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Avoiding Snapped And Broken Keys

When a rim cylinder key – a “Yale” key – has a deep cut near the shoulder, it can snap off if you’re not careful. The valleys in your pointy-toothed flat key match pins in the lock cylinder. The pins

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Picked It!

I’m feeling pleased with myself, having picked open a Chubb 110 deadlock. I’ve mentioned before the big divide amongst locksmiths: those who drill (or smash) open everything they come across; and those who pick most locks open and for whom

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Lock Terminology

Even one of the locksmith bulletin boards I’m on can’t get this one right! A rim lock is one that is fixed to the inside face of the door. (Although it would not surprise me if one of the national

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