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Happy 2020! A lock a day keeps the doctor away

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Post Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:31 pm

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Day 306 of 366. Got this antique padlock in Sri Lanka without a key. Didn't try to pick it until today because I thought it was rusted shut. Looks like it still works.

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Post Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:11 pm

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Day 307 of 366. Todays padlock is not shown, since it's still in use by an important institution. I'll just show you the prototype tool I made, inspired by the one Gordon made some time ago. I opened the padlock a few times, so the tool does work.

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Post Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:26 pm

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That looks too strange not to ask. Can you share more about the type of lock or more information about the tool Gordon made, without giving away sensitive information?
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Post Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:17 pm

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That's just a simple way to keep some wires together. Imagine a tubular lock tool. Now imagine the pins are in line. Here comes my tool.

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Post Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:39 pm

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femurat wrote:Day 307 of 366. Todays padlock is not shown, since it's still in use by an important institution. I'll just show you the prototype tool I made, inspired by the one Gordon made some time ago. I opened the padlock a few times, so the tool does work.

I would like to point out, these are not half diamonds!

Anyway, did you evaluate, if your picking so far was successful? Did you have less appointments with your doctor than in the same time frame of the last years?
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Post Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:44 am

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MartinHewitt wrote:Anyway, did you evaluate, if your picking so far was successful? Did you have less appointments with your doctor than in the same time frame of the last years?


So far so good :mrgreen:
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Post Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:21 am

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Don't forget to post day 308 (3rd of November) or it will be difficult to reach 366...
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Post Wed Nov 04, 2020 7:02 am

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Day 308 of 366. You're right. I was hoping to open something more interesting, but I didn't. Here it is.

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Post Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:40 pm

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femurat wrote:
MartinHewitt wrote:Anyway, did you evaluate, if your picking so far was successful? Did you have less appointments with your doctor than in the same time frame of the last years?


So far so good :mrgreen:


I can see it in my mind. A big building. "Femurat Institute of Medicine".
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Post Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:21 pm

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Ha ha, Martin, I like the big building idea. And if someone dare to discuss my method, we'll lock him up!

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Day 309 of 366. I got this old Godrej 8 levers padlock in Sri Lanka without a key. When I came back home I impressioned a key and never tried to pick it. I didn't know how to pick curtained lever locks.
Now I'm more confident and tried... OPEN!

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Post Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:59 pm

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Day 310 of 366. I got this Scandinavian-like padlock in Prague.
I used the thin spring as a decoding knife along one side of the shackle and turned the discs little by little, one by one, until it passed down. It was more decoding than picking. And very satisfying when it was open!

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Day 311 of 366. This is the typical old English padlock, a Squire four levers. It's a good beginner lock since the levers have no false gates and the lock has no curtains.
And it also looks nice in the collection.

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Day 312 of 366. Today I opened the Yale padlock that Gordon sent me years ago.
And also realised that the one I opened on day 305 was a souvenir I bought in Sri Lanka. I remember it was a Yale padlock but confused which one.

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Post Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:40 pm

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That classic design flaw lost some of its popularity but not its entertainment value :)
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Post Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:08 pm

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That shimming trick is the least damaging way to open it.

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Day 313 of 366. I still don't understand completely this lock. The feedback is different than what I'm used to. I'll play with it again.

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