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    lock picking

    Clever me locked 7 (sheesh) padlocks around some steel cables with the idea to store them together.

    Dumb me lost the keys.

    I learned that without the key numbers I am dead in the water without paying a locksmith to first pick the locks and then rekey them. Not!

    But I would like to retrieve the steel cables.

    So to make lemonade from this mess, I get the opportunity to learn how to pick locks. Watched a couple of YouTubes, but I would do better with some printed pictorial instructions. Anyone have any resources or advice?

    Or to rephrase it, without admitting to any ill-spent activities, anyone have practical experience with picking padlocks?
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    Depending on the quality of the lock, some are easy to do, some are harder. Using one tool you'll need to keep the cylinder twisted to keep light pressure on the tumblers, then using the second tool push each tumbler until they hit their sweet spot, once all are aligned the cylinder should turn to open. Patience will be in order. Bolt cutters may be easier or an abrasive disc in a 4" to 4.5" grinder.

    Oh, and don't worry, once you're done, the keys will show up.
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 08-13-2014 at 04:05 PM.
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    Not much help here. I understand the principle and technique, but I never had the patience (or perhaps skill) to pick a lock. (I can open some locked doors with a credit card, though.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    ...Oh, and don't worry, once you're done, the keys will show up.
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    Had to open a file cabinet once, but that was a pretty simple lock type.

    I'd agree with Darren, Bolt cutters or grinder might be faster.

    If the keys are truly lost, the locks won't be much good even if you do pick them, unless you get really good at picking them.

    What I usually do with padlocks is to use some wire to attach the keys directly to the padlock if I'm not actively using it.

    Makes it easier to find the keys if they are kept together {Feel free to call me captain obvious]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Depending on the quality of the lock, some are easy to do, some are harder. Using one tool you'll need to keep the cylinder twisted to keep light pressure on the tumblers, then using the second tool push each tumbler until they hit their sweet spot, once all are aligned the cylinder should turn to open. Patience will be in order. Bolt cutters may be easier or an abrasive disc in a 4" to 4.5" grinder.

    Oh, and don't worry, once you're done, the keys will show up.
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    Bolt cutter have yet to fail me.
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    Carol, if you get really good, you could have a 3rd or 4th profession. I watched the head of security for a company where I worked open a locked desk as fast as I could with the key in my hand. If someone forgot their key at home, rather than go home to get it, Security would open the desk for them. The locks picked "instantly" in the movies are not that far from the truth, other than the actor sure wasn't picking the lock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    Bolt cutter have yet to fail me.
    Best lock pick I know! When I call my son and ask to borrow the bolt cutter he says, "Lost the padlock key again, eh?"
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    When I was a kid we used to lock the house with one of the old padlocks that you could just open with a bobbie pin and a wiggle. I don't know if we ever actually had a real key for it (also begs the question of how useful the lock was, but it was only held on by a couple of small screws anyway).

    read this first: http://www.gregmiller.net/locks/mitguide/
    read thsi second: https://www.cs.bgu.ac.il/~orlovm/papers/scrtlock.pdf
    another useful technique here: http://www.gregmiller.net/locks/impress.html and here http://www.gregmiller.net/locks/makelockpicks.html

    It is a fun hobbie, haven't played with locks in ~15+ years. Bolt cutters are indeed usually faster but not nearly as fun & satisfying

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    Depending on the lock type and brand, a 'bump key' might work, or a shim.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_bumping
    Last edited by Ted Calver; 08-14-2014 at 03:33 AM.

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    10 dollar bolt cutters from HF... unless you just want to learn ...

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