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Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:25 pm

Hi all

Great forum you have going on here. I'm completely new to picking, in fact I'm still waiting for my pick set to turn up this week.

Couldn't help myself though, after watching a few (hundred) videos, I made a crude tensioner and pick and set to work on a couple of master padlocks. Needless to say they popped quite easily after a raking and I even managed a single pin pick too (how chuffed was I)

Anyway, looking forward to getting stuck in and trying some challenging locks when I get a proper feel for it.

I have read the forum rules and Solomons PDF (superb)

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Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:28 pm

Awesome start Gruff, get stuck in and pick as much as you can. :welc:
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Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:30 pm

Hi Gruff :welc: Plenty of info and nice folk here. Need any help just ask, someone here will have the answer.

Congratz on the homebrew tools and getting an open. :08: bravo2

Easy +1 from me. :72:
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Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:32 pm

+1 for making your own tools, That's how I started.

"UKSW"... are you from the south west? If so, where abouts?
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Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:22 pm

He doesn't know, it's UK Some Where. :hee20hee20hee:
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Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:51 pm

Nice introduction post buddy +1 for your opens.
Hope to see you around the boards.
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Welcome to the group, have a +1 for hitting the ground running. Ask plenty of dumb questions, seriously. It's by far the best way to learn.

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Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:51 pm

^-^ and welc welc welc @ Gruff,


Have a quick read of the rules and etiquette section (should stop any confusion later down the line).
Next it's up to you really.


I would suggest taking a good read of Solomons guide as this is the best guide on the web (imo) :read2: :08: :
No matter what your skill set it's always a good piece of reference material to keep going back to.
https://www.uklocksport.co.uk/http://mi ... 2619#p2619


Yes this is an intro that most of the guys here have had from me over the year(s), yes I know you have completed both tasks (just can't be fussed altering it too much) :57: :sorry:

Anyway.........

Then mooch around the site at your leasure :72:

There is plenty to see do and get involved in so don't be shy :08:

Take a look at Meme's thread on pick making,I'm sure you will enjoy this great read :88:

Also keep an eye out for the meet ups , as there maybe a few folk round your way :72: :08:


Lastly Have Fun,ask loads of questions as everyday is a school day here. :icon_study: :08: :clap:

This page may help some of the questions you may have... https://www.uklocksport.co.uk/http://mi ... ic.php?t=7

:GL: and :welc: .
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Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:12 pm

Wow guys, thanks for all the welcomes and encouragement ur0ck

@TequilaDave I'm in Somerset, but Baldiloks' answer was much better "He doesn't know, it's UK Some Where." Must be said though, I don't get out much :)

Cheers for the links @Pickbeard 7721, especially the pick makers thread. I love bodging my own solutions (Heath Robinson style). Having almost never thrown anything away, my collection of bits and bobs has now taken on a whole realm of possibilities and potential.

I've now dug out my blow torch, silver wire and all manner of tubes and rods to start to make a 2 in 1 for a 5 lever ERA monster padlock I found (with a key, but not the right one) years ago.

Thanks again, I think I'm going to enjoy this.

PS If anyone could add me to the chats, that would be great! :occasion14:
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Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:19 pm

Gruff wrote: I've now dug out my blow torch, silver wire and all manner of tubes and rods to start to make a 2 in 1 for a 5 lever ERA monster padlock I found (with a key, but not the right one) years ago.
If you have'nt already, you should check out Andy Macs You tube channel. He's the lever lock King and makes some great tools. :)

Heres a link for you :)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdQkin ... gg4W90_vYQ
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Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:49 pm

Nice lock mate, i make the odd 2 in 1 and really enjoy it.

Well worth doing. :08:
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Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:52 pm

You should have chatbox access now mate.
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Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:33 pm

^-^ welc

Nice to meet you - looks like you are starting strong! :)

+1 rep for the home made tools too, GJ
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Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:00 pm

Thanks again for the welcomes.

Cheer for the link Gazz, I'm checking out Andy Macs channel now, and of course yours Lock_Noob.

I now have my lock pick set and practise lock. Must say I'm quite impressed with the kit but obviously don't have much to compare it to. It was this one for £10.99
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071JLLNPM/ ... 11_TE_item

So I've managed to pick all the locks I had, more by luck than judgement but all single pinned picks. I was in B&Q and got drawn to the locks (which is a first) :57:

Picked up a large aluminium Smith & Locke (made in China) for about £11, that I thought would make for a good starter. So far it has alluded me, but I enjoy having a go at it in the shed everyday. I think it's 6 pin (but maybe 5). I was sniggering in the car as I opened it to see it could be easily shimmed, but I guess it's still having the last laugh.

Anyone else had a go at one of these, the keyway is quite awkward I find

PS @Baldiloks I was trying to make a 2 in 1 the other day, but really should have done some research on silver soldering, seems 99.99% silver is NOT the same as silver solder :hee20hee20hee:
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Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:12 pm

Looks like a 6 pin, and you need to use a steep hook on pin 4
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Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:53 pm

Looks like a big brother of this:
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Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:43 am

Wotcha - the build quality on the S&L range is variable to say the least.

Have fun but don't get discouraged.
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Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:20 pm

"Looks like a 6 pin, and you need to use a steep hook on pin 4"

Thanks @TonyS that's what I was wondering, I'm not sure I have the pick for the job in my set, it may have to wait a while.

"Looks like a big brother of this:"

I reckon so @TequilaDave, there was a smaller one for sale too, but the bigger one was 1p cheaper :13:
Do you know if it has any security pins in it, I'm sure I'm getting multiple clicks on a back pin, and seemed to get a false set last night?

"Wotcha - the build quality on the S&L range is variable to say the least. Have fun but don't get discouraged."

I've heard these can have plastic insides and it doesn't feel/sound to precise in it's engineering, but it's still got me beat so far.
Yup, it's a pure hobby for me, I've not got annoyed with a lock yet. I can't stop picking it up though and having a play (probably way more than is healthy :dontknow:)

PS (let me know if I shouldn't be posting chit chat in this introduction thread, not really sure where else to post) I made a crude set of lever picks I'll be refining and testing tomorrow probably. They came from an old lamp shade hence the paper still attached. Proper Macgyver style :57:
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Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:35 pm

Gruff wrote: Do you know if it has any security pins in it, I'm sure I'm getting multiple clicks on a back pin, and seemed to get a false set last night?
I don't think there are any in my one but yours might have some. If you got a false set then I would say yes, at least a spool.
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Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:30 pm

I have a closed shackle one with 5 pins, and I don't think it has security pins - I'll have a look in a bit
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Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:44 pm

Well, I just dug it out and picked it - feels like 2 standard and 3 spools.
As you can see, I used a Sparrows steep hook and a madbobs .8mm prybar

Edit : second and third time round I started with a short hook, and then moved to the steep hook, and it felt more like 3 standards and 2 spools.
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Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:06 pm

Great video review of all the Smith & Locke range by Lock Noob

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