Pop-A-Lock - February 2019


Break the Monotony of Overplayed Board Games!

Family game night is a time when a family can forget about all of life’s commitments and bond over a good old-fashioned board game. But the old, tattered Monopoly box or worn-out UNO cards can leave something to be desired, and the classics might be getting a little dull. If you’re tired of playing the same board games over and over, it might be time to start looking for ways to change things up. Here are four tabletop games you might not have heard of that are perfect for spicing up family game night. MYSTERIUM Your family will love delving into this cooperative murder mystery game that is a mixture of Clue and Dixit. You can play as the ghost or as one of the mediums who enters the haunting. The ghost player gives each medium a clue or vision about a potential murderer, and the mediums have

to guess which person, room, or weapon was used to murder the ghost player. After each turn, the ghost reveals whether each of the mediums’ guesses are right or not. If all of the mediums succeed in guessing correctly by the seventh in-game hour, they work together to find the true murderer. LASER CHESS A classic game of chess is a great way to spend an evening, and it just got a little more interesting. Laser chess includes all the problem-solving skills a typical chess game offers but with a twist. At the end of each turn, a player fires a small laser beam that bounces off the mirrored chess pieces. If it hits the non- mirrored surface of a piece, that piece is taken by the player. A player wins when the opposing player’s king piece is illuminated.

your expedition compete against other seafarers in building settlements. Enjoy the 45–90-minute game as you and your family build roads, barter resources, and race for absolute supremacy on Catan. ONE NIGHT WEREWOLF Every night, werewolves prowl around the village, and it’s up to the villagers to find the werewolf once the sun rises — before it’s too late. Each person plays a unique role with different abilities to help find or conceal the werewolf. If the werewolf is caught, the villagers win the game, but if the werewolf manages to escape, the villagers lose. Now you can bring some exciting variety into your family game nights. Don’t miss out on these excellent tabletop games, and most importantly, have fun!

CATAN Welcome to the island of Catan! After a long voyage at sea, the people in

Preventing and Fixing Locks Damaged by the Cold


happening, regularly oil your locks and shelter them from the elements as much as possible.

WHEN THE COLD GETS IN Of course, there is no way to be absolutely sure cold weather damage to your locks will never happen. When you find yourself late for work because your car door lock froze overnight, or you get locked out of your house or office, there are a few possible quick fixes. You can heat up your key with an open flame before putting it in the lock. If your car has the remote start option, let it run for a few minutes before trying again. If you are having trouble getting into your house and you don’t have access to an open flame, you can turn on your car, pop the hood, and set your key on the radiator to heat it up (but make sure to retrieve the key with gloves on). There are also a number of de-icers and de-icing solutions on the market that can be sprayed in locks to clear any blockage. You can even use a hair dryer to unblock a lock if you have access to one. If your locks have been damaged by the cold this winter, or if you are unsure about the best way to unfreeze one of your locks, please do not hesitate to call the Pop-a- Lock professionals using the number on our website.

The cold is bearing down especially hard on the Midwest this winter, so we here at Pop-a-Lock want to make you aware of some problems that extreme cold can cause for the locks on your house or car. There are some tips and tricks for fixing these problems, but it is often better to call a trained professional so you don’t cause unintended damage to the lock trying to fix it yourself. KEEPING THE COLD OUT OF YOUR LOCKS Cold weather can cause two main problems for locks. Low temperatures can cause door frames and locks to contract, resulting in a poor fit between the lock and the door or making the key incompatible with the lock. Harsh winters can also cause moisture and other materials to freeze inside locks, making it so keys will not fit. This problem is common with both house and car doors. To minimize the chances of this


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