I live in a condo with community mailbox. Lost my key.
Today the letter carrier opened the whole box from the back and showed me
how to remove the clip but we couldn't get the lock assembly through the
Is there a trick?
no there is not a trick, you got to grab the clip with a pair of needle
nose pliers and then pull the clip off and then remove the lock
mechanism from the front.. bring it to a lock shop and buy a new lock
and replace it...
He said he had trouble getting out the hole, not getting the clip off. On
some boxes/locks, the cam has to be removed first, to get enough clearance
to get past the stiffening ridges in the door. (Who picked that faux brass
color anyway?) On others, the flat sides of the hole don't allow the lock to
come out unless it is in the unlocked position.
Even if the cam has a screw and isn't swaged on, it'll be a lot of fun
getting it undone from the top, while the carrier is standing tapping his
foot. Unless OP can arrange for a supervisor/box mechanic with a passkey to
come out and assist, I'd just drill the sucker and be done with it. By the
way, the little box locks are available at most big-box stores- no need to
pay locksmith prices. Should be under ten bucks, with a selection of cams to
fit various models of boxes. If OP can get the old lock out first, taking it
along helps a lot. One final thought- if the builder/management company is
local, and still in business, they may have some extra locks laying around,
or a copy of the original key. Good condo managers (offer to, at least)
change the box lock along with the door keys after a sale, especially in
projects with rental units. In a common area, they probably technically own
the box, maybe they will offer to handle it.
On 05/08/2004 8:14 PM, in article
Tmhnc.61763$ email@example.com, "ameijers"
We didn't try to pull the cam off from the back. It was not screwed on.
Seemed like some kind of key would be needed in the back to remove the cam
The assembly will NOT go through the hole with the cam attached. The clip is
it'll be a lot of fun
That seems like the best option at this point. Have you ever done this
before? It seems to me like the lock assembly would be hardened steel and
impossible to drill with a portable drill?????????
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