May I brag for a moment...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

When we bought our house over 15 years ago, the front door only had one regular old lock.  We live in  Miami. It's not New York City  but one lock does not seem like enough. We had a locksmith come out and put a medco lock on as a second lock. Medco keys cannot be duplicated without an id and you have to be the person who applied for the lock. In other words, your housekeeper can't make a copy of it.   

On Tuesday morning, the key broke in the lock.  It was my idea to use chewing gum and a coat hanger to try to retrieve it but luckily my husband put the kabash on that.   We contacted a locksmith. Because we have a fancy-schmancy Medco lock, the cost could be up to $300.

We googled "how to get a broken key out of a lock" and a tough guy type explained how to do it using a little wire "broken key retriever" tool.  Our locksmith does not sell them. Neither do the hardware stores.  Luckily Amazon did so we decided to risk the $17.50  it would cost to buy and ship the tools overnight to us (This was $17.50 total with shipping). They came the very next day (gotta love Amazon!) and they loooked like a lock picking kit or something.  No directions or anything.





My amazing, wonderful, handy husband was able to retrieve the key using the tool and some wd-40.  Woo Hoo$ 283.00 saved! Shoe money!  

Here is the dead key!


Isn't my spouse fabulous? Aren't I the smartest girl EVER to marry such a home-improvement stud? 

9 comments:

Red Rose Alley said...

That's very clever, Japolina. You certainly do have a bright husband. Isn't wd-40 the best? So glad you got your lock fixed, and even more glad that you put a second one on your door. Safe is always the best.

Love,
~Sheri

Anonymous said...

True...I am a stud! She forgot to mention I did it in my PJ's at 6:15 in the morning. Love you too Japolina!

-Japolina's Hubby

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

laughing at your hubby's comment!!! i have a medico key too and it's a royal pain. if you remember i lost my keys while d#1 was here and it was expensive as heck...

smiles, bee
xxooxxo

NanaDiana said...

Well, how the heck did that happen? Was the key flawed or are you Superwoman? lol I hope you got a duplicate made already. Your hubby could take up burglary if his job doesn't work out in the long run. zo Diana

Susie said...

Japolina, You know that man's a keeper..quit teasing the rest of us. LOL Yes, that kit looks like some kind of burglery devices.:):)So you may want to check your diary lock, just saying.:):) xoxo,Susie

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! Xo jo

Ashley R said...

So awesome! :)

vivian said...

LOL! but I thought your idea was a pretty good one too! woohoo! extra shoe money! lol
have a great week
xoxo

Kaylin said...

What a great hubby!!!

 
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