Need to replace mailbox lock


Old 01-18-09, 05:43 PM
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Need to replace mailbox lock

I'm so frustrated. Something may or may not have gotten stuck inside the key hole. the key will only go half way. Spoke to PO - no help. they'll charge $40 to replace. I've drilled out the hole like everyone said to do. The lever (or tail?) is still in the down position and won't move. I saw the pin (or tumbler) that could be moved up and down. Putting a screw driver under the lever doesn't move it either. Waiting for the carrier isn't an option - I work all day. I can't see or hear him deliver the mail anyway. I need to get this fixed before they start returning my mail. HELP!
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Old 01-18-09, 08:58 PM
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You say you drilled the lock?

If you have drilled it and it does not move then there is still something blocking the shearline. Redrill or change postion a bit.

If the key does not go in all the way, some lube and tapping the end of the key a bit can force the stuck tumbler. Not an option if drilled already.
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To your second post, another thought----what size drill bit did you use? anything much bigger than 1/16" would probably mess up the lock, and even with a 1/16" I would not use a drill motor, but clamp it onto a small vice grip to use it as a "probe" to possibly remove any foreign material.
Old 01-22-09, 08:08 AM
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Whomever told you to drill a hole in the lock is obviously ignorant.

Drilling is always a last resort.

If you need to replace the lock, the cheapest option is the PO option (by far)
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