There have been some questions about my Houdini act, so I’ll set the record straight…
1) I am not the one that locked the keys in the car. I think that’s important to note. So, noted. 🙂
2) Our van is a 2007 Caravan, and doesn’t lend itself to jamming a coat hanger anywhere. Well, not with any actual hopes of doing anything useful.
3) I used the piece of plastic (a cheap cutting board) to jam in between the door and the car. The baffles that prohibit stuff getting jammed in there are pretty easily (read: hour of jamming and wedging) fooled by a piece of stiff yet flexible plastic.
4) Once I had the plastic half in and half out, I poked a hole in the plastic and set a snare with the string.
5) Using physics to both bend the plastic so it would properly lasso the lock mechanism, and gravity to aid in the targeting system, I looped a slip knot around the lock and snugged it up.
6) I shimmied the string up the plastic sheet and then tugged to unlock the door.
7) The theft deterrent system immediately honked my victory to the neighborhood. 🙂
For those of you that are visual learners, here’s a reenactment of the whole thing: