Can't Remember The Combination?
A very good friend of mine reminded me of an old tried and true trick to save you time, gas and money.
So you found that old combination lock out in the garage or shed? Hmmmm, what's the combination? You search and search; not in the top drawer; nope not in my billfold; I didn't put it in the firesafe, where could it be? After going through the wife's purse and getting a black eye, the decision came to try something different.
Just so none of you have to get a black eye too, I will just give you the steps on how to figure out that combination of that lock. You will need:
- A hammer
- A small screwdriver
- Maybe a magnifying glass if you see as well as I do.
- This hub for directions.
Using the small screwdriver, pry the back off the lock. You will see a small hole. Looking in that hole (magnifying glass maybe), you will see the tops of three small plates. Each plate has a notch in it. The trick is to line all three notches up.
Go To Step 2
While looking in that small hole in the back, turn the combination –SLOWLY TO THE RIGHT- (clockwise when looking at the front). A notch will come into view on the first plate. Turn the lock over and make a note of the number. That is the first number in the combination.
Go To Step 3
Turn the lock back over, while looking in the same small hole, spin the combination SLOWLY to THE LEFT (counter clockwise when looking at the front) , another notch in the second plate will line up with the notch in the first plate. Turn the lock over and make note of the number. This is the second number in the combination.
Go To Step 4
Turn the lock back over. While looking in the same small hole in the back, turn the combination SLOWLY TO THE RIGHT. A notch in the 3rd plate will come into view and line up with the first 2 notches in the 1st and 2nd plate. Turn the lock over and make a note of the number. This is the 3rd and last number in the combination and the lock SHOULD OPEN !
Now you can put the back on the lock, hammer the lip back into place and you have just saved yourself the cost of a new combination lock and gas money running to the store.
Just remember, if you ever come across a combination lock that has had the back pried off, Someone else has the combination.
A special thanks to my old friend Tony for this reminder.
Please watch the two videos I am putting below. Tony is the drummer and they play some great music.
Also, don't let me catch you using this for bad stuff.
© G.L. Boudonck
© 2012 Greg Boudonck
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