DIY Guide: How to Rekey Your Defiant Lock in a Few Easy Steps

Key Takeaway

  • The process of rekeying a Defiant lock requires basic tools like a pinning kit, screwdriver, new key, pinning tray, tweezers or pliers, and a key gauge. 
  • To rekey a Defiant lock, you need to remove the lock cylinder, insert the new key, and replace the pins to match the new key’s pattern. 
  • If you do not have the original key, you must pick the Defiant lock to be able to rekey it.

Hey there, fellow DIY enthusiasts! Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you need to change the keys to your defiant deadbolt? Perhaps you’ve moved into a new home and want to make sure no one else has access to your space. Or maybe you’ve lost your keys and must replace them for added security.

Whatever the reason may be, rekeying your defiant deadbolt is a task that can be easily accomplished with a little bit of know-how and the right tools. In fact, the process is quite similar for other brands like Schlage and Kwikset as well. Recently while conducting a webinar on rekeying Defiant locks for my lock enthusiast community, I decided to pen down the instructions for my readers as well.

In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of rekeying your defiant deadbolt. So, grab your tools and let’s get started!

Why Might You Need To Rekey A Defiant Lock?

When you insert a key into a Defiant lock, it pushes a series of pins inside the cylinder, allowing it to turn and open. When you rekey a Defiant lock, you alter the arrangement of the pins inside the lock cylinder so that a new key can be used to unlock the lock. This means that the old key will no longer work, and only the new key will be able to unlock the lock.

Rekeying a lock involves taking apart the lock cylinder and removing the old pins inside it. The new pins are then inserted into the lock cylinder to match the cuts of the new key.

Why Might You Need To Rekey A Defiant Lock?

There are several reasons why you should consider rekeying your locks:

  • To Enhance Security: If you have recently moved into a new home or apartment or lost a set of keys, it’s essential to rekey your locks. This ensures that no one else has access to your property. Additionally, if you’ve had a break-in or suspect that someone has tampered with your locks, rekeying them can give you peace of mind.
  • To Improve Convenience: If multiple locks require different keys, carrying around a large keyring can be inconvenient. Rekeying your locks to all use the same key can make it easier for you to access your property and reduce the risk of losing a key.
  • To Save Money: Rekeying your locks is often a more cost-effective option than replacing them entirely. By rekeying your locks, you can save money while still ensuring the security of your property.

How To Rekey A Defiant Deadbolt? (Using A Key)

Rekeying a Defiant deadbolt using a key is simpler than rekeying it without a key. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to rekey a Defiant deadbolt using a key:

Tools Required:

Rekeying a Defiant deadbolt using a key requires a few basic tools that can be purchased from a hardware store or online retailer. Here are the tools that you will need:

Pinning Kit: A pinning kit contains a set of pins, springs, and other small components that are used to change the configuration of the lock’s pins so that a new key can operate it.

Pinning Kit

Screwdriver: You will need a screwdriver to remove the screws on the back of the deadbolt holding the lock cylinder.

New Key: You will need a new key that you want to use to operate the deadbolt. It is important that the new key matches the old key in terms of the keyway and key shape.

Pinning Tray: A pinning tray is used to organize the pins and other components as you remove them from the lock cylinder.

Tweezers or Pliers: Tweezers or pliers can be used to remove old pins from the lock cylinder and insert new ones

Key Gauge: A key gauge is used to determine the correct pin depths for the new key.

Step 1: Obtain a Key

Obtain a new key that you want to use to operate the deadbolt. It is important that the new key matches the old key in terms of the keyway and key shape.

Step 2: Remove the Lock Cylinder

Insert the old key into the deadbolt and turn it to the unlocked position. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws on the back of the deadbolt that holds the lock cylinder in place. Once the screws are removed, the lock cylinder can be pulled from the deadbol

Remove the Lock Cylinder

Step 3: Disassembly of the Lock Cylinder

Once the cylinder is removed, disassemble it by removing the plug from the cylinder housing. Use your follower to push the plug out of the cylinder. Be sure to catch any pins that may fall out as you remove the plug.

Disassembly of the lock cylinder

Step 4: Removal of the Old Pins

Next, use your pinning tray to hold the pins as you remove them from the cylinder. Take out each pin and place it in the tray in the order that you removed it.

Removal of the old pins

Step 5: Insertion of New Pins

Now it’s time to insert the new pins into the cylinder. Use your key gauge to determine the correct size of each pin, then insert the pins into the corresponding holes in the cylinder. A key gauge is a small, handheld tool that is used during the process of rekeying a lock. It is used to determine the correct key cut depths for each pin in the lock cylinder. The key gauge consists of a series of metal pins of varying lengths that correspond to the possible cuts on a standard key.

Insertion of new pins

Step 6: Reassembly of the Lock Cylinder

Once the new pins are in place, reassemble the cylinder by inserting the plug back into the housing. Use your follower to push the plug all the way in. Ensure the plug is seated properly, with no pins protruding from the plug.

Step 7: Reinsertion of the Lock Cylinder

Finally, reinsert the lock cylinder back into the door. Insert the key and turn it to test the lock. If the lock does not function properly, remove the cylinder and troubleshoot the issue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Is rekeying a Defiant deadbolt the same as changing the locks?

Answer – No, rekeying is not the same as changing the locks. Rekeying involves changing the internal pins in the lock cylinder to match a new key while changing the locks involves removing the entire lock and replacing it with a new one.

Q1. How to rekey a Defiant deadbolt without a key?

Answer – To rekey a Defiant deadbolt without a key, you will need to pick the lock open or drill it out to remove the cylinder. Once you have the cylinder removed, you can follow the rekeying instructions as normal, using a new key that matches the keyway of the deadbolt. It’s recommended to hire a professional locksmith to do this if you need to become more experienced with picking locks or drilling out cylinders.

Conclusion

Rekeying a Defiant deadbolt is a simple process that can be done by following a few steps. With the right tools and a little bit of patience, you can easily rekey a deadbolt to use a new key without the need to replace the entire lock. Remember to take your time, follow the instructions carefully, and be mindful of the small parts and pins involved. By rekeying your Defiant deadbolt, you can ensure the security of your home and property and have peace of mind knowing that you have control over who has access to your locks.

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Hey! I am Mark. Though I am not a locksmith by profession, but locks have always fascinated me since my teens. And it all started when I got locked out of my house and I had to pick the lock. Since then it has become my hobby to learn more about different kinds of locks, understand their working and methods to pick them up. In due course of time, I have also become better aware of how installing the right lock goes a long way in ensuring iron clad security. I aim to share my passion (about locks) through this blog. If you are also passionate about picking locks or are just looking to beef up the security, hop on the ride.