Hey guys, remember me? I picked up this safe/locker/whatever at a storage auction several months ago, you guys helped me out with it. Although it didn't have keys, you guys directed me to a key code on the back. Anyway, I ordered new keys and got them in and everything, but they almost work. I can turn the lock about 1/4 of the way and it just stops turning.
Any ideas? Again, I don't want to damage the locker or anything, I want to either use it or maybe sell it depending on what it's worth.
There is no value whatsoever in checking with the manufacturer to be sure everything is as it should be after a key replace, before tearing apart and possibly destroying a completely functional device. Got it.
Might wanna try tapping it a bit. Could be rust if iron or aluminum oxidation if the lock is aluminum or steel corrosion. If the lock is composed of steel/iron and aluminum, you will need to buy Flitz Aluminum Preclean. The surface of any aluminum material quickly becomes aluminum oxide when exposed to water or air. When it comes in contact with steel/iron, and the steel/iron begin to rust, the bond between aluminum oxide and steel surface becomes incredibly strong and difficult to move.
Like I said though, insert the key into the key hole. Gently tap the key from as many directions as possible. Shake the key a bit. Then try again. Chances are one of the locking bars rusted with the interior. If brass is involved, you might try searching for some other chemicals. Rust removes will be no good as the problem is with other metals.
You could always drill out the lock, weld a new lock bar on it, and just use a padlock or some shit. I know you said you'd like to avoid damaging it, but it's a shitty stackon cabinet, so you won't be harming the integrity of it by welding a lock bar on.
If OP just paid for a key direcly from the manufacturer and it doesn't work, they need to help him out or refund the cost of the key. I'm not suggesting they are obliged to overhaul the lock, but i'm sure they would know some protips for buggy locks and would be happy to help if asked. He did shell them dosh after all.
It could be that the key is right for the lock from the factory, but the lock has been used so much with one key that the key and the lock have worn together, and now only that key opens it.
You could try copying the key you got, filing the copy down a mm or so, and bumpkeying it.
If you explained your problem to a locksmith, he could probably cut you a shortened key and save you the filing.
Just drill the fucking lock out already. Or not, I just want to see what's inside. http://www.reddit.com/r/WhatsInThisThing/ may be able to help (they open locked boxes and safes etc.)
Hooray! I got the lock to turn! It looks like a rag was catching on it - I forced it so hard I bent a key, but whatever, I have another. Since you guys were pretty helpful, I'll liveblog what's inside. I'm pretty excited!
Welp, I guess it wasn't Heisenberg's safe. No stacks of cash.
Sorry for the shaky pictures, I'm still pretty excited at this point.
And I took these out. They're heavy!
I'm going to stop right here, what the fuck is this stuff anyway. Maybe I should be careful?
>mfw KGB spy safe
OK, so I'll just handle them with care I guess. They made it this far without blowing up, logically I should be fine. Thanks for the reassurance though.
So I'm going to dig around a bit more, there's some other stuff wrapped up in there. BRB.
I'm trying not to shake, I swear. Now I'm just nervous. I get the best results stabilizing the camera against my knee.
lol, I'll be sure to google that in a sec
Two of these, everything wrapped up in individual rags.
And I've officially shit my pants.
Now I'm really shaking, I've never handled a gun before, I don't even want to touch the other is this safe?
Here's a better picture, where is this handle located?
It won't explode. Just don't point it at anything and keep your booger hook off the bang switch. Even if it was cocked and fully loaded and you dropped it, it probably wouldn't go off.
Well now I'm not sure about the legality. Depending on your state and how you acquired the storage locker, you may need to go get those registered / cleared at a gun shop, especially if you want to sell them. Might want to go ask /k/ about that.
Alright, I have to go pick up my kid from school. I'll come back in a few and continue, also give me a chance to calm down. I'm just going to put this stuff back in the box and lock it.
Thanks. Can anyone else confirm, I don't want to shoot anyone/thing.