Have you heard of re-keying?

When they are in need of a locksmith, Northampton residents know they can always contact us. We have built a reputation for excellence by ensuring our services are always first rate. On top of that, we work around the clock to provide fast solutions to every lock problem. Our team is experienced, uses the best equipment, and specialises in non-destructive lock opening.

At some point, you might have been in a position where you had to change your locks. You could have lost your keys or moved into a new home. However, many people are unaware that there is an alternative to changing their locks outright. We are talking about re-keying them. Don’t worry if you don’t know what this means; we will be explaining it right here.

How does re-keying work?

Locksmith NorthamptonWith changing the locks, you simply replace the old with the new. Re-keying is a little bit more complex. It involves switching the working key for a lock to another one. In other words, the old key won’t operate it anymore.

What happens is the locksmith will take the lock apart and replace some of the components within. The pins in the mechanism match a certain key. So, changing the pins means it is setting a new key for the lock. With the proper tools, this should only take a few minutes to finish.

To re-key locks, locksmiths must be in possession of its current matching key. If they don’t have it, they will need to pick it open. It is not a difficult process but it can be more expensive this way.


One thing people regularly ask us is how they can improve their security. As the top locksmith Northampton has, we are always happy to offer advice.

Re-keying can be a good option if you want to make locks more secure. What most people will do is re-key a lock and get the same number of pins in the mechanism. This means the level of security is the same. However, there is the option to add more pins. As a result it can make the lock more secure, making it harder to pick.


Some people choose to re-key locks because they are trying to match more than a single lock for the same key. Let’s say that your house has multiple locks, each with a separate key. This can be inconvenient. Here, you might want to change it so they are all one key. Just remember that the locks need to be of the same brand for this to work. Alternatively, they have to share the same variety of keyholes.

The right solution from the best locksmith in Northampton

At TMN Locksmiths, we always look for the ideal solution when attending to a client’s property. We take into account what will offer you the most security and the best value for money. When our people arrive, they will carry out a free inspection of your property, and go over all the possible options and prices.

So, if you need help from the foremost locksmith Northampton has, please contact us. As we said above, we are available at all times, day and night.