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Old 06-06-2007, 08:35 PM
 
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It is easy for crooks to access your garage. They push the top of the door in slightly (enough to slip a thin hook through) and pull the red cord to disengage the opener. They then lift the door, close it and can work on opening the door to the house without anyone seeing them. I'd recommend always locking the door to the garage. You can put one of those combination lockboxes in the garage and if you must, write the code down on something in the garage so you don't forget it.
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:42 PM
 
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Wonder how much a locksmith would have charged? I like the idea of a keypad thing - that would make great housewarming gifts.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:04 AM
 
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cat sitter broke in - lol

When we go away from home for more than a weekend, we tell the neighbors that we'll be gone, but that we'll have cat sitters there. We also give the neighbors our vacation plans and an extra key. They know our petsitters and keep an eye out for other people. Plus if there's an emergency there's someone we trust that can access the house.

If a petsitter got locked out, I'd expect them to call me before doing anything ratical like taking an ax to my door. But then our sitters call us and say, leo's not eating well today, or we're missing a cat did you bring one with you? (then they usually discover that the "lost" cat is behind the tv or under the computer hiding).
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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lol..funny stories!

We haven't hid a key yet but plan to (our neighbors have one though). We also unlocked the doorknob on all our doors (and just use the bolt) as I'd lock myself out in a NY minute.

But one thing that concerned me was one day recently, I'm standing in the kitchen (alone..dh at work) and my garage door suddenly all by its lonesone SHUT! I don't know if it was a freak thing. They happened to be installing a new garage door across the street so I wasn't sure what the deal was but
NOW I bring a key with me as many times the garage door is the only unlocked way into the house. At least until we hide a key.

Lauren
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:11 AM
 
Location: a nation in decline
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I like some of the ideas here. In fact, I like a lot of these ideas. Thanks to all.
I do keep a key hidden in a very unlikely place, and had to use it once already. I walked out the door on my deck and the dog pushed the door shut behind me!
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Youngsville, NC
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Just so everyone knows, Lowe's will re-key a lock for you if you have to replace one and want it to work with the same key the rest of your locks work with. Takes them a few hours and they charge you $5 over the cost of the lock.
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:55 AM
 
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it was probably the neighbor's garage door openner. I've poped open other people's trunks in their cars trying to open mine before. electronics can have unexpected results and open more than they should.
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Old 06-07-2007, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Youngsville, NC
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it was probably the neighbor's garage door openner. I've poped open other people's trunks in their cars trying to open mine before. electronics can have unexpected results and open more than they should.
Here's a little bit of explanation on which is actually "expected" regarding key fobs from an Engineer's perspective. . .

The transmitters in your car/garage key fobs send a code to the receiver inside your car/garage. This code is of a certain length and the number of combinations that are possible is limited. So . . . every once and a while you will get a transmitter that will have the same code as another and if two matched receivers are near each other they will both respond to the code.

Hope that helps "unlock" some electronic mystery
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:18 AM
 
Location: York, SC
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I've never been locked out of the house, but I have out of my car. Good hiding place for your extra car key...Duct tape it behind your license plate.
Just a thought!
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:35 AM
 
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Ah, the locking access door to the house via the garage...being a safety-minded soul, I added a lock to the inner door in my garage. After getting locked out twice (the first time we called a locksmith who proceeded to give us his song and dance about how the locking doorknob we bought at the hardware supply store was a 'cheap Asian-made knockoff' and we should have bought locks from him -- but it took him about 45 minutes to pick the lock and frankly we were starting to think he wasn't going to be able to do it!! lol), we drilled out the lock and then replaced the knob with one sans lock. No more lockouts -- for the first few months after removing the lock, though, I'd get a flashback every time that door slammed shut!
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