How to Lubricate a Lock in a Pinch
Simply rub the teeth of the key with a sharp pencil until the surface is covered with graphite. Don’t be shy, load it up with a thick coat!
Graphite for Locks
Locksmiths have long used powdered graphite to lubricate the workings of locks, and if your key refuses to slide fully into the lock, you can do the same. But there’s an easier (and less expensive!) option than going out and buying a tube of powdered graphite for locks. All you need is a pencil for a substitute door lock lubricant.
A pencil works great for door lock lubricant in a pinch!
- Simply rub the teeth of the key with a sharp pencil until the surface is covered with graphite.
- Don’t be shy, load it up with a thick coat! Then insert the key into the lock again, which will deposit the graphite into the lock.
- Do this several times, if needed, until the key glides in smoothly.
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Drill DockKeep your drill(s) and accessories organized and close at hand to make your DIY projects run smoothly. By investing just two hours, you can build this wall-mounted drill dock to house everything you need. There's a top shelf for accessories, a wider lower shelf for larger items such as battery packs, and the clever use of 3-inch PVC piping makes hanging holsters for different drill attachments. Here's our guide to five must-have attachments. The instructions for this drill dock include advice on how to customize the dock to fit your drill and you can even add a power strip to the bottom shelf to keep everything charged and ready to go. In addition to basic tools, you'll need a circular saw, a jigsaw and a clamp to complete this project successfully.
- Lift the front edge of the stone with a pry bar and slip two pipes underneath. Place one near the front and one about midway so the stone rests on the pipes.
- Position the third pipe a foot or two in front of the stone.
- Roll the stone forward onto the third pipe until the rear pipe comes free. Then move the rear pipe to the front and repeat.
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- 1/2-in. i.d. = 7/8-in. o.d.
- 3/4-in. i.d. = 1-in. o.d.
- 1-in. i.d. = 1-1/4-in. o.d.
- 1-1/4-in. i.d. = 1-5/8-in. o.d.
- 1-1/2-in. i.d. = 1-7/8-in. o.d.