3 thoughts on “for 10-Cents and Uncle AL…”

  1. Just asking… how many people here have ever picked a lock that didn’t belong to them?  I’ve only done it once: a file cabinet in an office in my company left locked by an employee who had quit.  It took about 30 seconds with a tension bar and simple pick.  There was nothing interesting therein.

    On another occasion I took a door off its hinges to gain access to the computer room of a company my employer had acquired, but that is another story for another day.

  2. Several occasions opened doors, including car doors. Locks, like padlocks, much easier to break them rather than open them as keys were lost and no need for a lock with out keys. Once I found a pair of master keys “dumpster diving” at work. These were two different cross sections for the two types of keys used in old master locks. They worked rather well!

    Now this is an interesting story; once while working “on a bench” in an electronic shop for the government, I and a few people from neighboring benches seemed to have test leads and test probes end up being missing. Since the operation was so large, over 5K people, we thought things were lifted by other shifts. Then I noticed that a WG-12 worker, two benches down from me, I was a WG-10 at the time, was using a test probe I made and that had ended up missing ! We found our thief. Rather than confront him and possibly get him fired, we waited until he took a day off. On his tool box he mounted a hasp and used a combination lock with thumb wheels on the bottom of the lock. The side of the lock had a pin! It was an earlier version of this one. The pin was small, but about the size of a #4 screw. I decided it could be opened by drilling a smaller hole into the pin with a Dremel tool, tapping that hole with a 2/56 tap, inserting a 2/56 screw in that hole and effectively lengthening the flush pin and pulling the pin out. With a few of my coworkers watching for our supervisor I did just that, and opened the lock to learn the combination. I then took the screw out of the pin, turned the pin end for end and tapped it back into the lock, then opened it with the combination.

    Inside his “locked” tool box we discovered all of our missing test leads and test probes which we promptly liberated. He was never the wiser about how this happened. He never changed the combination so when something went missing, we waited till he was at lunch or off for the day then opened his box again and liberated what was missing.


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