If you’re living in an old house or just have busted door handles with no locks, then this video is for you. Anyone can do it, even the laziest of people, so get up and grab a fork. No, we’re not eating. That fork will become your new lock. You can do this for public restrooms or motels with no locks.
The man’s name is Phil Crockett and he is great at DIY stuff.
Now pay attention.
He shows a fork with prongs that’s between an inch and three quarters to two inches in length. Phil says a tapered handle will be helpful. So rummage through your kitchen or head on down to the local shop to get one.
Now grab that fork.
Insert it into the latch hole. With a permanent marker, mark a line down the prongs where it meets the hole. The idea is to measure and show the depth of that latch hole.
Got a vise?
Stick the fork in that vise the way Phil shows it. Remember those marks on the prongs? Make sure you can just about see those marks where the vise clamps down on the prongs.
No, really. Grab a hammer which you will use to bend the prongs at that point where the markers meet the grip. It should be a 90 degree angle so hammer with gentle force. Light but firm taps until the prongs bend.
Make sure you’re holding the fork’s handle and that the vise grip is locked on tight. You don’t want any accidents and trips to the hospital.
Bent to your will.
Now stick the fork handle-first into the vise grip just about where it meets the fork head. Get a saw and take that neck off. Once again, be careful and wear protective gear if you’re unsure of how to handle such tools.
Off with its head!
Now you’ve got the handle and the fork head with its bent prongs. The thinner part of the tapered handle should fit perfectly in between those prongs just like how Phil here demonstrates.
If there are any fitment issues, you can use a grinder or file to trim the edges until it fits. Go about it slowly or you’ll take too much of it off.
Now to make it work.
Take those bent prongs and insert them into the latch hole. Go ahead and shut that door. Insert the fork handle through the slot of the prongs until it goes through all the way near the doorknob.
There’s your lock!
Give the door a few good shakes and pulls to test your fork lock. Pretty sure you can handle the adjustments and modifications should there be any issues with your fork. Of course, it’s still better to replace the actual lock with a new one. But this will do for temporary reasons.
A viewer shared a review,
“Works perfectly. Now I can finally get some sleep without me father barging in the door. Sleeping with the headphones on.”
That’s an automatic fives stars for Phil! Not exactly what he had in mind, but hey, the fork lock works. Just don’t use mom’s expensive set.
Got a fork? Watch the video below then find out for yourself!
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