Whether you’re squatting in an abandoned hotel room after the Zombie Apocalypse or you just want some peace and quiet in a public bathroom, sometimes you really need a secure lock on your door.
If you’ve got just a couple of heavy-duty woodworking tools, or access to them, then you can solve this problem by making yourself an unbreakable, unpickable, portable door lock…
…out of a fork.
Yep, who knew that the fork is the best thing to happen to locked doors since the invention of the skeleton key? Actually, this fork lock is even BETTER than a skeleton key, because even a skeleton key won’t get you inside a door that’s secured with this baby.
To make this dinner fork door lock, you’re going to need a good vise and a good hacksaw, but that’s about it. If you don’t have access to a decent hacksaw, though, I suppose you could get away with using, say, a second fork for the other key component of this lock, but that’s not as elegant a solution as the original tutorial, of course, so my advice is to go big and get yourself that hacksaw that you’ve always been wanting.
The uses for this dinner fork door lock are legion. Lock that shoddy motel door and instantly pretend like you’re in a better motel. Lock yourself in the bathroom and KNOW that you’ve got some privacy. Lock a friend’s door if you’re visiting and don’t have the key. Lock your bedroom door and no matter what horror movie you’re in, no axe murderers are getting inside to kill you on this night!
I especially like the fact that this lock is eminently portable. I look bland and average enough that every single time I fly I’m pulled aside for extra screening solely so the TSA can show that it’s not racist, so I wouldn’t necessarily want to explain a sawed-off fork in my carry-on luggage, but I am definitely putting it in my checked bag, because if I had a nickel for every time that I thought that I was going to be murdered in a hostel or crummy motel…
Well, at least I won’t have to worry about that now, now will I?
Photo Credit: dinner fork image via Dave Crosby; CC2.0