How to keep locks from getting frozen?

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Old 04 Dec 2006, 03:02 am   #1 (permalink)
Ajanta
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Default How to keep locks from getting frozen?

For those of you out of Chicago, it is 12 degrees here tonight. How do
I keep the locks on our outside back-gate and car-door street parking)
from getting frozen?

Anything work better than WD-40 (which is all I can think of trying)?
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Old 04 Dec 2006, 05:22 am   #2 (permalink)
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In chi.general Ajanta <ajanta@null.void> wrote:
: For those of you out of Chicago, it is 12 degrees here tonight. How do
: I keep the locks on our outside back-gate and car-door street parking)
: from getting frozen?

: Anything work better than WD-40 (which is all I can think of trying)?

If your already locked out, WD-40 will unfreeze it, but it's going to freeze
again... so if you can avoid using it, your better off in the long run...

Get some lock deicer from your local auto parts store (I think walgreens and
CVS carry them too... never lube it with liquid, use graphite instead... if
there is a michaels near you, they also sell it (and i think most autoparts
stores have it)

Many times I've been at work and just had to warm up the key in my hand, and
put it in the lock and repeat until i got the cylinder warm enough to turn...
especially bad after something like last week where it goes from sleet to
snow and then cold...

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Old 04 Dec 2006, 06:06 am   #3 (permalink)
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In article <041220060302151409%ajanta@null.void>, Ajanta <ajanta@null.void>
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> For those of you out of Chicago, it is 12 degrees here tonight. How do
> I keep the locks on our outside back-gate and car-door street parking)
> from getting frozen?
>
> Anything work better than WD-40 (which is all I can think of trying)?


I've got three house locks that are frozen right now too. I think it's because
we had those really warm days last week, then torrential rains for a few days
then it went arctic on us. Unusual weather pattern is to blame.

Later today I'm taking the lock sets off and bringing them inside to thaw then
dry out then I'll reattach it all. It should be fine then.
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Old 04 Dec 2006, 06:44 am   #4 (permalink)
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ahhh the joys of winter... ! heat up your key with a lighter (don't melt
the plastic...!)

"Ajanta" <ajanta@null.void> wrote in message
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> For those of you out of Chicago, it is 12 degrees here tonight. How do
> I keep the locks on our outside back-gate and car-door street parking)
> from getting frozen?
>
> Anything work better than WD-40 (which is all I can think of trying)?



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Old 04 Dec 2006, 06:56 am   #5 (permalink)
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In article <el10co$9tg$1@e250.ripco.com>, Chicago Paddling-Fishing <jwn@ripco.com> wrote:

>Many times I've been at work and just had to warm up the key in my hand, and
>put it in the lock and repeat until i got the cylinder warm enough to turn...


It works a lot faster if you warm the key up with a cigarette lighter.

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Old 04 Dec 2006, 07:11 am   #6 (permalink)
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In article <hWUch.24871$qO4.2819@newssvr13.news.prodigy.net >,
spambait@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

> In article <el10co$9tg$1@e250.ripco.com>, Chicago Paddling-Fishing
> <jwn@ripco.com> wrote:
>
> >Many times I've been at work and just had to warm up the key in my hand, and
> >put it in the lock and repeat until i got the cylinder warm enough to
> >turn...

>
> It works a lot faster if you warm the key up with a cigarette lighter.


prob is that doesn't get rid of the water
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Old 04 Dec 2006, 07:42 am   #7 (permalink)
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In article <JLKdncQt-7wfg-nYnZ2dnUVZ_oKdnZ2d@ripco.com>, kenji <kenji@ripco.com> wrote:
>In article <hWUch.24871$qO4.2819@newssvr13.news.prodigy.net >,
> spambait@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:
>
>> In article <el10co$9tg$1@e250.ripco.com>, Chicago Paddling-Fishing
>> <jwn@ripco.com> wrote:
>>
>> >Many times I've been at work and just had to warm up the key in my hand, and
>> >put it in the lock and repeat until i got the cylinder warm enough to
>> >turn...

>>
>> It works a lot faster if you warm the key up with a cigarette lighter.

>
>prob is that doesn't get rid of the water


Neither does warming the key in your hand. The point is, though, that the
faster you can get the lock thawed out, the sooner you can get rid of the
water.

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Old 04 Dec 2006, 09:46 am   #8 (permalink)
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"Ajanta" <ajanta@null.void> wrote in message
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> For those of you out of Chicago, it is 12 degrees here tonight. How do
> I keep the locks on our outside back-gate and car-door street parking)
> from getting frozen?
>
> Anything work better than WD-40 (which is all I can think of trying)?


I can tell you that if you use WD-40, you shall have frozen locks fer sure.
That stuff does freeze.

The lock-thaw mentioned in these posts is alcohol in a pressurized can, and
it will thaw your locks, but will not keep them from freezing again.

The correct procedure is, if it's already frozen, use the lock-thaw to get
into the car/open the gate lock, whatever, then when the alcohol has all
evaporated, 5 minutes max, squirt in graphite lock fluid.

Graphite lock fluid can be found at all hardware stores and most drug
stores. It comes in pressurized can or plastic squirt bottle. It is black
(that's the graphite) and you insert the nozzle, squirt it in, move the key
around a few times, and the liquid carrier drys leaving the lock innards
coated with graphite.

One good application, and the lock is good for the rest of the winter.



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Old 04 Dec 2006, 09:51 am   #9 (permalink)
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In article <PpXch.17736$1D6.17417@fe188.usenetserver.com>,
"Ron T." <not@home.com> wrote:

> One good application, and the lock is good for the rest of the winter.


speaking of locks, there was some slight drama in my alley last night. Guy
dumped a stolen car in my alley and got into another stolen vehicle to get away
from someone chasing him. He leaves the first stolen vehicle running. I called
police and when they show up they show me how he got it started.

you take a screwdriver thingie that's knurled like a drill bit and jam it into
the keyslot of the ignition. Once it's jammed in there you hit it with a hammer
then take a visegrips get ahold of the jammed driver and pull the guts of the
keyslot out of the steering wheel. You then short the wire leads to start the
car. Cop reenacted it for me which was cool.
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Old 04 Dec 2006, 10:54 am   #10 (permalink)
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kenji wrote:
> In article <PpXch.17736$1D6.17417@fe188.usenetserver.com>,
> "Ron T." <not@home.com> wrote:
>
>> One good application, and the lock is good for the rest of the winter.

>
> speaking of locks, there was some slight drama in my alley last night. Guy
> dumped a stolen car in my alley and got into another stolen vehicle to get away
> from someone chasing him. He leaves the first stolen vehicle running. I called
> police and when they show up they show me how he got it started.
>
> you take a screwdriver thingie that's knurled like a drill bit and jam it into
> the keyslot of the ignition. Once it's jammed in there you hit it with a hammer
> then take a visegrips get ahold of the jammed driver and pull the guts of the
> keyslot out of the steering wheel. You then short the wire leads to start the
> car. Cop reenacted it for me which was cool.



How old was the car? When some scumbags tried to do that to my '99
Silverado, the gas pump shut off so they couldn't get anywhere.


Michele
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