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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Very few if any closets open inward -- which means the hinges will have their pins on the accessible side. Just drive the pins out of the hinges, and the entire door can be pulled out of the frame (...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Vintage locks employed two concepts, sometimes individually and sometimes together. A warded lock has structures within the lock, called warding, which are designed to fit in notches carved into the ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

I should suggest trying a bobbypin or a smaller flathead screwdriver if you'd like to save it. From my experience, these types of locks are very easily opened, even with almost no skill in ...
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How do I stop my room's lock from being opened with a coin without unscrewing it?

At its simplest, a door hook on the inside of your door will do the job for about $2. at a hardware store. You twist the hook into one side of the door and the loop on the door frame (or vise-versa). ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

The original image of the key is interesting to me. You could just wander into the local locksmith and ask if they have a set of keys that might fit. There's a limited number of variants on these keys ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Other suggested methods of removing the hinge pins or picking the locks are good. You can also try to depress the latch via a thin wire if the door opens out or a thin plastic card if the door opens ...
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Someone locked their bike to mine - now what?

Can you use a "spare" lock to attach your bike to theirs with a telephone # or other contact information? With your lock securing both bikes to the bike rack, you have a much better chance to meet ...
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How to open car door when lock is frozen?

I hope this is obvious - but you don't mention it in your question: Try all the doors and the boot first. I've usually found that one of the doors will open in this situation. If you have to enter the ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Well, if you don't care about locking it again, I'd find my trusty old Fein multimaster cutter and just cut the lock open. Or if you want the gentle solution use a small hacksaw blade.
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TSA lock reset button stuck

Hope this guide will help you!It's basically copied from the source at the bottom, and It seems that everything is pretty much relevant, so I didn't see a point to rephrase or omit anything. ...
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What is a good way to organise and identify keys on a keyring?

I used Washi Tape and used not only colors but patterns. For instance, my mailbox key has a brown polka dot pattern and my apartment key has a light green squiggles. Worked better for me than having ...
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How do I remove this lock?

You need a short hook and a bogota lockpick. Master locks are so incredibly poorly manufacured that it typically takes 30-60 seconds to open one you don't know. Sparrows sells decent picks, but buy ...
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Someone locked their bike to mine - now what?

Call the police....explain the situation and maybe you could break the other lock together (without looking like a bike thief). I'm sure that locking another one's bike is illegal. Then you may want ...
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Someone locked their bike to mine - now what?

There's a small chance this is malicious - is the other bike nice or a cheap junker? Don't take your lock off and leave it with only their lock attached, else the bike could be stolen by other-bike-...
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How to open car door when lock is frozen?

In the olden days before I got a car with a remote unlocking I had similar problems. I used to carry a cigarette lighter with me and I'd use it to heat the metal part of the key then insert it into ...
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Opening old Luggage Lock without beaking it

This type of lock is very basic. They are not intended to be really secure, just so that the casual snooper or thief can't open it easily. That is why they are easy to pick with a bent wire, such as ...
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I lost my closet key, how to open it?

Use a punch and hammer. Insert the punch where the key would go...use the hammer to drive the lock mechanism off the back of the door. A couple of good whacks and you should be wide open. Shame to ...
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Someone locked their bike to mine - now what?

It's probably an unfortunate mistake. You can either wait until the other owner arrives or your bike will be spending the night there. It probably isn't worth the time an effort to try to break the ...
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How to open a frozen padlock

Heat the key with a lighter. Then stick the key in the lock. Works every time.
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How to open a lock if key broke into the lock?

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 ...
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How to open car door when lock is frozen?

I just moved to a cold area. A weather announcer on TV said that if your car windows have ice on them, spray them with rubbing alcohol. That melts the ice because rubbing alcohol freezes at a very ...
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Duplicate key for small padlock

If it's a commercially made padlock other than the "Master" brand that are built from laminated sheets, it should be possible to get a key blank that fits the keyway, from which you can cut a matching ...
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What is a good way to organise and identify keys on a keyring?

I recently found myself looking for a new/better solution for organizing separate sets of keys as I have access to several properties/storage units across Southern California. While I subscribe to a ...
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What is a good way to organise and identify keys on a keyring?

Discard this idea if you're looking for quick identification with the requirement of some memorization (i.e. colors). Personally, I use a metal engraver from Amazon (roughly $14) and write ...
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Someone locked their bike to mine - now what?

If the other bike is only chained to your bike and nor the bike rack, unchain your bike and take the whole lot home. Possibly leave a note for the other bike owner, but I'd be inclined to let them ...
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How do I remove this lock?

In this situation, I put forward following hacks possible: If you had noted down its key number, Masterlock would be able to help you with creating spare keys for that lock. Find out a locksmith to ...
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How to unlock a lock safely without breaking it when I lost the key?

Have a spare key for any important lock you have. When it comes to front doors, some people have a spare key given to their trusted neighbour in case of the situation you described, others have it ...
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Opening old Luggage Lock without beaking it

For suitcases like that, the keys are all identical, so a key for one example of that suitcase will open all others in that brand and style. Take that suitcase to a place that sells luggage and nicely ...
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