Can you replace a key to a filing cabinet?
Instead of making a drastic decision that could damage your file cabinet, professional locksmiths can provide you with a replacement filing cabinet key. It would cost you less than buying a new file cabinet. Just provide them with the necessary information they need.
Do all filing cabinets have the same key?
First, most locks used on desks and file cabinets use a standard “factory” lock provided by the furniture manufacturer. In many cases, the manufacturer provides only a small number of different key combinations. Some manufacturers provide as few as twenty different keys.
What do I do if I lost my filing cabinet key?
If you’ve lost the key to your filing cabinet at work, don’t worry! You can use a nail file or a paperclip to get inside. With a little creativity and patience, you can easily pick the lock on your filing cabinet.
How do I identify a filing cabinet key?
Office / Desk / Filing Cabinets In most cases the key number will be stamped on the front of the lock next to where the key enters. In some cases the number may also be stamped on the original key.
Is it cheaper to rekey or replace locks?
Rekeying your lock is almost always cheaper than replacing a lock. This is because of the cheaper price of the key pins inside the locks, whereas when you replace a lock, you are paying for all brand-new parts.
How do you pick a file cabinet lock with a paperclip?
Using Paper Clips Insert the curved tip of the paperclip into the keyhole of the lock. Make sure that you insert the paperclip vertically so that the curved end pushes down on the lock pins inside. Move the paper clip from left to right to find the right way to push down the pins and open the lock.
How do you identify a lock and key?
Most lock manufacturers use a distinctive bow design to identify their keys. First try to locate one that matches yours. Also look to see if your keys has a name or any numbers or letters on them. Letter/Number combinations such as SC1, KW1, Y1 etc.
How do you identify different keys?
To make it easy to find the most used keys on your key ring:
- Color Code Key Head: Paint both sides of the head of the key with brightly colored nail polish.
- File Notch in Key Head: Use a triangular file to cut a small (1/8″ deep) notch in the head of your most used key, so you can find it by feel, even in the dark.
Does Home Depot rekey locks for free?
Home Depot will rekey locks such as Schlage, Kwikset, doorknobs, deadbolts, single and double cylinders for $5 to $15 per lock. If your local store does not offer the service, you may purchase a rekey kit or visit Lowe’s or Ace Hardware. Home Depot does not rekey car locks as they often require specialized technology.