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Tractor Talk Discussion Forum

OT - Freeze Proof Padlock

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Rickstir

01-18-2008 10:17:01
204.185.38.17



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The lock on our 350 gallon gas tank is frozen. Anyone have an experience, recommendations on a frost/freeze proof lock?




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Bob Kerr

01-19-2008 22:02:46
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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
We used the inner tube trick also, but we had it nailed above the lock so you had to flip it up to unlock it. Never had any problem except on a gate at the woods where the lock hangs on a chain. That gate has a so called "water proof" master lock on it and the plastic cover is split from freezing up!, Go figure!



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Leland

01-18-2008 20:31:07
206.62.11.9



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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
I have dozens of padlocks at work to deal with ,just get a small coffee can with a lid fill !/2 way with antifreeze and soak lock everytime you use it .works great .



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in-too-deep

01-18-2008 19:00:29
209.102.187.139



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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
I just get the key hot. Not too hot, cause you might twist it off and then the swear words will REALLY fly. Just hot enough to melt the ice on the tumblers and such. Might need a couple tries.



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john *.?-!.* cub owner

01-18-2008 18:45:57
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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
cur a piece of old inner tube so it goes in the loop and folds over to keep the rain, ice, etc. off.



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Walt Davies

01-18-2008 17:37:22
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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
My wife bought some that are supposed to be freeze proof they have some kind of soft plastic covers that make them miserable to use.
Walt



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Hugh MacKay

01-18-2008 17:31:30
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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
Rickstir: I keep an extra padlock around, I try and rotate them so each one dries on my furnace once per month. Before it goes back into service, I put oil in the lock.

For emergencies, methyl hydrate, you can thaw a lock, beef up your windshield wash, use it as fuel deicer or keeping diesel from jelling, take heavy ice off windshiels wipers, use it in your air brakes or deice your air craft. Quite a versatile liquid.

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doogdoog

01-18-2008 17:15:53
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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
Aloha, Use some liquid graphite and don't let any moisture get in. I got a good scolding from a locksmith because I mentioned oil. He actually said not to use anything because it attracts dust and dirt, which gives the lock problems.

Mahalo,
doogdoog



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MF Poor

01-18-2008 13:29:08
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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
Every fall I shoot a little Tri-Flow lube into the key slots on all my padlocks. Seems to displace moisture and keep the lock free. I also keep a small butane "grill igniter" handy for the ones I missed.



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Michael Soldan

01-18-2008 11:51:15
24.235.58.254



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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
Pour some gas line deicer into the key slot, when unfroze put a few drops of oil in..sometimes I've heated the key with a lighter, stuck it in, wait a moment till the ehat penetrates the lock and..click its open!



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wyod

01-18-2008 10:41:57
209.181.21.54



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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
Hey Rick,
Had the same problem in the past... about 4 years ago, I bought several Master Locks w/yellow plastic jacket and black plastic bottom cover... have had ZERO freeze-ups since! D



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Janicholson

01-18-2008 10:28:04
199.17.6.122



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 Re: OT - Freeze Proof Padlock in reply to Rickstir, 01-18-2008 10:17:01  
A hair dryer will thaw it out without flame.
Keeping moisture out of it with a flap of 90mill EPDM roof membrane from a scrap obtained from a roofing company is great. When it is dry, spray it with silicone spray to repell moisture that does get to it. JimN



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