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zonereyrie
zonereyrie
And now I'm a locksmith
Ok, so the movie was great, and maybe I'll post more about the content at some point...

But when I got home I had a little unexpected 'fun'. I unlocked the deadbolt on my apartment - and the key wouldn't come out. It wouldn't even turn back to vertical properly. Each time I turned it back and forth it got *harder* to turn.

Ok, so I took apart the lock and tried to get the key out.

It broke off in the lock.

Right. Joyous. See, the deadbolt is my only lock - the knob isn't locking. Sure, I could lock it from inside while I was in the apt. I could leave by the back door - but the key was in the lock. I didn't want to trust it like that.

So I disassembled the lock. All the way. Down to the little springs and tumblers level. Once all the tumblers were out I could remove the remains of the key. Then I could start rekeying the lock. Once I had the core reassembled I was able to test it with a spare key. Still sticky. So I soaked the thing down with WD40 and worked it back and forth for a while. Then I put it all back in the door.

So I have a working lock again. But I could of dealt without having this adventure.

Oh, and I got mail from MA telling me I had better pay my taxes.

I paid my taxes. I just printed out an image of the cancelled check from my credit union's website.

Tomorrow I get to call MA DOR and see if I can get them to acknowledge my payment.

*mutter*

I am: tired tired
Current Media: TiVo: The Daily Show

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Comments
nilasae From: nilasae Date: May 15th, 2003 12:22 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ok, so the movie was great, and maybe I'll post more about the content at some point...
Ah, no spoilers please! Official start around here is next week *sob*

So I have a working lock again. But I could of dealt without having this adventure.
You can call yourself lucky that you managed to repair it yourself. Had a simlar thing happening last year, had to call a "lockpick"(exp?) who drilled it open. At 11:00 pm. Fun. Not. Fortunately it was "only" the additional lock on my door...
azurelunatic From: azurelunatic Date: May 15th, 2003 12:37 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Locksmith, usually.
nilasae From: nilasae Date: May 15th, 2003 12:48 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Uh, thanx - so much about me reading entry subjects... *looks-around-embarrassed*
azurelunatic From: azurelunatic Date: May 15th, 2003 12:35 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh, *dear*.
From: f00f Date: May 15th, 2003 06:55 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

rather handy are you ..

I didn't know that you could service locks ...

Did you know prior to that incident?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: May 15th, 2003 08:02 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: rather handy are you ..

Specifically how to disassemble a lock like that? No, I'd never done it before. But I knew in general terms how it worked and what to expect inside. Fighuring out how to pull it apart was just analysis. I tend to be pretty good with my hands, and I grew up building things and working with my hands a lot.
chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: May 15th, 2003 01:11 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Taxes

I think that's why the say send them in certified mail. I would have eFiled, but because I moved they wouldn't let me... bastards. So now I have to wait 6 - 8 weeks for the refund, even though I filed it in March... bastards.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: May 15th, 2003 05:01 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I tried to e-File too, but MA DOR had my name wrong in their system so it didn't work.

Events:
- I e-Filed Fed and MA
- I paid Fed with a credit card
- I mailed a check to MA with my e-File payment vouvher

One April 16th I got the notice that my MA filing had bounced. So I called and determined that my name was wrong in their system. I was told to mail a copy of my return along with a letter explaining the problem with my name, and a copy of the court documents for my name change. I did so.

The check cleared my account on May 14th.

When I called today they told me they had received my payment and the notice had been sent "in error". We'll see.
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