How much time do you spend foraging for your keys? Ever had to rely on the extra set you hid away? You may be a good candidate for a key-free door access lock pad that offers the security of a keyed lock with the convenience of using a digital code to open the door. These remote locks operate on batteries and require no wiring, so replacing the existing door hardware is not difficult.
A locksmith will charge $186, including the lock and labor, to install a keyless door lock. You can buy one for $98, replace it yourself and pocket a 47% saving. These locks are available in a nice variety of styles and finishes like brass, bronze, chrome, nickel and matte black. They are sold online and at specialty hardware retailers and home centers.
Since most keyless locks fit into existing 2 1/8-inch deadbolt holes, replacing an old lock with a new one is relatively straightforward. At https://www.schlage.com/en/home.html you’ll find how-to videos, manuals and templates in the Support How-to Center.
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Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved
$186 — $98 — 2.5 — 3.0 — $88 — 47%