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Magnetic combo spare key lockbox on your car: bad idea?

I am debating getting a spare key lockbox for my car so I can stop carrying the spare keys in my wallet, as is currently my custom. Is this uniformly stupid, and I shouldn't do it? Any particular errors to avoid, or a lockbox you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

What can I say that will get him to lock the door?

What reasons do you have for locking the door? I need a list. [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp on May 26, 2014 - 85 answers

Lock it down!

Maintenance workers used my outside water spigot to fill up the gargantuan tanks on their trucks. No surprise, my water bill sky rocketed. I bought and installed a spigot lock which worked like a charm for about a year. Now, with warm weather and the need to water fast approaching, I can't get the damn thing off! [more inside]
posted by Allee Katze on May 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me unlock my vintage school locker!

Bought an old school locker at a flea market and two of the lockers won't open. [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Apr 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me remove this lock and deadbolt

How do I remove this lock and deadbolt? All the guides I've seen online have a plate against the door with 2 screws, and what this door has instead is a cylindrical insert. [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Feb 17, 2014 - 2 answers

lightweight combination lock?

Recommend the smallest, lightest combination lock (that is still durable) for use at the gym! [more inside]
posted by redwaterman on Jan 29, 2014 - 4 answers

How do I fix this door handle that won't latch?

I replaces a door handle and when I put the latch plate in it won't latch, when I remove the latch plate it will latch. I had the same problem with the previous door handle that was their when I moved it. I have tried chisling out the hole deeper until it broke through into some other part of the wall which you can see as a small hole in the video. I also tried move the latch plate up, down, to the left and right and it still won't latch. I took a video of the problem and show how the door wont latch and explain it in more detail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5NcZtW6BE4
posted by john123357 on Jan 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Making a home accessible for others in emergency

How can I deal with a ticked off strata president who is threatening to hold me personally liable for any floods to my suite? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Nov 4, 2013 - 18 answers

Why is my MacBook screenlocking on unlocking?

My newly obtained MacBook has a minor but annoying behaviour. I have it set up to lock when the display goes to sleep. But when I unlock it, it relocks again. What gives? [more inside]
posted by outlier on Oct 1, 2013 - 14 answers

Why Doesn't My Smartphone Stay Unlocked Abroad?

I live in Spain and travel regularly to London. I have a Sony Xperia Arc S which I unlocked when I changed mobile companies. It works fine here in Spain for voice and data. HOWEVER, when I go to London, voice works fine but I cannot get data to work. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Sep 14, 2013 - 5 answers

When can I remove a bike locked to my property?

I know YANML but if someone locks their bike to my gate, at what point am I allowed to remove it? Must there be a posted sign? And, then, am I responsible for the removed bike if it is damaged in the process? Do I have to hold it for the owner? If I do, can I charge $100 a day for this service? What exactly are the laws governing this kind of situation? If location is relevant, I'm in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Aug 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Help Decode my Bike Lock

I have a bike lock that uses letters instead of numbers for the combination. I locked up my bike a month ago and, of course, have forgotten the code word. I'd love metafilter's help to create a list of dictionary words that are possible from the letters on the lock so I can try them all until it opens. There are four wheels, each with 10 letters. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on Jul 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Problem with a broken window lock

We have a problem with a broken window lock. [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Jun 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Key to unlock other keys?

What is this called and where can I get one cheaply or make one? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Apr 12, 2013 - 9 answers

What is this kind of lock called?

I'd like to replace the lock on my bedroom's French doors. It's a little metal flap that fits over a rotating... oh, I give up, here's a picture. What are these called and where can I get them? [more inside]
posted by katrielalex on Apr 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Recommendations for a liquor cabinet lock?

I have a liquor cabinet at home that has two handles very close together, that allow for the cabinet to be opened like French doors. Looking for a lock for it. [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Mar 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Locking a Bi-Fold door

Can anyone think of a reliable, simple and compact way to lock a two part/bi-fold door? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jan 13, 2013 - 14 answers

Bike puzzle

My bike is trapped by a gross, muscle-y motorcycle. How can I get it out? [more inside]
posted by Ventre Mou on Nov 20, 2012 - 15 answers

What Options Exist for Keyless Entry for Front Door Deadbolts

Are there any deadbolts that feature keyless entry using a fob instead of a number pad? I've seen several locks with number pads, but they look pretty ugly. I'd like a deadbolt that is as streamlined looking as possible, but that can be opened with a proximity sensor or button on a key fob instead of a key. This is for a front door.
posted by willnot on Nov 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Car problems--should I take it to a dealer or a regular repair shop?

I have a 1994 Nissan Altima. It is in great shape but has two problems. The cruise control does not work at all, and as of this morning my key does not work in the driver's side lock. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Door Knobs

What is the best and cheapest way of being able to lock your door from the outside with the minimum amount of alteration made to either the door and frame? [more inside]
posted by ashaw on Oct 10, 2012 - 6 answers

[android app filter] Lock current active screen

Is there a lockscreen app which will use the current active screen as the background? [more inside]
posted by lucia_engel on Sep 29, 2012 - 1 answer

What happened to the lock on this door?

Why does my apartment door no longer lock the way it did? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Aug 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Storage key combination lockbox for a big key?

What's a good storage key combination lockbox (the kind realtors/landlords sometimes attached to the front door of properties) that can accommodate a big rental car key fob? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Aug 20, 2012 - 9 answers

No honk car lock

Is there a way to deactivate the horn honk when locking a car with the key remote? Or some other trick to lock a VW Jetta without having the horn honk? [more inside]
posted by yarrow on Aug 9, 2012 - 26 answers

Help us open this door

Help! My bil has locked his bedroom door, and we can't figure out how to open it. [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on Jul 13, 2012 - 29 answers

Are all Ikea cam screws and locks plastic now?

I just received some replacement cam screws and locks from Ikea and the locks are plastic! Are all Ikea cam locks plastic now? Alternatively, do Billy bookcases come with plastic locks now? I bought mine years ago and they were metal. Picture of what a cam screw and lock look like in case they go by some other name I don't know
posted by racecar on Jun 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Masterlock? Maybe just journeymanlock.

We live in a two-story duplex in Portland, OR. It's a converted single family home with an interior stairway connecting the two units. There's a door at the bottom of the stairway which sort of locks but not really. How do we deal with this? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by zrail on Jun 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Lock for an HP laptop

I'm looking for a hardware lock for an HP laptop. [more inside]
posted by gudrun on May 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Peeling paint reveals Lockwood sticker: which came first?

On two doors, the door closing mechanism's paint is peeling, and underneath the paint there is a Lockwood sticker. Is this a design feature, an 'easter egg', or what? Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece on May 17, 2012 - 6 answers

man vs locked car

What laws or rules govern automobile door locks in the United States? [more inside]
posted by jepler on May 3, 2012 - 20 answers

An auto-deadlock with an internal release button?

For a household that includes an autistic person, we are looking for an automatic deadbolt lock that will lock the front door both inside and outside, and with a manual button release on the inside of the door that will release the lock? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Apr 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find closure for the wooden box I'm making over

I'm giving a small wooden box a makeover and have run into a catch when it comes to finding a catch for it. Where can I find steel or silver-tone 15mm hinges and a decorative 25mm catch, lock or hasp?
posted by orange swan on Apr 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Has anyone else found tiny dollhouse keys that were obviously meant to really unlock something?

A pair of tiny dollhouse-sized keys with teeth that are obviously made to fit a specific lock. Has anyone else ever seen these? [more inside]
posted by ellaminnowpea on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Laptop theft prevention

How secure is this Spyder laptop lockdown device? [more inside]
posted by etc. on Dec 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Keep the gate shut!

How do I operate the hold back function on a gate lock (Lockwood 002 deadlatch with lever)? Someone keeps setting it open on our apartment gate and I want it shut. Can't work out how to do it - if you don't know for this one, maybe how it works for yours so I can try?
posted by AnnaRat on Oct 23, 2011 - 1 answer

Kittie Food: Not to be Administered by Kitties

How do I lock a bifold door and keep the kitties out? Human access is needed but keeping them out isn't needed at all. [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Oct 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Best lock for my laptop?

Laptop lock question. Yes I know you people hate locks, but please bear with me! [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Sep 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Ridin' Dirty

The lock on the rear, passenger-side door on my 99 Honda Civic is broken. Can I fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jul 5, 2011 - 5 answers

How to get a key for an old filing cabinet?

Where can I purchase or have made a key for a very old filing cabinet made by Shaw-Walker? The lock has numbers stamped on it, but since it's for an older system everyone I've contacted says they can't help me. [more inside]
posted by j.edwards on Jun 14, 2011 - 8 answers

save my bike

I've just bought a new bike, and I'm desperate to not have this one stolen from me. I even got a foldable one so that I can bring it into my apartment, but besides a good lock (although I'd love suggestions) what other ways can I protect it (for instance, can I register it with the police?). I live in Brooklyn, NY. [more inside]
posted by Unred on Jun 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Android app for special needs user

Hide/move taskbar persistently, like locking a phone from a baby? Is there an Android app for that? If not, who would I ask? [more inside]
posted by notashroom on Apr 11, 2011 - 3 answers

how to get someone else's lock off my bike?

Someone has (accidentally, I think) put his lock on my bicycle. The police are unwilling to cut the lock without paperwork proving that I own the bicycle, but I do not have that paperwork. The policeman I asked seemed to hint that I could get away with cutting the lock myself, but it's in a well-traveled area and I'm unwilling to risk some eager bystander reporting me for bicycle theft. This is in Chicago. Advice, please? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Mar 16, 2011 - 32 answers

If you like it then you better put a lock on it.

What's the best deal on a high-quality bicycle lock and/or chain in NYC these days? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Mar 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Is there a cheap and easy fix for our Honda door lock?

Hi there, the lock on the driver-side door of my Honda Fit seems to be malfunctioning. Is there a cheap and easy way to fix it? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Jan 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Will my self-cleaned oven be forever locked?

I ran the self-cleaning cycle on my Whirlpool Cleantop oven. It finished successfully, and now the next day, the door is staying locked. Help? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Dec 8, 2010 - 13 answers

How do would you open this lock?

How do would you open this lever lock? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Dec 5, 2010 - 21 answers

Lock Filter

Help me install an entry lock correctly. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Dec 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Is PayPal legally obligated to suck?

I'm curious about PayPal freezing accounts because of "suspicious activity" - large or rapid donations. Why does this happen? Specifically, are they legally obligated to do this, or are they just jerks? [more inside]
posted by komara on Sep 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Please help! I can't MMS a picture from my Blackberry

How do I unlock pictures on my blackberry curve? [more inside]
posted by FireStyle on Jul 27, 2010 - 1 answer

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