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Old 11-11-2016, 04:43 AM
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Default Well, I was that guy yesterday

I was getting out of new truck at the supermarket. I took two steps and slipped my truck keys in my pants pocket or so I had hoped. All of the sudden they fall out of the pocket briefly hit the ground with a metallic sounds then I hear a small splash.

I am standing on one of the sewer grates in the parking lot. The words "SOB" flow out of my mouth. I reach down and the grate is secured closed. Luckily my truck is still open so I grab my flashlight. I can see my keys and key fob (at least 300 bucks to replace, I am sure) laying in about 4inches of water and about 5 feet down. The key is a chipped key and probably worth a hundred bucks... Man am I pissed.

Call my sick wife, she brings the spare set. I go and get dinner really quick and drop it off for her..

After about an hour I return. I have a dive spear about 6 foot long, a small retrieval magnet on a stick, duct tape and a metal coat hanger. I tape that magnet to the end of the pole spear (I have to keep things compact because the grate openings are small). I have a long police cuff key on my key ring and pretty sure it is pot metal or at least I hope it is because vehicle keys are brass and most of the stuff on a key ring and non magnetic. My fingers are crossed.

First attempt, I get them and secure them through the grate opening.... I am so f'ing stoked. I also tried the key fob after quickly drying it off and IT WORKS!!! The stars aligned last night for the Cracker, usually it doesn't work that way. I figured I was out 300 or more bucks and screwed. Life is fun, hold on and hold on to your keys !!!!
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Sweet!!
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I didn't blink through the whole post.

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I feel for you. I'm so paranoid of those things I try to stay away from them with anything in my hands. I'm even sometimes concerned about walking on them based on their condition.
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I learned as a kid how to make money by getting coins out of the sewer drain... apparently we both have "skills".
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Originally Posted by Still Stoked View Post
I feel for you. I'm so paranoid of those things I try to stay away from them with anything in my hands. I'm even sometimes concerned about walking on them based on their condition.
I know, me too. When I was a teenager I stepped on a manhole cover and it flipped open, luckily my other foot was off the cover and I was young enough and strong enough to not fall into it..
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Open it up and spray it down, change battery...guess how I know...
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Living right. Love the spear gun magnet fix

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One of my biggest fears honestly. I think about it every time I walk near one in a parking lot.
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Originally Posted by gumpire View Post
Open it up and spray it down, change battery...guess how I know...
I did open it up and spray.down...battery change is next
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Sometimes life just likes to flick your ear to get your attention. It worked, didn't it. Glad you got your keys back and that they worked.
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Put the keys in a bowl of dry rice,it will dry them out.


A problem that retired people have one FU after another, it keeps us living.
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Most of us regard good luck as our right, and bad luck as a betrayal of that right.

I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.
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My son dropped them down a grate when we were out to dinner.
He was 16, newly acquired license!
I was lucky enough to have flashlight and 12' of wire to snag them.
We still laugh about that night.
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Karma helped you,,,you dropped off dinner first
great story!! I like the I did not blink comment,,,spot on!!!
have a great day to you and all!!!
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Bought a extra chip key for my new chevy, about $40. Not sure what a remote is worth.
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Great McGuyver moment...
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I washed my F150 keyfob a couple months ago. Took it apart and dried it off and it still works great. It definitely feels great when things turn out better than expected.
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been surfing with my remote in my board shorts pocket, works fine afterwards. One got stuck in the washing machine for a month. It has intermitten problems but still works...

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