Miller Electric

Welding Discussion Forums

Home » Resources » Communities » Welding Discussion Forums

  • If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

Announcement

Announcement Module
Collapse
No announcement yet.

Beer fridge lock?

Page Title Module
Move Remove Collapse
X
Conversation Detail Module
Collapse
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Beer fridge lock?

    Does any one have pictures or ideas for a lock on a beer fridge? I want to make sure my teen has no temptation while Iím away from the house. I'm thinking of putting a bracket on the top and bottom of the fridge. Kind of like what you would see on a tool box where there is a long strap/pipe that goes from the top to the bottom. This in turn would latch on the bottom bracket and pad lock against the top bracket.

    Donít get me wrong we donít have any issues as of yet but if they have friends over I donít want them to have any peer pressure because things are all locked up.

    With teens you have to stay one step ahead.

  • #2
    Count the beer.............. And let them know their gonna get a boot in their butt if they get into it. Sometimes locking stuff up only makes it more tempting. Of course just my opinion, do whatever it takes. At least you care enough to watch your kids, alot of folks today do not.


    ps: For what its worth I have 2 boys, now 22 and 17. Been very blessed, they have both been wonderful kids.

    Comment


    • #3
      How bout just the simple old strap and hasp. do you really need a vault? As long as its mounted in such away that its not simple to remove ie. just unscrew the screws and ignore the lock, it should keep em honest and you'll know if they weren't. If not, then down comes the old wrath of God or the closest parental rep.

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by HMW View Post
        Count the beer.............. And let them know their gonna get a boot in their butt if they get into it. Sometimes locking stuff up only makes it more tempting.
        I agree. It's better that they learn to handle any peer pressure over a beer in the fridge, than when they're away from home and are faced with coke or crack.

        Comment


        • #5
          I was a quiet little boy until I turned 11. Then I went insane..... and stayed that way for 10 years. You're right to lock that fridge; weld it shut if you have to.

          "With teens you have to stay one step ahead."

          You're a good man to care about your kids.

          Comment


          • #6
            Sams club has a few smaller fridges with locks in them. $140 or so for 3.4-4cf.

            Granted, it's more expensive than riveting a hasp on the existing beer fridge, but the wife will probably approve more than having a pad lock hanging off it.

            Example is a huge influence on kids. I had a cousin in rehab for most of my elementary school years, then I ended up friends with a couple hard core drug dealers but I had no desire to end up like my cousin so I never tried anything.

            Now when dealing with the kids friends, it might be wise to make the stuff inaccessible as to limit your liability. Never know these days who is gonna sue you for not making the substance difficult enough to acquire. Even if they steal it.

            Comment


            • #7
              Wouldn't you rather allow them some temptation now, when you can catch them... than wait until it's something much bigger down the road?

              In other words, if your kid is into stuff, he will eventually nab a beer and you can address the problem then. If you lock up the beer, he may be doing much more and just be good at hiding it from you.

              A similar case I had:
              I didn't want my kids touching my guns. ..at all! I bought a 12ga shotgun ad put it in the living room, in plain sight. I knew it was unloaded, as I have never bought ammo for it. I told them that if they touched it, they got a spanking. I used it as a tool to teach them not to touch guns. THey didn't know wasn't loaded. I allowed them the opportunity to give in to temptation at a time that the risk factor was low. Even now, they don't touch my guns, and that's been about 10 years.

              Comment


              • #8
                Sorry to have to say this...........that is one of the dumbest teaching tools I've every heard. What if your child or some other had come back to your place with some ammo some other father thought would be a great teaching tool also. And if someone was hurt...........guess who is at fault not to mention a possible loss of life. My children never played with firearms of mine
                simply because they were safely put away.

                How would you suggest children to learn not to use drugs and dynamite?
                Leave some on the kitchen table and just say "NO"

                Sorry to be so harsh but this is serious business

                Comment


                • #9
                  My 2 boys are now 26 & 22.

                  For the beer:
                  On the frig., I had a little paper under a magnet with a number on it.
                  The kids knew it was how many beers on hand,
                  and that number better jive up with the actual count.

                  The ocassional Whiskey bottle had a marks-a-lot line on the level in the bottle.
                  They understood it better not change,
                  and that I knew what watered down Whiskey tasted like.

                  On firearms:
                  My kids went shooting with me since they were big enough to stand up and help hold a Colt .45.
                  As they got bigger, they shot more and different weapons.
                  By age 12, they'd fired the .50BMG from a benchrest a few times too.
                  The guns were always locked in a high security vault, but there was no great mystery about them.

                  They'd bring a buddy and ask, "Dad, can we see 'such & such' rifle or pistol"?
                  I'd open the vault, let them see & handle it, oil it back down, and lock them up again.
                  They even helped me cast Lead bullets and we did alot of reloading together.
                  They saw what damage bullets could do to different things, what gunshots sounded like,
                  what dead animals look like, and what happens when you light off gunpowder by itself, etc.
                  The kids had fired most of them- several times a year,
                  and there was none of that 'forbidden fruit' shadow hanging over them.


                  That system worked for us.
                  The thing I watched more than anything was thier money & time, and where it went.
                  In our day and age,,,
                  kids can buy hard narcotics easier than they can plan & scheme to steal booze.
                  Or, if they're real clever & sneaky, just grow thier own 'smoking dope'.

                  .
                  Last edited by Winger Ed.; 02-17-2008, 09:32 AM.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    This is one I made for a storage container. Just scale it down a little.

                    The lock is up in the can on the right end. can't get to it with bolt cutters.
                    Attached Files

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Winger Ed. View Post
                      My 2 boys are now 26 & 22.

                      For the beer:
                      On the frig., I had a little paper under a magnet with a number on it.
                      The kids knew it was how many beers on hand,
                      and that number better jive up with the actual count.

                      The ocassional Whiskey bottle had a marks-a-lot line on the level in the bottle.
                      They understood it better not change,
                      and that I knew what watered down Whiskey tasted like.

                      On firearms:
                      My kids went shooting with me since they were big enough to stand up and help hold a Colt .45.
                      As they got bigger, they shot more and different weapons.
                      By age 12, they'd fired the .50BMG from a benchrest a few times too.
                      The guns were always locked in a high security vault, but there was no great mystery about them.

                      They'd bring a buddy and ask, "Dad, can we see 'such & such' rifle or pistol"?
                      I'd open the vault, let them see & handle it, oil it back down, and lock them up again.
                      They even helped me cast Lead bullets and we did alot of reloading together.
                      They saw what damage bullets could do to different things, what gunshots sounded like,
                      what dead animals look like, and what happens when you light off gunpowder by itself, etc.
                      The kids had fired most of them- several times a year,
                      and there was none of that 'forbidden fruit' shadow hanging over them.


                      That system worked for us.
                      The thing I watched more than anything was thier money & time, and where it went.
                      In our day and age,,,
                      kids can buy hard narcotics easier than they can plan & scheme to steal booze.
                      Or, if they're real clever & sneaky, just grow thier own 'smoking dope'.

                      .

                      I agree, this is the best way to do things. Educate your kids and give them some trust and responsibility, this is how I was raised and I stayed out of trouble.

                      Besides, if your kids are sneaking the occasional beer I wouldn't worry too much. What I would be worried about is them going out and getting completely wasted at a "party." If your kid wants to get his hands on alcohol, or other substances for that matter, it's not hard. It is also suprising how many parents have no idea what their kids are up to.

                      This is just what I have observed going through school, but I of course have no idea what the relationship between you and your kids is like, just my thoughts on the topic in general.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Thank you!

                        I just wanted to say (Thank You) for everyones input on this. I'm just trying to be safe with teens and them being new drivers in all. I was also raised with a trust system and It worked for me I never drank untill I was 21.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by monte55 View Post
                          Sorry to have to say this...........that is one of the dumbest teaching tools I've every heard. What if your child or some other had come back to your place with some ammo some other father thought would be a great teaching tool also.
                          what if, what if.... yeah, yeah... It didn't. It worked, so it wasn't all that dumb.

                          Originally posted by monte55 View Post
                          And if someone was hurt...........guess who is at fault not to mention a possible loss of life. My children never played with firearms of mine simply because they were safely put away.
                          "please wait, Mr Murderer... My gun is locked SAFELY away from my kids. I'd like to defend them, if you'll give me just 30 more seconds." Yeah, that's gonna work, isn't it?

                          Calling 911 takes seconds, waiting on the police can take the rest of your life.

                          Originally posted by monte55 View Post
                          Sorry to be so harsh but this is serious business
                          I'm sorry that you dont take the protection of your family a bit more seriously.

                          Lets take some time out for education:

                          "In 2003, for the United States, the Centers for Disease Control reports that 28 children under age 10 died from accidental shots. With some 90 million gun owners and about 40 million children under 10." Wanna compare that to how many die at the hands of their own parents, or in car accidents?

                          "From 1995 to 2001 only about nine ...accidental gun deaths each year involve a child under 10 shooting another child or themselves. "



                          National Center for Health Statistics: "California has a trigger lock law and saw a 12% increase in fatal firearm accidents in 1994. Texas doesn't have one and experienced a 28% decrease.2 "Trigger-locks" do, however, render guns inaccessible for self-defense."

                          Now compare that to how many people that are murdered during home invasions each year.

                          I think more about protecting my family from others than I do protecting them from themselves.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Engloid View Post
                            I think more about protecting my family from others than I do protecting them from themselves.
                            Can't argue with that.

                            My handgun is stored with a full mag but a dummy round in the chamber well out of reach of my kid. Even if he could get it, he isn't strong enough to rack the slide yet. When he gets older, he'll be shooting it right beside me and have a full understanding of what pointing it at anything means.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Fishy Jim View Post
                              Can't argue with that.

                              My handgun is stored with a full mag but a dummy round in the chamber well out of reach of my kid. Even if he could get it, he isn't strong enough to rack the slide yet. When he gets older, he'll be shooting it right beside me and have a full understanding of what pointing it at anything means.
                              Well said.

                              It & other posts sort of remind me to mention:
                              Down here in this part of the world,,,,,
                              we are proud, and will talk endlessly about our various arms---
                              many of them hand made, custom pieces, that often border on works of art.

                              But it seems, for one reason or another,
                              there's no need to discuss what's under the seat of your truck,
                              or what is always tucked, behind your belt, near the small of your back.

                              .

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X
                              Special Offers: See the latest Miller deals and promotions.