Door lock & Re: How far did this get?
Article: 8976 of alt.hackers Newsgroups: alt.hackers From: email@example.com (Randall Gray) Subject: Door lock & Re: How far did this get? In-Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org.EDU.AU's message of 2 Nov 1995 04:25:54 GMT X-Nntp-Posting-Host: njal Message-ID: GRAY.95Nov3141048@njal.ml.csiro.au Sender: email@example.com Organization: CSIRO Marine Labs. Date: Fri, 3 Nov 1995 03:10:48 GMT Approved: By fiat Lines: 73 Status: RO
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com.EDU.AU (Matthew Parry) writes: <snickersnack> up the hill (Isn't lazyness the true sign of a hacker?). So I <snickersnack> No it isn`t. Most hackers are anything *but* lazy. You know, it is terribly hard to report on hacks. So many of the postings here suggest that the authors find it difficult to dredge their memory for something worthy of the epithet. I know *I* do few things I feel I can call a hack. Now for my contribution. The door to our workshop at home had one of the old latch/lock combinations which are locked and unlocked with a skeleton key. The loking mechanism was completely unused (no key, no hole for the bolt). Now, we'd been talking about needing to lock the workshop since the insurance companies don't insure things that aren't locked away, so I thought to myself "Hmm". I took apart the lock and found that one of the parts of the locking mechanism was badly warped. It was made of cast brass, and I assume it was warped from years of tension applied by a spring. The bit in question is drawn below in it's unwarped form: _______________________________________ | : _________/\_________ | | : | | | | : |_________ _________| | |_____:____________________\/___________| Bolt Key catches body here I ended up manufacturing one of the two "arms"on the RHS of the diagram out of a large aluminium heat sink, cutting the bolt body off, and cutting a recess so that the aluminium part could be pop-rivetted flush with the surfaces of the bolt body. V ___________________________... | |______________________... | | |_________| ^ Where V/^ marks the location of the pop rivet. Once that was in and notionally working I had to cut a key to work it. Heat sink to the rescue again. All in all there was lots of hacksaw work and filing and a little imagination, but not as much ingenuity as I'd have liked. Later that week I found another such lock (different maker) buried in a paddock with it's internal spring broken. I plan to make a new spring out of an old hacksaw blade, but that won't count since I'll fire up the forge to bend & temper it. -- ___________________________________________________________________ Randall Gray firstname.lastname@example.org CSIRO Division of Fisheries