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Trident’s DIY

Trident’s DIY

FROZEN CAR LOCK

It’s not secret that the winter months can be challenging and finding out your car’s locks are frozen right when you’re leaving for work doesn’t help.

What to do:

Use a lock de-icer—make sure to read the instructions on your de-icer before using, as various brands will have different application directions.

Don’t have de-icer? DO NOT use hot water; this could damage the interior of your lock. Instead, grab a long extension cord and a hair dryer to warm up the lock and key (don’t make the key too hot as you don’t want to melt any plastic components inside the lock).

HOUSE KEY GETTING STUCK

Do you find your house key doesn’t go in or out of the lock smoothly?

What to do:

Use an air duster (keyboard cleaner) to clear out any debris that might be obstructing the lock. If this doesn’t help, use a lock lubricant or silicone based spray. Spray a small amount into the lock. This should fix the problem.

If the problem persists, it might be time for a new lock.  

STRIPPED SCREW HOLES

Have you noticed that a door in your home isn’t closing or locking properly? Check the hinges on the door to see if the screws are loose. Try tightening them. If they don’t tighten, there is an easy fix for that.

What to do:

Remove screws and hinge and inserts some toothpicks or a golf tee (depends on the size of the hole) into the old screw hole. Tap the toothpicks or tee into the hole with a hammer so they are in there nice and tight. Be sure to break off any of the toothpicks or tee that is left sticking out of the hole. Now reinstall the hinge and screws. It should feel like you’re turning the screws into a new piece of wood.

If that didn’t fix the problem, it could be a bigger issue like a warped frame (sometimes the result of a house settling). Talk to an expert.