Rekey #atozchallenge

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So far, I’ve been able to handle the challenge I set up for myself without having to rely on words like "reenter" (to enter again) and "redeploy" (to deploy again), but I hit K and was totally at a loss. I checked a couple of Scrabble dictionaries online, and all the words were "re" followed by a verb.

Anyway, to rekey a lock is to replace the tumblers in a lock so that the old key won’t unlock it. If, for example, you intend on locking someone out permanently (like an estranged spouse), you call a locksmith and have him replace the lock. When he does that, he gives you new keys. That’s rekeying.

I read an article recently that said that one of the first thing you should do when moving into a new house is to replace all the locks. That way, if a person you don’t know has a key, you can keep him or her from entering the house and going through your stuff. (Of course, when we moved in, we never had the locks changed. Fortunately, apparently no one else had a key.) The same thing holds true if you’re renting a place, except it’s the landlord’s job to do that, and he pays for the work. And, as you might guess, the landlord has a right to have a key, because, after all, he owns the property.

Hotels have gotten away from having traditional keys for their rooms. When you check into a hotel these days, they issue you a key card that’s like a credit card, with a magnetic strip that has information such as your name, the room number, check-in and check-out dates, and maybe other information, like your frequent stayer number. It generates a code that the lock (which is controlled from the front desk) understands, which matches the key card. It works roughly 99.5% of the time; the other 0.5% of the time, you end up having to go down to the desk and have them create new key cards and change the lock. One time, I left the room to get a Coke, came back, and the key card wouldn’t let me into the room…

19 thoughts on “Rekey #atozchallenge

  1. When I drop my car off to be serviced I only leave the car key. I take my house keys home with me. I feel safer that way and won’t feel the need to change the locks on my house.


  2. The husband’s truck was stolen once and the house keys were on the same ring so we had our locks changed but that was after living here for about 15 years. We are only the second owners of the house so we weren’t too concerned about changing the locks when we moved in.


  3. In all my 22 years of living where I do now, I’ve never had to rekey my door locks. The post office had to rekey my mailbox because we lost our key one time, but never our doors. And hopefully my wife will never rekey the locks someday if I go out for a while. Of course, these days if I go anywhere she usually goes with me.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. I think we were here more than ten years before we had ours changed, and we did it because we put on a new doorknob and wanted to deadbolt key to be the same as the the doorknob. We ended up replacing both.

      I don’t go anywhere unless Mary takes me now, so I don’t have to worry about being locked out permanently…


    1. There are so many things that can go wrong: the magnetic strip on the back gets demagnetized or damaged, they didn’t set it up correctly etc. Maybe they’ll start putting a chip into the card like they do with credit cards now. That seems to work well.

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  4. I once got locked out like that, but it was because the battery in the lock chose that moment to die. I had to wait for a long time until a maintenance man could get there to change the battery. The hotel was nice enough to give me free drinks until he got there.


  5. I always have issues with those electronic cards that side in a slot. Of course, my hubby has no problems at all. We’ve had cards that had to be rekeyed for one reason or another.


  6. My dear friend had to rekey last year when he split with his jerk ex husband. I have trouble with opening doors..I don’t know why but I do and have had more than my share of hotel door issues..all me, not the key.


    1. For all the travel I did, both domestic and international, I had relatively little trouble. It was more when a hotel had just gotten their electronic key system, and they were all learning how it worked. The begin and end dates of your stay are coded on the card, and occasionally the hotel wouldn’t switch from world time to local time when they set up the machine. It’d be 7 PM locally, but their machine would say it’s midnight the next day…


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