Do Kwikset locks come with unique keys?

Author: Prof. Malachi Reichel  |  Last update: Friday, May 27, 2022

Kwikset locks come in a wide range of combinations and key cuts to ensure homeowners purchasing their locks at a home improvement or hardware store receive a random key cut that cannot be identified by other homeowners,” wrote Marty Hoffmann, Kwikset Vice President of Marketing.

Are Kwikset keys unique?

Yes, it is a "unique" key. You don't "cut" a new key, you program the lockset to accept a different key. If you have other "Kwikset" keys laying around, you can use those.

Are all Kwikset keys different?

Kwikset locks have roughly 3,000 different possibility's , the chance of someone having the same key in your area is very slim. Regarding the rekey kits, its usually the same thing as the lock, the first couple keys are probably the same as each other. Most locksmiths wouldn't recommend Kwikset smartkey.

Are Kwikset keys the same?

Kwikset is another popular brand that uses the same method with their packaging. One key can actually open six locks. When we reached out to Home Depot to find out how many of their locks were keyed alike, they said, "We are not able to break out that information, and to contact the manufacturers."

How many different keys does Kwikset make?

Other brands like Kwikset also offer 7,000 key codes. Schlage has around 30,000 key codes (6 pin configuration).

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Do all Kwikset locks come with same key?

“Kwikset locks come in a wide range of combinations and key cuts to ensure homeowners purchasing their locks at a home improvement or hardware store receive a random key cut that cannot be identified by other homeowners,” wrote Marty Hoffmann, Kwikset Vice President of Marketing.

Do all locks have unique keys?

No. The same company usually offers locks that are keyed-alike (ka), for the homeowners who want their front and back doors to use the same key, and to have a total of four identical keys to open either lock.

How do you get locks keyed alike?

All packages with the same key number use the same key.

So if you have 3 knobs and 2 deadbolts you all want keyed alike, buy 3 knob+deadbolt sets of the same number. Generally there are 3-8 lock packages in a carton (all with the same style/color/SKU).

Should all my doors have the same key?

Ultimately, whether you choose to have your deadbolt and door lock open with the same key is your choice. There isn't necessarily a one size fits all answer. If you want to have separate keys for a door that currently uses only one key, it is easy enough for a locksmith to set it up for you.

Can one key open two different locks?

In short, a master key system allows one keys to open multiple different locks. At the same time, more than one key can open the same lock. In an office building, for example, each employee can have their own key which unlocks the door to their office.

What is SmartKey Kwikset?

The Smart Key (or SmartKey) is a user-rekeyable wafer lock made by Kwikset and Weiser (Canada). It uses five wafers that interact with a sidebar to provide protection against lockpicking and key bumping.

Are Kwikset Smart keys safe?

Kwikset smartkey locks are certified Grade 1 security for residential use by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association and are advertised by Kwikset as being invulnerable to being hacked with wires, screwdrivers, or anything else inserted in the keyway.

How many times can you rekey Kwikset SmartKey?

How many times can I re-key my lock? Unlimited amount of times. All you need is the Smarkey Security tool.

How do I use the Kwikset alternate key?

Insert the new Kwikset key all the way into the lock. Rotate the key 90° counterclockwise until you hear a definite click. Make sure that the key and lock are straight up and down. To ensure that the Smart Key lock is re-keyed successfully, keep the key in the lock and rotate it back again 90° clockwise.

Is Schlage or Kwikset better?

Also in the non-forced entry category, there is no doubt Schlage is better. With a better, more precise manufacturing process and 2 additional security pins than the Kwikset deadbolt, Schlage locks are significantly harder to pick, bump or compromise in non-destructive ways.

Can Schlage and Kwikset be keyed alike?

This is because Schlage and Kwikset locks are not compatible with the same type of key. Their keyways are made differently, therefore you will either want to have all Schlage locks or all Kwikset locks. When you're at home, you don't want to use different keys for each lock you own.

Is there a master key for all locks?

Is there a master key for all locks? For certain systems of locks, yes. A master key is specifically designed to unlock a given locking system. Having one key for safekeeping can help open a lock in case its paired key is lost or damaged.

Can Kwikset Smart keys be copied?

Yes. You can have duplicate keys made just as you would any regular lock.

Does Kwikset have a master key?

Kwikset makes a rekeying kit that includes all the parts and tools you need to create a master key. Use the key in the kit as the master key.

Will Home Depot rekey a lock?

Home Depot will rekey locks such as Schlage, Kwikset, doorknobs, deadbolts, single and double cylinders for $5 to $15 per lock. If your local store does not offer the service, you may purchase a rekey kit or visit Lowe's or Ace Hardware. Home Depot does not rekey car locks as they often require specialized technology.

How do locks have different keys?

Each pin therefore has a number of different settings or sizes to make up a variety of differs or key combinations that will open the lock. To do this they split the pins at various places.

Are all door locks universal?

Door levers are left-handed, right-handed or universal. To determine what you need, look at the door from outside the house or room. If the hinges are on the left, look for a left-handed or universal lever. If the hinges are on the right, you need a right-handed or universal model.

Can Kwikset locks be bumped?

The special tool that is designed to bump open these specially designed locks breaks open everything inside, leaving no outer damage, and then allows you to turn and unlock the deadbolt to open the door.

Are Kwikset locks easy to pick?

Yes, it is possible to pick a Kwikset lock using different kinds of tools. According to the data, Kwikset locks had been picked in less than 2 percent of lock-picking attempts while a schlage lock had been picked over 78 percent of lock-picking attempts.

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