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I grew up pretty isolated from what the majority of the population considers normal. Surrounded by cows and corn fields, my upbringing took place a few miles outside of a town of less than 3000 people. The nearest interstate was about an hour away, and the nearest "big city" was an hour and a half. Needless to say, theft and break-ins were not what kept us awake at night.

However, there was recently a string of car break-ins in my mom's little "neighborhood" (you have to be from the country to understand a country neighborhood) that prompted me to fix this up for her. Most of the garage doors at the farm are automatic, but one on my dad's shop is manual and has no way to lock it.

Using a few random pieces I found laying around, I put together a lock that can be installed and removed quickly and easily. Hopefully, this will keep those pesky overgrown raccoons from sneaking into the barn...

Step 1: Parts and Tools

As mentioned, I built this lock using random things I found in the shop.

The basic parts are:

  • 1 x piece of wood - a 1' piece of 2x3 should work well.
  • 2 x 1 1/2" long bolts (I used 1/4"; theyhave to fit through the pre-drilled garage door rail holes)
  • 4 x nuts (for the bolts)
  • 2 x large nut as a spacer

Tools and such:
  • Drill
  • Drill Bit (big enough for those bolts above)
  • Wrench (To tighten the nuts... my 1/4" bolts had a 7/16" nut)
  • Colored Duct Tape
  • Sharpie

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Bio: Jack of All Trades, Master of One: Being Me!
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