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(708) Andy’s “Screwy” ERA


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  1. If a lock over time becomes a bit difficult to turn with the key. Does it cause extra wear on it? I don't know how long the lock have been in use. Maybe asking the landlord for a new key could make it last longer, and fix this small annoyance?

    I rent, and on my front door i have noticed i often have to press the key inside it, or else it will not turn fully. And it seems to have gotten worse over this year. I imagine the pin(s) take some damage each time i try to turn it and it refuses. Because it will turn a little, then stop unless i "reset" and push on the key while turning.

  2. That was a fast pick. I thought I sent you a Kwikset tool for removing C clips?
    The screws, being uneven on the tip, were catching the chamber hence would turn only one direction

  3. Bill I was hoping you or anyone else would be able to help me. I am looking for a place in the UK to buy a 'Top of the Keyway' Tension tool. I cant seem to find them anywhere, I can only find the normal tension tools. It's the only tool I am missing at the moment.

    Thanks in advanced,

  4. I've been wanting to pick locks since I was a kid and ever since I started doing it I'm addicted. I have my bucket of locks next to the couch and everytime I'm watching tv series I have a lock in my hands and I'm working on it. This channel is obviously the best one about lockpicking. Thank you for these videos

  5. I have a hypothesis as to why it won't turn clockwise. Because of the nature of a screw, the teeth of the serration are at an angle. So maybe turning it clockwise, the bottom tooth could bite into the milling. But turning it counter-clockwise, the bottom tooth acted like a ramp, letting the pin rise and the core turn. The reason for this probably because the key pin in one of those three positions is just a hair too short.

    Is there any way I can get a hold of this lock? I don't know if it's being passed along, kept, or returned to sender. I'd like to pick it and see if my hypothesis is correct, and maybe take some close up picture/video explaining this alien technology.

  6. Bill, you sure make this look easy. I am just starting in this hobby, and have quite a ways to go before getting anywhere nearly as good as you. However, two weeks of practice have definitely made a difference even when using a cheapo pick set from Amazon. I really enjoy your videos, by the way.

  7. You should edit in a counter for everytime something falls out of your hands. I watched over 100~ of your videos and it happens way too often. Add a counter, it will be hillarious ; d

  8. That was a nice surprise. That model of ERA lock when standard have to be one of the easiest picks, kind of interesting for a challenge lock though. Probably always going to be fairly easy because of the cheap construction. Those rear clips are going to hurt you one day, speaking from experience.

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