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(290) HEAVY Tension Technique


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  1. I usually use such a light touch and I never thought to work with it heavy handed on locks I couldn't manage. This just saved my butt on a piece of crap Brinks High Security that was giving me issues for unknown reasons.

  2. This isn't my video, but I use this same technique: youtube.com/watch?v=Ubgf2sc3X7E

    Kind of a pulsing tension..
    Thanks for your feedback 😀

  3. Filipe,
    Hey, if it opens locks for you, then keep doing it. I think you'll find that as you move into complex & high security locks then light tension becomes more and more important. Your heavy tension technique on serrated pins doesn't seen to work well for me but then, exactly how are we defining "heavy" and "light" tension…? As long as the locks continue to open for you, don't change a thing.

  4. Hi Bill!
    I'm not that experienced, so I'd like to ask something. I find heavy tension to work pretty well on most cases. I actually use moderate/heavy tension on most of my pickings, and only use light when the lock doesn't respond to heavy (guess it's the exact opposite of what you do). My actual move is to use heavy tension to find the binding pin, and reduce tension while lifting it to set (so I don't damage my picks). Works specially well on serrated pins. What are your thoughts on this?

  5. Bill can you do a vid showing some trust worthy locks because after watching some of your vids I fell uneasy and hearing your opinion might put me at rest. Or you could pm me which ever works. And if you don't keep up the good work!!

  6. Bill I was wondering if you could post a video showing some locks ( padlocks or door locks ) that can be trusted to be a good quality lock that is not easily picked or by passed . I think seeing what you pick as a trust worthy lock would put me at ease be cause after watching some of your videos I feel horribly in secure. Or even pm me with some brands or models that I can trust to keep my valuables safe. If possible do one or the other but if not just keep posting vids cause I love them !!

  7. The price of electricity went way up so I had to reduce the level of machine-generated violence in the Lab. I DO have a new 15 ton hydraulic ram I'm dying to find a use for tho.

  8. Geez, you've gotten wimpy in your old age, Bill. Must be too much sun and fun in Africa. Back in the day, "stubborn" locks unfortunate enough to stumble into the Lock Lab had a near-certain date with a milling cutter, grinder, torch, or other grim medieval fate. What happened, man?

  9. Great information there Bill. I have a 5 pin unbranded rim cylinder from a next door neighbours front door and could not pick it first and as soon as I upped the tension near on maximum I started to feel the sets and she opened.

  10. Interesting technique. Funnily I think most of us beginners start like this but we get "cultured" and use lighter tension. It seems to overcome these locks you have to go back to the roots.
    BTW The new intro is great. The previous one was excellent too, hard to decide which one is better 🙂

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