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Post by Chinaexplorer on Mon 23 Jul - 21:45

I know this sounds pathetic, but I can't get the padlock off the ladders. Marquis provided a new padlock on the ladders when we bought the van just over a year ago and I haven't had cause to touch it since. Today I decided to take a look at the roof and couldn't get the padlock off. The key turns about 60 degrees but the padlock won't open. It was obviously a cheap lock as the shackle has gone a bit rusty. I have tried WD40 and giving it a bang with a hammer but no luck. I guess I will have to borrow some bolt croppers unless somebody has a more gentle idea. confused3
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Re: Seized padlock

Post by CC on Mon 23 Jul - 23:17

Think I would go the bolt cropper route.. then invest in a proper outdoor weather resistant padlock to avoid the same problem in the future.. Good luck & hopefully you can get it sorted up!

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Re: Seized padlock

Post by BobK on Tue 24 Jul - 9:26

Heat is great for releasing stubborn objects ..... maybe not a blowlamp in this case in case you damage the surroundings, but a couple of kettles of boiling water might do the trick.

If not, the bolt croppers or angle grinder (careful!!)

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Re: Heat

Post by Chinaexplorer on Mon 30 Jul - 18:48

Thanks BobK. I have now tried heat as you suggested. I have a hot air blower used for stripping paint and gave the lock a good heat all round before giving another bash with a couple of hammers. Still no luck. I thought that I could cut through the ladder retaining clip instead of the lock, which has a hardened shackle, but I have contacted Autosleeper and the parts can't be replaced, so I am reluctant to do that. So its back to square 1!
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Siezed padlock

Post by murph on Tue 31 Jul - 9:54

Hi China,
Even a Hardened shackle will not resist an angle grinder fitted with a cutting disc.

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Re: Seized padlock

Post by breakaleg on Tue 31 Jul - 10:23

If it is a cheap padlock, just put something (like a stout piece of wood, or metal) inside the hasp part and twist it against itself and it will fall apart, done this many times at work when the £1.00 padlock, guarding a £10000.00s worth of cake finally give up the ghost (I kid you not)

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Re: Seized padlock

Post by hillwalker on Tue 31 Jul - 16:04

Hi,
If all else fails, get a local towrag to use this method (Copy and Paste into Google)

How To Pick A Combo Lock Video

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Sorted!

Post by Chinaexplorer on Fri 10 Aug - 23:52

Tried everything else - angle grinder sorted it in the end! Replacement lock purchased - has drain hole in the side (as lock mounts horizontally). Will be opening it frequently in the hope that it doesn't go the same way!

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