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Picture of Sugru a Lock Finder ('V' Lock)

Have you ever been in the position where you are trying to open a lock but it's too dark to see?  I bet you have, which is why I made this Instructable.  I cannot take credit for the original idea (see Yanko Design site:  http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/04/21/never-miss-the-key-hole/  ) but I can take credit for the Sugru version of it!  :)

Supplies:
Sugru (choose your color)

Tools:
Small stick or pointed tool

Step 1: Plan Your Design

Picture of Plan Your Design

Take a look at your lock to decide how best to form a "V" around the keyhole.  See the picture for a visualization (picture is of a different lock than the other photos).
 
Vampyra651 year ago

Living in a subzero climate with snow and blizzards this would not work for me. I think I'd rather stick with a led flash light from the dollar store. Wouldn't this stuff fall off with bad weather ?

makerdan (author)  Vampyra651 year ago

Certainly an LED flashlight is helpful! But I guess what I was going for was something that didn't require batteries, good waterproof housing, etc. An analog approach maybe. As for Sugru itself, I've had this particular hack (and others) outside for the last 3.5 years or so and it's still solid as a rock! We've had multiple freezes, snow (although not subzero!), as well as heavy rains and long months of nothing but 100+ degree weather--and it's still there! I'm satisfied with the material myself; as for living in a subzero climate I must admit that I'd be curious to see how it would hold up! :) Looking at the Sugru website, here's an interesting testimonial:

"Jim trekked to the North Pole with sugru grips on his ski poles, where it needed to be the most comfortable shape for him and withstand temps of more than -25ºC." (http://sugru.com/about)

tderakc1 year ago
Or just paint the door handle with glow in the dark paint
hey mrsupercool, great Instructable :) James
bac5124 years ago
why not make the V upside down? then not only would it guide your key, it would block water from the lock :)
Earthy Eric4 years ago
Very cool idea. There may be a slight problem with the "V" catching water and freezing in the lock though. Do they make glow in the dark sugru? That would be sweeet.
makerdan (author)  Earthy Eric4 years ago
Good point on the water problem. Perhaps the bottom of the "V" needs to be slightly slanted downwards to allow water to run out of the keyhole.
no but you can make your own, just buy glow powder and mix it in
ChrysN4 years ago
Clever!