Keeping Metal Padlocks and Clasps From Freezing

February 3, 2005

Frozen Metal PadlockIf you have a shed or outbuilding with a padlock, keep it from freezing in cold weather by putting a piece of duct tape over the keyhole, then covering the padlock with a plastic bag. This is especially important if you store the snowblower, shovels, etc in the shed! We found this out the hard way this winter.


By Becki in Indiana

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January 16, 2023

I keep hand sanitizer 80% alcohol by my door spray the clasp and my dog is good to go, it's a quick fix cause they gotta go!



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December 19, 2004

I have several inside dogs and a real problem in the winter is the hooks that are on their chains left outside freeze up and it makes it so hard to hook them out when they need to take a trip outside in the winter time. I sprayed with WD-40 but I don't know if this will help. Any suggestions? Thanks,

Below freezing in Pa.


By hakey (Guest Post)
December 20, 20040 found this helpful

salt on the chain and floor

December 20, 20040 found this helpful

I have had the same problem. Our dog chain/cable reaches to the door of the house so when it is likely to freeze up overnight I let the chain/cable trail just inside the door. This is a big help and I also don't have to wander outside to find the chain in the sub-freezing temps.


This would work if your chain reaches to the garage or any space that is warmer than the outside.

December 20, 20040 found this helpful

Just to let everyone know, thath the WD-40 did work last night. This was my first that I thought about, since it works for so many things. Now to see how long it will last over the next few day. Give it a try, and a suggestion. Do a search for WD-40, there are 1,000 of things that you can use it for. Donna

December 20, 20040 found this helpful

I used to go out with a cup of hot water and pour it over the clasp.


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December 20, 20040 found this helpful

How about walking them?


By a friend in Virginia (Guest Post)
December 21, 20040 found this helpful

My twin sister used a very long nylon leash instead of a chain. Because it was flat, she could close the door with the clasp inside the house. this kept it from freezing, and she did not have to stand with the door open to fasten the dog onto the leash.


Also, the dog came back into the house before she took the leash off which kept him from running off the minute he got unhooked!

By Bonnie Bartlein (Guest Post)
December 21, 20040 found this helpful

You might try periodically rubbing with vaseline. I had a lock on my air conditioner and when I took it off to have a new unit installed the lock came right off.

By Sandy (Guest Post)
January 3, 20050 found this helpful

You can use lock de-icer that you would buy to thaw the lock on your car door. This lock de-icer comes in a little metal tube (looks like binaca mouth stuff) and has a nozzle on it that you would put in the key hole on your car.Press the nozzle into the clip of the chain and press a bit of the fluid in and you are all set!

December 15, 20160 found this helpful

When people have things like work and school and don't have a fenced in backyard for their outdoor dogs to SAFELY play in, they use a chain. This doesn't mean that they don't walk them.


It's just so their dog can be outside without the possibility of getting lost, being harmed, harming others, etc.

March 12, 20170 found this helpful

I just put rubbing alcohol in a cheap spray bottle from the dollar store. I keep it by the door and whenever the latch is frozen stuck, I spray it a couple times with the alcohol and it comes unstuck in seconds! I'd rather not spray WD-40 on the latch that I touch and touches my dog constantly and alcohol, although drying, doesn't irritate my hands or the dog! Good luck!

January 8, 20190 found this helpful

ATF (Automatic Transmission Oil) is WAY better than WD-40. I've used ATF as a lock lube for MANY years with NO adverse effects.


Save for some leakage during installation. NOTHING is fool proof during the winter.

December 2, 20190 found this helpful

Everytime they need to go out to go to the bathroom?

December 19, 20190 found this helpful

Our weather strip on both the storm door and the inside door is ruined from doing this. Otherwise is was a great idea

February 10, 20210 found this helpful

Its 5 degrees. Without the wind!

December 16, 20210 found this helpful

Right that would be cool but still wouldnt fix the problem of the line that is in question

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