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Amateur Lock Picking

For reasons not relevant here, I was called upon to open a bulletin-board lock with a complete lack of keys:

Bulletin Board Lock - locked

Bulletin Board Lock – locked

It’s obviously not the highest security lock you’ve ever seen. Armed with a small screwdriver and an old darning needle, this took the better part of 30 seconds:

Bulletin Board Lock - opened

Bulletin Board Lock – opened

Actually, I devoted a few minutes to verify none of my collection of random keys would suffice.

Replacing the lock not being within my remit, I improvised a simple retainer from available materials:

Bulletin Board Lock - improvised strap retainer - front

Bulletin Board Lock – improvised strap retainer – front

Yes, the nylon cable tie will surely pull out of the latch:

Bulletin Board Lock - improvised strap retainer

Bulletin Board Lock – improvised strap retainer

And I admit the installation’s security has taken a definite downward step:

Bulletin Board Lock - push pin security

Bulletin Board Lock – push pin security

Some day, I’ll tote a wrench to the site, remove the lock, and improve the improvisation.

Replacing the lock seems mired in an intractable budgetary wrangle.┬áSimilar locks being five bucks on Amazon, I’m tempted to just make it happen, but doing so would apparently roil the decision-making stratum. I’m perfectly happy to remain an on-call techie devoid of political ambition.

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