THE BETTER RESETTER
Thank you for purchasing The Better Resetter tool. This tool can
quickly and easily re-set Schlage Securekey and Kwikset Smartkey user
re-settable cylinders, when there is not a working key to the lock available.
You must have the cylinder out of the lock and I recommend holding the cylinder
gently in a vise while performing a reset.
The Better Resetter consists of two combs: One comb does
Schlage, the other Kwikset. The Kwikset comb is the one with the very thin barb
protruding off it. This barb is used to depress the re-set slide inside the
Kwikset Smartkey cylinders.
I STRONGLY recommend viewing the video of the
reset procedure . The video can be found at the tool’s website,
It is about 5 minutes
long and I reset both a Schlage and a Kwikset cylinder in it.
KWIKSET RESET PROCEDURE
- Remove the cylinder from the lock , lubricate it with WD40 or
equivalent, and gently clamp it in a vise upside down. Do not tighten the
vise too much. Make sure the plug can still move freely in its’ shell.
- Using the Kwikset end of the tool , ( remember, the Kwikset end is the
end with the protruding barb) align the 5 tines over the 5 access ports on
the bottom of the cylinder. Fully depress the tool into these ports ,
engaging the slides, until the tool completely bottoms out and is flush with
the shell of the cylinder.
- While holding the tool completely down and bottomed out against the
shell, rotate the plug clockwise with a screwdriver, or the tip of a key .
The tines of the comb will catch between the plug and shell at about 10
degrees of rotation, stopping the rotation, but continue turning the plug as
you remove the comb from the access ports, and the plug will turn the
remaining degrees. You will feel a slight index as the plug reaches a total
of 90 degrees rotation . This is the reset position.
- Using the thin barb protruding off the Kwikset end of the tool, depress
the change slide through the small slit in the face of the plug. A distinct
“click” will be heard.
- Fully insert the key you want to work, rotate the plug back
counter-clockwise 90 degrees, and remove the key. The cylinder is now
SCHLAGE RESET INSTRUCTION
- To reset the Schlage Securekey design, you will need your own blue reset
key cut to the same cuts as the key you give your customer . These blue
reset keys are available from most locksmith distributors now or from Lowes
and Home Depot. Also, you will need an uncut SC1 key blank.
- Remove the cylinder from the lock, lubricate it with WD40 or equivalent,
and clamp it in a vise upside down by the “fake Bible”.
- Fully insert an UNCUT SC1 key blank into the lock.
- Insert the Schlage comb end of the tool into the 5 access ports on the
bottom of the cylinder, and securely hold the tool COMPLETELY bottomed out
against the shell of the cylinder. Remove the uncut SC1 . At this point, the
tool is effectively holding all five slides in the position where the lock
can rotate to it’s reset position. Allowing the tool to rise away from the
shell will lose this “shear line” , so keep it bottomed out.
- Making sure to keep the tool in continuous contact with the shell, and
using the tip of a small flat screwdriver, or even the tip of the SC1 you
just removed, rotate the plug counter clockwise to the reset position
(approximately eleven o‘clock ). The tines of the comb will catch between
the plug and shell at about 10 degrees of rotation, stopping the rotation,
but continue applying rotational force as you remove the tool, and the plug
will continue to the reset position .
- Once in reset position, insert your own blue reset key cut to the depths
of the key you want to work, ( If the blue key will not go in , rap the
cylinder on its side two or three times , as sometimes the spring activated
reset shuttle inside the lock can stick.) rotate the plug back to the
vertical home position and remove the key. The cylinder is now re-keyed.
NOTE : NEVER FORCE keys into the cylinder. The Schlage design is
fragile compared to the Kwikset and forcing a key can ruin a cylinder. If you
have trouble getting a key into a cylinder, lubricate the lock generously, and
repeat the procedure. Also, remember that once in the reset position, the ONLY
key that will go in and reset the cylinder’s pins is a schlage blue reset key,
so keep a supply of these keys in your inventory for future jobs.
Mark Jones, Inventor