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#1 ack1027

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 06:00 PM

Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and bump keys... anyway here's my story:

So I got interested after seeing some videos and I wanted to try this out.

I bought a set of 5 popular ones and mainly I'm trying to use the kwikset bump key. I kept the original 5 and had a friend of mine make [ he works at ACE hardware ] copies for me. Now, he hasn't worked there very long but for some reason the keys would've cost around $2 a piece for some reason. So I got him to do it for me.

I have a few questions.
1. Is filing the shoulders and tips required for easier bumping? My friend who is also interested said you don't have to file the key at all if you just pull it back one click.

2. Are the keys filed correctly to begin with? My kwikset key looks a little small on the bumps. [ sorry probably not right term ]

Here it is:

http://img165.images...738/key1fc7.jpg
http://img165.images...484/key3ys8.jpg
http://img165.images...930/key2cr4.jpg

My camera isn't too good zoomed in I apologize.

Here is the original key, just in case there's a problem with that:
http://img154.images...638/asdfax0.jpg
http://img154.images...20/asdf2li4.jpg

And if it's cut correctly it's probably my technique... But I guess I have to learn that on my own.

Thank for reading I appreciate help in advance!

#2 digitxm

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 12:01 PM

if you bought them, they are probably okay. When the kwikset keys are cut to 999, they have very small peaks. that is okay. And yes, filing the tips and shoulders makes for easier bumping (i think the majority of people on this site would agree). For more information about that method, search through the forum.

#3 Pleiades

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 12:18 AM

If you are wondering if you need to file the tip, stick something into the keyway and measure the depth, if it is exactly the same as the distance from the tip to the shoulder of the key, you need to file it, otherwise, it shouldn’t matter. My locks at home seem to have enough space that they don’t need the tip of the key to be filed for the key to work. Of course, filing the tip can’t hurt, and would make the key compatible with more locks.

#4 MrLocks

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 01:01 AM

If you are wondering if you need to file the tip, stick something into the keyway and measure the depth, if it is exactly the same as the distance from the tip to the shoulder of the key, you need to file it, otherwise, it shouldn’t matter. My locks at home seem to have enough space that they don’t need the tip of the key to be filed for the key to work. Of course, filing the tip can’t hurt, and would make the key compatible with more locks.

This is the way which I always used while making or filing the keys. I used to file the tip which make it work for most of the locks.
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