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Other Just saved myself a small fortune

Discussion in 'General' started by Big Elf, 27 Apr 2022.

  1. Big Elf

    Big Elf Oh no! Not another f----ing elf!

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    When I got home today I put my key in the lock and it snapped off level with the lock when I turned it apart from a tiny sliver less than 0.5mm high sticking out.

    While my wife was looking up Locksmiths I remembered I'd bought some Engineer PZ-58 pliers, initially to removed damaged screws from GPU heatsinks, but in the end never used them...until now, they gripped the tiny sliver of metal sticking out and I could easily remove the broken end of the key, phew, lucky escape.
     
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  2. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I imagine using something you'd not used was just as satisfying as getting the key out.

    Now I feel like I need some for no particular reason.
     
  3. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Last time I found myself in need of a locksmith I ended up bricking the window bc getting the window replaced was cheaper than the locksmith...
     
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  4. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I like your thinking :thumb:
     
  5. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Multimodder

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    Also, that sounds way more fun than waiting around for a bloke with zero training to come round and drill the lock?
     
  6. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    Your Geek Guild membership card is in the post. :thumb:
     
  7. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    yuusou Multimodder

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    DeanSUNIAIU Minimodder

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    If they drill the lock, they ain’t a locksmith. We had a builder doing some work and after they’ve finished put our only key for the backdoor through the letterbox.

    So, phoned a locksmith, he came 10 minutes later, picked the lock in less than a minute, we were back in. Minus £75 of course.

    If they want to drill the lock, they’re only doing it to sell you a new lock and fitting service.
     
  10. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Multimodder

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    Aye, but there are a lot of them about, from what I've read. Recently a friend of mine locked himself out, he realised as the door clicked shut so he went out and did what he was doing and I met him when he got home, I just attacked the cylinder with a 6mm and once enough of it was gone it fell out the back. New one from ScrewFix could only have been about £7?
     
  11. DeanSUNIAIU

    DeanSUNIAIU Minimodder

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    A new cylinder lock or Yale lock is under £20 for a half decent one. Had I actually engaged my brain though, I could have tied a magnet to a bit of string, put it through the letterbox and pick the key up ‍♂️

    Hindsight and all that..
     
  12. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Depends how tricky it'll be to pick - if it's quicker to drill it out and sell you another, I'd rather anyone charging by the hour take the fastest sensible route.
     
  13. LennyRhys

    LennyRhys Oink!

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    Thought there would be more love for the Engineer tools - they are absolutely amazing (and very respectably priced for how good they are).
     
  14. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    I have a set of those, the needle nose an mini side cutters, they are all really good tools. Keep meaning to get more from that brand.
     

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