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Replace Your Filing Cabinet Lock in 5 Easy Steps

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Does the lock on your filing cabinet keep getting stuck? Do you want to change the lock on your filing cabinet before it seals shut permanently? By following these five simple steps, you can replace your filing cabinet lock easily which will enable you to still enjoy the benefits of your current cabinet without needing to go out and spend lots of money on purchasing a new one. Filing cabinet locks are actually made pretty simply, which means they are not too difficult to break into and replace when necessary.

To get started, there are some tools that you will likely need in order to get the job done right. You will need an electric drill, a pair of long neck pliers, a screwdriver, and possibly a hammer and chisel (in place of the electric drill). You obviously will also need to go out and get yourself a new lock to replace the old, faulty one. Filing cabinet locks can be found at stores like Lowes and The Home Depot. Because not all filing cabinets use the exact same type of lock, you should first remove the lock that you have and then bring it with you to the hardware store to look for a similar lock.

Replace a filing cabinet lock

  • You will want to locate the lock that needs replacing and open it somehow. If the lock opens with the use of the key, great! If the lock doesn’t open easily, you will need to insert the chisel in it and then bang on the chisel with your hammer until it unlocks itself. You can also accomplish this task by putting an electric drill in the spot where the key usually goes and then unlocking it that way. Once the lock is unlocked, you should open up the drawer that’ll provide you the best access to the internal locking mechanism.
  • There is clip that attaches the lock to the inner cabinet walls, you should locate it and remove it.
  • If you’ve gone out and purchased a new lock to replace the faulty one, now is the time to install it in your filing cabinet. Using the demarcations from the last lock as a guide, you should place the lock in the exact spot where the original lock was. Let the lock line up with all the holes from the old screws. While you complete the installation, you should keep the key inside the lock the whole time.
  • Your next step will be to make sure that the lock is completely secure and that it doesn’t wobble around from side to side at all. Take your time and carefully screw in the lock with the use of your screwdriver. If you see that the lock is in strongly, you know you’ve done your job well.
  • Now that you’ve completed steps 1-5, you should run a few quality assurance tests. Lock and unlock your filing cabinet a few times and see if it works well. If you see that your filing cabinet locks and unlocks easily with the turn of a key, then you know you’ve done the job right.

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