Not being able to get into your home or apartment can be one of the most frustrating experiences. How should you go about gaining access again? Can locksmiths make keys from a lock or do you need to replace your lock completely?
The good news is there are a number of ways to create a new set of keys and using your existing lock is one of them.
How Locksmiths Make Keys from a Lock?
While creating keys using a lock instead of spare keys is more complicated, it is possible.
If a locksmith determines it is possible to create a new key using your existing lock, one of three methods can be used:
- Cut the Key from Impressions. Impressioning is the process of inserting a blank key into the lock and turning it to bind the pins in the cylinder with the key. This process creates impressions that make it possible to create a key copy. It might require a few tries to get right though. The key is then filed to make it work in the lock.
- Cut the Key to Code. To use this method, a locksmith requires a bitting code and every lock has a unique code. Since this code is not visible, the code needs to be matched using the make, type of lock, and the manufacturer. Once your locksmith has the code, it’s easy to make a spare key.
- Disassemble the Lock. This process takes the longest and is generally used as a last resort. Only an experienced locksmith can do this as the lock needs to be disassembled without causing damage. Once the pins and tumblers can be accessed, the shape of the key becomes apparent.