How to undo a superglued lock?

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How to undo a superglued lock?

Apparently some little feckers have superglued the yale lock on my Mums garage. As she wants to get her car out I have to go and fix it later on. Any tips on how to unglue a superglued lock?

Thanks

I think the only cure is a new lock. I would guess that the superglue would gum up all the tumblers inside the lock. Ronzzr11

Kettles full of boiling water might help, if you could get it to run through, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Taipan wrote

Apparently some little feckers have superglued the yale lock on my Mums garage. As she wants to get her car out I have to go and fix it later on. Any tips on how to unglue a superglued lock?Thanks

Like this? :-www.tool-net.co.uk/p-324237/everbuild-super-glue-de-bonder-20ml.htmlAltho acetone (a.k.a nail polish remover - suits you Dave!) is the same thing innit?Also suggest applying heat.

Try inserting the key and twist it whilst tapping with a hammer, the force might break the superglue seal. - BTW new tried this but it's how I'd approach the problem.I'd be putting in a new cylinder afterwards though

DefTrap wrote

Like this? :-www.tool-net.co.uk/p-324237/everbuild-super-glue-de-bonder-20ml.htmlAltho acetone (a.k.a nail polish remover - suits you Dave!) is the same thing innit?Also suggest applying heat.

oh ta Al. I'll give that a go. I err we..err Mrs Taipan is bound to have some of that nail stuff. Thanks for all the replys.

How is it that, in this sort of situation, superglue does what it says on the tin i.e. glues something good and proper, and yet when I try and use the stuff it seems to last about 5 minutes?

If you can get a blowtorch on it and burn off the glue, that works. Otherwise Skype Captain_Cropper and he might come to the rescue

When you say a yale lock, what type do you mean? I assume you don't mean a padlock?Im asking because, it would be reasonable to assume that the kids may not have got 'full penetration' with the glue unless it was a padlock that could be turned upside down IYSWIM.

Taipan wrote

Apparently some little feckers have superglued the yale lock on my Mums garage. As she wants to get her car out I have to go and fix it later on. Any tips on how to unglue a superglued lock?Thanks

Use a lot of heat, in other words a Blowtorch that should shift it HTH's

Throbutronic wrote

Use a lot of heat, in other words a Blowtorch.... HTH's

But surely the little fuggers will have gone by now?ba boom tish

Try heating the key with a blowtorch,then wiggle it in the lock. Heat the lock too.Repeat as neccessary.Thing is,the buggers will do it again,so plenty of oil in the lock may prevent the glue sticking the next time.

DefTrap wrote

Like this? :-www.tool-net.co.uk/p-324237/everbuild-super-glue-de-bonder-20ml.htmlAltho acetone (a.k.a nail polish remover - suits you Dave!) is the same thing innit?Also suggest applying heat.

Gaagh!! No! I use superglue everyday and lots of it and acetone is an ACCELERATOR not a debonder. It might possibly make it worse...I haven't found that de bonder works in these situations, but it's worth a go. Heat might do it as said, but don't breath in the fumes or let them get near your eyes... guess where the cyano part of the name comes from?

It's been said above, but just to add my twopennorth, the Almax people at the Ally Pally show told me that heating the lock melts the glue so it runs out.

In summary, pour in a load of acetone, heat it with a blow torch It'll solve the problem, the door will burn down around the lock

carb cleaner works.

A neighbour of mine glued a

A neighbour of mine glued a lock on a communal window because he was fed up of my little old mother in law smoking there when she visited (wish he'd let me know it was bothering him rather than glue the lock, but anyhow). To unglue the lock, I filled a little travel-sized spray bottle with acetone based nail varnish remover, sprayed it multiple times very close to the lock and pushed the window key into the lock as far as possible, as soon as possible after spraying. It took about 20 minutes of repeating this to finally get the lock working again. I have uPVC windows and had kitchen roll to avoid getting it on the window frame. But essentially, it was very cheap to do and a lot less faff than changing the lock myself or worse, getting the managing agent to change the lock which would have cost a small fortune.

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