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I have generally used two methods for removing keys from keychains: Staple-Remover Method Since staple removers have sharp, thin teeth, simply place the sharp points between the keychain rings and slowly press down. This should spread the keychain apart and make it easy to roll the new key on/take the old key off the chain. Coin Method Since I often don'...


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I end up using the key I want to put on the keyring. I slide the cuts of the key into the groove, opening it. Then, I keep pushing until the entire blade is in the keyring. I then rotate the key until the hole is relatively near the start of the keychain. I slide it on, and done.


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I usually use a staple remover to open a crack in the ring and then add or remove the key painlessly. The smaller the staple remover, the better, because a bigger one might not fit or damage the ring.


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Someone I know would advise you to look in the fridge first. (And if you are a hot drink drinker, around the kettle or coffee machine.) Seriously, walk the way through the house as you would have done when getting out of the car after the last time you had your keys. Look at all surfaces you pass, that is also on the floor, each of the tables and chairs and ...


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Preventative maintenance is the answer - when you buy a new pair of pants, put an iron-on patch on the inside of your pockets. I realize that most of us don't think about worn spots on a brand new pair of pants, but if you can put a patch in, then the patch receives the wear, not the pocket. Also, I use a large-ish patch, folded in half, with the folded edge ...


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Depending on the type of lock, a locksmith may be able to first pick the lock (open it without the key), and then make a new key to fit. This is likely to cost approximately as much as a new lock, however, so best ask about cost before leaving the lock with the locksmith. It's almost certain to be cost effective, however, if you can pick the lock yourself ...


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Repair Front pockets of trousers are usually made of soft fabric that will be much less resistant to mechanical strain. There are two instances the pockets get holes: 1. The fabric becomes worn out We then have to either sew in a patch, hoping it will hold for another few months. There are also patches to apply with an iron but they usually won't last too ...


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Key mechanisms need to be dry with no oily substance and certainly no sticky stuff. Clean the keyboard. Especially clean beneath the keys that are sticking. If there are no broken pieces of plastic you should be able to make them work. After cleaning, tap the keys over and over until they unstick. If when pulling the key off, if you see a coiled spring, ...


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They are not designed to be fixed, unfortunately. Often tiny bits of plastic break off that hold the key in place - even then the missing "key" might still work by tapping the rubber thing underneath. When that fails its time to visit ebay for a replacement.


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Try a canister of compressed air. Shoot quick blasts of air directly at the "crud" between the keys. Don't spray continuously for more than 1-2 seconds, or the air will get too cold and may damage your laptop. I also recommend doing this outside, so the crud that flies out of your keyboard doesn't make a mess on the floor.


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Use Sugru to fashion new buttons. I've made everything from phone cases to hinges for my car's sun visor from that stuff. It is holding my shoes together. The problem with the car keys is the waterproof aspect: you don't need any rain getting into the electronics as they not only unlock your door remotely, but they also (assuming that is a Renault key as it ...


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If you carry a small pocketknife, like me, you can use that to slip into the crack, and pry open. Stick your key into the crack, from either side, remove the blade, and slide the key in/out of the ring. This is convenient for me, because I carry both my pocketknife and my keys in my pockets, so they are with me all the time. Warning: Blades are often sharp. ...


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There should be a screw under the emblem - though idk how replaceable that loop is once you get in. It looks like just a small bent piece of metal with an angle at one end & the loop at the other... though as it's bent rather than cast it might just take solder. picture from dhgate.com Or you can get 'blank' keys for 15 quid/bucks/shekels & just ...


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This happened to my thumb drive that I like to carry on my keychain. I used Velcro strips to affix it to my key fob. Do you have something else on your keychain that you could attach the key to with Velcro? If not, maybe you could add something flat to your keychain to stick the Velcro to. The adhesive on the Velcro is VERY tacky and the thumb drive has ...


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The geometrical approach: For someone who does not want to modify the key itself, use a deliberate disorder: If all keys are on one ring, have all keys oriented in the same direction, the one to be found in the dark in the opposing direction. For multiple rings like in your question, put the special key on it's own ring. If more keys are alone on a ring, ...


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You could put your keys in a Keybone or similar device. They come in a wide range of designs and colours, and many have loops or hooks for attaching to a lanyard or keychain.


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One more thought to add - depending on the particulars of the situation, canned (compressed) air can be used to blow out obstructions (food, hair, dust, whatever). If the problem was caused by a now-dried spill of some sort, you can usually clean it out by using a q-tip moistened with a small amount of 70% rubbing alcohol.


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I ran into this problem with one of my Jeep key fobs. The rubber buttons wore out, and popped off. I fixed it by reinforcing the rubber membrane on the inside of the fob with liquid electrical tape and then super gluing the buttons onto the liquid electrical tape. I did this hack over a year ago, and it still works great. The steps I took were to open the ...


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OK, I have solved my issue - I had both of the buttons still - I covered the buttons with clear tape. Would still like to have some 'hacks' in the case the buttons are lost. I almost lost them a couple of times before I put the tape on.


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If a short bit of the key is still sticking out of the lock, you may be able to grab it tightly with a pair of pliers and slowly pull the half-key out. That will allow other keys to be inserted into the lock. If that's the only key you had, then you may be able to use it (temporarily!) by holding it with the pliers. Soon you will need to get a new key cut ...


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Rather than fighting the problems of the typical key ring, you may want to consider a different design. Here is a review that covers about two dozen ideas about ways to hold your keys: http://www.carryology.com/utility/guide-to-carrying-keys/ The FreeKey is made of flat metal shaped into a ring, but the loops pop apart when you squeeze it. It seems like ...


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As a preventative measure, I keep a small carabiner on my main key ring, and attach peripheral keychains to the carabiner instead of the ring when I need them. It reduces the number of times I have to fiddle with key rings and lets me travel with fewer keys - for example, if I'm biking to school then I will take the car keys off the carabiner and leave them ...


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Use a thicker, better quality ring to replace the smaller ring. The wire type key ring holder is meant for quick attachment of keys to a tag, not long term use in a pocket. You can find an assorted set of sizes in a package at almost any hardware store.


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If I wanted to avoid paying for a new case, I would probably try making a replacement for it from a cotter pin: You can usually buy a whole bag/case of assorted sizes at the local hardware store for a few bucks, which is good because you'll probably want some extras -- I'd mess up at least twice before I found a shape that worked. You'll also need a couple ...


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You don't have to come to that if you choose a specific place to put your specific keys, that way wouldn't lost it at first place(unless you're very much drunk). You can buy LED key ring so that it will glow when you switch off light. Apart from this I don't have any idea. Stripping sound buzzer would be costly idea but would save some time.


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Try looking underneath things that you recently touched and may have put down on top of your keys. Try looking at or above eye level in case you set them on top of something higher than normal. Try the cracks of cushions. Think whether you might have bumped them off a counter into a trash can. "Clean until you find it" often works. You may find it under ...


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Based on your comments, you actually have a second engine tucked away in the boot/trunk of your car, and your keys are underneath that engine, out of reach. The rear sets of a Yaris fold down. Folding down your rear seats gives you access to some parts of the engine that are hard to reach from behind the car. If the engine is leaning against the backs of ...


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Ask your neighbors to help shift the engine. Or use a crowbar or other lever to move the engine. Or put a wedge under the engine near the keys, use a hammer to push the wedge under the engine (you only need to move the engine a few mm to free the keys, probably). If the keys are out of reach, get a piece of metal wire (electrical installation wire, Coat ...


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Try sticking one or two fine bladed screwdrivers down the side of the key sufficiently that you can turn them and operate the lock. Dont force it! If it wont turn easily it would be better to try sticking a third screwdriver sideways between the stems of the two driver and rotating it With the door open you should be able to remove the lock barrel, push the ...


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There are several shapes of carabiner like hooks and connectors on the market. I am personally fond of S shaped ones that are available from about 5 mm by 10 mm to about 40 by 80 mm, or an even wider range. Out of door activity shops often stock these and other solutions. The lifehack solution would be, for me at least, a piece of string closed with a good ...


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