Lockout Tools

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Lockout tools may refer to any instruments that help open residential doors, locked vehicles, offices, file cabinets, or anything else that's used as a theft deterrent. Since locks guard an endless variety of valuables, the types of devices used to defeat them also cover an enormous spectrum. As you'd expect, the contraptions used to spring one type of lock are often ill-suited to beat a separate kind of lock.

A good locksmith must therefore know not only how to pick a number of different locks but also how to identify different formats. Rakes and tension wrenches will do nothing in the face of a combination lock, just as tryout keys are essentially worthless on most houses' front doors. Smart locksmiths can save themselves precious time by listening to a client's needs over the phone so that he or she has the proper implements for the task.

Different Kinds of Lockout Tools

The lockout tools that most commonly spring to mind for most people are lock picks. Devotees of detective fiction and film tend to believe that any run-of-the-mill office contains all the essentials for building a homemade lock pick set. While this may be true, it's far easier to pay the 10, 15, or 20 bucks it costs to purchase a rudimentary kit that contains the basic picks you'll need for most doors.

More advanced lockout tools include Dyno Kwick picks, electric pick guns, and other specialty instruments designed for fast entry. Many of these, regrettably, take the artistry out of lock picking altogether. But if you're on a tight schedule or have an emergency to attend to, nothing is more important than getting locks open quickly and cleanly. To this end, automated lock picking tools are essential.


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