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EllisTX 06-03-2011 02:44 AM

Lock for my fridges...
 
Here's the deal. Just Tuesday my wallet was taken from my truck in my driveway. The thug apparently watched me load my truck and snagged it when I went back inside for about 5 minutes. My fridges are under my carport outside and on top of vagrants stealing stuff, I've got teenage family members around the house regularly.

I've got two full size fridges, a fermentation fridge and a kegerator/beer fridge. I'd like to install locks on them that are easy and quick to open but still plenty secure. Suggestions?

Stevo2569 06-03-2011 03:08 AM

Screw a couple lock hinges on them. The kind that flip over a loop and receive a pad lock. They use them on mini storage doors. I've seen them at the Depot or Lowes.

steelcitybrew 06-03-2011 03:17 AM

Go to the hardware store into the lock section, and guarenteed you can find some sort of metal lock hinge contraption for pad locks. Then use tek screws (self tapping screws used to screw into sheet metal) to fasten it to the fridge. Probably the easiest solution.

Or be a cool parent or uncle or whatever and pretend you dont notice your teenager getting into your brew and find a way to lock your garage door securely. Kids have to get it from somewhere, might as well be from you. haha

Stevo2569 06-03-2011 03:30 AM

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Originally Posted by steelcitybrew
Go to the hardware store into the lock section, and guarenteed you can find some sort of metal lock hinge contraption for pad locks. Then use tek screws (self tapping screws used to screw into sheet metal) to fasten it to the fridge. Probably the easiest solution.

Or be a cool parent or uncle or whatever and pretend you dont notice your teenager getting into your brew and find a way to lock your garage door securely. Kids have to get it from somewhere, might as well be from you. haha

Don't over tork the screws, fridge metal is really thin. Put some liquid nails behind it before you screw it down. This is what I had to do, cause I over torked a couple.

beaksnbeer 06-03-2011 03:33 AM

Rivets work well also

Stevo2569 06-03-2011 03:34 AM

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Originally Posted by beaksnbeer
Rivets work well also

Probably a better idea.

steelcitybrew 06-03-2011 04:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Stevo2569 (Post 2977064)
Probably a better idea.

I second this, better be safe, than over torqueing the screws and striping the hole

EllisTX 06-03-2011 11:44 AM

I was thinking carriage bolts throught the wall of the fridge and door to fasten whatever I use. I really want something that takes a key or combination but not a pad lock. I've searched and found a few cabinet locks that look interesting if I can make them work.

EllisTX 06-09-2011 03:20 PM

Update

My indecisiveness has cost me about 40+ beers. My fridge under the carport was completely emptied of bottles last night. Thankfully they left the kegs and co2. I'm going to Home Depot today.

E-Mursed 06-09-2011 03:24 PM

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Originally Posted by EllisTX (Post 2992779)
Update

My indecisiveness has cost me about 40+ beers. My fridge under the carport was completely emptied of bottles last night. Thankfully they left the kegs and co2. I'm going to Home Depot today.

I think a trip to the gun store is in order too......


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