Connect with us

Home & DIY

If You Find Out How Easy it is to Open Any Cheap Locks, You’d Be Scared

Choosing the right lock involves much more than buying something that’s cheap or something that looks cute.

Faye Williams

Posted

(

)

A A A

To keep your belongings safe, you’d have to be one step ahead of potential robbers. One of the best ways to prevent criminals from committing crime is by outsmarting them even before they get near what they want to take from you. You have to invest in devices that will effectively deter crime.

Security gadgets range from the technologically advanced (surveillance systems and motion detectors) to Old School (alarms and locks).

The lock is easily the most common security device. However, people seem to have fallen into the “false security” trap when it comes to locks.

People think that all locks are equally effective in securing valuables. Most of us go to the hardware store and buy just any lock we see…usually the cheapest one. We think these locks are enough to keep everything safe so we can sleep at night without worrying that somebody might break in and take our valuables.

Well, it’s been proven that cheap locks are actually not as secure as we’d like to think.

A man who goes by the moniker Bosnian Bill has been doing a series of YouTube tutorials on picking locks. The series is called Bosnian Bill’s Lock Lab. He’s managed to open locks using a variety of unexpected objects.

A zip tie can do the job in seconds.

Like Logo on Facebook

A bamboo skewer takes about a minute.

Like Logo on Facebook

A cat food can lid fashioned into a “fake key” does the job, too.

Like Logo on Facebook

If Bosnian Bill’s tutorials have taught us anything, it’s the fact that choosing the right lock involves much more than buying something that’s cheap or something that looks nice. Consult a locksmith and ask which lock is best for your needs. Subject your chosen lock to a “stress test.” Make sure that it won’t be easily opened.

EnlightenMe’s “Tips for Choosing Padlocks” also offers a tip that should be your first consideration. You have to pay attention to the material that your lock is made of. The article notes: “Steel padlocks are somewhat stronger than brass as steel is a harder metal. So if you padlock is somewhere that may be vulnerable to burglars, steel should be your choice because it can more easily withstand cutting and prying.”

Bottom line: It pays to invest in a high quality lock.

View Comments

Home & DIY

Nigerians Use Plastic Bottles and Mud to Build Fireproof Homes (They’re Bulletproof, Too!)

Trash is the main components of eco-friendly homes that are not only bulletproof and fireproof — but also practically earthquake-proof.

Faye Williams

Published

on

Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! In this case, though, it's all about turning trash into eco-friendly homes that are not only bulletproof and fireproof — but also earthquake-proof.

Plastic is practically choking the planet. An article on TrueActivist.com points out that researchers have even gone as far as to predict that "99% of all birds on this planet will have plastic in their gut by the year 2050."

Plastic bottles help the homeless.

Bulletproof-House

Continue Reading

Home & DIY

How to Make Your Own Emergency Duplicate Keys Using Only Household Items

You won’t lose another key ever again with this simple DIY lifehack.

Mika Castro

Published

on

Do you have the perpetual problem of losing or misplacing your keys? Have you grown tired of going to the locksmith to duplicate them? Well fret no more, this key duplication hack will surely amaze you.

This is very handy when you want a fast and very cheap way to duplicate your keys. If you have guests coming over or you share the room or the house and you want to have a spare key without spending, then this will surely come in handy. You can make a duplicate of any key with this trick. It's so easy you might end up making several copies for one key!

You will need:

1. The original key (of course!)
2. A lighter
3. Scotch tape / adhesive
4. Tin can lid
5. Sharp scissors

Continue Reading

Home & DIY

Cool Hack Shows What You Can Get When You Sew Several Pillow Cases Together

Here’s a comfy and cheap alternative to those costly portable beds!

Mark Andrew

Published

on

Don’t want to spend big bucks on that costly portable bed? Not a problem! With this simple hack, you can easily create one - out of several pillow cases.

I came across this post recently over at SunnySkyz and immediately showed this to my wife. I think this makes a fun, cheap alternative to those expensive beds. Also, this is much easier to put away when you’re not using it.

Sounds exciting? Read on and find out how!

Continue Reading

Popular