The Locksmith Journal May/Jun 2018 - Issue 56 - Page 55

HINTS&TIPS • 55 PROUD SPONSORS OF THIS PAGE blade correctly is that if you are striking the pins with a curved edge you may be hitting the back pins but missing the front pins where the curve sits. Once the blade is situated in the EPG correctly it is then time to set the bounce. It is always best to set the gun up with the minimal bounce and then increase it very gradually. Start off by setting the bounce to zero (where the blade does not move up and down) and then move it up very gradually. There is no need to have the needle moving frantically up and down at the highest setting because all you will achieve is turning the cylinder into filings or damaging the internal springs and pins. If you have no luck after a few attempts then the bounce should be gradually increased. ‘It is always best to set the gun up with the minimal bounce and then increase it very gradually’ Finally remember that you are using a pick gun rather than a drill, if you press the button constantly without any breaks you will again end up probably damaging the cylinder. All that is required is short bursts of a few seconds and then stop and repeat. All the while you are picking it is important to remember to feather the tension on whatever tension wrench you LOCKSMITHJOURNAL.CO.UK | MAY/JUN 2018 Sponsored by Insafe | | are using. Again, there are numerous versions of tension wrenches on the market and it is trial and error which one you prefer. We all have a favourite one which we will tend to go for first. Some people even prefer using a dental pick rather than a standard wrench but with a little practice you will soon decide which you prefer. On some of the more restricted and tighter key sections you may have to rotate the gun slightly to give a better strike on the pins and to give you more room in the keyway but always remembering it must continually remain horizontal to the keyway and the blade remains in contact with all the pins within the cylinder plug.”