(041) Introduction to tubular lock picks

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  • Published on:  4/17/2015
  • Tubular locks are a variation on the pin-tubler mechanism which arrange their pins in a circle, instead of in a straight line as more traditional locks do. Because of this arrangement, single pin picking such a lock is possible but is difficult and time consuming since the lock must be picked again every time the rotation of the plug lines up a key pin with a driver (this means that rotating the lock between the locked and unlocked position needs to be picked completely at least 2 or 3 times just to turn 90 degrees). Tensioning a tubular lock is also difficult with standard tension tools.
    To save all that time and frustration specialized tools exist which simplify the process and can also act as decoders or impressioned keys.
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