Home Picking Security Pins (21) CISA 220/50 Padlock with Spools SPP’d

(21) CISA 220/50 Padlock with Spools SPP’d


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  1. Hey you! I've watched quite a few of your videos, many fun and very educational! I thought I wanted to start doing this as well, just for fun of course. But then, 3 weeks ago we lost our keychain with keys for our basement storage units (we live in a multiple apartment building).

    So, this went from fun to, I need to pick the lock. I don't think we've lost the keychain inside one of the two storage units, but you never know. That's why I don't want to just get the lock destroyed.

    I think my grandpa, who we got the locks from, must have lost the second or the other set of keys that came with the locks, so we only had one key. However, I have a second identical lock on which I can practice which is great.

    So I just received a cheap set of picks, as I can't really afford a fancy set like those you've showed in other videos and I've had a go at the lock and I think I can pick four out of five pins successfully. At least, when I turn the cylinder back to lock position I can hear 4 clicks. As I'm new to this, I don't really know if I've managed to set all the pins. They might have been overset as well.

    I do know that I get a false set on pin one, the one all the way in. Then pin two and three are quite flimsy, as well as pin five. Pin four is the one that is almost stuck, due to my pressure on the tension wrench, is that the pin that should be picked second?

    How much tension should I put on the wrench? Enough to make the "next" pin quite stuck or?

    Also, how much force could/should I use to get the pins into place? Should it only be light pressure?
    The lock is also a CISA. A bit larger, but without model number or the like.

    Anyhow, thanks in advance if you manage to get my comment =) All your videos are really great and I enjoy every single one I watch!

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