Why Cylinder Locks?
The cylinder lock is becoming common in many doors due to it is ease to replace the cylinder without replacing the whole lock. There is a variation of the common cylinder, the electronic/digital cylinder.
Reasons For Cylinder Upgrade
The need for a more secure lock pushes people to change their locks. There is a general feeling that new cylinders are more burglar-proof. One can also change the cylinder that comes with a new set of keys. This is mostly important with houses which have recently changed occupants.
Requirements Before Upgrade
There are several things that one should make sure are in place before the upgrade starts. The right size of cylinder should be in place. A cylinder should not stick outside the lock as this may make it easy to pluck out for a burglar. To get the right cylinder size, take the current cylinder to the store for comparison, it will save a lot of inconveniences. Also, it can be measured while still fixed to the handle using a metric ruler. Measure length from the outside face of the backplate to the fixing screw, then to the outside face of the other backplate. The measurement can be more accurate when the cylinder is removed from the handle. If it is difficult, one can refer to the manual on How to Upgrade Euro Cylinder Locks that may have come with the cylinder initially or found online from the manufacturers website. A cylinder that stuck outside should only be measured from the point it flashed with the backplate, and then placed on its side for measurement. Measurement should start at one end of the cylinder to the midpoint of the fixing hole. This is the measurement that should be used to source a new cylinder.
Here Is How To Upgrade Euro Cylinder Locks
Upgrading the Euro cylinder lock does not require much of technical know-how so long as one has the right tools for the job, mostly no more than a screwdriver. This upgrade involves the removal of a present Euro cylinder then fixing a new one. Removal required a cross-head screwdriver that releases the fixing bolt with holds the cylinder to the lock. The fixing bold is usually under the latch on the edge of the door. Insert the key to open the door and leave it there. Remove the fixing bolt under the latch by unscrewing it. Using the key still inside the cylinder, pull the cylinder out slowly as you push it from the other end. The new cylinder should now be fitted into where the previous one was. Turn the key in the new cylinder until the cam no longer sticks out and lines with the cylinder. Guide the cylinder through its cut out on the door then screw the fixing bolt until they are secure.
Risks Of The Euro Cylinders
Euro cylinders are vulnerable to buglers who use lock snapping to gain entry into home with cylinder locks. This was possible with the fixing bolt passing through a thinner section of the cylinder and was easier to snap when pressure was applied. However, recent modifications have added a front section that can snap and leave the locking mechanism in hence prevent forceful entry.