Rekeying Locks

Top reasons to rekey your locks

Top Reasons to rekey your Home or Business Locks

Your home or business lock is the first line of defense against unwanted guests and threats to your security. With so many daily challenges to be concerned with, the compromised nature of your property’s security is the last thing you must worry about. With quality locks in your apartment, you enjoy confidence to perform domestic or commercial activities at your home or business without the fear of snooping eyes.

If you think the integrity of your home or business lock may have been compromised, calling a professional locksmith to rekey the locks is a huge step towards ensuring improved security. Are there benefits?

Why should you rekey your home or business locks?

You Just Moved in

Rekeying the locks of your house or commercial space should be a top priority even before you move into a new property. Copies of the keys may still be with the previous owner – this means the security of your home is already compromised. If you already have a move-in date in mind, you can speak with a professional locksmith to schedule a time that is convenient for you.

Lost Keys

Losing the keys to your property may happen at times. Depending on where the key was misplaced, your property could be at risk. Although you can easily get more spare keys, this does not prevent the person who finds the key from having access to your property.

Old Locks

Old locks pose two dangers: they may not be as secure as they should and others may also be in possession of your key. As such, it would be ideal to get your old lock rekeyed by a professional locksmith so you do not run the risk of having your keys in the wrong hands.

An Unreturned Spare Key

If you allow a neighbor or friend get a copy of your key and it never gets returned, calling a locksmith for a rekey would be a great idea. Even if the person is one you trust, it may have been lost too. A rekey is an inexpensive and less laborious process compared to a total replacement.

Rekey

At Millennium Locksmith, we provide quick, reliable, and efficient professional rekey locks service for all your property locks. We have absolute mastery over the functioning of all lock systems, and as such, our experts are your go-to partners in Scottsdale for your locksmith needs. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – we are the locksmith you can count on at any time of the day. Once you reach out to us, our professionals will get to your property within 25 minutes – this is a guarantee.

We have been serving valued customers throughout the Greater Phoenix Arizona area for more than a decade. Contact us as soon as you have an emergency locksmith need and we will deliver within minutes. Call us at (480) 378-6767 and we will be at your service in no time.

Master Key System

Master Key

Master Key System

If you’ve ever watched a landlord, building owner, housekeeper, or a janitor open up a door with one master key, perhaps you were left with many questions. How can one key open up every door, but when you use the key meant for just that door on another door, it won’t let you in. The answer is in how a master key system works.

Large companies want a way to restrict access based upon an individual’s responsibility or standing within the company. A Master Key system allows different levels of restricted entry. Some create a graduated access level. A Master Key system allows two or more keys to open one lock, but only when the locks and the keys are the same model and set up to do so.

Master Key System

Some terms you need to understand when learning about Master Key Systems include:

  • Springs
  • driver pins
  • shear line
  • master wafers
  • lock pins

Most Master Key systems work off of a basic pin tumbler lock. To open this kind of lock, a pin stack that consists of a driver pin and a key pin must be elevated so that the two rest on opposite sides of the shear line. The key lifts the key pins within a lock. These key pins are all different sizes while the driver pins are a universal size. So, to open a lock, the key needs to have the right set of grooves to lift the key pins to the correct height.

With the basic lock/key system understood, all that is needed for any standard pin tumbler to be turned into a Master Key system is to add what is called a master wafer, sometimes referred to as a master pin, between a driver and key pin. This master wafer is shaped like a small disc-shaped pin. Once it’s in place the pin stack will have two shear lines – one shear line for a pin stack with a master wafer above or below the line. The larger the distance between the Master and the Change key, the more master wafers will be needed. For each additional master wafer, an extra shear line is needed in the chamber.

 

Master Key System

 

Master Key System

Master Key systems have several options, but most include one master key and what is called change keys. There may also be a Grand Master Key and a Great Grand Master Key involved. In order from least amount to greatest amount of entry, the keys are explained like this:

  • Change Key – Sometimes this key is called a sub-master key. It is able to open only one lock. However, a change key lock can also be opened with a Master Key.
  • Master Key – Locksmiths often refer to this as an “MK”. This key will open all of the change key locks that are set up within the Master Key locking system.
  • Great Master Key – Locksmiths sometimes refer to this as an “GMK”. Sometimes the Master Key system doesn’t stop with one Master Key, but also has a Grand Master Key that is able to access multiple Master Key systems that are under it as well as all of the change keys within the Master Key system.
  • Great Grand Master Key – This one is top of the Master Key system. It will open all of the grand master key systems under it.

Master Key System

Before you decide on installing a Master Key system, contact a knowledgeable locksmith who will be able to walk you through the process and recommend which Master Key system is best for your needs.

Millennium Locksmith at your service 24/7, we can help you with any type of master key system. Our Master Key System Service Available in and around Phoenix AZ, 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week.

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