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 -
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 -
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 -
I bought a used car & didn't feel ok about someone with a key being able to open or start it, so I had a locksmith re-key the locks. But the keys he made have absurdly tiny teeth. Why so small? Does this mean that a sufficiently filed down, entirely toothless key would also open it now?
posted by anonymous
on Jan 27, 2013 -
Help me open my friend's apartment front door. He has two keys (his and wife's) and he closed the door while key #2 was already on the lock inside. Now key #1 doesn't fit in, it doesn't get in all the way on the lock. [more inside]
posted by jgwong
on Aug 13, 2012 -
Does anyone know a good, trustworthy locksmith in or near New Providence, NJ? [more inside]
posted by Citrus
on Mar 7, 2011 -
What would be the average cost to get a locksmith to come over in the middle of the night to help me get into my house in a suburb close to the CBD in Melbourne, Australia after I lost my keys? Additionally, what do I need to prove that I'm the actual tenant of the apartment? [more inside]
posted by moody cow
on Jan 28, 2011 -
Help! I lost the key for my vintage dutch bike's wheel lock. Do I have any hope of ever being able to use it again? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck
on Jan 9, 2010 -
Is there a way to find a locksmith (in particular in NYC) who'd make a key from, say, a scanned image (kind of like here: http://www.kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=3525896) -- for when you just need it faster than Fedexing the key...
posted by debedb
on Aug 25, 2007 -
I'm currently barrowing a car from my aunt and uncle and I just managed to lock the keys into the car. They are on vacation and I can't find a spare key. I'd really rather not pay a locksmith right now (college budget) and I don't have AAA. Does any one have any tips? Is there anything I should know before contacting a locksmith, any way to keep the prices low?
I'm open to any suggestions, if it were my car I'd just go in with a coat hanger, but the doors are sealed up pretty tight and I don't want hurt the car.
While it's not in a bad part of town, I'm also a little nervous about leaving it for more than a night with keys laying right there (as well as my PDA and my external hard-drive, which I'd really hate to lose).
Thanks in advance!
posted by chrisWhite
on Jul 28, 2006 -
DIY locksmithing? I locked my keys in my car tonight. Before dropping $70 to have someone open it, can I do this myself? Tools/techniques/tutorials?
posted by masymas
on Mar 19, 2006 -
Every year my parents visit, and they want to be able to come and go at will while I'm at work. So I have to give them my keys to the building and my apartment. This makes me nervous, because if they lose my keys, I'm screwed. The obvious solution is to get copies but... [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Dec 12, 2005 -
I am interested in studying to be a locksmith. Does anyone know how much schooling is involved and an average salary for a locksmith in the Northeast (Northampton County, PA)?
posted by frogmoses
on Sep 8, 2005 -
So, I've broken my deadbolt- and it's locked.
How do I get the damn thing out again?
posted by metaculpa
on Aug 2, 2005 -
I live in a condo complex with a pool, and there's a key to get into the pool. Naturally, I've lost the key. The condo management wants $150 for a new one, which seems a little excessive. Unfortunately, it's a Medeco key, and from Googling around, it looks like they've done a good job of locking up the market so that people like my condo manager can jack you up. [more inside]
posted by spacewrench
on Apr 23, 2005 -
Stupid House-sitting mistake: I've locked myself out of my friends' house that I'm looking after for the next two weeks. I think I've exhausted all avenues of possible help and am planning on going in through a window tonight. Is there anything I can do today to prepare or any precautions I need to take, in regards to safety, lawfulness, property damage, etc.? (MI) [more inside]
posted by lychee
on Dec 10, 2004 -