FAQ  •  My feedback  •  Feedback
UKLockpickers.co.uk Lockpicking supplies such as Lockpicks, tools, and more! COMMANDOLOCK.COM Military grade padlock systems lockpickshop.com A source for lockpicking supplies such as lockpicks, locksmith tools, and more!

strange Tube lock

<<

oldbiscuit

User avatar

Contributor
Contributor

Posts: 355

Joined: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:25 am

Location: Nebraska, USA

Post Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:50 pm

strange Tube lock

I've been practicing a lot on different tubular locks with my Southord TPXA 7 pin pick. I was trying to manipulate one lock on an old T handle on a pop machine that my neighbor has in his garage. I kept trying and couldn't get anything to move. I looked a little closer and discovered that his lock has the pins offset a few degrees compared to all the others I've practiced on. Is that what they use the 7.5 pick on? His is for sure a 7 pin. Mark
"It never fails - as soon as I find the key to success, somebody changes the lock!"
<<

sbear2000

Familiar Face

Posts: 97

Joined: Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:10 pm

Location: wv usa

Post Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:59 am

Re: strange Tube lock

<<

oldbiscuit

User avatar

Contributor
Contributor

Posts: 355

Joined: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:25 am

Location: Nebraska, USA

Post Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:26 am

Re: strange Tube lock

Thanks for the link, that explains a lot. My neighbor has the key for his machine, I was just practicing (he was watching) and I had never come across a offset tubular lock before. I wonder how that tool is adjustable for both left and right offsets ? Mark
"It never fails - as soon as I find the key to success, somebody changes the lock!"
<<

MrWizard

User avatar

Contributor
Contributor

Posts: 366

Joined: Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:27 pm

Location: Arizona U.S.A. Planet Earth

Post Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:46 am

Re: strange Tube lock

Yup there is offset right and left and some have dead pins that is a solid steel pin in between the regular pins that have to have a cut made on the key to allow it to go all the way into the lock. This would not affect your tubular pick but thought I would mention it if you had not seen that yet either.

Richard
"Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."
Kurt Vonnegut
<<

GWiens2001

User avatar

Lock-Goblin-Gordon
Lock-Goblin-Gordon

Posts: 3740

Joined: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:05 am

Location: Arizona, United States

Post Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:27 pm

Re: strange Tube lock

MrWizard wrote:Yup there is offset right and left and some have dead pins that is a solid steel pin in between the regular pins that have to have a cut made on the key to allow it to go all the way into the lock. This would not affect your tubular pick but thought I would mention it if you had not seen that yet either.

Richard


The tubular locks on my Snap-On tool box have the 'dead pin' you mentioned.

Would't the offset be effectively handled simply by removing the drive tab on the pick and driving the lock with the pins themselves?

Have a couple different tubular lock picks, but normally just use a music wire tension wrench and a straight pick poker.

Gordon
Just when you think you've learned it all, that is when you find you haven't learned anything yet.
<<

oldbiscuit

User avatar

Contributor
Contributor

Posts: 355

Joined: Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:25 am

Location: Nebraska, USA

Post Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:11 pm

Re: strange Tube lock

Gordon, prior to picking up this Southord tool, I would use a tension wrench and a single pick them with a regular pick. However doing that the lock will only turn 1 pin notch or 1/8 turn and relock and I would have to repick it to move it another 1/8 turn. I've seen videos where guys single pick them and turn the lock open 90 degs all in one move, but I don't see how they are able to do that. When I first got into picking locks, I thought these tubular locks were a higher security lock, but after the first couple I picked, I realized they are probably the least secure of any lock. Mark
"It never fails - as soon as I find the key to success, somebody changes the lock!"
<<

GWiens2001

User avatar

Lock-Goblin-Gordon
Lock-Goblin-Gordon

Posts: 3740

Joined: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:05 am

Location: Arizona, United States

Post Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:17 pm

Re: strange Tube lock

I would agree with you about the security level of most tubular locks, Mark. Took apart the ones for my toolbox and put in springs of different strengths to make using a tubular pick a bit more difficult, and added a few spools (both drivers and me pins), but I do not feel this to be a secure lock.

Gordon
Just when you think you've learned it all, that is when you find you haven't learned anything yet.

Return to Lock Picking

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], CommonCrawl [Bot]

Don't forget to visit our sponsors for all of your lockpicking needs!
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Grop
"CA Black" theme designed by stsoftware