Last week Stuart asked about using a Schlag keypad door lock for keeping his toddler out of the basement. I must have been thinking about this problem subconsciously because while I was browsing Pinterest for some table saw dust collection ideas, I found a pin to the Howsar temporary or travel lock.
The Howsar lock is a little plastic tool that fits into a standard sized door strike plate to create a temporary lock for doors that don’t have one.
There are several different temporary locks on the market, but most of them have metal parts. Being made out of reinforced nylon, the Howsar lock is going to be safer for pets and kids and shouldn’t get you stopped if you decide to put it in your carry-on bag.
It can be adapted for most interior doors and is not accessible from the other side of the door. The lock installs without tools. You simply open the door and place the tab of the long part into the hole in the strike plate. Then you close the door and insert the cam piece into the slot and push it in until it is tight against the door.
If you live in the UK you can purchase the lock for about £6 ($8.50 US) shipped, otherwise you’ll have to pay a larger shipping and handling fee. For instance to ship one to my house would cost me £8.50 ($12 US) total.
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Below is a short video demonstrating by Global Travel Products, showing how to use the Howsar temporary door lock.
Stuart’s Note: This seems like the perfect thing to keep my toddler out of the non-locking hall closet!