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2009/07/29 20:44:33 (permalink)
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Question to Locksmiths

 
I'm after a book that clearly illustrates locksmithing as a trade for a complete noob.
 
I'm thinking about doing an MLA course but I'd to read up extensively before I do this. Did a search of amazon but locksmithing books written in the UK are very thin on the ground.
 
Theres obviously no point in buying an americanized locksmithing book when some of it does not apply to the UK market for obvious reasons. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Someone that has done one of these MLA course or any locksmith courses and can recommend some reading literature for a beginner? Much obliged.
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    Blue_Lagoon3000
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    Re:Question to Locksmiths 2009/07/29 20:49:37 (permalink)
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    In other words you want to pick locks?

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    Re:Question to Locksmiths 2009/07/29 21:20:28 (permalink)
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    the vast majority of locksmiths cant pick locks. i have seen them get into houses (and struggle) using drills and chisels.  they just have the tools in the van, permission to do it, and spare locks.

    in fact i would bet that there are very few people that could pick a modern 5 lever barrel lock
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    Re:Question to Locksmiths 2009/07/29 21:36:53 (permalink)
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    Your right i would of prefered mine to have been picked the other week and just got the keys on monday but the locky just said the only way to get in is to drill and change.
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    Re:Question to Locksmiths 2009/07/29 21:40:02 (permalink)
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    Why bother to pick it?  You can use a matching bump key and get inside in a few seconds, or there are electrically driven jigglers available cheaply (Chinese) which will work on most locks.  Even the likes of Medoco locks can be bumped with the correct approach, so you're not likely to find any which will give you trouble on the residential market.
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    Re:Question to Locksmiths 2009/07/29 21:53:24 (permalink)
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    Iirc, MT member 'Strongman_equipment' is/was a locksmith...worked on safes and ****.

    Maybe drop him a mail if he doesn't show
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    Re:Question to Locksmiths 2009/07/29 22:04:03 (permalink)
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    Mouser

    Why bother to pick it?  You can use a matching bump key and get inside in a few seconds, or there are electrically driven jigglers available cheaply (Chinese) which will work on most locks.  Even the likes of Medoco locks can be bumped with the correct approach, so you're not likely to find any which will give you trouble on the residential market.


    if it was that easy, then why is it that the vast majority of locksmiths will drill and replace a lock?
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    Re:Question to Locksmiths 2009/07/29 22:09:18 (permalink)
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    I think the OP is getting at locksmith as a trade rather than actually picking locks?

    Just re-read the opening post, thats pretty much what he said!

    (just emailed you too dazc)
    post edited by 26 - 2009/07/29 22:11:21

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    Blue_Lagoon3000
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    Re:Question to Locksmiths 2009/07/29 22:10:02 (permalink)
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    To Daz Erm probably so they can charge you £125 for a 10 minute job
     
    Oh whens the comp mate?
    post edited by Blue_Lagoon3000 - 2009/07/29 22:11:13
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    Re:Question to Locksmiths 2009/07/29 22:54:43 (permalink)
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    the equipment can be bought freely over the internet, but it is using it where the problems may arise, and the only way to practise is to try gaining access to derelict houses.

    But once you are in the business, get a contrace with British Gas and they will pay you to gain access to properties and remove "their" metre. Apparantly this is not illegal as the meter belongs to them
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    Re:Question to Locksmiths 2009/07/30 00:05:37 (permalink)
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    NeckChain

    I'm after a book that clearly illustrates locksmithing as a trade for a complete noob.
     


    How disappointing.

    The title of this thread promised so much in the way of embarrassing predicaments.

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