We do HOA property assessments. Part of the deal is to get into the pool
areas and pool equipment areas to photograph and assess equipment. A lot of
people do not give us keys or the proper keys. So, I have made myself a set
of picklocks. It is amazing just how easy it is to get through some of
these "security gates". Part of our report is a section on how sufficient
we think their security systems are.
Most of the passage gates can be opened with a credit cards. Deadbolts
require a picklock and any pro would be in within two minutes. Padlocks are
a different matter, as grinders make too much of a fuss. But they are no
match for good bolt cutters.
I have a set of bolt cutters that I bought at a police auction on
confiscated and unclaimed goods. They are American made and are every bit
of 4' long. I have yet to see any round rod they will not cut.
When I was a welding contractor, I cut a lot of locks off for storage
companies. They were a piece of cake except the ones shaped like a hockey
puck. They were tougher, but a die grinder with a very very thin blade did
it for those. Most of them I did with the big bolt cutters, as grinding
caused a lot of sparks and fire hazard. A cutting torch was out of the
1. A quality padlock will have a number embossed next to the keyway. Take
this number to a locksmith. He'll look up the pin positions in his
sooper-sekret book and make you the key.
2. Some say you can hose the lock down with circuit cooler stuff then
3. While you may not be able to hacksaw the lock, you may very well be able
to saw whatever the lock is attached to.
4. "Laminated steel" is not equal. If the lock is made by a reputable
company, the thing may be impervious to a shot from a 30-06! If the lock is
made by WongLoo Locks, you might be able to blow it off.
5. The keyway is made of brass (usually). You might be able to drill out all
See if you can slide some shim stock down the side of the shackle and
disengage the locking lug.
Or sacrifice a feeler guage to the task.
Otherwise try one of those 6" wire frame hacksaws and cut very close
to the lock body, they never seem fully hard there.
Don't bother with the lock or the shackle.
Cut the HASP ! ( whatever it is that the lock hung on. )
I'm always surprised that folks buy "titanium padlocks"
then hang them on a soft-iron hasp
that could be cut with a few strokes of a hacksaw.
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