Houston Locksmith: Tips For Changing Combination Locks Part 2
4. Changing a Brief Lock Combination
Quite often wheel combination locks will be used on briefcases, where a numbered wheel is rotated independently. Don’t worry if you don’t have your briefcase’s current combination since that combination lock style only gives an illusion of security. After getting it open you can worry about that kind of lock not being secure. To decode the combination insert a feeler gauge in order to determine what the pattern is, or keep applying pressure on its release mechanism and then turn each of the wheels to determine which number is providing the greatest resistance. If decoding methods are something that is new to you, the best thing for you to do is probably to call a Houston locksmith. Once you have the briefcase combination, you can just follow the steps below:
- Hold onto the lock latch in its unlocked position and pull on the lock release.
- Maintain pressure so that the lock is kept open, and rotate the wheels for the new combination.
- Then release the pressure and let the latch spring back into its fully extended position.
- With your briefcase open and its latch extended, test to see if your new combination works.
- Close your briefcase.
5. Changing a Locker Combination
Lockers have mechanical dial combinations lock built into them that have been designing to make it fast and easy to change the combination locks. Since the locks are used in work environments and schools, it is essential to keep detailed records on those changes. The information isn’t applicable for locker locks that are brought in to use by people. For information on how to change a detachable locker lock (a type of padlock), check out the section on changing a Padlock Combination. Built-in locker locks have two major combination change processes. The first one is for older models where you are required to:
- Insert your change key and then turn it to the right (clockwise) until it stops.
- Then turn the dial to the “0” position.
- Press on the button that is located on the back side of the lock hardware.
- Press the button and at the same time move the dial to the left (counterclockwise) two marks (to the “48”).
- Take your hand off the button to release it.
- Turn back the key to remove it.
- Turn the dial to the right (clockwise) until you hear a clicking sound.
For newer built-in locker locks, it’s faster to change the combination.
- Insert your change key and turn it to the left (counterclockwise), a quarter turn.
- Then turn the dial left (counterclockwise) for two clicks.
- Turn back the key.
- Keep rotating the dial until you hear a clicking sound.
- Take out the key and then check and see if the lock’s combination has been changed to the one that is next in the series.
Call a Houston locksmith if you don’t have the change key. You shouldn’t attempt the process without having a change key. Trying to pick the lock isn’t a reliable way to keep changing this type of lock.