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Rekey schlage cylinder without original key

Hey, I have schlage cylinders with spool pins in 4 out of 5 chambers. I can't pick them by hand or with the gun...I tried peeling the top off the cylinder to pop the springs, but now I can't get the top to wedge back in! So my questions are:

How do I replace the top, if possible.....

If i can't pick it, what can I do?

Are the levers with sideways keyways harder to pick in general?

Thanks much!

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SOURCE: Lost entry door key, need to rekey kwikset deadbolt

Unfortunatley you need to have the key to remove the cylinder. You can take it to a locksmith that can pick" it to remove the cylinder and make you a key but it may be more cost effective to replace it.

Sorry not to be mre help.

Posted on May 22, 2009

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SOURCE: I bought 2 kwikset deadbolts.The first one worked

put the 'dummy key' that came in with it, turn it a 1/4 turn right, put smart key in, pull out smart key. pull out the key and insert the key that you would have as a desired key and turn left 1/4. thats it!!!!!!

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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Hi,
The instructions they send are almost always generic and cover more than one subject.
If you insert the key and turn it all the way clockwise, you should be able to insert the tool tip they sent you into the hole on the shank part of the handle. Pull straight out and it should come off. Some times it takes several attempts to do.
Next turn key counter clockwise back to starting position and remove key. Dump lock out of handle, paying attention to orientation. Turn lock 180 degrees and reinsert back into handle. Put lock and handle back on to door and reinsert the key. Turn key clockwise and push.... remove key.

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Posted on Jan 21, 2010

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I had mine do the same thing right before I was leaving to the airport [re-keying for the house-sitter]. I was setting the lock and I hear a spring-type ping and the keying was lost.

The tumbler can be reset to your key. However, it involves disassembling the device and has small parts.If you are feeling lucky, you can do this yourself or take it to a qualified person.

If you are feeling lucky:
A: Disassemble the lock from the door

B: Remove the door handle from around the key side.

C: Remove the U retaining-clip from the outside of the lock that is securing it to the shaft.

D: Remove the lock from the shaft

E: Remove the U retaining-clip from the tumbler body and the case
F: You will have to press the five fingers down evenly on the length of the case to slide the cylinder out of the case. (I cut a plastic card with small wire cutters to make a tool, but you could probably use thick card-stock and some scissors.)

Be careful; you will have to watch for and secure the check ball on one side of the tumbler and the finger lock bar on the other side as you slide this out.

G: Remove and store the check ball securely as well as the finger lock bar. (careful with the plate surrounding the fingers that the finger lock bar resides in)

H: Remove the finger locking plate. Carefully, make sure the fingers are still inside and oriented correctly and the spring at the back of the finger locking plate is left in place.

I: You will notice a u channel groove in the fingers and the finger locking plate. Align the fingers in the finger locking plate evenly so that the grooves in the fingers match the groove in the finger locking plate.

J: Replace the finger locking plate with fingers aligned evenly with the u channel groove back onto the tumbler body and hold back against the spring left on the rear of the tumbler body. This puts the tumbler into re-key position.

K: Replace the finger locking bar onto the finger locking plate while holding the assembly against the spring and tumbler body. (If this is done correctly, the finger locking bar will now be flush with the side of the finger locking plate and not raised as normal.)

L: While holding the tumbler assembly together and maintaining the locking plate pressed against the spring, Insert your new key into the tumbler body.


M: While holding this assembly in this position, add the check ball to the tumbler assembly.

N: While holding the assembly in position, slightly depress the black plastic block at the back of the finger locking plate and slide this tumbler assembly back into the tumbler case taking care to rotate the case 90 degrees clockwise from normal. (Note the U channel groove inside the tumbler case that normally receives the finger lock bar and use that for orientation.)

If the tumbler does not insert cleanly, verify the finger locking bar is flush. If it is not, redo while maintaining proper pressure to keep the finger locking plate firmly against the spring in re-assembly. Also, verify the fingers are not protruding from the tumbler body. If they are, redo the procedure taking care to align the fingers properly on assembly and maintain proper force on the finger locking plate against the tumbler body during re-assembly and new key insertion


O: Rotate the key and tumbler body in the case to the normal position (counter-clockwise 90 degrees).

P: While holding the tumbler body firmly against the case, remove the key.

Q: Re-insert the key and verify smooth rotation.

R: Align the tumbler body and case back to the normal position and while holding the tumbler body firmly against the case, remove the key.

S: Replace the U retaining-clip that belongs on the back of the tumbler body to secure it within the case.

T: Replace the tumbler body in the main lock shaft and secure with the shaft U retaining clip.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010

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SOURCE: How do I rekey smartkey when original keys are

the only way to fit a new key to the ' smartkey ' lock system is to use the Kwikset smartkey reset tool, then after the cylinder is reset - you can put a new key in it for alignment.
this tool is availible at most lockshops and they will reset the lock for about 5 dollars.

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