What can you do when you run into a broken lock? If nothing else works, drilling might make a difference. However, you should regard this as a last resort. The reason for this is because you have several options to attempt before you get the drill out. Let’s have a look.
Know the Lock
First things first, you should identify the lock. Once you know what the lock is, you can decide whether a different method will work instead. Drilling might not be the best solution given the situation; in other words, it might not even work. Some locks are designed to resist a drill’s attack. There’s also the possibility that cylinders in the lock will break the lock when the drill enters, but not in the way you expect. So rather than spend time, money, and frustration on drilling into a lock, see what other techniques can help.
Try to Pick It
A pick gun is one of the most useful tools you will have. When you work as a locksmith, it might sound strange that you will ever need to pick a lock. But it’s true. But when you are running low on options, using the pick gun could help. However, if the pick gun fails you, then you might need a bump key.
Try to Bump It
In fact, trying to use a bump key might be what you attempt to do in the first place. With the bump key, you can test the lock to see how stubborn it is. It should only take a minute, and then the door should open. When the door doesn’t open, you will have to try a different method instead – depending on how much time you have, and how much time your customer has, too.
Get the Customer’s Permission
When you have to drill into a lock, it renders the lock unusable. At that point, you will need to replace the lock. Make sure you have the customer’s permission before you take this drastic step.
You should also do your best to avoid badgering the customer; twisting anyone’s arm into making a hasty decision is never a good idea in regular life, but it is a terrible tactic to try when interacting with customers. After all, you don’t want to give that customer a negative impression of your ability to do your job or to bring potential consequences against the firm you are working for when you encounter the lock.
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