I'm the Churchwarden (basically, lay person responsible for physical plant) for an Episcopal congregation in inner-city Chicago. I need to replace a door. For this, I need the help of the hivemind. [more inside]
Are there any bricks-and-mortar stores that carry replacement locks for file cabinets? I've tried two stores, one from a chain that used to carry them, without success. I would prefer a lock such that the replacement key couldn't be ordered by a cashier reading the sales receipt, or by someone looking at the outside of the installed lock, but these days that might be asking too much.
We got the keys to our new house! Specifically: We got around ten keys. Mostly not super-well labeled. The place we are moving into is currently divided into three separate apartment units. Last night we spent about an hour futzing with various keys. We were able to get into two of the three apartments. But we were unable to find a key that could open the door to the third one. [more inside]
We have a 1969 VW camper van. We love her. Unfortunately, the previous owners redid the locks horribly and now we have a problem: the back window hatch lock doesn't work, we don't have a key to it that works, and we can't fix it. [more inside]
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]
So i've read the previous Asks like this and this but i'm in a bit of a bind moreso than those with regards to an obstinate landlord who wants to charge me a TON for a new key, snowflakes inside... [more inside]
We need a new front door that can't get kicked in but we don't know what to look for. [more inside]
I want to change our apartment's doorknob and lock to a "night latch" (I believe is the term). I'm fairly confident I have the lock I'd like. What do I do now? [more inside]
[NYCFilter] My landlord slipped a memo under the door last night that on Friday afternoon he was changing the front door locks to the building and all tenants had a small window to pick up new keys from him or had to make alternative arrangements. I cannot make the small window (night school), the number he listed is incorrect, and despite a couple voicemails on the other number I have for him he hasn't returned my calls. What are my options on Friday if I cannot get into the apartment? What are my rights? [more inside]
Is there a relatively easy, inexpensive way to reinforce my apartment door so that it cannot be kicked in during the day? Something very strong and secure but that is easily removable with minimal damage from the inside so that my security deposit won't go towards replacing the door? [more inside]
The future Mrs. Moitz and I closed on a condo yesterday. I'm trying to get the locks replaced. However, these these handels / latches are defying description so it's making it difficult to locate a replacement. Further details inside... [more inside]
What would be the best ways to secure multiple laptops, smartphones, cameras (physically, and also to catch thieves) in a "rustic" foreign country... keeping in mind I need to fit everything in luggage or fashion it out of raw materials in country. [more inside]
How does it influence my riding if I carry my 3.5 lb bike lock in my bag on my back instead of on the bike frame? Not an athlete, but I like riding fast. [more inside]
Can anyone think of a reliable, simple and compact way to lock a two part/bi-fold door? [more inside]
Is there a heavy duty lock made that is tamper-proof from pranksters wielding Crazy Glue? [more inside]
Help me pick a gift for a friend! She collects old locks, old keys, old cameras, and just moved to a new city. [more inside]
I've lost a key to an old cabinet and I need to get it open, preferably without destroying anything. [more inside]
I'm looking for reputable articles on how locks(ie. tumbler locks, pin locks, ect) work. I have to write a 5-page paper on the physics of locks for a class but I'm having trouble finding articles other than just Wikipedia explanations. I need a few sources Wikipedia besides that because this is a college course. Any suggestions?
My bedroom door won't open. I'm not inside and can't get in another way. What do I do? [more inside]
Open Sesame! Keyless door entry systems for an apartment complex? [more inside]
Is a Mul-T-Lock worth it? [more inside]
Anybody have any experience with multi-point locks for French doors? [more inside]
Help me find this book that is about a drug addict who steals bikes in Amsterdam to feed his drug habit. It is a diary-style of book.
Help me find this book that is about a drug addict who steals bikes in Amsterdam to feed his drug habit. It is a diary-style of book. [more inside]
What are these locks which hang on gates (but don't seem to secure them) in San Diego?
Home automation I'm about to move house and would like to setup a home automation system for fun, learning and utility! [more inside]
Was someone tagging my bike for theft later? [more inside]
My 8-yr-old house has Schlage doorknobs, of the type with a lock in the middle of the knob. When the lever in the middle of the knob is pushed and turned, door is locked. (Vertical position = unlocked, horizontal = locked) When you turn the knob, even if the door is locked, you can still get out (good for emergencies). Problem is, when you do that, the door does not unlock permanently. So visitors are sure to lock themselves out! In other words, it works like a hotel room door. Is there a way to change the default setting, such that even if you lock the knob, once you turn the knob to open the door the latch UNLOCKS? (I tried to find a picture online but cannot find one)
My 2001 Mazda Protege automatic locks don't seem to be working properly. When I press the remote, it only unlocks the driver side door. But when I press the remote to lock it, it'll lock every door. It isn't the fuse, because it is still working. So.. I'm not sure if this is some security feature i accidentally turned on, or if it is some sort of short in the automatic lock.
[lock filter] Tonight I found out that the key that works in all of my house locks also works in my friend's front door. Is this common? [more inside]
what are good ways to secure my home? [more inside]
Help me tear-apart, clean and reset my combination lock. [more inside]
I have inadvertently spun the dial and reset the combination for this lock while it was open and the shank spun out. Now I can't get it to close without the unknown new combination. Any suggestions? I've tried listening for tell-tale "clicks" to no avail; that's about where my lock breaking skills currently end.
Is the sliding side-door lockable on the Volkswagen Transporter? [more inside]
What happed to the doorlock my 2003 Dodge neon? [more inside]
Can you think of films with scenes in which a lock (or locker, safe, handcuffs, etc.) is prominent and integral to the plot? I am helping compile a montage of scenes involving locks (like Dial M for Murder key hiding, or Gaslight desk lock opening). Heist films, people getting out of handcuffs, locks being picked -- these things would all be helpful.
What is the use of double locks? Not two separate lock, just the kind of lock that you can turn once (which locks the door) and then another time, in the same direction (which locks the door... more?). [more inside]
BDSMFilter: Is a minimal amount of bondagewear acceptable in public? [more inside]
Should I take it personally if a female friend of mine locks the door whenever she uses my bathroom (and we're the only ones in my apt)? [more inside]
How or where can I obtain lock sets for doors (the handle and deadbolt combination, can't be one whole unit) that all rely on one key? [more inside]
How difficult is it to convert an 'inactive' lockset to an active lockset. [more inside]
Does anyone have those door locks that use a combination instead of a key? Do you like them? Any problems? I'm considering putting touchpad front and back door locks on a rental house that I own so I'm not out $150 everytime I need to re-key the locks. Good idea or no? [more inside]
What's a "decent" lock for a 13" MacBook under around $20.00? [more inside]
How would I find skeleton keys for all of the old locks in my house? [more inside]
What do I do when I lose the key to my Honeywell safe? I recently lost the keys to my own safe. It is a small Honeywell safe which requires both keypad and keys to open. All the pertinent information regarding the safe is actually inside the safe (Oh no!) Does anyone know what to do? Would a locksmith be able to open it if I have the correct passcode?
How to cheaply secure a bike on an unlocked porch? [more inside]
Possession of lock picking tools in Washington, D.C. - for recreational purposes. Honest! [more inside]
How can I convince my roommate (college dorm room) in a non-awkward way that we need to lock the door? [more inside]
My deadbolt won't lock, only sometimes, when I lock the bottom lock on the door. Can you help me troubleshoot? [more inside]
Is there an easy way to permanently remove the locks from a steel case filing cabinet? [more inside]
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