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Cliffg37
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A while back I lost my keys. I went to a few stores, trying to retrace my steps, but no sign of them. Oh well, for a few dollars I was able to replace all my missing keys. Well, almost all. The one key that was not easily replaced was the key to my storage locker.

A few years ago at the Cannon's convention, Mark passed out a lock for the picking contest. It was an Abus disk padlock and every who tired to pick it failed. Thinking that had to be the best I purchased one and put it on my locker. No one will pick that. Including me.

Indeed I tried. I couldn't keep even one pin up. Were they all fancy pins? it felt like it.

Finally I called a locksmith. He told me he could not pick it, nor even drill it. But for $85 he would slice it off with an angle grinder. Talk about using a cannon for a flyswatter.

I didn't feel like paying $85 and I do own an angle grinder myself so I got permission to do it myself. The place doesn't usually condone bringing "burglar tools" into a place full of other peoples locks, but I plead my case and got permission.

What a pain in the @ss job. Sparks flying everywhere,I got hit a few times with them. The noise was hideous, and thankfully I was wearing thick gloves and goggles (safety first) I even brought a second pair of goggles for the rep to wear. (they insisted I be watched while I worked.) I was told that the grinding would take an hour on a lock like that. Thankfully I got through it in about 20 minutes.

Lesson learned. I put a new lock on that takes all of about 1 minute to handle in case of key error.

While grinding a way... I was wondering... What would Ian have done?
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magicbymccauley
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Good to know how secure these locks are!
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Good to know that the Abusers disk padlock is so hard to pick. I think I will have to get a couple and gimmick them for my own use!
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Gents,

Willy waving aside, this lock is pick-able.. I have one that I have managed to open with persistent raking
for clarification is this the lock in question?
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using this style pick (Peterson Ripple)
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Cliffg37
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The very one. Remember I do not claim to be a pick master, just that I can handle some locks. The upside down business that was in James' article was a problem that I encountered. Also getting a wrench to fit right was also an issue and also mentioned. I am glad James had success. Only sad that I did not.
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According to my searching of the interwebs, they are bump-able. But that may not be true, the interwebs is often a web of lies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OecVGB0T1w
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I quite like Cliff's way of picking the lock... Now to work that into an act Smile
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It would be great if when you "fail" to escape (an iron box or something. Then the pull out a metal grinder, grind the lock off (sending sparks flying), and when they finally get it open, you're not inside and you wave from the back of the theatre. I guess that's more of an illusion though.
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Mark Cannon did a clear, suspended safe escape at the convention a few years back. He had angle grinders sending sparks a-plenty from the four chains that held his safe in the air. I think one of two of the chains were cut through before he escaped. Visually a brilliant escape, especially as he did it outside in a parking lot, when it was dark out.
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THAT SOUNDS AMAZING!
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