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getting locked out of the house

Marc got locked out of the house the other day and we met for lunch and he got my key and everything, but we couldn't agree on a long-term solution to prevent this from happening again.

His keys are all on a caribiner. Lately if we go out shopping, when we get home he hands me the housekey and I run and unlock the door because I am freezing. He says that it's become a problem, because sometimes he forgets to return the house key to his larger set and it ends up locked inside.

We have a spare key stashed at the neighbor's. Earlier this week he'd forgotten to put his housekey on his caribiner, so he grabbed the spare. And did not return it. So two days later when he left his own key locked in the house, the spare was locked there too.

I say THAT'S the problem, he violated the rules of spare key! Which are: always return the spare to where it goes! It doesn't matter if the house is on fire... you use the key to unlock the house, then run it back to wherever it's supposed to be at! Am I right?

Growing up, we always had an attached garage with a code so we didn't deal with keys. We'd punch the code and go in through the garage. But now my house has a detached garage so getting into the garage doesn't do anything for you, we always have to key into the back door. And yes, I know there are code locks you can buy for doors if you're feeling spendy.

But isn't it easier to obey the laws of spare keys? I thought everyone knew.


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Dec. 16th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Why just the spare key? Isn't it really the law of all keys, to return them when they're removed? Yes, spare key needs to go back to neighbor. But if you're responsible for the removal of his key from its key ring, you should hang around and make sure to hand it back to him and have it go back on his carabiner when he comes in the door.

Or, don't you have your own set? I always take my own keys when I leave the house, and so does Jonathan. Which ever of us gets to the door first, or has the freer hands, opens it with our own keys.
Dec. 16th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
this. I mean, why detach the house key from the caribiner in the first place? Just take the lot.
Dec. 16th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
We installed one of those deadbolt locks that you can unlock with a code, so our kids would never be locked out without a key. It was relatively cheap (75-100$) and works great.
Dec. 16th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
You can hide a key in the garage, and put the code on the garage like you grew up with (same as me). That won't help the 'not returning the spare' issue though...
Dec. 16th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
I forget my keys all the time. I used to have one at the neighbors house (She's a SAHM, he works from home.) but i used that months ago and haven't returned it. I'm getting a keypad lock for Christmas.

This usually happens when we take the car out through the garage and the kids and I come back on transit.

Edited at 2012-12-16 07:44 pm (UTC)
Dec. 16th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
I too am confused why you have to use his key to unlock the door?

But yeah, returning spares is good. If you could have a door code for the garage (or even have a door opener if it's not going for walks that is the problem) then you could put a key in there. It's an extra step, but at least you could get in. Of course if that happens then it needs to be put back in the garage... right away
Dec. 17th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
Some friends of mine have a button-pressed code door lock like this. Seems to work pretty well for them!!

Edited at 2012-12-17 12:40 am (UTC)
Dec. 17th, 2012 09:07 am (UTC)
We have one of these, they are awesome!
Dec. 17th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
Hide a key in the garage, or keep a spare in your glove box. And yes, the rule of spare key is that the key goes back as soon as the door is unlocked.
Dec. 17th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Dec. 18th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Tell him that the next time he does it, he'll have to get his bellybutton pierced and wear the spare.

I am totally one of those people that loses their keys all of the time. Then, when I had finally had enough, I got seven copies of my car keys made and distributed them to the people who would usually rescue me when I locked myself out. Haven't locked them in the car since.

Except for tomorrow, when I am of course going to do it again, since I've just gloated publicly.
Dec. 22nd, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
I agree he broke the spare key rule. You are using the spare because you fucked up, so PUT IT BACK right away so it will be there NEXT time you fuck up!

I occasionally lock my car keys in the car (I detest electric locks), so keep a spare door-only key in my wallet. Perhaps that might work for him?
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