Hide-A-Key

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Introduction: Hide-A-Key

An easy way to keep a spare key on the outside of a vehicle.

Materials:

Spare Key (preferably with Key Ring)
Strong Magnet (old hard drive magnets are ideal)
Electrical Tape

Step 1: Thread Key on to Magnet

Put the key ring through the hole on the magnet.

Step 2: Wrap With Electrical Tape

Get the key flat against the magnet and wrap with electrical tape. This is to prevent the key from flapping around, and also to protect the bumps and ridges of the key from dirt and wear.

Step 3: Stick It to Your Car

Put the key and magnet somewhere on the under carriage of your car. I tend to stick mine somewhere around the rear bumper.

Never get locked out of your car again!

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    37 Discussions

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    porcupinemamma

    Oh.. I see :0) I lose everything! Where do you think discarded computers might be and more specifically, do you have any ideas where I could find the magnet without tearing apart a computer?

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    dll932
    dll932

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    While hard drive magnets are stupid strong, you can get very strong rare-earth magnets (they're plated silver color) at Radio Shack or similar.

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    nanonano58
    nanonano58

    12 years ago on Introduction

    i carry a the key of my car and my house in my wallet

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    nakigara
    nakigara

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    its probably a good idea to separate identification and keys, so that if one gets lost/stolen, the finder/stealer does not have easy access to your dwelling (exact location, and keys)

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    nanonano58
    nanonano58

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i had never think that :P i'm going to made a tricky key

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    Grey_Wolfe
    Grey_Wolfe

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I do the same thing Nano. But my address on my ID's is from a few years ago and halfway across town from where I really live. lol

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    dll932
    dll932

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    You can get coded tags for stuff at travel stores. You register at the website and if someone finds your stuff (not just keys) they call the number on the tag and they tell them what to do with it. Got one on my keyring.

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    PSPerson
    PSPerson

    8 years ago on Introduction

    i love that its a hard drive magnet.. but i have a store-bought hide-a-key on my car... in a difficult place to find. difficult enough that i thought I lost it on the road somewhere until I looked again a couple months later!

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    klee27x
    klee27x

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I'm here to post my official disapproval of your choice of tape. After one hot day, your key is going to be covered in goo. I'd suggest masking tape! :)

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    ve2vfd
    ve2vfd

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I would not use any type of tape... My preference would lean towards shrink tubing the key onto the magnet.

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    unjust
    unjust

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    i was thinking the same thing, but that could make it difficult to remove (since if you lost your keys you may have lost your knife), and gunk will accumulate inside of the heat shrink. i think a pop rivet through the fob and magnet will hold things pretty well, whiel still allowign use of the key and the brass of the key is reasonably non reactive, and unless it's getting battered by gravel in your wheel well, it should be ok on it's own. maybe a wrap or two of saran wrap over the entire thing.

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    Grey_Wolfe
    Grey_Wolfe

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Simple solution: Jewelry or bead baggie (The little ones that look like they're for dope). Put the whole thing into the baggy, then wrap the baggy in just one or two loops of tape to make it tight. No goop on key, and still reasonable to open.

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    kescorza
    kescorza

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I think the baggy would be too obvious though...

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    porcupinemamma
    porcupinemamma

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Perhaps not if the baggie was the right colour so as not to attract attention?

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    kescorza
    kescorza

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    True. I'm not saying put a florescent green baggie under your car. What I mean is that most thieves now to look for spare keys under the car. If they see a baggie wrapped in tape, that is an obvious sign.

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    porcupinemamma
    porcupinemamma

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    lol, My car is such a wreck, I might be better off if they took my car. lol

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    georion
    georion

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    sorry but masking tape will probaly result in a lost key

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    georion
    georion

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Masking tape is a poor choice for anything other than masking--sorry

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    klee27x
    klee27x

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Read the instructable again. And look at the pics. The key is connected to the magnet with a steel split ring. The tape is only there "to prevent the key from flapping around." Actually, you could just wrap the thing with a few tight turns of saran wrap and call it good.

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    dniloc2cv
    dniloc2cv

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Some concern about new car keys with chip in them. What is effect of strong magnet?