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(48) Toughen Up Your American Brand Padlocks

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  1. I learnt how to bypass some ordinary locks & I had to cut a lock with a grinder to see how it works (where to aim). I did found an extra hole but sadly these locks cannot be re-keyed :(

  2. bill, have an idea for you, more of a challenge really and more for fun and a mental exercise than anything. it woud be interesting to see if you havent already done it to comprehensively improve a masterlock from its basically cosmetic default setting to something actually useful. like re-coring it to something that doesnt just open when you sneeze with a tension wrench in your hand as well as the addition of a shackle guard of some sort that would protect against bolt cutters. can you do it? not should you or is it worth it, but can it be done. if you want to do the labor, i will provide the materials up to a certain expense level, obviously after a certain point it becomes dumb but im just having some fun here.

  3. bill, have an idea for you, more of a challenge really and more for fun and a mental exercise than anything. it woud be interesting to see if you havent already done it to comprehensively improve a masterlock from its basically cosmetic default setting to something actually useful. like re-coring it to something that doesnt just open when you sneeze with a tension wrench in your hand as well as the addition of a shackle guard of some sort that would protect against bolt cutters. can you do it? not should you or is it worth it, but can it be done. if you want to do the labor, i will provide the materials up to a certain expense level, obviously after a certain point it becomes dumb but im just having some fun here.

  4. will this open the lock with
    H10
    R.E.I.
    behind it? I have that model on my soda machines outside my apt complex and seeing this video has me worried all of a sudden

  5. Bill,

    This is an awesome video. It helped me learn how to re-pin a Master Pro 6121 to have serrateds and spoorateds in all 6 of its holes. I just wonder if the Pro Series are susceptible to bypass attacks and if putting wafers on them would help prevent such an attack.

    Again, thanks for the awesome videos and have a great 2016!

    Jason

  6. Sorry to ask so many questions. I asked you this question 10 months ago but never got a reply. What is the difference in feedback when hitting a Serrated pin or hitting the Shear line, with that I mean sound and feel.? Thank you

  7. I just thought of another question that I've been wondering about. Can American locks be raked? I haven't found a video on YouTube with people raking American locks. Thank you

  8. I just thought of another question that I've been wondering about. Can American lots be raked? I haven't found any videos with people raking American locks on YouTube. Thank you

  9. For some reason I just can't pick American locks. I've tried very hard for several months. Can you please tell me something that will help me?

  10. You should do a video on lock maintenance. If you have one outside, do you need lube? Grease, graphite? leave it dry? I had a lock on a shed get quite stiff to open with the key, I ended up using a syringe to shoot ptfe grease into the keyway till it came out around the shackle and it was a lot easier to operate. Does this make a lock easier to pick? Pins move slower so either more or less resistant to bumping? Thanks :)

  11. the sixst unused pin hole is there for the same reason the new nintendo wii's have holes on the top even though there are no ports. In simple terms, essentially when you've already printed a shit load of templates even if you have no use for all the sockets, it's just cheaper to keep it then to make a whole new template. It's like if you made a layout for let's say a laptop, and it came with a dvd player, but you no longer put the dvd player's in the laptops in the newer models. WELL you're still probably gonna use the old layout, it's just cheaper to keep the whole where it used to be then to remove it altogether

  12. As a legal alternative will a large bolt cutter work on those larger locks or will the jaws shatter? I know grinders and the like. Just curious and I've never needed to use it but want to be safe if needed.

    I'd suggest greasing the disks to hold them together while re-assembling. (I'm a noob, I just watched your rebuild and recovery video and you said why you shouldn't use grease! TY)

  13. It is only five pins because they sell the same lock for 2 dollars more with the six pin core.  For example you can buy the A5260 padlock for 26.00 or you can buy the A6260 for 28.00.

  14. Thanks for your quick response BILL its well appreciated.  Im new to picking locks but i watch your videos everyday and they are a big help Im still trying to spp'd my 1205 series
    One last question what year did they start putting wafers in american locks. Also i see you like picking locks at the top of mtns i have some pretty cool outdoors videos.

  15. When I was in the USMC we had a confidential storage area that was protected by a super high security armored padlock on a stamped metal hasp with the screw heads on the outside. The padlock was an excellent lever to twist off the hasp.

  16. Awesome video Bill!!  I did some googling around trying to find where to buy these wafers and I finally resorted to pulling the part number from the bag you showed in the video.  I thought I'd post a link here for anyone else who might be looking for them.  The same site also has an inexpensive American Lock pinning kit that should have all the necessary pins and springs to add that 6th pin.

    Here are the wafers (called "Bypass Restriction Plates")
    http://www.mrlock.com/american-lock-part-bypass-restriction-plate-10-pk-apkg3017010

    And here is the pinning kit.
    http://www.mrlock.com/american-lock-tools/american-lock-rekey-tools/american-lock-pinning-kit-pk1-basic-american-padlock-apk1

    Keep doing the good work Mr. Bill!

  17. I'm kind of late to viewing your videos, but I find them very interesting. 

    I do have one question regarding the ability to bypass the locks. It appears that is made possible because the cam on the actuator is only a quarter cam. Is there any reason for that?

    If it were a half cam to match the half cam on the cylinder, there would be no place for the actuator to rotate to when the cylinder was bypassed.

    Am I missing something?

  18. You should check out my videos mate!
    They are from Sweden and probably the best in quality I have ever seen. You should get one I have mine on my desk every day! I also made a video about that padlock. I didn't know that about the Abus where can I get it?

  19. I have never encountered an Anchor Las (Norweigan?) lock but have seen descriptions on Security Snobs website. If they have discs, then the bypass will definitely NOT work. Did you know that there is a disc detainer retrofit kit for Abus 84 and 85 series padlocks? THAT would be cool.

  20. Very good information again! I never really thought about the bypassing issue. But I would just spent a couple more bugs on a decent Abloy or Anchor Las padlock. I don't think you can bypass those but would be interesting to know if actually can't.

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