Looking for some help, I pulled this lock off an old safe and the key has been stuck in there since I got it. I dont know anything about locks, but I would appreciate some help if anyone knows how to fix this. The key moves in about 1 mm and wiggles left to right maybe 2 mm. : Locksmith


These camlocks are pretty cheap. The one you have there is referred to where I am from as a gem lock (Ace is some places) Chicago is my go to manufacturer for cutting keys to code. 7 pins in a radial fashion. If you really want to pull it apart, remove that brass plug in the middle of the housing. I find it easiest to drill a hole in the middle of the plug, force a cam screw into the hole and then lever it out with a set of side cutters. Shit will go everywhere. I give these to my 1st year apprentices for some character building. Locks sell for about 8 dollars. We only disassemble and rekey these if they have 50+ locks. Key will only be removed in one or two positions depending on how many cut aways it has for the notch on the key.



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Labeling/naming pulled locks and cylinders : Locksmith


Hello Everyone:

So I did a pretty big job the other day by myself. I ended up having to rekey about 20 locks. I went through the building and pulled them all out, labeling them with a Sharpie as I went. Well, when it came time to put them back in, I realized I confused a couple of the cylinders.

What is a good way to label the locks when you pull them out? I had a couple from the basement of this building labeled with B1, B2 and so on. But on top of the building were a few balconies, and those also got labeled B1, B2 and so on as well. So, I was briefly confused as to where each went, although I sorted it out in quick order. Luckily, not every door was the same so it wasn’t too confusing but I could see it becoming a problem on such a large job or even bigger job in the future.

Do you use a map and label them like that? Do you take a picture of each lock and each door to keep them in order? Do you order them 1, 2, and so on as you go through and pull them out, putting them back in the same order? I would love to hear how you all do this so I don’t end up making some mistake like this again in the future.



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Sc1 core but the pins are smaller in diameter. Anyone know why or have any info on this pulled it out of a deadbolt. : Locksmith


I have a question… are the chambers drilled for standard pins or are they drilled for small pins? Just trying to understand if someone used Best-type pins. I know Schlage makes SFIC cores, but don’t know if they use 0.108 diam. pins or standard since I’ve never seen one.



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Recently got a dodge truck the only problem is that it has no key. Pulled the doors lock cylinder but the only problem is that I don’t really have a locksmith around me. I had someone tell me to buy a few blanks and file them till I get a good match. Any tips on how to do this? : Locksmith


If you’ve never done it in your life, you’re better off just buying replacements with keys. As for instructions on how to file a key, I’m personally not too keen on revealing that information to non-locksmiths. I’ll let someone else handle that should they choose to.



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Apparently gatehouse (or some “locksmith”) doesn’t know what macs are or why they’re important. I had a residential eviction today. Started picking and it took me longer than normal for these shitty locks. When I got the knob picked, I pulled it so I could just make a key and unlock the db. 76277 : Locksmith


I am not a locksmith, can someone explain to me why you don’t see cuts like this more often? Seems like it would be a whole lot more secure, adding that OP said it was hard to pick. Every house key I’ve had rarely had cuts with depths that differed more than 1-2 – In other words I’ve always felt my homes would be incredibly easy to bump-key or pick



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