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Post Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:17 pm

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Day 272 of 366.

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Post Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:50 pm

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Lever tool time's up?
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Post Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:55 pm

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Day 273 of 366. I still have the pick, but didn't want to pick only lever locks. I'll try a couple more in the next days.

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Post Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:29 pm

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It's also nice to see the good old half diamond again :halfdiamond:
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Post Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:43 pm

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You missed it? :halfdiamond: :mrgreen:

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Day 274 of 366. This was one of the cheap warded padlocks my father bought for an experiment. This one went under a press. The key is lost, but it still picks fine.

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Post Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:43 pm

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Lock, experiment ans a press. Ok, I will take the bait. What's the story?
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Post Thu Oct 01, 2020 1:57 pm

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Here's the story, edocdab.

Many years ago an engineer that was a family friend had an idea. He thought that resin could be made stronger by an internal fiber reinforcement, like reinforced concrete. Me and my dad tried to help him demonstrate the concept. I was just a kid and was just looking. The experiment consisted in creating similar resin dowels, with and without the reinforcement that looked like fiberglass to me. Then we had to break them and see which one was stronger. We were breaking them under a small press, held by a couple padlocks. It was very difficult to measure the dowels resistance, mainly because of our limited equipment. So the experiment failed.

I was so surprised to find this old padlock, slightly deformed by the press, without a key and probably broken, but decided to add it to the collection anyway. Yesterday I found out it still works!

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Post Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:51 pm

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I think your family friend was right as there are many reinforced plastics and such now, significantly stronger for the same reason as reinforced concrete. Too bad the experiment failed but at the very least it leaves you with a lock to pick and story to share!
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Post Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:12 pm

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I'm sure he was right. But even if our experiment went well, he should have patented the idea and then sold it. Not so easy.

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Day 275 of 366. First I set the three levers with this filed down key while gently pulling the shackle. After setting the levers the shackle came out a little. Then I moved the bolt to open it completely. Had to try it a few times because when I released the shackle, its spring closed it again.

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Post Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:51 pm

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Day 276 of 366. I set the four levers with a filed down key while pushing the bolt trough the shackle hole.
Lauren would make a blank for this beauty...

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Post Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:05 pm

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Nice old lever locks Femurat :) You're in October already. Can you believe it?
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Post Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:00 pm

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I can hardly believe it's October already, edocdab!

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Day 277 of 366. Nothing more reassuring than a warded lock.

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Post Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:09 am

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"Nothing more reassuring than a warded lock." Lol

And a nice one, so you don't need to feel shame in posting it :)
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Post Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:01 pm

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Day 278 of 366.

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Day 279 of 366. A gift from a nice friend.

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