Kwikset locks operate by matching the cuts on the keys with the bottom pin tumblers inside the cylinder plug.
There are two sets of five pins in each lock, top and bottom, and a set of springs. The top pins are all the same size and are flat on both ends
Inside a Kwikset/Society Brass Collection Rekeying Kit are the different bottom pin sizes you need to rekey a lock, a Key Gauge for reading the cuts on a key, a Cylinder Removing Tool (affectionately known as a “pick¬le fork”), and a plug follower. This is a very simple device which keeps lock parts from scattering across the room when you remove the plug (which houses the pins, and into which the key fits) from the cylinder.
Before you can rekey a lock, you have to know what pins to use. For obvious security reasons, Kwikset doesn’t print key-cut combinations on the packaging. We use this Key Gauge to find the key-cut combi¬nations. Before disassembling the lock, measure the cuts and write down the numbers. There are also extra top pins, springs and other parts in the kit.
Kwikset Rekeying Manual contains complete very well illustrated on rekeying. By reading this manual you will expand your knowledge on following topics:
- How a Lock Works
- Tools to Rekey
- How to Gauge a Kwikset Key
- Key Duplication
- Keying Master Cylinders
- Rekeying Knobs
- Laurel Eggknob
- Knobs with a control key
- Knobs with a standard operating key but without a control key
- Knobs what to do if top pins and springs drop out during rekeying
- Rekeying Levers
- Levers for Commercial Series levers
- Rekeying Handlesets
- Rekeying Deadbolts .
- 780 Deadbolt with a control key
- 780 & 980 Deadbolt without a control key
- 780 & 980 Deadbolt without a key or control key
- 980 Deadbolt what to do if top pins and springs drop out during rekeying
- The Society Brass Collection
- Knobs & Levers
- Low Profile Deadbolt with existing key
- Low Profile Deadbolt without existing key or if springs have fallen out
- Glossary of Terms