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Old 05-29-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Replaced my storage compartment locks with combination locks

My 571 key locks have been getting way to hard to open despite my attempts to clean and lubricate them. I replaced them with 3 digit combination locks so I will have one less key to carry around. I replaced all three storage compartment locks but it didn't fit nicely on the outside shower door... So I may need that 571 key afterall.

I also added the dust covers just to keep them cleaner and dryer.

One question - should I have put any sealant behind the locks to keep water out of the door? There wasn't anything on there when I took the old ones off.



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Old 05-29-2013, 07:30 PM   #2
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Very cool mod! If you think it needs waterproofing do it, it can't hurt.. My key locks have a cheap rubber gasket that rips in time if you take the lock apart for lube, etc. Btw, I wanna steal your idea. Where did you get the locks?
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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Not my idea... I read about this on some forum, somewhere

Locks:
Amazon.com: Combi-Cam 7850R-L Chrome Large 1-1/8" Combi-Cam Combinated Cam Lock: Automotive

Dust Covers:
Combi - Cam Lock Dust Cover : Amazon.com : Sports & Outdoors

My locks are 1 1/8" long... but they sell other lengths too.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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Added to my wish list. Wanna take one of my 751 locks off and verify just how deep they are.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:54 PM   #5
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Great mod, thanks for sharing. Or re-sharing, as the case may be.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:03 PM   #6
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:08 PM   #7
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Yea that's an awesome idea, I'll be adding those to my wish list as well.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:48 PM   #8
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My 571 key locks have been getting way to hard to open despite my attempts to clean and lubricate them. I replaced them with 3 digit combination locks so I will have one less key to carry around. I replaced all three storage compartment locks but it didn't fit nicely on the outside shower door... So I may need that 571 key afterall.

I also added the dust covers just to keep them cleaner and dryer.

One question - should I have put any sealant behind the locks to keep water out of the door? There wasn't anything on there when I took the old ones off.



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I just put a thumb lock on my one storage compartment that only had the keys. Never heard or seen the combo locks but Thank you, I will be looking or ordering
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:12 PM   #9
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I bought the Combi locks for my popup and was just saying this weekend about changing out some of my keyed storage locks. I had bought extra so will have to dig those out and go ahead and do it.
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I'll be following this thread a while.. with the hope those of you who have these locks would let us know how they hold up after a bit of use?

I haven't had these particular locks yet, but some of those combi locks with number wheels seem to wear out quicker than standard key locks. I'm hopeful that these things are built to a higher standard, and that they'll hold up to hundreds (+) of locks/unlocks. I tend to lock my basement doors after every use...
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