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Bump Keys Not Working?
Posted 04 March 2008 - 08:42 PM
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 02:51 AM
... i think i might have dented my 5 pin kwikset, its barely noticeable and doesnt seem dented at all only dent by 0.0000000001 inches ...
Probably not a big deal. I just ran one of my KW1s through a bit of deliberate abuse. Look here http://www.bumpkeyforum.com/showthread.php?p=9865#post9865 and see if yours is worse than the one in the middle.
... and not only that it has these very thin plating near the valleys connecting them, and whenever i touched it it falls off is that important? can it still be used?
Clean off the flaky plating. You don't want it meeting the internals of your lock. Other than that, no big deal. Replace the key later and practice with it in the mean-time.
... tried bringing it to a lock smith they didnt want to make another one for me ...
Be assertive. I've run into a small number of people reluctant to make copies for me. Usually I have no difficulty. Those few times that have come up, I just give them the 1000 yard look when I halfway make eye contact and tell them the key is non-standard but in fact operates one of my security devices. I need a copy. They need to make it. I need to go. Now. Thank You.
... and will I have a better chance bumping if I use a bump hammer instead?...
You have to develop your own technique. Most often, I use a plastic handled screwdriver (plastic end for striking). The bump hammers seem to hit much harder than necessary (my opinion). Most locks I've encountered need little torque and little impact to go over.
Put your finger beside your nose. Press enough to close your nostril halfway. That is how much torque I use. Now, close your eye and poke your eyelid with your index finger almost hard enough to see stars. That's about how HARD I hit. The thing I've found is that SPEED counts. Swing my screwdriver quickly but with very little strength. Except some locks do need more torque or pressure.
Kwiksets are the ones that require a softer kind of finesse.
Sometimes I think I can just lay my KW1 next to a deadbolt, cover my nose and sneeze, look over and expect to see the lock open itself. Seriously. Don't punish the lock. It's not doing anything wrong. It's doing what locks are supposed to do. Flirt with it and seduce it. Trick it out of its panties. Be Nice, is what I'm getting at.
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Posted 11 February 2011 - 01:08 AM
Yeah - I am agreed with you, understanding how much tension and impact while bumping a lock is a good going. You have to try and will be able to bump a lock soon.
Once you get a lock to bump and understand how much impact and tension is needed to bump a lock, it comes second nature. Just keep at it.