Today, there are different types of door locks and some are embedded in the door. By cons, others are simply placed on the inside of the door. The trend today is focused on the mortise locks. For the latter, you can often just change only the cylinder without having to touch the whole mechanism of the door. But it must follow a process depending on the type of lock change. The locks are in a door and are generally used to close and secure our homes. But there are times when our locks or damaged after a few years or that we must find new ones when we can fit into a new apartment. Usually, a lock change is required because it is necessary to ensure safety. But before deciding to replace it, check what type of lock we can be embedded as some others do not.

Change a door lock flush

A mortise lock is placed inside the door and it is a common type of lock right now. When dealing with this type of lock and want to change the key, there is no need to change all components. It is enough to change the cylinder to actuate the locking mechanism through the bit which is a part of the cylinder which rotates with the key. So to change one without changing the lock cylinder, it is imperative that you are in possession of the keys.


To change a cylinder, you need a screwdriver and of course your new cylinder. Subsequently, first remove the screw holding the cylinder inside and turn the key in the lock of the door open to move the bit inside the cylinder. While doing this, you have to pull the cylinder towards you. You will know that the bit is finally aligned when the cylinder goes out to you, so you can remove it. Then you need to position your new cylinder inside and turn the key to see if the lock closes. Once you realize you are, use the screws you removed to secure the cylinder inside, of course screwing.

Change a lock Freestanding

In this case where the lock is placed on the door inside, start by taking off the lock and must begin with the wrist. Next, unscrew the lock mechanism, that is to say, the box, head caps, striker plate and clean. Then, place the new lock on the door and draw with a pencil, its location, as well as screws. After, make holes where the screws with a drill. The next step is to position your new lock at the point you marked earlier. Once that’s done, you’ll screw it and then check it works and if it does, you must return to the other parts. Therefore, it is of the headrest of plates and wrist. Then screw the faceplate to start after checking that the lock closes properly to where you put it. Once done, you still screw the face plate and end up placing the wrist.