Why does this keep happening??!?!?
Is what I'd have said as a youth, when the junk drawer in our ancestral home kept filling with keys to which there seemed to be no locks. I thought it was fate, mocking our family name, but eventually I discovered that it happened to every homeowner.
A key without a lock may seem like a spirit separated from its body, and yet it's not as bad as a lock without a key. That could get you in a real jam. A lock without a key is a problem; a key without a lock is a nuisance.
Why is a solo key a nuisance? My example is the one above, which I found in a very little-used drawer. It's a Kwikset; that's my only clue. The tag was blank. I know we've replaced several locks---was this one?
I basically have three choices:
1) Throw it away and hope it doesn't fit a lock where it might come in handy (even though that clearly has not happened in more than a decade);
2) Try every lock in the house and see if it works on any of them, and if so, label it correctly;
3) Put it back in the drawer and forget about it for another 10 years.
Give ya one guess!
And there it shall probably sit, until I lose something again that brings me to the Mystery Drawer of Hidden Delights, or until we move, whichever comes first. If we move I will probably be forced to check every lock in the house with the key as a service to the new owners, and then throw it away because we got rid of its lock twenty years before.