Can a handyman install a lock? (Locksmith vs Handyman)

Owning a business or house is a big responsibility and as time goes by property requires maintenance. Electricians, plumbing, appliance repair, painters, locksmith and you name it. All of them are contractors and provide professional services in their own fields. Most states require a license and specific training to become a locksmith, so we will go over technical details and also why a handyman might not be a good option.

Yes, the handyman can install a lock, however, there is no guarantee that the lock would be installed correctly which might lead to a security concern. Moreover, a handyman has limited locksmith knowledge and practical skills especially when it comes to more advanced locks installation.

A handyman is a person who has many broad skills that can get some things done. A handyman can install a lock if you request, but most probably handyman won’t be able to match locks for the same key or go into an advanced solution. This blog will discuss what locks can be installed by a handyman and what can’t and find out common possible consequences

What kind of locks can a handyman install?

Most of the locks are quite straightforward. One latch goes to the side of the door, two screws from inside connect the outer lock (where the keyway is), and that is mainly it. Even some of the digital keypads can be installed by a handyman if he/her carefully followed the manual included in the box, including double-sided deadbolts on the gate that is mostly installed with just two screws.

What a handyman can’t install is something that is not in the manual and fellow senior locksmith can help you out. That is what we lived through when we started learning. Stuck for more than an hour? Call our senior or send a picture and the problem will be solved.

Does a handyman need a locksmith license to install locks?

As of our knowledge, 13 states require a license in order to perform locksmith jobs. If a handyman installs locks for someone because they were asked to, then it should not be a legal issue, however, the handyman might be not responsible for the installed lock for whatsoever possible issue.

A handyman will need a license or business registration if he/she starts advertising locksmith services. Then we guess he/she is not a handyman anymore, but a registered professional locksmith


I am Rauan, I have over 4 years of experience as a locksmith tech and then as the owner of my own company. I live in Houston, TX, and love to provide valuable insights related to locks. Enjoy reading

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