Help! My File Cabinet Key Has Gone Missing!

Help! My File Cabinet Key Has Gone Missing!

So what happens when your file cabinet key goes missing? Read on to find out more.

Your business might not have filing cabinets anymore. But if you do, then chances are you’d want to keep them locked. So what happens when your file cabinet key goes missing? Read on to find out more.

Make a Tension Wrench

Luckily, you can solve the problem by getting creative. Grab your pliers and some wire and form it into a distinctive Z-shape. By using this simple trick, you can create a makeshift torque wrench. With this wrench, you can manipulate lock and move the tumblers around in place of having an actual file cabinet key. Don’t forget to grab more wire if you need it.

Bend Some Wire

After that, you’ll want to bend some more wire. When you’re done, you should have two pieces of wire pointed in different directions. The second piece of wire is what you need to push the tumblers on the lock around, and luckily, this is the piece you should be able to wedge into the lock mechanism itself.

Put Some Pressure

Now that you have your wrench, it’s time to put it to use. Squeeze the upward-pointing end into the lock and then put pressure on it with your thumb. But you should be careful not to use too much pressure because your wrench is fragile. If you do press too hard, you run the risk of snapping the wrench or bend it so far it won’t work anymore, and you don’t want that to happen if you still can’t find your file cabinet key.

Twist a Tumbler  

Now you should be in a position to start twisting the tumblers. As the tumblers move, you should hear the gears begin to move out of place so you can open the cabinet. Ease your wrench as far back into the lock as you can go, and figure out how many tumblers there are attached to the lock. Most of the time, there shouldn’t be more than five of them. So keep the pressure going and search for whichever tumbler will start to budge first. Eventually, you’ll hear a small click, which means that the tumbler is moving where you want it to go. But if you feel the tumbler sliding downwards, it means you need to add more pressure – still, if none of the tumblers move, you’ll need to use less pressure. While it’s true that this sounds strange, it’ll start to work, and you might not need your file cabinet key after all.

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