How do I Replace the Lock on a Steelcase Filing Cabinet?

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How do I Replace the Lock on a Steelcase Filing Cabinet?
Steelcase filing cabinets contain locks that protect documents. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Steelcase filing cabinets provide owners reliable security to protect important files and folders. They do so using thick metal locks, requiring a key to open the drawer containing the documents. If the lock is beginning to rust though, or you are worried someone else has a copy of the key, you should replace the lock. Note that you need to have the drawer open to do this; if you have lost your key and the drawer is locked, you will need to contact a locksmith.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Replacement lock
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Monkey wrench

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  1. 1

    Unlock and open the Steelcase filing cabinet drawer for which you want to replace the lock. Some cabinets have only one locking drawer; others have multiple.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the screw on the inside of the lock. You will see it right in the centre of the lock core (which is a little bigger than your thumbail). This will remove the movable locking arm from the lock core.

  3. 3

    Grasp the ring around the lock on the inside of the cabinet with a monkey wrench.

  4. 4

    Turn the wrench counterclockwise to loosen the ring fastening the core to the cabinet.

  5. 5

    Remove the core once it is loose enough to wiggle out. Having removed the arm, this will now come out in one piece.

  6. 6

    Push the new core into the now-empty socket. Tighten the ring around the core by turning the wrench clockwise.

  7. 7

    Screw in the screw that connects the locking arm back onto the new core.

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