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Old July 20, 2006, 05:19 PM   #1
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Padlock question (hunting-related; for locking up tree stands,etc.)

I *think* that this is sufficiently gun-related, but maybe not....

Here's the deal. In stores, you can buy padlocks in singles, or packs of 4, all keyed the same. The singles tell you which key they use (keycode), so you can buy several others with the same key code (IF they are in stock). BUT, the 4-packs don't have the key code, which I find very stupid and irritating. Because I want 16-20 ALL keyed the same. I want to buy 4-5 four-packs with the same key code, for locking up stuff at both hunting land(s) and around the house (gate, tool shed, etc.). But I cannot since they don't put down the key code on the package, and even if they did, they wouldn't necessarily have 4 other 4-packs in stock with the same code (likely not even 1 other with the same key in stock at any given moment).

So, has anyone ever confronted this problem? What's the best way to get 15-20 pretty decent padlocks all keyed the same? Where/how to order such online? Thanks.
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Old July 20, 2006, 05:26 PM   #2
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It might be kind of spendy but a local locksmith can set you up. Even the little stands. We deal with those in the auto business and they have padlocks also.
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Old July 20, 2006, 08:23 PM   #3
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You can order locks keyed alike in sets. If you want, you can order 1,000 of them all keyed alike. Generally they are sold in sets of 10 or 12, but all you have to do is talk with someone who can order the locks. Go to a safety supply vendor if you cannot get your local ACE or Good Value or Home Depot hardware man to order them.
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Old July 23, 2006, 10:39 AM   #4
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Get thee to a locksmith. They will usually have large groups of locks, all keyed alike, for just such a request. If not they can key up some (and use 1/2 steps and such, so no "standard" key will fit them.) Also, they can advise best ones for outdoor use. Even so, I've found you need to lubricate them from time to time, or they get "sticky". Around here, in the winter they'll literally freeze, but I've had good luck just keeping the hosed down periodically w/ WD-40--repels moisture, and keep them lubed.
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Old July 24, 2006, 10:23 PM   #5
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A propane torch will unfreeze locks quickly

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Old July 25, 2006, 12:24 AM   #6
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call around, look in the phone book for locksmiths, commercial, ask them

if not call "7 corners hardware" in St Paul MN AFTER you find what kind of locks you like, ask them for a price, you will like it. 651 224 4859 for several years they were the biggest mail order tool shop on the planet. they will treat you right. I have ordered lots of 40 with all the same key for jobsites,
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Old July 28, 2006, 08:24 PM   #7
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Why dont you just buy combination locks? No key to lose, and you can set them all the same. Pluss most store bought locks can be picked with not much skill.
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Old July 28, 2006, 11:18 PM   #8
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Picking a lock takes a lot of skill.
I have a set of picks and play around with it from time to time. Given enough time, I can pick most basic padlocks but it usually takes awhile. I have seen locksmiths pick locks and they didn't look any better than me.

On the other hand, a set of bolt cutters will pick most padlocks in a second.

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