How to Pick a Tubular Lock (Basics)

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  • Published: 05 August 2017
  • I show how tubular pin tumbler locks work and how they can be opened using tubular lock picks and single pin picking. A tubular pin tumbler lock, also known as an ace lock, circle pin tumbler lock, or radial lock, is a variety of pin tumbler lock in which six to eight pins are arranged in a circular pattern, and the corresponding key is tubular or cylindrical in shape.

    What I used:
    - Tubular Lock with 3pcs Huk Tools: banggood.com/custlink/mvG3tIHNZE

    Lock Picking Tools: (USA)
    - Lockpick Gun: amzn.to/31e63pH
    - Electronic Lockpick Gun: amzn.to/2EYHP99
    - Clear Lock: amzn.to/31gCaF8
    - Tubular Practice Lock: amzn.to/2LSEYAP
    - Practice Lock Set: amzn.to/2Ljh82Y
    - Lockpick set 1: amzn.to/2IoP5My
    - Lockpick set 2: amzn.to/2WpyYDo

    Lockpick Tools: (Canada)
    - Lockpick Kit: amzn.to/2Wn8EKi
    - Clear Lock and Lockpicks: amzn.to/2EUFdcj
    - Tubular Lock: amzn.to/2FcIbKk
    - Practice Tubular Lock: amzn.to/2SEMbat

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    Tubular locks are commonly seen on bicycle locks, computer locks, elevators, and a variety of coin-operated devices such as vending machines. Tubular pin tumbler locks are generally considered by the general public to be safer and more resistant to picking than standard locks. This is primarily because they are often seen on coin boxes for vending machines and coin-operated machines. However, the primary reason the locks are used in these applications is their lack of the depth requirement that most other locks require.

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    This is an updated version of an older video with better audio, mistakes fixed and more information added.
    The Original Video: securitysafespot.info/video/YyPiYC1QsjY/video.html

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    🔓How to Pick a Lock (Basics) 🔓: securitysafespot.info/video/mO3mMYwKkKs/video.html

    How to make a Lock Pick: securitysafespot.info/video/SQKwoGbV3F4/video.html

    🔫How to Open Locks with a Lockpick Gun🔫: securitysafespot.info/video/mWErjXO3SYg/video.html

    How to Make a Simple Lock Shim: securitysafespot.info/video/GBOvt2VH5B0/video.html

    💼How to Open Locked Suitcases/Baggage without a Key💼: securitysafespot.info/video/LJvFqEuK8RI/video.html

    Lock Picking a Master Lock No.3 and No.21: securitysafespot.info/video/i6W9c8AxEtQ/video.html

    Such locks can be picked by a special tubular lock pick with a minimum of effort in very little time; it is also possible to defeat them by drilling with a hole-saw drill bit. Standard tubular-lock drill bit diameters are 0.375 in (9.5 mm) and 0.394 in (10.0 mm). To prevent drilling, many tubular locks have a middle pin made from hardened steel or contain a ball bearing in the middle pin.

    While the process is simple and can be mastered with practice, lockpicking requires a great deal of patience. It can be a hobby as well as a practical skill. Locksmiths define lock-picking as the manipulation of a lock's components to open a lock without a key. To understand lock picking you first have to know how locks and keys work. Most locks are based on fairly similar concepts but they do come in all shapes and sizes, with many design variations. This is for educational purposes only.

    Lockpicking is the art of unlocking a lock by analyzing and manipulating the components of the lock device without the original key. In addition, ideal lock picking should not damage the lock itself, allowing it to be rekeyed for later use, which is especially important with antique locks that would be impossible to replace if destructive entry methods were used. Although lock picking can be associated with criminal intent, it is an essential skill for a locksmith and is often pursued by law-abiding citizens as a useful skill to learn or simply a hobby. The move towards combination locks for high-security items such as safes was intended to remove the weakest part of the lock: its keyhole.

    The diagrams and information on tubular locks: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tubular_pin_tumbler_lock

    Von Malegowski Equipment List: goo.gl/x5VtWv

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    Artists: Everet Almond; Silent Partner; Topher Mohr and Alex Elena

    Intro Music: YouTube Audio Library
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Comments • 67

  • B C
    B C  3 weeks back

    Is it possible to pick a 4 pin tubular lock with an 8 pin lock pick tool?

    • Fish
      Fish  3 weeks back

      School vending machines here i come

      • Jason Lee
        Jason Lee  4 weeks back

        this video saved me $140 plus. THANK YOU!

        • Brandy John Knox
          Brandy John Knox  1 months back

          I understand this video is over two years old, but for the price of this tool is still killer. I hope you are still checking messages this far back. Will the 7 pin HUK tubular pick work on a misaligned tubular lock? I have not been asked to work on one yet, but I’m starting to notice them while I’m out with the family. Thank you kindly for your input.

          • Teriyaki an spice
            Teriyaki an spice  2 months back

            will you pick me out a nice beginner lock set . im just looking to pick dead bolt home locks, pad lock wafer locks an the last thing i would want to lean is car locks . with so many set i don't no which set to get . i want a good one but dont want to brake the bank . o yea, i will need a set that has locks in it so i can lean . now that you no what im looking for in america . will you please pic on out for me ?

            • Angry Canadian
              Angry Canadian  3 months back

              Ramset

              • Jt Magoteaux
                Jt Magoteaux  3 months back

                How do you calibrate? You didn’t mention that in this video , or am I missing something?

                • Vik Olliver
                  Vik Olliver  3 months back

                  So what do you do to tubular locks that don't have a tensioning notch?

                  • David Jardine
                    David Jardine  3 months back

                    Wherecan you buy see threw locks for practising?

                    • JakeArnet
                      JakeArnet  5 days back

                      Amazon is a good place.. but yeah, as said above you should practice on cheap locks to get the real world feeling.

                    • XxOmega702 Buzzalini
                      XxOmega702 Buzzalini  3 months back

                      Don't buy clear locks. Practice on master locks or cheap stuff from hardware stores. Real locks are not clear and you need to practice on the feel and how much tenstion you applt to the tension tool.

                  • TonberryGames
                    TonberryGames  3 months back

                    I have a coin-laundry machine in my OWN apartment. Like, in my living room. That I already pay for. I'm not dumping 16 quarters per load every week. I'm investing into this.

                    • Dan Mac
                      Dan Mac  3 months back

                      I was expecting something using a Bic pen..

                      • nightshaded
                        nightshaded  4 months back

                        When I was a teenager, I picked a coke machine using paper clips. I was able to push the pins in and the handle popped out. I was super excited and I closed the handle to show my sister how I did it. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do it again and nobody believed me.

                      • Xcelor8
                        Xcelor8  4 months back

                        At first it didn't seem like it was going to go, and the heckling from the wife wasn't going to be worth it, but then it just went, pretty easily too. Neat! Thanks for the video it helped me get into my safe where the batteries faded and the code wouldn't work anymore, nor the default code from factory...

                        • Leoliy Xolsun
                          Leoliy Xolsun  4 months back

                          this is very interesting and all but can we all agree that those are vape pens

                          • johnny the biff
                            johnny the biff  5 months back

                            This is so fucking hard. I bought one of those picks and the lock but i can't seem to open it. It feels like atleast on of the 7 picks is getting stuck under the key pins and others wont push down the key pins so some of the picks gets pushed out.

                            • ricky bozayy
                              ricky bozayy  5 months back

                              Has anyone tried this with a dryer or washer coin box

                              • Mike Bevins
                                Mike Bevins  5 months back

                                Thanks buddy!!!Someone left me a note on my driveway door thanking you for allowing them to steal my sons bike.Great job!

                                • working2Bselfsufficient
                                  working2Bselfsufficient  6 months back

                                  Thanks for the help off to knock off some vending machines lol

                                • Userjason iPad’schucks
                                  Userjason iPad’schucks  6 months back

                                  the 7.8 mm pick is the only one you should need in the usa i got all three and most american tubular locks are 7 pin ans 7.8 mm key youll never use ther other 2 picks

                                  • Userjason iPad’schucks
                                    Userjason iPad’schucks  6 months back

                                    Also these picks work perfecrly and is seconds on tubular locks that have a small bump on there face these were made for that brand lock

                                  • Max Harkins
                                    Max Harkins  6 months back

                                    Thanks bro

                                • richardnail Historical
                                  richardnail Historical  7 months back

                                  Well if this can be done then why can't 4 locksmiths I have taken my tubular lock to pick the lock? Over last 2 years I have delivered my lock to at least 4 qualified locksmiths and left if with them for months on end yet they have not opened the lock. It is a cobra motorcycle lock, cobra is out of business now so I can't get a replacement key. The last locksmith assured me he could do it but after 6 months I am going to pick up the lock unpicked? I've just about given up on this project.

                                  • M TheWolf
                                    M TheWolf  7 months back

                                    download the WISH or GEEK app and look up lock pick kit. You can buy the same pick he was using in the video. You can also just go to those apps website.

                                • 《THUMPER》 Lock Picking

                                  Great video brother

                                  • whotusay750
                                    whotusay750  8 months back

                                    Spot on 👍

                                    • Frank
                                      Frank  9 months back

                                      The new patented "spiral snail core" is the new deal.

                                      • deamon54
                                        deamon54  3 months back

                                        Teach us how to pick the new design in English(there is a video in Spanish).

                                    • Br. Mark
                                      Br. Mark  9 months back

                                      Excellent video and explanation👍🏽 The porn music was not really necessary. Lol

                                      • sarat chandra
                                        sarat chandra  2 months back

                                        Lol. Coz Lock and key system inspired from intercourse...;)

                                      • Barlow Baker
                                        Barlow Baker  2 months back

                                        @Von Malegowski hey I know this is an old video but you can just use any music if you ask for permission. If you like anything from a smaller artist or group just hit them up on Twitter or Facebook or whatever and state what song you would like to use or just say "hey I want to put your music in my YouTube video can you please get back to me" and most people will be nice and just allow you to use it. On the other hand you can just use anything that says no copyright sounds or make your own music because the music you use is very basic. Hope this helps

                                      • Von Malegowski
                                        Von Malegowski   8 months back

                                        Thanks! Unfortunately is hard to find good royalty free music

                                    • B20C0
                                      B20C0  9 months back

                                      Thank you so much for this!
                                      The guy who rented my apartment before me left a cheap wall mounted safe with an electronic lock and a backup tubular lock and I wanted to remove it because I needed the space. And I wasn't very keen on ripping the whole wall out.
                                      Got the exact same pick as you and thanks to your tutorial it worked!

                                      • Brandon Maertz
                                        Brandon Maertz  9 months back

                                        do these work on kensington locks? i tried for an hour with no success

                                        • paheli arudil
                                          paheli arudil  10 months back

                                          how do you calibrate a lock pick?

                                          • Jt Magoteaux
                                            Jt Magoteaux  3 months back

                                            I have same question... I feel like that was totally skipped over

                                        • Azimuth Images
                                          Azimuth Images  10 months back

                                          Just a thought - but if you have to single pick a tubular lock how about doing the first fraction of a turn once you've achieved the first pick then inserting the tool. I've not tried it as I haven't a lock to practice on right now - but in theory I'd suggest the tool will take the correct pattern and if you lock the tool's pins in place you'd avoid having to re-pick those extra times?

                                          • whitey george
                                            whitey george  11 months back

                                            You fkn lock picking thieves SHOULD BE IN JAIL . Or shot dead. I prefer DEAD.

                                            • D Toy
                                              D Toy  10 months back

                                              Come at me bro. I'll pick you clean. Lmao

                                            • Jfake Hname
                                              Jfake Hname  10 months back

                                              what about lock smiths? thieves dont pick too much time/skill.

                                          • Horse Bisquit
                                            Horse Bisquit  11 months back

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                                            • Syrus54
                                              Syrus54  11 months back

                                              What about 6pin vending machine locks???

                                              • LTA PRODUCTIONS
                                                LTA PRODUCTIONS  11 months back

                                                You can't pick that, It's a tubular lo.... oh, damn....

                                              • Garth Goldberg
                                                Garth Goldberg  1 years back

                                                Very good explanation of general lock picking techniques.

                                                • Rock Clingman
                                                  Rock Clingman  1 years back

                                                  I watched the video four tried this on 4 different locks using tthat kit. Not one even budged. total wasre time and money

                                                  • dan flores
                                                    dan flores  1 years back

                                                    Try a wrapping a shoelace around it. Changes the tension.

                                                • ofek pearl
                                                  ofek pearl  1 years back

                                                  Please do one for sliders and another for disc detainer locks!

                                                  • Tony Manns
                                                    Tony Manns  1 years back

                                                    To be fair your still retarded.. why even bother with music..

                                                    • Peter McConnell
                                                      Peter McConnell  1 years back

                                                      Once it begins to move roll up a piece of paper to fit in the key way push in and turn and you will not have to repick lock

                                                      • FaZe Chicken
                                                        FaZe Chicken  1 years back

                                                        its not on amazon

                                                        • Dani The man
                                                          Dani The man  2 years back

                                                          The link you had for the tubule lock picker doesn’t work

                                                        • JAMIE STROUD
                                                          JAMIE STROUD  2 years back

                                                          0:36 "horizontally" 0:52 "to the front (coronally)"
                                                          :-P

                                                          • Rick Higson
                                                            Rick Higson  2 years back

                                                            Thank you!

                                                            • Justin Brewer
                                                              Justin Brewer  2 years back

                                                              maybe add a link where we can get those type of picks..

                                                            • Jonathan
                                                              Jonathan  2 years back

                                                              Never knew you could pick tubular locks nor did I knew how they worked THANKS!

                                                            • Bob_E _Lite
                                                              Bob_E _Lite  2 years back

                                                              Is it even possible to pick an Ace II since the pins require different amounts of tension? Another issue with this particular safe of mine... is that I had to apply some force even when I still had the key, pushing in on the door and almost lifting upward.. so frustrating. Yes, I've attempted single pin picking and am simply having the same problem, and I cannot find the right tension wrench to use... please help.

                                                              • Zyppp pppyZ
                                                                Zyppp pppyZ  6 months back

                                                                Yes.

                                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=066b165z_Qc
                                                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY9PJxVWORE

                                                            • Jarod Davis
                                                              Jarod Davis  2 years back

                                                              first