Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Kwikset Smartkey review from Home Depot - Part 2 - the install

Welcome back to Part 2 for the install of our Kwikset Smartkey lock system from Home Depot!

Part 1 was HERE.

BUT... it comes with it's own story. Of course. :)

The install

(actual Kwikset install video is below after my story)

Kit is 100% complete.

Everything you need is in the kit right down to the last screw. All you need is a Phillips screwdriver.

I was sooooo smart. I put everything in a tray, brought out my pretty tools, hired my son to help with photography and we were going to do this in minutes!

Until I realized I had lost the instructions.

Ah well. How hard can it be, right?!

1. Remove everything that has to go. 

Everything that has to go is attached with just screws so it's all easy to remove.

2. Insert the new deadbolt latch.

This is where I went wrong... so heed the following advice.

I inserted the new deadbolt latch but it didn't fit.  It was suppose to slide in all nice like but the gears wouldn't align with the hole. Hmm..

So I pounded the door jam out with a wood chisel and made it work. 

PERFECT. (not really)

It still didn't align right so I beat out ALL the wood inside the door. It was right about then I turned to my son and said, "We may be shopping for a new door."

TIP: The deadbolt  has an adjustment feature. You can choose which measurement works best for your door hole location. Oops!

Unfortunately I lost my photographer at this point and I was kinda busy worrying about breaking my door.  No matter. It still worked out! (but I still really want a pretty new door darn it anyway)

3. Everything else just snaps together effortlessly.

So without instructions,  I put all the pieces together like a puzzle. Most of it was pretty self explanatory. Once the alignment in the hole worked out, everything snapped together PERFECTLY. 

4. Set the keyless code and insert the 4 AA batteries (done together - see video below)

But without instructions, I couldn't figure out the keyless lock settings. 

Until I attempted to find something online. And that's when I found this goldmine that could have really sped things up! You do NOT need the paper instructions with this amazing tutorial.

Original Kwikset video on install, code setting and keyless feature is HERE.

This beauty now resides on our front door and it works as well as I hoped it would! We gave it a real life test run today and it worked to perfection for both of us!

Some very cool features:

To get in, you punch in your code.

To leave, hit the little lock icon. That's it!

The system accepts two codes which are VERY easy to change. 

You can set the system to relock after so many minutes automatically. 

The system allows you to rekey your lock anytime you wish as well.

The finish is exactly the same as our original set so it was a flawless match.

Heads up:

Kwikset is under Weiser in Canada.

The keyless keypad takes 4 AA batteries.

Not any key will work with the rekey system. It has to be a Kwikset key or possibly an original that has not been recut. All my house keys are poor copies so I'll be taking one to a locksmith to see if they can cut one that will work. 

But honestly? We don't need it with that amazing keypad.

Aside from the small key glitch, I totally approve this keyless entry system we have 110%! We LOVE it!

Thank-you so much Kwikset Smartkey and Home Depot!

·        Have you ever loaned out a key that was never returned, or would you like to be able to grant temporary access to neighbors or a contractor? The Home Depot can help. SmartKey rey-key technology is the solution. The Kwikset SmartKey lock gives homeowners the ability to quickly and easily re-key their own locks without removing them from the door. 
·        Increase your home’s safety and pick up a Kwikset SmartKey lock from The Home Depot today. SmartKey offers increased security and peace of mind because lost, loaned or unreturned keys become useless. It also offers one-key convenience for your home - you can re-key your front, back and side doors to the same Kwikset key.
·        Kwikset SmartKey’s re-key technology features a patented side-locking bar, central to the locks’ ability to be rapidly and easily re-keyed. The bar replaces the traditional pin and tumbler design that is particularly vulnerable to increasingly popular lock-bumping attacks. 
·        Delivering outstanding strength and protection, SmartKey deadbolts have passed the most stringent lock picking standards and offer ANSI/BHMA certified Grade 1 security. Grade 1 security is the highest level of tested residential security available in the industry.
·        Based on performance and features, Kwikset SmartKey deadbolts earned the prestigious Best Buy rating from Consumers Digest Magazine in the residential deadbolt lock category in February 2010.  
·        Kwikset SmartKey deadbolts can be purchased online at and at your local The Home Depot store. 

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The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote their KwikSet Lock product. As part of this promotion, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.


  1. that is awesome - we have debated doing this for our kids, but it looked hard - not anymore! thanks Donna!

  2. I have been thinking of doing this.
    Thank you for the information!
    I'm pinning this review!
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  3. We just had one of these installed for our beach place, now I don't have to mail keys to renters anymore! My only concern is how long the batteries last and what happens if you are out without a key and the batteries die, how do you get back in? What sort of warning do you get when the batteries get low?

    1. Hey Anon, the only warning that I know of is that a little LED will flash red inside, which you won't know about if you aren't there. I suggest to have a master key located somewhere with a fresh set of batteries (or a rechargeable kit ready to roll) with directions on how the renters can change them. It's very easy once you know how.

      I'll always have the key on my keychain anyway and we have a backup plan with the back door so we aren't reliant on just the front.

  4. I have had one for years, it's really handy but you really need to have a key somewhere just in case. Mine has not worked a few times in frigid weather. You can tell when the batteries are getting low because the deadbolt locks slower and noisier.

  5. We played with these at the store and I'm sure will install something similar when the house goes up this year. It seems so easy, and still looks good!

  6. I just bought one of these because of getting locked out of my home last weekend. I bought it because of your suggestions. So glad to have seen this on your blog.
    Thanks so much!

  7. We have these on our main and detached garage doors and LOVE them. One thing to keep in mind... Our front door stopped working last year; we changed batteries, NOTHING. It was clearly malfunctioning. We took a visit to Home Depot to buy another one; only to find out... wait for it .... They have a life time warranty! They exchanged our whole unit for a brand new one and we are happy as clams in mud again. Great review on a great product!

  8. I want one of these...just another project to add to my list. Thank-you for your warm and thoughtful comments on my blog.
    I appreciate it.

  9. what if the current product we have (handleset) is not kwikset. Will the kwikset deadbolt still work ok?

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