So my wife finally gave me permission to go ahead and buy a smart lock to add to the rest of our growing smart home gadgets. I'm looking at the Schlage Connect. We currently have a separate deadbolt and doorknob, both with locks that use the same key. They have "Dexter by Schlage" branding on them.

My question is- if I replace the deadbolt with the Schlage Connect and the doorknob itself with a non-locking options (else you could lock yourself out if that one gets locked and you depend upon the keypad to get in!), can I replace the pins in the Schlage Connect with those from the previous deadbolt so I can continue to use the same key?

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    Don't rely on electronics for access to your home. Stash a key nearby, and keep the locking knob for occasional convenience.
    – isherwood
    Oct 30, 2018 at 16:31
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    I'd be relying on electronics for 'convenient' access to the home. It's still a proper deadbolt with a physical metal key, it just also has a touchpad a vistor/guest with the proper code can use to get inside. It's really not much different than the exterior keypad to open the garage door nearly everyone I know has.
    – Jamie M
    Oct 30, 2018 at 19:43

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The short answer is yes.

You may even be able to save yourself some trouble by just swapping the deadbolt core (the small tube that holds the pins). When I first bought my house, I went around and re-keyed all the locks to the same key. I believe as long as the lock is the same brand, it's possible to re-key.

Here is a video showing the removal of the core and re-keying it. If you need to rekey a lock and you don't have the pins for some reason, you can buy a Schlage re-keying set.

  • Turns out it was easy. $10 and 5 minutes later, a local locksmith rekeyed the new deadbolt to use my existing key.
    – Jamie M
    Nov 2, 2018 at 17:39
  • Congrats, that is much cheaper than I would have expected. Nov 2, 2018 at 20:57

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