Dec 06

Updated Dec 13

New to the area

Hi fellow Portage Park citizens. I just moved to the area 2 weeks ago and I look forward to living and engaging with the community.

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Nov 19

Updated Dec 02

Locksmith Recommendations

Hey Everyone,

I need to have the locks changed at the condo I closed on (and if possible, have them on the same key; right now the deadbolt and regular handle have separate keys).

All responses appreciated. Thanks!

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  • Handyman Rich Fixing, Building, Taking Things Apart = Enjoyment

    Nikki,
    Just as important as having new keys to work the locks on your new place is the quality of locks that are used. I’ve had trouble with Quickset locks (Key resembles Mercedes symbol), and only use Schlage locks on my home. Changing a lock yourself is not a hard...

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    Nikki,
    Just as important as having new keys to work the locks on your new place is the quality of locks that are used. I’ve had trouble with Quickset locks (Key resembles Mercedes symbol), and only use Schlage locks on my home. Changing a lock yourself is not a hard thing & can be as simple as 2 screws. A locksmith usually charges $15/tumbler to re-key a lock. If you want to replace the locks, and purchase the materials yourself, consider this. There is a key code on the package of a new lock, Deadbolt & knob can be found in the same package. If you purchase 2 packages with the same key code, one key will work everything.
    The reason I prefer Schlage brand is that they come with 2 strike plates. One is double thick and has 3” screws that go through the jamb and into the framing member (2x4) behind the jamb. Those are Much harder to break into, but are also harder to install. You need to chisel out a recess for the deeper strike plate, and pre-drill holes for the 3” screws. If your jambs are metal or there is brick instead of 2x4 behind the jamb, the degree of difficulty increases.significantly.Good luck with your new place,
    Rich

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