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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

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

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

Keys made for re-keyed lock have only minimal teeth. Is this ok?

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 - 3 answers

Locked out!

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 - 5 answers

How to repair a deadbolt lock

There is a pebble (I think) stuck in the lock to my house! Can I get this out myself? [more inside]
posted by runnergirl on May 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Anyone know a good locksmith in/near New Providence, NJ?

Does anyone know a good, trustworthy locksmith in or near New Providence, NJ? [more inside]
posted by Citrus on Mar 7, 2011 - 2 answers

What's the required cash and carry of losing the keys to your apartment?

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 - 8 answers

Help me not get locked out!

Where in Seattle can I get a "Do Not Duplicate" key, well, duplicated? [more inside]
posted by fracas on Oct 30, 2010 - 30 answers

I'm locked out! Exceptionally so!

So I'm locked out of my house with a laptop, and my dogs have to pee. [more inside]
posted by earlofrochester on Jun 24, 2010 - 33 answers

Lost my bicycle's wheel lock key. What now?

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 - 11 answers

Looking for a Northern Virginia Locksmith

Can you recommend a good locksmith in Northern VA? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese on Sep 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Disputing a locksmith's exorbitant charges?

Disputing a locksmith's exorbitant fees? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Jul 8, 2009 - 14 answers

I've lost my keys, am stuck inside, and not sure what to do.

I seem to have lost my keys. I wish it were just that simple. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 18, 2007 - 22 answers

Making a key from scanned image or xerox

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 - 13 answers

Locked my keys in a Ford Explorer

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 - 24 answers

DIY locksmithing

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 - 24 answers

the key issue

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 - 19 answers

Locksmithing as a career

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 - 3 answers

The deadbolt from hell - how do I open it?

So, I've broken my deadbolt- and it's locked. How do I get the damn thing out again? [more inside]
posted by metaculpa on Aug 2, 2005 - 8 answers

How do you get a "do not copy" key copied?

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 - 15 answers

Stupid House-sitting Mistake

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 - 28 answers

How could I be my own locksmith next time?

So I locked myself out... [more inside, now I'm finally here] [more inside]
posted by humuhumu on Jun 19, 2004 - 12 answers

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