I bought a boat and trailer last spring. Yesterday I was checking the tire
pressure before taking the boat out for the winter when I realized the spare
tire was padlocked on and I don't have a key. That could be embarrassing.
It is a laminated steel padlock. Do I beat it with a sledge hammer until it
gives way. saw it with a sawsall and metal blade, or must I use a hacksaw?
Any other suggestions? (don't have boltcutters...)
If you call a locksmith, you'll be spending time waiting for him,
watching him open the lock, and then writing him a check. If you buy
the tool, you will pay less, probably save some of your valuable time,
and when you are done, you will still have the nice new tool for other
on 10/5/2007 8:55 PM firstname.lastname@example.org said the following:
Well, having been in the position for 38 years, I would want proof that
the padlock belonged to the person requesting that it be cut off.
Even if no ownership proof was forthcoming, at least the full pedigree
of the person and the trailer would suffice.
On Oct 5, 5:55 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Yep, unbelievably stranger. I worked as dispatcher and jailer for 15
years. Best I recall is the dope dealer that called the cops to
complain that he had been robbed at gunpoint of his stash of wacky
tobaccy. Both ends of that one wound up in jail. (Pullman, Wa in
Whiman Co. early 90s. Can't recall the names though)
Locks won't keep out the determined, anyway - and the cheapo side grinders
haven't changed the situation at all. Boltcutters require no electricity, make
very little noise, and take only seconds to open a padlock.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
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