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(SFGate)   You are the mayor of a city besiged by crime. Do you: advertise a class on lockpicking in your weekly newsletter   ( sfgate.com) divider line
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2013-03-03 03:09:04 AM  
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TheGogmagog: I just got a lockpick set for Christmas. Finally got around to working on a file cabinet that I lost the key for. Didn't have any luck. But only gave it a half hearted attempt. I'd appreciate any suggestions or links that wouldn't come up in a simple web search (or terms to search for)

TOOOL rocks, and they maintain high ethical standards, not the least of which is that you only pick locks that you, personally, own. If it's your filing cabinet, start here (TOOOL's own presentations) or read this (PDF warning, this was the document from the 90s that helped popularize locksport in the US), and keep trying. If you're still stuck, find a local chapter or attend a Lockpick Village the next time your local hackerspace or other nerdy gathering happens, and play with some locks. With a little patience and persistence, anyone, even a child, can do it.

Like any other skill requiring fine motor control, it'll take a while, but unless you have a very expensive filing cabinet, we're talking about an hour or two, not years. When, not if, you get the cabinet open, use a pair of pliers to take the lock off the cabinet and pick it a few more times. The basic idea is a lot easier to pick up when you have the cylinder in your hand. Rekey the lock by swapping the driver pins around and pick it again. It's fun.

Or did you you just want to open the damn thing?

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Go to your local hardware store and get a tungsten step drill and a replacement lock. Put a few drops of oil on the bit, and 30 seconds with any battery-powered drill will do the trick. It's more fun (and takes longer) than bumping the lock, but it's nowhere near as much fun as doing it the hard way. You've already got the tools for the job: your picks, and your brain.
2013-03-02 11:36:07 PM  
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Why would anyone take a class about choosing Scottish lakes?
2013-03-02 09:22:58 PM  
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ISO15693: If I was a mayor of a city with an extreme crime problem, I would advertise classes like this, absolutely. I would also thoroughly check out any individual who took the class, and keep their names\prints in a database.

I'd also hold gun-cleaning classes, and fake-ID classes.

One of these things is not like the other.
2013-03-02 08:56:38 PM  
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UseUrHeadFred: Next thing you know, they'll have classes on Disarming Traps, Climbing Walls & Moving Silently

10 nerd points to hufflepuff!

/or whatever.
2013-03-02 08:42:00 PM  
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Next thing you know, they'll have classes on Disarming Traps, Climbing Walls & Moving Silently
2013-03-02 08:30:23 PM  
1 vote:
What a TOOOL
2013-03-02 08:29:26 PM  
1 vote:
Who picked Quan's 'lock' and stole her brain?
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