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firstbiggestmost

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Post Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:40 pm

Howdy Guys and Gals.

Just wanted to say a quick hello to everyone, it seems I need to make some lock picking friends on the web, because most of the people I know think I'm nuts.

I've been picking locks for a bit over 2 months now, and have really been enjoying myself. I got into picking as an attempt to bring some style to my job working in maintenance ( been there for about a year now). Our doors are mostly master keyed IC cores but, we also have a lot of community mail boxes that the tenants constantly lose the keys to. The standard procedure for dealing with this was hoping the office gave us the right box number, then taking a dull 1/2 inch drill bit and running that through the whole lock. :???: This didn’t work very well and we could spend up to a half an hour, plus risk damaging the box.

I figured there had to be a better way to go about it and started learning on the good ole youtube. :cool: the 1st thing I tried was a homebrew snap gun made from a clothes hanger, I haven’t got that to work yet, but along the way I came across a bunch of SPP videos and transitioned to paper clip rakes. I had a little success with those but, quickly upgraded to some picks made from some old hack saw blades I had laying around. Those baby’s were a big improvement. I got through all the locks in my house, and amazed my coworkers at the mail box, when I popped the lock in under a minute, without damaging the mailbox. Now I do all the mail box rekeys. For Christmas I upgraded to a blemished SouthOrd MPXS-14.

I'm lucky enough to work in vacant unit turns so I find a lot of locks. I keep any of the tenant installed locks I find(mostly knobs), and have managed to find a few padlocks in the crap they leave behind. Also for whatever reason my company doesn’t bother to order new keys for the IC cores so if we don’t have keys in the office, the standard procedure is to toss the cores I keep them. So far the IC core kick my but, which drives me crazy because they are master and control keyed, plus I've opened a few and there are no security pins. I have been able to rake them with limited success but no go on SPP yet.

Anyway I guess that’s about it, I posted up a couple pics of my lock collection, nothing fancy yet( have a American 5200 on the way), and tools of the trade so far.

Love the the site, and all the great info.

I'm firstbiggestmost and I'm a lock-pick-aholic. :hbg:

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mech

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Post Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:46 pm

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

nice collection man, welcome aboard! :)
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KokomoLock

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Post Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:47 pm

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

Welcome to KeyPicking!!! You already have a great collection started there!!!
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NNFAK

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Post Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:53 pm

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

Welcome to the forum man!
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Post Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:56 pm

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

Welcome aboard! Nice collection!
femurat: They're called restricted for a reason...
Innerpicked: The more keys you carry, the more important you look
GWiens2001: Great video! Learned a lot about what fun can be had with a forklift and a chainsaw.
pmaxey83: but i first have to submit the proper forms for a new hobby to my wife
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GilaGuy

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Post Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:28 pm

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

Howdy back to you and welcome! Any chance you're in the southern part of Florida?
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firstbiggestmost

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Post Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:15 pm

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

Thanks for the warm welcome guys! Man I'm pretty stoked to get a reply from Mr KokmoLocks! I've learned a lot from your youtube channel, big thanks for taking the time to do the videos.

GilaGuy, I guess I'm a bit north of you. I'm in central FL. In the land of the rat. :D
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Oldfast

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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:01 am

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

BIG welcome to ya. Love the story of how ya got started. And looks like you've got a great start on the locks & tools.

firstbiggestmost wrote:....it seems I need to make some lock picking friends on the web, because most of the people I know think I'm nuts.

Yeah, I've had some odd looks from people when it comes to lockpicking. Some look at me like they know what I'm REALLY up to. lol
If I try talkin' bout locks to most people I know... it usually only takes about 2 minutes before their eyes glaze over lol.
Not necessarily because they don't understand.... probably more so that they just really could care less. LOL

So thank goodness for this forum!! Glad you're here.... look foward to seein' ya on the board friend.
" Enjoy the journey AS MUCH as the destination."
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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:17 am

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

Welcome! Not trying to be a ball buster, but is it legal for you to mess with the Mail Locks?
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mastersmith

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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:24 am

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

Fbm,
Welcome, you will find that you have just scratched the surface of what can be learned here. If the home brew in the picture are your first attempt, I will encourage you to keep making picks. Those look awesome for a first try. Keep dropping in to tell us how you're progressing.
"All ye who come this art to see / to handle anything must cautious be...." Benjamin Franklin
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Ace33

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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:51 am

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

Welcome
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jruther2

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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:57 am

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

Welcome to the forum! Those are some nice looking home brews in those pics. Did you make those?
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Aedalas

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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:17 am

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

jruther2 wrote:Welcome to the forum! Those are some nice looking home brews in those pics. Did you make those?
Did you make the bogata too? I've made 2 sets now but still not happy with them. Looks good man.
"What if you people made giant boulders illegal because of all the innocent people who get killed by giant boulders?"
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firstbiggestmost

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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:10 pm

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

mister sour wrote:Welcome! Not trying to be a ball buster, but is it legal for you to mess with the Mail Locks?


Hey sour thanks for the welcome. To answer your question, in this case i would be the "authorized personnel only" :cool: As far as I know the mail would be responsible for servicing their master locks that control the main panel locks. I just respond to work orders to replace the individual user locks, when the tenants lose their box key or move out and don’t turn their key in. It can get busy around the 1st and 15th.
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firstbiggestmost

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Post Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:21 pm

Re: Howdy Guys and Gals.

Thanks for the kind words on my home brews!
The three hack saw blades are my 1st attempts minus the short hook I broke (read..ham fist :mrgreen: ). I actually made those with my angle grinder. The Bogata I made on Saturday using awol70's guide. I made that one with some hand files so it was a lot easier than the grinder. I'm real happy with the way the Bogata turned out, the handle has a sloppy cure, but its comfortable in my hand and it opens locks pretty sweet too. It was a fun pick to make. I'll probable make a triple peak version next.
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