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What is the best way to secure the side door?

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]
posted by tivalasvegas on Dec 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Brick-and-mortar stores that carry replacement locks for file cabinets?

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.
posted by Baeria on Jul 27, 2015 - 8 answers

We have a new house! Now if only we could get in.

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]
posted by ManInSuit on Jan 7, 2015 - 17 answers

How to re-key a '69 Volkswagen Westfalia in San Francisco?

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]
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel on Aug 2, 2014 - 8 answers

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 to do about a building key, and obstinate landlord?

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]
posted by emptythought on May 30, 2014 - 24 answers

Help us buy a new front door.

We need a new front door that can't get kicked in but we don't know what to look for. [more inside]
posted by VTX on May 19, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I change the lock on the front door?

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]
posted by XtinaS on Apr 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Landlord changing building locks and I can't get the key

[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]
posted by teabag on Jan 30, 2014 - 19 answers

At risk. How do I prevent my door from being kicked down during the day?

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]
posted by WhitenoisE on Jul 28, 2013 - 18 answers

What kind of door handle / latch combo is this?

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]
posted by moitz on Mar 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Securing Various Electronics in the South Pacific

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]
posted by DaftMythic on Feb 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Difference in carrying heavy bike lock on bike frame or on my body?

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]
posted by arhammer on Jan 29, 2013 - 19 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

I want to replace a mortice lock but I don't know the model number

I'd like to get an id of this Chubb mortice lock so I can buy a new one on Amazon. [more inside]
posted by nevan on Sep 18, 2012 - 5 answers

We're going Krazy Glue crazy!

Is there a heavy duty lock made that is tamper-proof from pranksters wielding Crazy Glue? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Aug 24, 2012 - 17 answers

A gift for someone special

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]
posted by zain on Apr 26, 2012 - 4 answers

This was easier in Skyrim.

I've lost a key to an old cabinet and I need to get it open, preferably without destroying anything. [more inside]
posted by metsauce on Apr 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Where can I find detailed info on how locks work?

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?
posted by kitsully on Apr 19, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I get this door open?

My bedroom door won't open. I'm not inside and can't get in another way. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Feb 19, 2012 - 44 answers

Open Sesame! Keyless door entry systems for an apartment complex?

Open Sesame! Keyless door entry systems for an apartment complex? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on May 9, 2011 - 12 answers

Is a Mul-T-Lock worth the Mul-T-Cost?

Is a Mul-T-Lock worth it? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Apr 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Anybody have any experience with multi-point locks for French doors?

Anybody have any experience with multi-point locks for French doors? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas on Apr 15, 2011 - 8 answers

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]
posted by darkgroove on Feb 22, 2011 - 5 answers

What are these weird locks in San Diego?

What are these locks which hang on gates (but don't seem to secure them) in San Diego?
posted by beniamino on Nov 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Home automation for fun

Home automation I'm about to move house and would like to setup a home automation system for fun, learning and utility! [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 28, 2010 - 2 answers

How do bike thieves steal bikes?

Was someone tagging my bike for theft later? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis on Jun 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Locking doorknobs - can default settings be changed?

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)
posted by Kentucky on May 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Protege Lock not working

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.
posted by fozzie33 on Apr 27, 2010 - 13 answers


[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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 - 23 answers

How to reduce risk of burglary?

what are good ways to secure my home? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Mar 10, 2010 - 26 answers

Pick my lock, please

Help me tear-apart, clean and reset my combination lock. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Oct 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Lost Combination for Rather Expensive Luggage Lock

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.
posted by whitewall on Oct 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Locking the side-door in a VW Transporter panel van?

Is the sliding side-door lockable on the Volkswagen Transporter? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Sep 8, 2009 - 10 answers

Dealer or DIY?

What happed to the doorlock my 2003 Dodge neon? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Aug 29, 2009 - 4 answers

What are some films with scenes involving locks?

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.
posted by emflr on Jul 9, 2009 - 43 answers

Click. Click.

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]
posted by Skyanth on May 27, 2009 - 13 answers

Flying the Freak Flag

BDSMFilter: Is a minimal amount of bondagewear acceptable in public? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2008 - 42 answers

Is that really necessary?

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]
posted by mpls2 on Sep 6, 2008 - 55 answers

Where do I find multiple locks keyed to one key?

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]
posted by jimmyhutch on Aug 11, 2008 - 13 answers

How to Covert inactive locksets into active locksets?

How difficult is it to convert an 'inactive' lockset to an active lockset. [more inside]
posted by tickettrader on Jul 14, 2008 - 1 answer

Keyless door locks

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]
posted by BoscosMom on May 18, 2008 - 26 answers

What's a "decent" lock for a 13" MacBook?

What's a "decent" lock for a 13" MacBook under around $20.00? [more inside]
posted by vertigo25 on May 4, 2008 - 7 answers

How to find replacement skeleton keys for old locks?

How would I find skeleton keys for all of the old locks in my house? [more inside]
posted by scblackman on May 3, 2008 - 5 answers

What to do after losing keys to safe?

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?
posted by suddenfrisson on Feb 1, 2008 - 7 answers

How to secure a bike on a porch?

How to cheaply secure a bike on an unlocked porch? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Jan 10, 2008 - 13 answers

You can pick your nose, and you can pick your locks, but you can't possess lock picks in DC

Possession of lock picking tools in Washington, D.C. - for recreational purposes. Honest! [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Dec 10, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me protect my stuff

How can I convince my roommate (college dorm room) in a non-awkward way that we need to lock the door? [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms on Nov 2, 2007 - 66 answers

Deadbolt lock question

My deadbolt won't lock, only sometimes, when I lock the bottom lock on the door. Can you help me troubleshoot? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jun 20, 2007 - 4 answers

How do I remove a lock from a file cabinet

Is there an easy way to permanently remove the locks from a steel case filing cabinet? [more inside]
posted by kanemano on May 2, 2007 - 6 answers

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