tubular lock

Are there any ways to pick a tubular lock with paper clips or common house items?And where can I find a cheap lock

Posted by cris1133 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How to make a lock?

Does anyone know how to make a lock for a wooden box? I want one that will not be able to be picked.

Asked by TN777 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Literal Laptop Lock

I want to put a security lock on my laptop...but I mean a literal lock. As in I have to put in a number on a digital combination lock to even open the laptop. Are there any locks like that that I could attach to my comp?

Posted by manga-ka 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Steamer Trunk Lock

 I bought a footlocker, but just can't figure out how the included lock works. I'll be using my own padlock, but it would be nice to have the built in one working, too.  The cylinder appears to be plastic, and the black tab above it unlatches the lock when pushed down. I can turn the key freely over and over, but it just never locks. Is anybody familiar with this type of lock that could offer some assistance? Thanks!

Posted by Weissensteinburg 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Making A Lock? 2.0

My first question was for a wooden box. This one asks: Can someone please help me by giving me tips on making a lock for a door? I want to lock up my tool shed, as it has a door, covered in tarp. The tarp keeps the rain out, if you are wondering, because the door is wood and chicken wire. Help, please? There's so many clever people at Instructables I know I'll get good answers. I have a pen cap and a bobby pin, if that helps. Thank Ya'll TN777

Asked by TN777 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

K'nex Combination Lock

I got bored and decided to show off my combination lock here at Ibles. It's not done yet, but here it is: http://s271.photobucket.com/albums/jj128/Mepain/KI/?action=view&current;=SMOV0022.flv

Posted by Mepain 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Arduino Music Lock

Had this idea for some time and ill possibly do it when i learn more electronics stuff. But for now, i'll share the idea! So imagine you have a secure locked door. Theres no keypad or keyhole anywhere on or near the door, but there is a microphone setup on it. The only way to open the door would be to play whatever song or series of notes that are programmed into the "lock" with a musical instrument. Since there are several lock-based instructables here that use arduino boards, would it be possible to use one with whatever required components to make a lock that opens with music as a key?

Posted by EngineerJakit 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Arduino and a RFID lock? Answered

I am trying to get the arduino to know when a certain RFID tag has been read.(so it can be used in a lock application) I tried taking the code array variable and seeing if it was equal to the the what showed up in the serial monitor window with the program on the arduino playground page.  But it came up with the error "exponent has no digits" .  So what would I have to use so that the arduino can interpret the "code" array and see if it is equal to a certain tag? I know that there are already door lock programs out there, but I like to know how programs work so I can learn from them and apply that to future projects. Thanks in Advance! AI

Asked by JaredsProjects 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to open locks

Posted by Andromeda30 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Lock Pick Set? Answered

I need help making a lock pick set, i can NOT use paperclips, they don"t work for me. it needs to be INEXPENSIVE, i have seen many types, but it needs to be easy to make. the materials need to be objects that i can get from an average hard ware store, any suggestions?  Be SERIOUS!

Asked by Bonar98 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Anti-lock picking?

Okay, all you clever Instructables members! I have got the queen of all questions: How to you prevent someone from a picking a combo lock on a locker? One person would constantly pick my lock and hide my lock or just to aggravate me. Please, how do you prevent this? Thank You! I have to have a good answer by at least Wednesday or Thursday or maybe Friday. Thank You so much!

Asked by TN777 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Patio Door lock?

Does anyone know what style of patio door lock this is?  https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-oinwyBKNIsM/T-ZqobLgrnI/AAAAAAAABiA/WcRRkQzOzvo/s831/IMG_20120623_191630.jpg https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-AK6eMRKrE_w/T-ZqvqGKpsI/AAAAAAAABiM/B70J1LERjvc/s831/IMG_20120623_191645.jpg Or where I could get an exact replacement.  There's nothing wrong with it.. I just want a second one to make a modified door jam so I can still lock my apartment, yet vent my AC without having to worry about anyone breaking in. anyway, any help is appreciated.  Thanks Alphonsus

Asked by Alphonsus 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

PDF lock out?

Why isn't the PDF download working? I see the frame next to it with a solid orange border. I click on the PDF and nothing happens. what gives I don't even get asked to join?

Asked by doclnemo 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Time lock box? Answered

Hey I've seen the movie city of ember and there you have a box that locks itself from the inside, only to open again once the preset time has expired. I'd love to make one for a friend of mine (and for me as well), who's always distracted during the examination, so he could lock his distractions away for the time needed. I browsed hours to find timers and count down circuits. the best things that I could find, never were longer than e few hours or a day. but for this project it should at least last a month. I got a weird Idea of hooking up egg timers in series, so if the first one ends, the next one starts, until your last one finished that opens the box (the more I think about it, the more it's sounding impossible to do) the next best thing that would simplify the build was an arduino, but since these are essentially tiny computers I think it would be a wast to just let them count down. (and doesn't a arduino consume a lot of power too?) and I would like to only use an arduino as last resort... you can make robots out of these little board, it would be too tempting to pull it out of my project and try to make something cool with it. would any of these idea's work descent? does anyone know what could be the best way to pull this off? thanks

Asked by Jakwiebus 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Breathalyzer ignition locks ? Answered

Hello, I know that in the USA these are used for drunken drivers. ( I think I saw it on '" My name is Earl.".) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignition_interlock_device Yesterday, listening to the radio, I heard a a UK politician propose that all new cars be fitted with these devices. It made me think;  could a balloon filled with sober air be used to fool the machine ? Does anyone in the industry know ?; If so, it would seem a very simple loophole. Thank you. PS This is a fine example of a failed test. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7iEh7TBGiE&feature;=player_embedded

Asked by FriendOfHumanity 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

what are those blinking car door lock buttons for?


Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Combinational Lock using shift registers

Last year, i made the circuit of this already but now my brother is asking for my help and i cannot remember it now. im focusing right now in programming and forgot my logic circuit skills..please help me to remember this... what i remembered is that i have shift registers that memorized the buttons (0-9) i pressed...then i enter again a sequence of numbers and the device will check if it corresponds to the numbers i entered...the led will light if it is correct and will not if the numbers entered did not match the default numbers... i still have the list of some materials, 3 universal shift registers, 1 nand ic, 3 xnor ic, 10 toggle switch and 1 hold switch..  its not a very complex circuit..my only problem is to remember on how will i work with the shift registers... please enlighten me once again

Posted by eaon21 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Forum topic lock not showing

Someone at HQ has sensibly "locked" the comment about the awarding of free membership for bug reports where many members were posting their bugs, to deaf ears. However, "locking" puts no special message on the visible topic....so if you attempt to find the "reply" button, it isn't present in the locked thread, so, for all the world the forum software looks "broken". Steve

Posted by steveastrouk 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

$2 Dollar Bike lock.

I have recently been searching for a cheap bike lock or a way to make one. Yesterday I went to a garage sale with my friend, what we found there where combination locks for $1 dollar each. I quickly bought one, and then the lady asked what I needed it for. I told her now I just needed to buy some chain and I wouldnt have to sped a lot of money on a bike lock. She out of nowhere handed me the chain and let me have it for $1. Well anyway thats how I acquired it but does anybody know if theese locks can be picked or if the chain can be broken. The chain is in moderatly good condition and is as thick as the stuff used for swings. I dont have a pictrue because my camera needs batteries

Posted by Matt21497 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Beat an RFID reader/lock?

Wondering if anyone knows a way to bead an RFID lock reader, like the ones found on many security doors at schools and stores. I thought maybe there would be a way to make a RFID from a credit card, DVD case, etc. into one which could be used to unlock these security locks.

Asked by x0mb13z 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Need a USB-Controlled lock box

Google led me here, and I have to say that I'm very impressed with the ingenuity of the people here! Hopefully someone here can help me. I'm trying to find a USB-controlled box. The box can be quite small, as it needs to contain just a single key. As for the USB part, I can go two ways: first, I would need the state of the box lid (i.e. open or closed) to be sent via USB to the computer. Or, the second alternative would be that the box lid would only open if a certain signal was received via the USB cable. I can do the software programming to either send or interpret the signal, it's the mechanical part I can't figure out. I would happily pay someone to build this for me. Any suggestions? Thanks! Lee

Posted by Indecisiveo 11 years ago  |  last reply 5 months ago

Does the paper roll trick work on any key laptop lock?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as-CPdf-rKI The video above demonstrates that a Kensington lock can be picked with a paper roll. Other videos suggest it only applies to the Microsaver Kensington lock. Is this a flaw that is apparent to all laptop lock using keys or just that one model? Can I safely use my off brand Certified Data key laptop lock without worries of this flaw applying to my lock? Also, it uses a round type key with multiple drilled depression on the side.

Asked by BIO Wolf 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Knex key pin lock

Im search for a key lock with pins thats can slide.

Posted by DubbelgamingInstructions 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

F150 Door Lock Jammed

My driver's side door lock is jammed, what would cause that and how do I fix it?

Posted by swiftshawns 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

The indestructable bike lock! ...Idea

The indestructable bike lock: the forum topic that was posted undeniably just to annoy the future patenters!So I had this weird idea for a product come out of nowhere. Y'know how aluminum is supposed to make cutting wheels on an angle grinder gum up, stick, and shatter - when trying to cut it, that is? I was wondering, what if a company engineered a special type of aluminum alloy or a similar material that would do just that: gum up abrasive cutting wheels and make them stick/bind and shatter. Then like with layers of plywood, it would be sandwiched together with hardened steel, in the shape of a U-lock bike lock, making it: Impossible to cut through with a hacksaw, reciprocating saw, TCT bladed portaband , because it's hardened and would wreck the teeth. Impossible to cut through with an angle grinder or rotary tool with an abrasive wheel because the aluminum would gum it up. Impossible to cut through it with bolt cutters - obviously... Impossible to freeze it with freezing gas? I don't know. I heard that's what thieves do. Maybe that aluminum alloy would be a super-insulator and wouldn't allow the hardened steel layer to freeze and become more brittle?I think it might just be invincible until the portable cordless battery powered waterjet is invented!Thoughts?

Posted by Yonatan24 7 months ago  |  last reply 5 months ago

Beer Bottle Lock on Quirky!

Hey Instructables, Due to an overwhelming "can I buy this?" response, I've put the Beer Bottle Lock on Quirky. Please spare 5 seconds and vote for it. If it gets a lot of votes, you'll be able to buy it through the site and I'll get a cut! And I'll buy you a beer... with a lock on it... Here's the Quirky link: https://www.quirky.com/invent/1529564/action/vote/query/view=trending&categories;=all Here's the instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Beer-Bottle-Lock/ Thanks! JON-A-TRON

Posted by JON-A-TRON 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Locking the Administrator after unlocking it.

Tried the instructions "How to hack vista parental controls as a standard user." and it worked out for me. But now I need the Administrator user not to show up on the logon screen. How do I lock it again? Thank you!

Asked by n4er 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Feeling kinda hardcore

So, my brother and I found ourselves locked out of the house with the only possible help hours away. Not to be defeated, we unscrewed the lock on the garage door, grabbed my keys (which I had left in there) and got inside the house. This is probably kiddie stuff compared to most of you but I'm still feeling kinda awesome and wanted to share.

Posted by Militant.Jester 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

OAWR Legs Lock Up

I'm currently assembling an Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot, however I find the legs keep locking up.  Basically, as I move the legs the nuts are tightening to the point where the legs won't move any more.  I have washers in all the correct places so must be missing something else. Any tips on how to avoid this? Thanks. James.

Posted by jsluke 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

NAR bullet lock and barrel Answered

I am really confused by the front of the NAR, can someone help me? I don't know what piece fits in the barrel or how it fits in it, if you can post a picture that would be great.

Asked by lphillips094 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Locked out of Vista laptop Answered

Sony Vaio running Windows Vista Home. I bought a mac and didnt use the Sony for almost a year. Tried to log on and password is not accepted. This is the ADMIN user account. There are no other users. Please help. I own it, It's not stolen.

Asked by sway 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How to protect computers from grandfathers? Answered

This is somewhat of a funny question, but I am in a need of a serious solution. My grandfather always manages to mess his computer up with virus/ crapware/ malware /. He is running Windows 7 and I am trying to lock his computer to prevent install of new programs/ crapware. Something similar to what they use on college computers. Any one know of the software? that I can use?

Asked by Eax5 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Password Security:Time delay lock

I've been reading about how easy it is for a computer to try 1000 passwords per second to get into your account. A human being could probably only try 1 every 10 seconds.  So why not put a timer on the gate?  If you enter the wrong password, you have to wait 10 seconds before trying another.

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Electronic Box Lock Help!? Answered

OK so I would like to use a solenoid to unlock a box from the inside, problem is the electronic circuit I designed inside the box operates on 3 vdc and as far as I can tell most solenoids operate on a voltage of 6-24 vdc. Is there any way to make a simple driver circuit for a solenoid so it can operate on 3 vdc?  Below is a copy of the box's circuit so far. I would like the solenoid to be in parallel with the "puzzle solved LED."

Asked by TXTCLA55 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

PDFs Lock up Computer

For days I have tried to bring up a PDF on any number of Instructables to no avail.  The page seems to be attempting the download, but then nothing.  However, in that process everything ... absolutely everything ... the mouse, keyboard commands, etc. ... nothing works ... FROZEN! Several days ago I went to Instructables for the first time in a couple weeks at least.  As soon as I tried to connect, my virus protection came up and said there had been an attempted attack on my computer which had been averted. I see much prior discussion about "bugs" and expect there may be some connection. I have only been a member about three months, but I certainly hope this bug situation gets resolved.  Had I read about the Instructables' website problem beforehand, I likely would not have shelled out the $ to join. Thanks for your immediate attention.

Posted by jobelmont 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Thunderbird locks up with no-reply@mail.newsletter.instructables.com

Re: Email from no-reply@mail.newsletter.instructables.com causes my email client (Thunderbird engine) to completely lock up meaning I have to use Windows Task manager to get out of program. Please see attach screen capture of error message. If I click "O.K.' it just comes back!!! Windows 7 Pro 64 bit updated Firefox v55.0.1 64bit Thunderbird  v52.2.1

Posted by aactech 1 year ago

How to make a miniture RFID Door Lock?

Hi guy's, First time poster here, Just wanting to know how hard it would be to make this (https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-RFID-Door-Lock/) as small as possible. Im a noob to programming so any help would be appreciated and or where to gat the parts would be great..Cheers.?

Asked by joker8656 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Does anyone know how to reset one of these locks?

I found this lock in an old box from when we redid our house and its in good working condition and i know the code to open it. but the code is easy to guess and i want to change it but i cant figure out how to

Asked by mchs60chip 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How do I convert an Electromagnetic brake or lock?

Hi Everyone, I've been searching for a small (20 to 30mm Dia) disc shaped EM lock for a project I'm working on but can't find any. This type of lock's function, where when the electrical power is turned on the magnet activates, attracting a pin or plate, is what I need it to do but I can't find them small and flat enough. I then found some 24V EM brakes for a "Duplicator" (copy machine?) on Ebay where the size may be ok but if they were flatter it would be better. From what I understand these work the opposite way. The brake pad is normally engaged ("locked") to the hub by a spring, then when electrical power is turned on, the brake pad separates from the hub allowing it to rotate. Is this correct? Would it be possible to convert the brake into a lock merely by reversing the wiring or would I need to reverse the direction of the winding? Would that work to then attract a plate when it is turned on? Also, how much could I reduce the voltage and have it still attract a metal plate with a decent strength - say from 1/4" away? Thanks for you help! :)

Posted by Bretina 3 years ago

Anyone know where one can by a ball lock in component form?

I need to source a small ball lock, or the components for one. I have a device which has a broken retaining collar for the ball, and I want to replace.

Asked by rodonn 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how can i bypass a magnetic door lock without cutting the juice ?

How can i bypass a magnetic door lock without cutting the juice ?

Asked by kaerez 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 days ago

What sort of equipment would you recommend for creating a somewhat secure Arduino-based lock box?

In other words, what sorts of servos, locks, etc. should I get? I would like this to be somewhat secure, but it definitely doesn't need to be overkill either.

Asked by alexh1995 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How do I wire a car power door lock actuator to a 12V power supply?

Looking for some advice on wiring a car power door lock actuator and remote central locking keyless entry system to a 12volt power adapter. We've got a chicken coop that I would like to connect the actuator to so we can open the latch from inside the house. The items we have are a CfD Universal Car Power Door Lock Actuator 12-Volt Motor & a Docooler® Car Remote Central Lock Locking Keyless Entry System with Remote Controllers. The Remote has 10 wires coming from its harness. I know enough about electrical wiring to efficiently burn the house to the ground. Figured I would post a question here before that happens or I destroy the thing. Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks

Asked by LarryIannacone 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

latch for a diary?

I have a comp notebook as a diary and a key lock, but how can I make a latch to put the lock on the diary? thank you! I will try to look at your answers ASAP! TN777

Asked by TN777 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Gate latch/opener design?

I'm building a fence and having trouble figuring out how to do the latch for a walking/utility gate. I want the fence to be almost seamless from the outside, so with a quick glance you couldn't tell there is a gate right there; however, the gate needs to be able to be opened from the outside with a key. The problem I'm having is that all the hardware I've found for gates use padlocks, so you could only open it from one side if it's locked, and the gate won't be thick enough to use a normal door handle or deadbolt. The parameters are: Opens from inside while locked from outside Outer hardware is minimally intrusive (doesn't stand out much, preferably nothing more than a key hole.) Actual latch can be surface mounted So far the only thing I've been able to come up with is to frankenstein the key half of a deadbolt with half of a turn handle latch I found that forks like a regular door knob but can be surface mounted. The problem is that I am afraid that the spring in the handle will be too much tor just the key to turn and it will wear out quickly. I would appreciate any ideas, and will try to clarify if there's anything someone doesn't understand. Thanks, -rob

Asked by siamonsez 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

is there any way to make a usb door lock

Is there any way to make a usb door lock that when you put the stick into a usb port built into door frame it reads a word doc with the password in it and opens the door?

Asked by Slicerr2 8 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

1590d master lock won't open?

I just got it and I can't open it to change the combo, and the lock didn't come with a combo, so I'm kinda lost with how to open it. Got any ideas?

Asked by Rebreg 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Arduino USB electric lock system?

Hello, I need some system using Arduino (or without it) that can lock electronics from powering on. So it should work something like this: There is one USB port that you need to insert USB flash drive with key written on it. And when you do so, electronics gain power from outlets (12V or 220V) and when you unplug flash drive power is cut. No USB plugged in = no power USB plugged in = power on I will be using this system in my household and probably in car, so compact solutions suit me best.

Asked by Ripaz 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

How do i lock my longboard to a bike rack?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago