Made an Everest tension wrench today. Tried it out before heading on site. It works great! : Locksmith


I’ve picked Everest the traditional way before, then while holding tension with a traditional turn wrench, put in a key laser cut to 9’s to pull up the last pin. I there is quite a bit of play in that single pin, so it’s not difficult to hold in picked position.

Using as a turn wrench is a pretty cool idea though.



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Made my first Chrysler key today. I picked the lock read the cuts, Cut the key and programmed it. With only 3 days of intense locksmith training with my grandad ! (Lishi tools) : Locksmith


Wait till you start using a twin lifter lishi, or even a 4 lifter if you happen to get the chance, like with a TOY48. The CY24 is the best lishi to start with because with Chrysler locks you can clearly feel when you are successfully picking the lock. Learning how to feel what’s going on inside the lock through the lifter is the key to using any lishi successfully, and Chrysler makes that very easy. Don’t get discouraged when you struggle with a twin arm lishi like the HU66 twin, the HU100, or the HU101, just keep working at it, and it will come to you. I’ve even seen some very experienced locksmiths struggle with single arm lishis, some locks just don’t cooperate.



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Another farmhouse job. I did one of these today. The customer wanted to keep the integrity of ‘this old house’ and bought this kit. All in all it wasn’t a direct drop in replace ment so I had to fill some holes and drill some new. The lock is solid but the screws could have been thicker and longer.


Another farmhouse job. I did one of these today. The customer wanted to keep the integrity of 'this old house' and bought this kit. All in all it wasn't a direct drop in replace ment so I had to fill some holes and drill some new. The lock is solid but the screws could have been thicker and longer. submitted by /u/jacobnbr1
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I f’d up today : Locksmith


This was my first time installing one of these. Guess I should have measured twice instead of once. Is this easily fixed? I’m hoping to go back tomorrow fix it.

I think the hole on the front of the door would be covered by the bottom of the handle set, but the interior side of the door just has that little cap to cover the rubber part that the screw screws through. Is there some kind of patching method that I can use? I was thinking an appropriately-sized dowel could fill the hole. Make it slightly longer than the door is thick and sand it down on both sides flush, glue it in place, and then paint to match the door. Or maybe I can just make a new hole on the exterior side of the door and not worry about the hole on the interior side and still use it. The bolt would be at an angle but maybe that would work? I’m guessing my drill didn’t go through perfectly straight.

Please don’t tell me they need a new house…

r/Locksmith - I f'd up today

An apprentice’s weekly fuckup



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Rekeying a house today I found this artwork. Looks like someone cut the head off a small nail and used it for a retainer pin. It was bent to 90 degrees and prevented the deadbold from working. Nice touch for a emtek lock. : Locksmith


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I tell customers it’s the best looking cheap crap. Nice looking, not so good quality. When I work in a very expensive home thst has Emtek hardware, I point that out. Of course, sometimes I’m there specifically because they have Emtek and something failed! Even a rekey though, can get you sales when they find out they have crap in a million dollar plus house.



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