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Got locked out last night.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by betty swollocks, 2 May 2008.

  1. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Arrived home from work last night at 2330 hrs to find that one of my front door locks had jammed and I was stranded outside.
    No matter how much I wiggled and jiggled the key or how much brute force I used, the lock would not budge. So, in desperation, I called a 24 hour locksmith.
    Three hours later he arrived and even he had trouble with it. I said to him that I thought he'd have a some burglars' lockpicks and be in in a jiffy. He responded that I'd been watching too much telly.
    In the end he dismantled my lock from the outside, let me in and replaced the lock with a new one while I made him a coffee. £150 it cost me, which I think is pretty reasonable, considering the time of night and that he had to come 20 miles.
    So why am I up at this time on my day off you ask? Well: it's not raining (yet) my bikes are whispering to me and all the trees are out in blossom.
     
  2. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Commiserations Betty.

    Yesterday I went out of the front door of my Dad's flat to meet an estate agent and the door was on a spring and slammed shut behind me with my keys, my bike , my coat in the flat. Bollix! I got a taxi to work and waited until my sister came home from work in the evening with the spare key.

    Does anyone hide a spare home door key anywhere? My neighbours have one to our house but they were at work.
     
  3. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    thanks!
    I keep a spare set of keys at work, which is 5 mins bike ride away. These didn't work either. Must remember to take the spare new one in.
     
  4. numbnuts

    numbnuts Guru

    Location:
    North Baddesley
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    What's wrong with under the flower pot ? :rolleyes:
     
  6. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    or on a piece of string inside the letter box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    I had the same problem with a deadlock on my front door but after forty minutes of gently carressing the lock it did spring. Once the door was open I dismantled the lock and found the retaining springs were overstretched and off their perch (or sommat similar). So I dismantled, cleaned all the bits with WD 40 and re-sprung the lock and added a dose of oil for good measure. Been as good as new ever since.