LOCK1: Medeco Locks
It has come to my attention that you lockpickers out there don’t know how to pick those high-security locks by Medeco. Those locks are patented until the year 1995 I believe and can cost up to $75 to replace because of this. Anyway, I have known a way to pick these locks for awhile now and I thought I would share it with you.
First of all you all must share some sort of idea on how locks work. With this information you will understand how the Medeco lock works. If you do not have this understanding I would prefer you read other articles on lockpicking before you read this because it will be somewhat difficult to understand. I will try to make this as simple and plain as I can because I know how dfficult it is to pick locks. BTW, read my previous file called “Locksmithing” to learn about locks. Now for the good stuff…
These types of locks are found on most condominiums, office buildings, etc that require a great deal of security. The lock is sometimes referred to as an angular pin tumbler lock simply because of how the lock works. It is a pin tumbler lock with 6 or 7 pins. Instead of the cuts in the key being on a horizontal plane, they are cut at an angle. Medeco did this to prevent any type of foreign object such as picks from entering the keyhole since it is very tight and resticted.
In order to pick this lock, you must know how to use the “racking” technique. practice on regular pin tumblers to get an idea and the feel for this. Anyway, the pick used for this type of lock is the standard diamond pick. However, one modificaton is necessary to make this pick effective. The tip of the pick must be slightly twisted to a 15 degee angle in order to pick any type of Medeco (or deco looking) locks. To twist the diamond pick’s tip, use a propane torch to heat the tip for about 20-30 seconds. Wait until it turns blue. With a pair of pliers, gently twist the tip 15 degrees. It may lose some of its temper when you pick and too much stress may break the tip of completely. Afer it has cooled, carefully file it to a wedge-like shape, keeping the angle even. If it still can’t fit into the lock, try grinding off the bottom of the pick’s shaft along its whole length until it slides in with little effort.
If you do not have a pick to use, you can make them from a steak knife (draw the design on it, use a jigsaw to cut it out, and file it down). The material of the diamond picks that I have is called blue steel. I can’t find any of those in my area in hobby shops. I had to order them thruogh a catalog such as “Delta Press” or “Soldier of Fortune.”
Okay, now that you have made the pick, you must make a tension wrench especially made for this type of lockpicking. When picking Medeco locks, play with the tension is very important. This is why a new tension wrech is necessary. Sure, you could use a stanard tension wrench but the feel and the torque would not be accurate and consistent so you would have a very difficult time picking this lock.
To make this tension wrench, which is sometimes called a feathertouch or spring tension wrench, you must first get a spring. You know the big ones that are found in the otto of the drapes in a hotel, motel, lobby, etc. They are about 5 or so inches long and the hood down the cords that open and close the curtains of a large window. You need to get one of those or something very similiar to it. You then have to do someting to make it very small and thin. One of the spring’s ends is pulled out with a pair of pliers. It is then bent back in and shaped like half of a horsetrack. Ths is where it is put into the keyhole. You would also need to shape it and file it down so that it will fit into the lock. You would use this like any other tension wrench but the feel will be much more sensitive. Practice on other locks to get the feel for it before attempting to pick the Medeco. Have fun…
LOCK II: Puzzle Locks
Some residential and most business doors use these puzzle locks that have 4 or 5 numbers which must be pressed in sequence in order to open the door. These devices are sometimes called push-button locks.
Here is the tehnique that I’ve used to find the combinations.
- Turn the knob and push each button. The button with the most resistance is the first combination number.
- Release the knob and press that button Now search for the second number by turning the knob again and pushing each button.
- Release the knob and press the button that had the most resistance.
- Repeat until all the numbers are found.
Tips to remember: Only one number is used once. There will be only 4 or 5 digit combinations out there. Listen for the clicks when you press the buton, some give the combo away.
LOCK III: Push Button Combination Locks
These locks are the small ones that have 10 buttons on the face of the lock. They look like the Master combination locks except that they are rectangular — not round. The combination number for these types of locks will generally be 4 digits (I havn’t come aross any of these locks with more than 4 digits). Each number is used only once. The numbers must be pushed in sequnce. For example, if the number is 1-3-5-9, you have to push the butotns in that sequence not just any nmber that contains the 4 digits like 3-9-1-5.
These locks are soooooo easy to open it’s ridiculous!! I’ve known how to open this when it first came out and I was shocked to find out how easy it is to open it and and even more shocked to find that really no one knew how to open them.
With 10 numbers and a 4-digit combnation, you have a 1 in 10,000 chance of getting it. Let’s bring that down to 256. First, push out all the buttons. Next, pull the shackle up and down and watch the buttons. See how many of these actualy move. There should be only 4. These are the numbers to the combination. You see, inside the lock the buttons are not connected to the locking mechanism except for the 4 buttons used in the combination. Okay, now you have to guess. I would make a chart to keep track of what digits I used so that way you won’t be wasting your time pressing the same buttons twice or more.
Here is a hint: On some locks, you will hear and feel a click on the shackle when you press the right button. In other words, then you narrow your choice to 4 numbers, you don’t have any idea which is first. When you press a button and it doesn’t make a sound, push it back out and try another one again. When you find it, move on to the next digit and so forth. It’s really very easy. It has only taken about 10 minutes or less to open one of these. A few have taken less than 3 minutes!
Well, that’s it for now. I’ll try to stay on top of any more locks that come out and keep you informed about them. Just remember that there is no lock out there that you can’t open. It just takes a little common sense and a lot of ingenuity! Not to mention practice, practice, practice!!! I have opened nearly every type of lock out there and have made so many lock-pick tools you wouldn’t believe. If I had to carry them all, they would probably fill a backpack! The tools that I always carry with me are my tension wrench and diamond pick. They will open almost all of the pin tumbler locks you come acros including some vehicle locks. I will be writng a file about eletronic locks that are out there sometime in the future. It involves building a random sound generator for one type of lock and an electromagntic field producer for another. Hopefully if you people out there are interested in this, I will be writing it sooner. If not, I’ll get to it when I’m not too busy. If you want more information about this or any topic in my other file, just let me know.
DISCLAIMER: I do not condone this type of activity to anyone. This file is merely for informational purposes ony! Like another gentleman (lockpicking artist said and I will borrow it hee: I am just a gun seller — not the one that pulls he trigger. I have been locked out of the house at some point in time and have used these skills to let myself back inside. I do not break into other people’s homes or cars to steal or wreak havoc in any form. Also remember that posession of lock pick tools is a felony in most states. Only journeymen, professionals or apprentices with proper ID can obtain and legally carry lock pick tools. Once a pick is inserted into a lock, it is considered “breaking and entering” and a FELONY subject to prosecution! Be careful out there…
Books on Picking Locks
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Lock Picking Videos
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