new lock from B&Q.

    So rather than pay a fortune for a locksmith, should I attempt this on my own?? :)
  2. SideWinder


    Joined: 12 Jun 2004

    Posts: 149,442

    Location: NW5

    It depends on how experienced you are generally with DIY. If you have no experience at all then i would suggest paying the money and getting it done properly. That way it is done correctly, saves you a lot of hassle and they do a good job of it. However if you like doing that sort of thing - more hand's on around the house, i say try it but do research first into the, hm, procedure. :)
  3. 4T5

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 30 Aug 2004

    Posts: 27,746

    Location: Middle of England

    It's simple.
    Just buy the same kind of lock and get your screwdriver out. The new lock comes with instructions but you won't need them.
  4. Tachyon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Dec 2003

    Posts: 2,119

    Location: Same oul' town

    Absolutely. It's very straight forward, all you need is a screwdriver if you change like for like.
  5. rpstewart

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 11 Mar 2003

    Posts: 10,744

    Location: Greenock, Scotland

    1. Unscrew lock from door
    2. Remove and measure where keyhole is in lock
    3. Replace lock in door
    4. Off to DIY shop
    5. Buy new lock of identical size and key location
    6. Replace old lock with new one.
    7. Job's a goodun
  6. Jonny69

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 3 May 2004

    Posts: 17,669

    Location: Kapitalist Republik of Surrey

    Alternative to rpstewarts plan:

    Take lock out of front door
    Arm girlfriend heavily and stand her in doorway looking menacing
    Take lock to local lock or DIY shop and buy similar
    Return home and replace lock
    Unarm girlfriend and return her to kitchen or bedroom

  7. Dr Who


    Joined: 11 Nov 2004

    Posts: 8,148

    Location: Wiltshire

    All you need is a new barrel, not a whole lock, its a simple screwdriver job and a hacksaw to cut the lock shank to length...

    Done it many many times