Unknown Facts About Unlocking Doors Without a Key
For as long as I can remember there have been plug spinners designed to rescue the hapless locksmith, saving him from having to re-pick the lock. Some work better than others, and even with the best ones there are a few tricks that will help insure a successful spin. If the spin is not successful, of course, the plug simply stops at the neutral position and relocks.
One thing to consider is which tool to purchase. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that they are all the same. True, a few models are so similar that they function in the same way — but even here there are differences. read more is one of the authority sites on this topic.
The old standby is a trick that locksmiths have known forever, involving the use of a rubber band and a tension wrench. I’ve seen this done with a paper clip, too. The band is wrapped around the tension wrench a few times until there is plenty of stored up energy in it while it is inserted in the keyway, and then part of the rubber band is pulled outward, in the direction of the desired spin, while the tool is prevented from moving with a fingertip. When the finger is suddenly moved away, the rubber band snaps the tool and the lock plug in the proper direction fast enough to spin the plug. I’ve never been very successful with this, but I have to admit that I’ve only tried it a few times in my 25+ years in the business. Why should I when there are so many good spinners available?
A very elementary spinner is made by the A-1 Company. It’s a bit cumbersome to use and while I once had one I found it didn’t work all that well for me. A much better spinner is the RY57 model made by Rytan, which is my personal fave. It is well made, well balanced, and you can buy replacement blades for it. A blade will last quite a while unless you get carried away and over-twist the tool. It isn’t necessary to turn the knob more than a few degrees because the spring steel stores up a heck of a lot of energy with very little twist. Another very good one is the Flip-It by HPC, almost a miniature version of the Rytan (or is the Rytan a larger version of the HPC?).
No matter which one you use, follow these easy steps to make success more likely: Lubricate the lock with WD40, TriFlow, or some other oil-less lubricant. Do not over-twist your spinner. Turn the knob in the direction you want the plug to rotate, and lock it in place after about a quarter turn twist. Very carefully rotate the plug back toward the locking position so it is just a few degrees away from being relocked. Take care because you might accidentally re-lock the plug when you insert the spinner. I find that spinning works better if the plug has less distance to rotate.
Insert the spinner at the very bottom of the keyway and push it all the way in, but resist the temptation to push against the plug as you operate the spinner. Now release it, maintaining a light touch on the tool to prevent putting pressure on the lock plug. It helps to hold your mouth in just the right position, but you’ll have to spin a few dozen locks before you figure that one out for yourself. Now that I’ve described the proper and accepted way to do it, let me share with you a bizarre episode that took place years ago. I was at the time assisting an older locksmith on a lockout call. We had been working as a team for some time, and by this time I was well acquainted with this man’s great wisdom and creativity. Still, what he did on this occasion surprised me.