I was at Home depot today looking for an outdoor hide-a-key kind of thing.... They did not have anything suitable.... I don't like the idea of leaving one under the back door mat. I'm trying to come up with something I can make from stuff I already have here. Any ideas?
can you leave a key with a neighbor? I did that in CA; my neighbors were retired and very friendly. They also pet-sit for me. I had to knock on their door more than once after locking myself out.
Also if you have an outdoor closet or shed maybe you can put it in there somewhere. I hid a key once by tucking in in the metal band around a hot water heater (on the backside of the heater).
maybe inside a bar-b-que pit
an idea for the car if you ever want a spare for that - get one of those sailor snap type key chains instead of the typical hideakey, and reach up behind the bumper and snap the keychain to the wires (or a bolt/hook if there is one you can use) going to the tail-light. It requires more of a reach and not in a place someone is likely to look. I've had hideakeys under the bumper or frame just disappear.
I've had hide-a-keys disappear. Now I use copper wire to attach a key to the same place on each car on the passenger side. A snap key chain would be easier, but a strand of copper wire from electrical conduit was FREE.
and then had a tiff with the neighbor and never got my key back. lol
I hide mine in plain sight. I have a wind chime made of keys and I just replaced one of the keys with my key. A thief would break in the door rather than try every key on that thing to see if any work.
Edited to add: For Christmas, my mom gave me a hide a key thing that looks like a sprinkler head. Since I don't have a sprinkler system, I thought it might look a little obvious.
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This message has been edited by TxNet on Apr 25, 2012 10:18 AM
along the privacy fence of the back yard. It's above my head, I know where it is, the kids know where it is, we can reach it - but can't see it. It's just laying on one of the horizontal boards of the fence.
in our last apt - we had a closet outside the apt door - the closet had a combination lock. the spare key was inside. The combo to the lock was On the door for family and friends in need "hubby's birth month. mom's age at middle child birth. my favorite number."
I don't keep a spare around outside, our house is pretty easy to break into with minimal damage.
around 1/2 of the acre of land, and the key is in a corner, so it's pretty stable between 2 4x4's, with a privacy fence on the front side, so the key really doesn't have anywhere to go. Its been int he same place for several years, before this, it was on the deck, laying on a nailed to a vertical board, near the house, so you had to know where to look to find it - but the kids shared the hiding spot with so many friends it almost became common knowledge, so we moved it, lol.
I put the key in the dirt in my flower bed, in the corner, under a handful of larger white rocks, there are white rocks all through the bed and these blend it, The key is put INTO the dirt with only top visible.
I have also thought of putting it in a flower pot, in the dirt but hot glue/epoxy a rock to the top end of the key, if that makes sense. Standing the key straight up so that the part you hold would onto.. so that the rock looks normal in the pot if there are others in the pot looks perfectly normal but if it is slightly different color, then even kids know which rock to pick up.
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