[527] Pickproof your Kwikset For Less Than $1

  • Published: 09 September 2017

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  • Emir Latinović
    Emir Latinović  43 minutes back

    The last tenants in my small apartment which I gave for rent have locked it and tossed the only key my mom had.

    So I had to walk and find a guy, several blocks further from my building who had a place for repair of lawnmowers, croppers and other agricultural machines to use one of his angular grinders to cut off the metal part that was moved by the keyway (when locking/unlocking) and which connects the doors to the door knocker which makes doors locked.

    We used the neighbour's extension cord for him to use the grinder.

    Next, he established that he needs a bigger grinder.

    So I waited him for 15-20 minutes to return with larger angular grinder and saw off the metal plate connecting the doors with the knocker.

    I paid him 5 dollars to do that (10 BAM of my country's currency).

    I've already bought all the brand new locks to put them in all doors in my apartment, including the entrance doors.

    But, what I've realised is, that the new lock for my entrance doors is too GOD DAMN SMALL to fit in my door socket.

    After futile attempts to adjust the door's socket and nearly ruining them, I had to find a taxi and go 3 km further to the store to buy myself a new lock.

    As I've drove to the store, it was getting dark and the store was closed.

    It was a pure luck that the store's owner had a house just above it and asking his wife to get him to give me a new lock since my apartment's doors are open, ready to be robbed by anyone since there was no one then to look after my apartment while I was gone.

    He had mercy and sold me nice lock.

    Then, after returning, I've spent an entire hour changing all locks in apartment in the dark (with the help of lamp) since my mom had turned off the electricity and water to apartment years ago since we were not using it for very long time.

    My only luck that the apartment wasn't robbed till I was gone was that the apartment is located on the highest floor of the building.

    Days before that, I've consulted the locksmith and he told me to drill the cylinder out and when I've actually seen my troubles that night, I'm glad for not listening to his advice and just grinded my way inside.

    • o0Avalon0o
      o0Avalon0o  1 days back

      Advise from a retired real estate agent for an "insteresting" city: thick curtains. Overhang the edges, check visibility from outside. Also, be careful of "friends" who brag about stealing.

      Thieves value time as much as your stuff. If they don't know they can quickly get in & out, they will move to an easier hit ( unless you personally pissed someone off, then video cameras & hunting cams are your friend ).

      • Dennis Fox
        Dennis Fox  1 days back

        You don't want an amateur to be able to pick your front door? You don't say.

        • Rphill1
          Rphill1  2 days back

          Just wanna clarify This works by adding pins in the position before the lock is fully unlocked so when you don’t have the key the pins have the ability to fall down and stop the lock from turning whereas if the key were used it would keep the second set of pins up and allow you to open the lock?

          • permeus2nd
            permeus2nd  2 days back

            0:50 so a few years back the place i live in (im from the uk and its a Council owned home that i rent) replaced all the doors with steel things, side story a few doors down from me a guy was taken ill and they tryed to brake the door down with a bartering ram it didnt work, they ended up haveing to call the fire department and have them use a blowtorch to cut a hole in the middle of the door to get in, it would have been cheaper and quicker to brake the double glazing in the main window or even just go though the wall next to the window its only made of plasterboard.

            The locks on the doors are actually quite good apparently as im told they are hard to pick and that was from a locksmith, i have to take his word on it but that combined with the steel door and steel frame makes the doors almost impossible to get past quickly (there is also a chain on the door if people remember to put it on) the windows can be broken but because they are pressurised they make a sound like a gun shot but like i said the wall between the door and the window is made of plasterboard and thin wood and would be a much easier way into these type of homes if you really wanted to break in (even if its a bit messy)

            • holling harris
              holling harris  2 days back

              i always thought it was kiwi set

              • Greyghost680
                Greyghost680  2 days back

                This is an inconvenient solution--if, like most people, you insert the wrong key in your front door, on occasion. You see my point?

                • Squeeks
                  Squeeks  2 days back

                  Wrong key won't turn, np.

              • Lxy Yht
                Lxy Yht  2 days back

                great idea ! design a picking trap for thief, but I am wonderring : how to open a trapped lock door if I just have one door? I think you should design a better edition.

                • ttgk
                  ttgk  4 days back

                  Give me a drill and a flathead screwdriver and I can break into most houses. I used to do it for a living

                  • Danny Lee: Rocksmith
                    Danny Lee: Rocksmith  5 days back

                    So thorough in what u sayyyy

                    • EyeInTheSky
                      EyeInTheSky  5 days back

                      "In under 5 minutes!" Ffs man. 500 dislikes are people that get how this would be a several hour job for literally anyone who hasnt spent their life dealing with locks. You started with the lock already apart from everything. You have experience taking apart and knowledge of how to manipulate the pieces. Talk about a severe lack of general understanding of the everyday person. Yikes

                      • 6Twisted
                        6Twisted  5 days back

                        So my question is why didn’t the lock come with those extra pieces?

                        • Boris Milinkovich
                          Boris Milinkovich  6 days back

                          Really awesome level-up for a personal lock. Thank you for sharing!

                          • mishmasta
                            mishmasta  6 days back

                            LockPickingLawyer, this looks like a great alternative to replacing all of the locks in my new house. The previous owners went through the effort to key all of the Kwikset knobs and deadbolts alike, and I would like to keep it that way just with new more secure pinning like you demonstrated. My question is, where do you suggest I buy the security pins and wafers? I found some online pick and locksmith shops, but I don't know who are the reputable sellers.

                            • G G
                              G G  7 days back

                              The average thug will not pick your lock, that’s ridiculous. If they come during the day, they’re coming for you, if at night they’re coming for your stuff. Housing today is a quick kick, crowbar etc.

                              • Kyle Pirko
                                Kyle Pirko  1 weeks back

                                I like that! That is genius!

                                • Time Bandit
                                  Time Bandit  1 weeks back

                                  I have a security system that feeds constant video wirelessly to an off site location, high def cameras that work equally well in light and dark, an alarm system with battery backup that is solar backed as well and a couple of big ass rotweilers. I have bolstered door locks and dead bolts that go 3 inches into a solid steel frame. If some stupid sob wants to try and break into my home without consequences they will have a hard time doing it. And if I am home, which 90% of the time, I am, they are going to not only be attacked by two very large pissed off dogs, the owner is also well armed!

                                  • Ron Wade
                                    Ron Wade  1 weeks back


                                    • dcwhitworth
                                      dcwhitworth  1 weeks back

                                      'Pickproof' ? I presume the title is a little tongue in cheek !

                                      • E J T
                                        E J T  1 weeks back

                                        Thx. I would love to see more vids about how to keep my family safer.

                                        • Shane Phillips
                                          Shane Phillips  1 weeks back

                                          I've been playing around with locks for a while, and I have never seen HOLES FOR CONSTRUCTION KEYING, which I find a little odd, considering I've watched quite a number of your videos and never seen them in your videos either, but your method works amazingly well. I will keep my eye out for these kind of locks. Additionally I would say if I thought about it too long it would drive me crazy, because I'm wide open to anybody that would like to get into my home and like you say there is more than one way to get into a home, so I'm just going to have to trust my neighbors to be honest. Of course I could weld the doors shut, it's something to consider. Love your videos, take care.

                                          • Shane Phillips
                                            Shane Phillips  4 days back

                                            @ShadowsClaw 24 Your wecome.

                                          • ShadowsClaw 24
                                            ShadowsClaw 24  4 days back

                                            @Shane Phillips Ah yes, a good method, and thank you for the conversation.

                                          • Shane Phillips
                                            Shane Phillips  5 days back

                                            @ShadowsClaw 24 Neighbors? I don't know probably crazy. But here's what I do and it's pure Magic. Out at the job site, I got a few jerks and I couldn't shake them, so I tried the magic. Which is simply to tell them what they want to hear, THEN STOP AND LISTEN, BECAUSE THIS WAY YOU CAN FIND OUT WHAT'S INSIDE THEIR HEADS, again it's to tell them what they want to hear, (you're a pretty smart cookie, I couldn't have done that) not what you think of them (get lost, go jump in a lake). That's it you're done. In 3 weeks or less they'll be eating out of your hand. Bending over backwards to do anything you say. And then you can decide whether or not you want to know them. Simplest as that. I used to be paranoid, this is the cure. Thanks for listening.

                                          • ShadowsClaw 24
                                            ShadowsClaw 24  5 days back

                                            @Shane Phillips Yeah, then you have to deal with psychological warfare, usually not a problem, but I don't know who you live next to

                                          • Shane Phillips
                                            Shane Phillips  6 days back

                                            @ShadowsClaw 24Yes but wouldn't that mean, I don't have an honest neighbor.

                                        • Isambardify
                                          Isambardify  1 weeks back

                                          Or get wooden jackets for all your keys and wire the locks up to the mains. That way it still opens after an unsuccessful pick attempt but you know someone tried to get in because they're convulsing on your door step.

                                          • Timo Jährling
                                            Timo Jährling  1 weeks back

                                            Now this, ladies and gentlemen, is purely genious. Thanks a lot for this instruction!

                                            • LoonyTube
                                              LoonyTube  1 weeks back

                                              It doesn't make sense. It makes dollars

                                              • TheTimeTraveler2025
                                                TheTimeTraveler2025  1 weeks back

                                                So how much are the tools? ... reminds me of the house flipping shows that assume you have a contractor readily available with cheap illegal labor.

                                                • Chuck Campbell
                                                  Chuck Campbell  2 weeks back

                                                  Is there a clue as to which way the lock should be rotated when picking? Great videos.

                                                  • Kyle Patton
                                                    Kyle Patton  2 weeks back

                                                    I have an idea.
                                                    Modify the holes so that the pins that drop into it will be able to return.

                                                    • OG Herefano
                                                      OG Herefano  2 weeks back

                                                      Always make sure you get your master wafers cheap!

                                                      • ConGie-Personal
                                                        ConGie-Personal  2 weeks back

                                                        What if you were to cut a little ramp into the core so you could reset the lock without having to remove it?

                                                        • campbellscollision
                                                          campbellscollision  2 weeks back

                                                          Im not clear on why the pins drop being picked and not with the key in. Got to study I guess. Just seems like they would drop I'm the blank holes either way.

                                                          • THE SLIME MOLDS
                                                            THE SLIME MOLDS  2 weeks back

                                                            I secured all my doors with steel plate. Can't be jimmied picked or kicked in. Windows ummmm 😉

                                                            • Leaving Blank
                                                              Leaving Blank  2 weeks back

                                                              well geez arent you just the little asshole for not showing us you disassembling your actual home lock.

                                                              • geigertron3000
                                                                geigertron3000  2 weeks back

                                                                so cool!

                                                                • TheRangeControl
                                                                  TheRangeControl  2 weeks back

                                                                  How do you disassemble the lock once this is fail-safed? It seems as though the pin would prevent the cylinder from sliding out... Am I dead wrong?

                                                                  • beekeeper bear Sablon
                                                                    beekeeper bear Sablon  3 weeks back

                                                                    Wow! Awesome!

                                                                    • nick h
                                                                      nick h  3 weeks back

                                                                      "Not sure whats holdin us up here"...
                                                                      Thats all i needed to hear 🤣

                                                                      • JWcubing
                                                                        JWcubing  3 weeks back

                                                                        Honestly most thieves wouldn’t even try this if all the doors were locked because burglars always look for easy targets.

                                                                        • Just An Average Penguin
                                                                          Just An Average Penguin  2 weeks back

                                                                          If you are a skilled lock picker the door is probably the easiest target, silent, fast and doesn't leave much of a footprint.

                                                                      • Gerard Walker
                                                                        Gerard Walker  3 weeks back

                                                                        hey guys i need some help. i was replacing the tail piece on a Kwikset knob lock when the coil spring unwound. it is not a lever lock by the way just the hand turn knob how do i rewind the spring? or is it a lost cause. I have been looking for the repair online but all they show are lever locks not the hand held knob locks. be great if someone would make a video. thank you for any help.and have a very nice day.

                                                                        • maxmerton
                                                                          maxmerton  3 weeks back

                                                                          Once the core becomes locked in place by the T pins, surely it won’t turn or slide in any direction? So how do you extract the core?

                                                                          • Wes L
                                                                            Wes L  3 weeks back

                                                                            Isn’t that lock easy to drill? Like drilling into butter?

                                                                            • Wes L
                                                                              Wes L  1 weeks back

                                                                              My last update. I suppose you could drill some of those holes on the other side if you had a good drill press, but I ended up just sticking in some security pins. The knob, however, is left hand only- It isn’t reversible like the dead bolt. My holes (I didn’t recognize what he called them) are 90 degrees to the side (5 pin) and the lock may unlock before the core jams. But at least I did something.

                                                                            • Wes L
                                                                              Wes L  2 weeks back

                                                                              I’ve run into another problem. I have a right hand door, so turning the cylinder counterclockwise locks the door. Does this only work for left hand doors?

                                                                            • Wes L
                                                                              Wes L  3 weeks back

                                                                              Asking cause I think I have this lock and am considering doing this. I’m wondering if it’d be worth getting a new lock or cylinder that is more drill proof... or is this method unique this this model?

                                                                          • Karen Yung
                                                                            Karen Yung  3 weeks back

                                                                            LockPickingLawyer- What should a locksmith charge for doing this??

                                                                            • lazurm
                                                                              lazurm  3 weeks back

                                                                              I wonder if the LPL ever picks his nose....

                                                                              • Bill DeSmet
                                                                                Bill DeSmet  4 weeks back

                                                                                Yer Awesome...

                                                                                • Tegan69
                                                                                  Tegan69  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Where can you buy the t-pins and wafers? I can't seem to find them anywhere, even on Amazon.

                                                                                  • M7rti M
                                                                                    M7rti M  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Clksupplies but the wafers are called master pins and the size isnt too important. I had trouble myself and that's what I've concluded

                                                                                • Pete Smith
                                                                                  Pete Smith  4 weeks back

                                                                                  Would a bump key trigger this as well? Also, if someone caused the lock to seize and you had to leave from inside (go to bed, failed lockpick while sleeping, then fire sets off alarm and is chasing you) and the improved security traps you inside with the fire, does the corner list the cause of death as irony? Can't assume three exits will mean three exits in a fire. How does this compare to stock bump resistant locks?

                                                                                  • Matthew Olsen
                                                                                    Matthew Olsen  4 weeks back

                                                                                    So how many times have friends pranked you by seizing up all your locks?

                                                                                    • Odins Lock
                                                                                      Odins Lock  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Those ILCO bumphalt pins/ springs work great for bump key resistance and if you add more than one set per cylinder, they do increase the pick resistance. http://www.ilco.us/products/replacement-cylinders/293382/bump-halt.html. My experience is that the burglars don’t waste time on locks, they attack the door frames via prying or force or try the windows or garage doors (where the inside garage door to house is usually unlocked).

                                                                                      • Per Perald
                                                                                        Per Perald  4 weeks back

                                                                                        Idiot! If a thief tried tp pick one door, why not try the others? You come home, and all the locks are unopenable. Then you need your drill, that is in the basement... you need to break a window, when the police arrives, they arrest you, cause the title to the house is in the bank-box... or whatever.

                                                                                        I suggest that you nail your door every day, and keep the tools at your neighbor, that's would cost you 50 cents a day, but still cheaper than a dollar.