As you gain experience and increase your reputation as a locksmith, you’ll come across a variety of different locks. You will even find a tubular lock, sometimes. You’ve got to be able to recognize these locks when you encounter them because they are highly secure locks. This means that they are an excellent choice for protecting ATMs and retail stores.
As you might have guessed, tubular locks are another kind of high-security lock. Though they function similarly to padlocks and combination locks, they are also much rarer which means fewer people know how to defeat them. That factor alone can discourage potential thieves and robbers. Newer locksmith tools and devices have also prompted the further development of tubular locks. As a result, these locks feature variable-length springs instead of having every spring be the same size.
How They Work
Tubular locks consist of three components. The first is called the cylinder, the second is an imprint, and the third is the ring. Look closer at the imprint, and you will find at least six pins and at most eight pins. While the pins in other locks typically move side-to-side, these pins move up-and-down instead. This design means that the lock pins and pin drivers are both hidden inside the cylinder of the lock. The key associated with a tubular lock will have a special notch that makes a circular key match with a rectangular keyhole.
Opening One Up
With that in mind, it’s time to figure out how you are supposed to open tubular locks. You’ll find three conventional methods of doing this, which include:
- Single pin pick (SPP): The SPP method sees you attempt to open the lock after a quarter-rotation. This method is the slowest, but the surest, as eventually, you will find the correct way to unlock all of the pins.
- Standard pick: A standard pick might be the tool you need, depending on the circumstances. This device is most likely what you need to open up a tubular lock. Calibrating the pick is the crucial step in getting the lock to open. If the pick works, you can use it as a temporary key.
- Advanced lockpick: Sometimes, these other methods won’t be enough. When this is the case, you’ll have to resort to using the advanced lockpick. Advanced lockpicks will manipulate the pins and hidden wires, but this will also dull the tips of the lockpicks, so be sure to keep extra ones on hand for when you need them in a pinch.
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