Hire Me to Install a Lock You Purchased

  • $65 Service call to North Seattle
  • about $20 labor if holes are already drilled correctly, not including parts.
  • about $45 labor if holes are not already drilled, not including parts.
  • $75/hour training you how to use your lock.
  • $15 extra on the weekend and after 6 pm.

I will install a lock that you have purchased, and happily so.  I don’t begrudge you saving a dollar, I do this myself when I need my vehicles repaired (buy the parts myself online).  You may be able to save some money by buying your own lock if you watch online sale sites like slickdeals.net or fatwallet, or maybe you will buy a used lock from somebody on craigslist.

Before buying from one of these places, ensure that they keyway of the new lock will match the keyway of those locks already installed in your building so that you don’t have to carry around more keys than necessary.  I can’t tell you how many times I have gone out to install locks for somebody and they had a lock that was the wrong keyway, and then they bought one with the correct keyway from me anyway.  It is possible to switch out the keyway with a different cylinder on a high quality lock but it isn’t happening if you bought an el cheapo at home depot.

There are some more caveats: Obviously I cannot guarantee the quality of a lock that you bought somewhere else, especially a used one.  I only guarantee locks that I sold and installed myself.  I know that I will do it right, and I know that my hardware will last.  I only guarantee that the installation will be correct since I have no knowledge of the lock’s history.

The other thing to make sure of is that the lock you buy will have proper clearance of the door frame.  Sometimes there just isn’t enough room for a big lock on the door using the holes that are pre-existing from an old lock.  I can drill a bigger hole, but it will cost you.  If you are getting a large Schlage keyless lock for example, it will take up more surface area.  I have had to modify doors that had decorative ridges and such in order to make the lock work.  In doing so, there are literally no cost savings in ordering the lock yourself because I have to charge for the time it takes to prep the door.

Good places to go for locks are of course Lowe’s and Home Depot, but also consider “Builder’s Hardware” and also the various salvage places around Seattle, like Earthwise Salvage and Second Use (my favorite, I go here to source locks for customers who want a patina) and The RE Store.  You can get working locks at all of these places.  You can always call me to get some recommendations, because different people need different kinds of locks based on their usage patterns and the people that might want to bypass those locks.