I've only heard great things about the Landlordlocks system, except their price, but that hasn't been my experience. The locks have been very difficult to use. The keys are annoying to push in and very difficult to remove. They often get stuck and you have to stand there wiggling it a lot and re-checking alignment. After spending all that money to rekey the house, the tenants want different locks.
Has anyone else had this problem with their icores? I haven't applied lubricate yet, so perhaps that's my problem. Any recommendations? Landlordlocks sells Houdini on their website.
@Douglas Krofcheck - This seems to be a new problem for them. I didn't have this issue several years ago, but then started noticing this same problem about a year and half ago. I would first try some of their lock spray. I found they are almost too precise in their cutting, and it's a very tight fit. When I get a new set of cores, I spray a little of the houdini spray in, and pull the keys in and out a dozen times to get them moving. If that doesn't work I would ask for replacement cores.
Also they do cost more money up front. The benefit comes in time saved when swapping out locks between tenants and ease of use from only needing one master key.
You could try some graphite or silicone spray in the locks as well.
Try running the keys through a grinding wheel that has a stiff wire-brush wheel (NOT a grinding stone). If you don't have one or access to one, a local hardware shop or even big box store will have one in their key-cutting departments. A decent amount of force is required to smooth-out the sharply-cut keys. Very often a slightly duller key will work better in a very tight keyway. These wire brushes are used after the keys are cut to de-bur the keys. I've had luck with this process, in addition to lubricating the keyways as well.
I deal with all type of cores and new key situations. I have always had success by lubricating, running the key in and out and then cycling the core through the lock unlock position.
Thanks for all the advice. I ordered some lubricant and will try that first before smoothing the keys. It hadn't occurred to me to lubricate them until I was typing my initial post. I didn't think new locks needed that (in use for about 2 months).
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