Tayne 9:00pm, 12 October 2007
Doesb anybody know where I can get one?
Does anybody have one?
The key is needed to get into lots of scottish posts.
purplegrum [deleted] 10 years ago
They can be difficult to find these days although if you know someone who can weld then they can be fabricated. My English key was made by a chap I know down south, however all my Scottish ones are original ROC issue that I got with the post.
Tayne 10 years ago
Would you be able to supply accurate dimensions of yours?
purplegrum [deleted] 10 years ago
Leave it with me and I'll see what I can get for you, sure I have an engineers drawing of one somewhere.
Tayne 10 years ago
Thanks very much.
Gary_Sutherland 9 years ago
I have plans of the Scottish T-bar key which I've used in the past to make one. The only thing I'm not sure of is the minimum shaft length.
Tayne 9 years ago
Would you be able to send them to me?
Gary_Sutherland 9 years ago
No prob's. I'll upload them in a while.
Tayne 9 years ago
Sweet, thanks.
Gary_Sutherland 9 years ago
OK uploaded. The drawing is hand done by me from measurements taken from an existing key. The photo is an example of a key made from the plans.
Tayne 9 years ago
Thanks for that.
I assume that key has worked?
Gary_Sutherland 9 years ago
Yep. It's important not to cut the shaft too short, and getting the lower section right can be a bit of a pain without a lathe, but other than that it should work fine.

I've made other keys for the English style hatch locks and Torlift plug extractors, etc.
Tayne 9 years ago
Excellent, got to speak to some welder friends now.
aliengravy 8 years ago
Could I please see some plans for the English T-Bar!

diver7813 8 years ago
I would like to see some plans for the English T-Bar as well if anyone has them

Cheers Jon
Mexico75 8 years ago
just use a large flat blade screw driver. Never found a hatch I can't open with one, Scottish and English, WD40 is your friend.
MacMan475 8 years ago
Screwdrivers can work to some extent as can bent coat hangers, but it requires a lot of practice! The keys are just so much more satisfying which I discovered after making a Scottish T bar from these plans.
Gary_Sutherland 8 years ago
Large screwdriver usually works ok on hatches fitted with the Torlift latch. Older hatches usually need a T-key, and a lot of Scottish posts have their own design with offset pins.

I can supply drawings of each of these type, plus the brass Torlift plug that can still be found at some sites.
Mexico75 8 years ago
I find the older hatches are easier to open with a screwdriver than Torlift's but hey ho, I have a T-bar key as well which I bought of the web from here,

12121.hostinguk.com/peace 003.htm

They sell all types except the plug remover.
Gary_Sutherland Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Gary_Sutherland (member) 8 years ago
I'll dig out all of my diagrams and plans and upload them. Might be useful to someone. Must also dig out some more photos of ROC posts I've visited, too.

The trick with Torlifts is that they need downwards pressure to release the latch before turning it.
hiddenscotland 5 years ago
If anybody has the dimensions and design i would be very grateful if you could send it to me. I have tried a few ROC post's all with no success. Thank's
onyerbikeuk PRO 5 years ago
I am looking for dimensions too. There is an ROC post on and estate a freind lives on. I had no idea what it was until I saw one on hiddenscotland.
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