This is a post mainly for locksmiths. Euro cylinders can be a pain when a top pin falls out. Trying to get a pin or all the pins back into a Euro cylinder can be a challenge. The pins have to be put back in from front to back and a regular follower will not work. You have to repin the lock using a “wire” type follower. It is just a lot of hassle.
3D Printed Euro Tool
This is a simple tool i use to repin euro cylinders. It is 3D printed and the one shown here is made from PETG plastic. It takes about 10 minutes to print and you can print more then one at a time. I actually reccommend printing a few at a time just to give the plastic time to cool as it is printing. You can also print it using a 3D printing service. You can download the STL file here >– Euro Repinning Tool –>
Easy to make locksmith tool
It would also be easy to make this tool from an existing lock barrel. You really need a lock barrel with a long back (or front) that will stick out of the cylinder a bit when the tool is inserted. You would need to mill out the slot in the centre which might be difficult. The printed tool is easier to make and easier to replace.
To use this tool
make sure the springs do not stick up too far above the shear line. Springs sitting flat at the shear line are preferable.
Insert top pins into the pin chambers of the repinning tool
insert the tool into the lock and rotate so the pins and springs are aligned
line up the pins with the top pin chambers and push the pins down with a pick or piece of stiff wire.
rotate the repinning tool so the top pins line up with the slit in the tool
insert a euro follower into the slit in the tool as you would with a lock barrel
remove the tool.
Insert barrel with correct bottom pins
Works on all lock spacing
The barrel i am using has no spacing markings. For me it was not needed as it is just a simple matter to line up the pins. If the lock you are repinning has different spacing to the tool, it is simple to pull the tool out slightly as you are pushing in the pins. The euro repinning tool works on different spaced locks.
5 or 6 pin
You can use the tool on a 6 pin lock even though it is a 5 pin tool. You load the first 5 pins. Then you load the tool with the last pin only. The tool will push down all the front pins as the last pin is loaded.
Hope this might help some locksmiths out there. Have fun repinning these locks!
Often when we change locks on a house or business in Brisbane it is so the occupants can be sure that other people with keys to their doors can not open the locks. This is by far the better type of lock changing job we do. Getting locks changed to avoid future problems is smart and should be done when ever you move to a new house, shop or office or when ever you dont want someone to come back into your home or get through your doors.
As we are a twenty four hour locksmith, we get jobs all hours of the day and night. The night time jobs are almost always emergency locksmith jobs where people are in some type of predicament and they need help from a locksmith in Brisbane. These types of jobs often are because their keys have been stolen and there is an urgent need to secure the home or business as it is more then likely the thief will return.
Changing the locks is either done in two ways. Either the lock or lock cylinders will be replaced or the lock pins will be changed to a new key combination. There are reasons for doing either type of lock changing. If a lock is damaged or broken then replacing the lock or cylinder is a must. Sometimes it is even less expensive to replace the cylinder then to repin or rekey the lock. If time is of the essence, some locks are better to be replaced as they can be time consuming to disassemble.
The advantages of just replacing the pins in locks are that the lock does not have to be replaced. Some locks are no longer made and impossible to replace. If the lock is not a standard fitting then the holes in the door would need to be repaired. Some locks are also very expensive. Replacing an entire lock is often just no cost effective. Even though some locks can be replaced with cheaper versions, the cheaper locks are never as good a quality as the more expensive higher quality locks. Going cheap on security on a home or business can lead to some very bad outcomes.
Our locksmiths in Brisbane always consider the most cost effective way to change your locks. If changing the locks is too time consuming or not a viable option, then new lock cylinders can be the better option.
In Brisbane, rekeying the locks quite often is the better option. The major advantage is that you can have all the locks on your doors with the same key or even master keyed. Simply replacing locks will give a different key for each lock. Our Brisbane locksmiths can change the locks all to the one key to make it much simpler for you to operate your locks. There is never a need to go searching for the correct key for the lock.
With our after hours lock service we are always mindful of your costs and try our best to give you the best solution. Our locksmith vans are all equipped to change locks in the middle of the night and we carry all the parts and replacement cylinders and locks needed for Brisbane. Getting people out of a bad situation and changing their locks 24 hours if they have been burgled or keys stolen is a big part of our 24 hour locksmiths job.
Did you know that your locks on your house our unit can be changed to a new key combination. This will stop all the old keys from working in your locks. Here at 24 Hour Locksmith Brisbane this is a daily and nightly job for us. Yes, even in the middle of the night people need locks changed. They usually need them changed because someone stole their keys. This can be after they have been burgled or after a break and enter into their home. Sometimes keys are the only thing stolen during a break in. The keys can be used to re enter the house or apartment at a convenient time for the thief especially without the knowledge of the owners or tenants.
Fire Rated Door Lock
When changing the locks on a house or apartment a locksmith usually doesn’t change the entire lock. Only the combination of the lock has to be changed. The lock cylinder is pulled apart and given a new lock combination by a skilled locksmith. Changing the combination of the lock cylinder is generally much cheaper then replacing the entire locks on the doors. Even when new locks are supplied, more often then not they still need to be changed to suit a specific key.
Usually when changing locks it is convenient to have all the locks in a home on the one key. A Brisbane locksmith can change the locks and keys so they all match to the same key combination. A house with quite a few locks can be a nightmare if all the locks are on different keys. This makes finding the correct key for the lock very difficult and requires a large bunch of keys to be carried. When a locksmith changes the locks to the one key he makes the locks no less secure. All the parts inside the lock are still securely locking the cylinder. The lock just has the same combination as other locks in the house.
Even locks of different brands can be placed on the same key. Our Brisbane locksmiths know which locks can be placed on the same key. Sometimes a new lock cylinder will be required in order to have the locks all keyed the same. We carry an extensive range of new lock cylinders for this purpose and can easily swap a cylinder to make all the locks match on the one key. A complete lock may in some cases be needed to match all the locks to the one key. Our locksmiths also carry locks for this purpose. If a non stocked lock is needed, we can order and replace your locks fast.
When changing locks a new set of keys is required. Our locksmiths can cut keys on site for your locks. We can also cut keys to code when needed for specific keying systems. Code keys are more accurate as they are cut to the manufacturers specifications. If you have a worn key or a key that is sticky or clicky, ask our Brisbane locksmith if you need a key cut to code.