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Old 01-17-2011, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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I just cleaned out a drawer and have about ten old keys that don't work. Before I take them to the waste facility,does anyone have any suggestions for reuse in the house or yard? Thanks.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:01 PM
 
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Old keys sometimes will work with new and old locks. You'd be surprised how old keys still full fill their purpose when you lose a key to a lock. Hold on to them. This happened to me once when my wife locked our car keys in the trunk of my brand new car by accident. My father had several keys collected over the years and told me not to worry, one of these old keys will open it. I thought no way but sure enough a key fit and opened the truck. The key was 30 years old.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:13 PM
 
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I just cleaned out a drawer and have about ten old keys that don't work. Before I take them to the waste facility,does anyone have any suggestions for reuse in the house or yard? Thanks.
Put them on a key ring together and hang on to them. You'll only find the lock they match after you throw them away. Murphy's law!
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:33 PM
 
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I have quite a few old keys also from old houses and cars. I did a google search for some ideas. Here's what I found:


Craft Uses For Keys

Uses for Old Keys | eHow.com

How to Creatively Recycle Your House Keys - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com


Not many photos and some of the ideas are duplicated, but I thought these were interesting.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:41 PM
 
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I'd keep them, too, just in case!

If not, list them as free on Craigslist or similar; I'm sure someone out there will take them (for a craft project, etc.) Keys do seem like a hot item for crafts these days.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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You can go to keymaker and tell him to make the duplicate key for your other locks using those keys
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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Old keys sometimes will work with new and old locks. You'd be surprised how old keys still full fill their purpose when you lose a key to a lock. Hold on to them. This happened to me once when my wife locked our car keys in the trunk of my brand new car by accident. My father had several keys collected over the years and told me not to worry, one of these old keys will open it. I thought no way but sure enough a key fit and opened the truck. The key was 30 years old.
That's just pure luck because a simple 5 pin key has over 6 million functions and a standard 6 pin key has closer to 8 million functions.

Not to mention the functions of 7,8, and 9 pin keys.

I don't fool with car keys but last I looked they are cut on both sides, that would double the functions of the keyed lock so I would think the function would start around 12 million and go up from there.

busta
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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You can go to keymaker and tell him to make the duplicate key for your other locks using those keys

That won't work. Each lock manufacture makes a specific key profile that will only fit their lock and once a key is cut it can not be re-cut. You can take the lock cylinder and key if they match and have the cylinder re-keyed to fit the key.

busta
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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Use them as fishing line weights.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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As a locksmith we recycle them. I toss them in a brass bucket and the recycler gives me what ever the going rate in brass is at the time. Even those nickel colored keys are brass. They are plated. I would doubt having an old key that happened to fit a new car. It worked in years past but not today. For the most part manufactures are taking back that part of the business.

Here is a suggestion that works. write down on a pad of paper any lock you have. Make a list starting with house, car, work, and items that are in each. Match up your locks with your keys and toss the rest. No need to have them taking up space. You could also purchase a box with slots to hang copies of the keys you have. When you have a new item that takes a key place a copy in the box.
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