De­frost a pad­lock

The Family Handyman - - BEST PRO TIPS -

Sleet and freez­ing rain can pre­vent a pad­lock from open­ing. Loosen up a frozen lock by warm­ing a can of sil­i­cone or light lu­bri­cant (see “Warm Up Stuff on Your Dash­board” be­low) and spray­ing it into the key­hole and the ar­eas around the shack­les. Note to naysay­ers: Some say that liq­uid lu­bri­cants are bad for locks, but we all have sprayed our pad­locks dozens of times, and they have con­tin­ued to work trou­ble-free for years.

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