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I have a shed that I use a padlock to secure. The last lock I had lasted a year before failing. It cost about $40. My wife prefers combination so she won't need her keys just to work in the yard.

I can't find a good quality, weather proof combination lock in the US, can anyone help?

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I installed this about a year ago, it's holding up well - no discoloration - (though we haven't had much rain either). It's stainless steel and feels well built. It's not weather proof, but I hope to get far more than a year out of it.

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Thanks! I just bought it from Amazon. –  mmcglynn Nov 3 '11 at 11:29
    
To follow up on this point, I did order and receive this lock (about $22). It would not open per the instructions and is of such poor quality that I returned it. I will be looking for something of better quality. –  mmcglynn Nov 14 '11 at 16:50
    
@mmcglynn I'm really sorry it didn't work out for you. Please feel free to uncheck my answer, and please add an answer if you find a better lock. –  Steve Jackson Nov 14 '11 at 17:20
    
No worries. I bought a Stanley lock (stanleyhardware.com/…), we'll see if it is any better. –  mmcglynn Nov 16 '11 at 14:50

I've had a cheap MasterLock for over a decade on my shed and it's not showing any signs of wear. Only downside is that they've been known to have a security flaw (a little internet searching will describe how to determine the combination with only a little trial and error). After a storm, I turn it sideways and the water just pours out, so it's definitely exposed to the elements.

MasterLock

For harsh elements, you may also want to look at an outdoors or boating store. Their locks are usually designed to resist salt water exposure:

marine lock

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Good tip on the boating store. You're not likely to find a more extreme environment. –  Doresoom Nov 2 '11 at 20:56
    
The Sesamee Locks seem to have good reviews on Amazon too. Several of the reviewers mention using them outside without any problems. (Note I have no affiliation with the brand, just doing some consumer research here.) –  Doresoom Nov 2 '11 at 21:07

You could get a cover for the padlock, something like the Padlock Saver.

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There are also hasps available that have built in covers, like this.

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I've also seen solutions as simple as attaching a thick piece of rubber to the door/wall, just above the lock to keep it covered.

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