Lost Key

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Chris, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    Yesterday I lost my one and only tool box key with my tools locked inside, go figure! What would you suggest doing, I checked with snap on and they sell another set of locks and keys, do you think that it would work if I drilled the old lock out or would that screw up the whole locking system on the box.

    Thanks
    Chris
     
  2. TOPS

    TOPS New Member

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    Chris, call a good lock smith. That should be cheaper than gettin a new box!
     

  3. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    Do you think that the lock smith could even make a key for me, its an odd shaped key, the key is round with a notch at the top and at the side.

    chris
     
  4. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    Chris,I looked you up and see that you are at Beaufort,S.C.not far from Savannah,Ga.I called BRADLEY LOCK & KEY,24 E.State Street,Savannah Ga.Ph.#(912)232-2148.They been around for 121 years.The man said"bring it on down."If you cain;t get help closer,this may help.peewee-williams
     
  5. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    I had that happen and a locksmith made me a key to open it up. But it's not cheap. But I was also told if I drilled it out it wouldn't hurt my locking system. But I just paid the locksmith and moved on.
     
  6. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    Chris,

    If you are real lucky it might be a universal key. Not likely but maybe.

    Let us know what you end up doing.
     
  7. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    drill it chris...those locks aren't expensive. i've done it myself on my snapon boxes before
     
  8. Swampy

    Swampy New Member

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    Drill it and put another one in.
     
  9. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    How does the locking system work on the snap on boxes? How did you drill your locks out? Size bit, how far did you drill in etc...

    chris
     
  10. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    a 3/8 or 7/16 bit works fine...as i recall, the lock was soft metal
     
  11. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    you are only drilling the lock cylinder itself, chris. once you run the bit thru it the tumblers will fall, allowing you pull the cylinder out. the bit will go in maybe an inch or so
     
  12. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

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    phils right only i would start out with a 1/8 inch bit and if need be go larger
    ive replaced about 6-8 sets of locks on my truck boxes (different boxes)
    although ive never messed with a snap on box i would think the actual lock mechanism is a universal type .
    wish you were closer i got a ring full of old keys that are for those type of cylinders ive gotten lucky on my garage door and a couple other tool boxes before. good luck

    if you drill the tumblers out with the smaller bit you will see the little springs and brass pins come out
    then you can use a flat screrw driver to turn the cylinder and open the box then you can take the lock mech out and get a replacement
     
  13. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    Daryl

    I will have to try that as soon as I get the package that you sent me.

    thanks
    chris