Uses for a dead D-lock.

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Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby gaz » 21 Apr 2019, 7:05pm

Mrs gaz's D-Lock has expired. The mechanism was extremely reluctant to accept the cylinder key. Eventually it unlocked, the lightly used spare key broke on the way out.

A good spray around with WD40 later and something is clearly still wrong. Unsurprisingly the broken key won't open it at all, the usual one operates it reluctantly.

The last D-Lock that I retired became a ground anchor. What else can you do with a dead D-Lock?
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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby gbnz » 21 Apr 2019, 7:55pm

Don't chuck it in the normal recycling bin - could damage the bin wagon. I'd have thought a visit to the metals recycling skip may be in order?

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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby Brucey » 21 Apr 2019, 10:57pm

the steel in the straight parts of the 'U' makes for a good drift; comes with a slightly padded sleeve too!

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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby tim-b » 22 Apr 2019, 6:36am

Hi
Door stop?
Put it on a public bike rack with all of the others?
Declare your undying love to Mrs G and lock it to the Pont des Arts before throwing the key into the River Seine?
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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby Zanda » 22 Apr 2019, 8:00am

Another ground anchor?

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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby mercalia » 22 Apr 2019, 8:59am

if you new lock is the same one keep the "U" as a spare?

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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby hercule » 22 Apr 2019, 9:07am

Croquet hoop? (Or whatever they are called)

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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby Postboxer » 22 Apr 2019, 9:15am

I've an old in the garage, hoping the key will turn up somewhere one day. Although it might be one of the ones that can be unlocked with a biro. Have moved house twice since the last time I had the key so maybe I should give up.

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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby David9694 » 22 Apr 2019, 10:01am

Seed drill

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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby Mick F » 22 Apr 2019, 10:12am

Fit it into a wall as an anchor to lock your bike to.

Pour some wet cement into a large plantpot and lower the D into it.
When the cement has gone off, take the lump out, and you have a good door-stop or a gate-stop.
If you have a very lively puppy, you can tie it to it and leave it in the garden on a long rope.
Actually, that's a good idea! :D
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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby Audax67 » 22 Apr 2019, 3:39pm

Plant a dozen or so in the lawn and play croquet.
Have we got time for another cuppa?

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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby brynpoeth » 22 Apr 2019, 6:54pm

Mick F wrote:Fit it into a wall as an anchor to lock your bike to.

Pour some wet cement into a large plantpot and lower the D into it.
When the cement has gone off, take the lump out, and you have a good door-stop or a gate-stop.
If you have a very lively puppy, you can tie it to it and leave it in the garden on a long rope.
Actually, that's a good idea! :D

A very very lively puppy could drag it along, then Anything Could Happen :?
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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby Brucey » 22 Apr 2019, 7:01pm

-mount it to your bike as extra training ballast; several such locks will guarantee that you get extra-fit

- you can use several such D locks to make horse-shoe like things and play a new game; 'D-lock shackle quoits' (*)

(*) the entry qualification for this new sport is that you have been a victim of badly made locks, several times over.

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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby philvantwo » 23 Apr 2019, 8:31am

Just throw it away!!!
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Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

Postby alexnharvey » 24 Apr 2019, 7:22pm

philvantwo wrote:Just throw it away!!!

Whoosh. :lol: