Basic Locksmithing 101 as taught by Kokomolock
That guage you used to measure the cuts is that universal for all key or is it specific to kwikset?????
bouncer965 wrote:That guage you used to measure the cuts is that universal for all key or is it specific to kwikset?????
Different brands of lock use different depths for the cuts, so you need an appropriate decoder for the key. The decoder Kokomolock was using in the video looks like the LAB 5-in-1 guage (which covers the more popular North American residential/retail locks: Kwikset, Weiser, Schlage, Weslock and Master). Most suppliers sell a range of different gauges: lockpickshop.com.
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Unless the system was set up with constant depths in certain positions, you don't want any of the same cuts in the MK as in the change key.
No key in a system should be all the same cuts, like all 9's-too easy to pick. Same with "ramped cuts" especially ramping toward the nose-too easy to pull the key out In other than the neutral position.
The pin stack in a lock can't be too high; if it is it can be real hard to insert/withdraw the key and it can eventually collapse the springs.
Too thin master pins or too many are asking for trouble.
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