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Help--I Need A Key Made For A Medeco Lock!

I've already tried the locksmith on Jefferson Ave. They said something about the lock being registered and refused to make a key. Any ideas, short of using a torch? Many thanks, folks!

created by Wulf on Jan 23, 2014 at 11:59:40 pm     Comments: 18

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One of the ones with the diagonally offset slanted teeth and extra grooves on the sides? The DO NOT COPY keys? Yeah good luck, you would have to prove you own the lock.

posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 24, 2014 at 12:04:04 am     #  

No, it's a tumbler that pulls out of a cylinder when them key is turned, but a single tooth holds it in place. Is this what you are describing? Thank you.

posted by Wulf on Jan 24, 2014 at 01:00:03 am     #  

Try Toledo Lock & Key
307 South Detroit Avenue
Toledo, OH 43609
(419) 754-1972
toledolockandkey.com‎

Talk to Tom and explain that you're up against it.

posted by madjack on Jan 24, 2014 at 01:19:09 am     #  

If you tried McElheney you can not just walk in off the street and have one made. Re-talk to them with substantive proof that you should be in possession of that key for that property. It will take more than just your word.

posted by Mariner on Jan 24, 2014 at 06:24:12 am     #   2 people liked this

If this is a Medeco key that is part of a restricted key and core control system, you will not find a reputable locksmith who will cut a replacement unless you are an authorized representative on the account.

The only other option I can see is to replace the core and start fresh if you have somehow wound up with a key and no access to a building you own.

posted by historymike on Jan 24, 2014 at 08:41:34 am     #  

Reputable being the key word. Some local locksmiths will still make it for you

posted by Hoops on Jan 24, 2014 at 09:38:13 am     #  

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posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 24, 2014 at 10:29:21 am     #  

How does one get substantive proof one should have a key? I bought this footlocker at a yard sale 20 years ago. I didn't get a receipt with it. The only way I can get the old core out, is with a torch, or a deep well hole saw.

posted by Wulf on Jan 24, 2014 at 12:08:39 pm     #  

Take the footlocker to the locksmith shop with the key... you have the lock and the key there and they shouldn't be as uptight about it. If they decide you stole the footlocker though then it's up to you how to go from there.

posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 24, 2014 at 12:57:15 pm     #  

anonymouscoward posted at 11:57:15 AM on Jan 24, 2014:

Take the footlocker to the locksmith shop with the key... you have the lock and the key there and they shouldn't be as uptight about it. If they decide you stole the footlocker though then it's up to you how to go from there.

I don't think he has the key. That's why he needs one made.

posted by slowsol on Jan 24, 2014 at 05:33:03 pm     #  

Wow, who would have a portable item like a footlocker locked with a Medeco key? Did you buy the auctioned storage unit of the Purple Gang? :-)

posted by viola on Jan 24, 2014 at 06:38:57 pm     #   2 people liked this

So you've had this footlocker for 20 years and haven't opened it? You have some crazy patience. Could be full of beanie babies or maybe Jimmy Hoffa.

Good luck

posted by SensorG on Jan 24, 2014 at 06:59:11 pm     #   4 people liked this

SensorG posted at 05:59:11 PM on Jan 24, 2014:

So you've had this footlocker for 20 years and haven't opened it? You have some crazy patience. Could be full of beanie babies or maybe Jimmy Hoffa.

Good luck

My money's on drugs or blackmail material. Or a porn stash.

posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 24, 2014 at 07:08:39 pm     #  

I've thought your money was on drugs for a while, or is it you on drugs?

posted by Wulf on Jan 24, 2014 at 07:27:43 pm     #   1 person liked this

Wulf posted at 06:27:43 PM on Jan 24, 2014:

I've thought your money was on drugs for a while, or is it you on drugs?

Well right now my money's on tranquilizers, and I hope to get it on steroids, cause I don't want it going anywhere and I hope it'll bulk up.

How do you like that answer, funny man?

posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 24, 2014 at 10:55:42 pm     #  

Am I the only one that reads "porn stash" and thinks of a mustache instead of a locker full of porn?

posted by idinspired on Jan 25, 2014 at 03:53:04 pm     #   6 people liked this

AC....and the horse you rode in on, too.

posted by Wulf on Jan 26, 2014 at 01:13:28 pm     #   1 person liked this

Wulf posted at 12:13:28 PM on Jan 26, 2014:

AC....and the horse you rode in on, too.

Apparently someone took my suggestions of a trunk being locked up that securely containing some valuable drugs or serious porn personally... :(

posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 26, 2014 at 02:43:38 pm     #