Do you want to have fun, explore your city, and maybe even snag $5000 for your efforts? Then welcome to The Schlage Key To Strong Challenge.

The idea is simple: to prove just how strong Schlage locks are, we used one of them to...ahem...secure someone inside of a house. (Translation: he’s not getting out on his own.) We should mention this is a very tiny house—174 square feet, to be exact—in the heart of Westlake Center Plaza. To make things even more interesting, we also threw in $5000 to keep our volunteer company. Be the first to complete the tasks he gives you, and you’ll get him out and take that money home. Not bad for a few days’ work, eh?

If all this sounds intriguing (and if it didn’t, you probably wouldn’t still be reading this), sign up on the right to get started. Or, if you’d prefer, go ahead and learn more about The Challenge.

Now, good luck—and happy hunting.
  • Out!!!: Thank you @jemc2010!!!! thanks for playing, everyone!! ...
  • Wednesday: Clue #1: So. The final day has arrived. I have to say, I'm dealing with some mixed emotions here. On one hand, I'm glad to be getting out of here soon. On the other, I'm...
  • Tuesday: Clue #1: After three full days being locked up, I have three words for you: One. More. Day. At this point, I’d love to hear some voices beyond the (rapidly growing) ones...
  • Monday: Clue #1: I’m not going to lie: Mondays are never good. And they’re even worse when you’re locked in a house and can’t go anywhere. So post something on Schlage's Face...
  • Sunday: Clue #1: How strong is your lock? Take a picture and tweet it to me (@LockedinaHouse) with the hashtag #lockcheck....
  • Saturday: Clue #1: In case you couldn't make it by my house today I thought I'd be helpful and post the first clue on the blog so you could get started. Here it is: Don’t le...
  • Clue #1: Stop by the house and look around for the first clue!...