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Forget lock picking, clone/copy the key and be a spy

How to make a useable copy of a key!

You can use this to copy a cylinder lock key within minutes. Especially great if you have a key that says 'do not copy' on it. You will need:

Access to the key (for a few seconds)
A drinks can or other thin metal
Paper
Scissors
Glue
Printer
Ruler or other hard blunt edge

I have copied a master key for an entire office block doing this and it worked fine.... I have also copied a Yale lock key for a lock which I have been having trouble picking.
 
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Step 1: Copy the key - quick!

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Get a copy of the key using either:

Scanner - easiest
Camera - you must have a scale present in the picture (ruler etc)
Photocopier
Impression in bluetak or clay, then scan it or photocopy it. I personally would try and highlight the impression with tipex or something first to ensure a good print.

Print 2 copies of it in the correct scale so that you have two 1:1 copies of the key

Now roughly cut the copies out. Don't worry about cutting each tooth properly, just leave excess paper around it all.


Step 2: Thin Metal


Take a drinks can/tin and cut a rectangle big enough to stick the key to, or any other thin metal. I have included picture of me copying the same key on a drinks can and a fish tin!

Stick 1 cutout key onto it.

Step 4: Make the groove

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Take another key with a groove in it, it doesn't have to be the original, we are going to use the groove in it to create our groove in the copy.

Now line the groove up with your printout and force a groove into your new copy using a ruler or something thin and blunt. Press the ruler down and whilst holding it down flatten the sides which will now be sticking up in a V shape. See the pictures for detail.


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i have a better idea. go to home depot and use the key making machines which make your key in a few seconds. and it costs 3 bucks!
Go ahead, just try and get a key stamped "Do Not Copy", copied.
you do it yourself. 0.o
Oh sure. You know what blank to use as well, eh? Anything marked as "Do not copy" isn't on an A1/YA1E/U5 blank like this key. It'll be on a restricted or patented section, often with moving parts etc and a much tighter keyway. And I doubt anywhere in the USA will let you use the key machine yourself even if you know what you are doing - lose an eye to a bit of aluminium or other swarf and you'd be sueing them for millions. Certainly in the UK they won't even let most of the staff use the key machines in the DIY stores.
do u live in te uk cos i do uk rocks
Yes, I do. However, the UK rocks only a bit. The Midlands rocks most, as we have Kerrang radio.
and guess wat canada rocks even more :P lol jks
US rocks the most!
USA! USA! USA! lol
X3
not to reply like 8 months later but...
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE, OUI OUI OUI!!!
You are French, no? "Also, Also, Also, Yes, Yes, Yes".
But Aussie's don't get any of the fun stuff, like blood in video games, or firecrackers.
most def
we have galaxy radio
i live in west yorkshire is that the midlands?
Do you get Kerrang without a digital radio? ;-p No, the Midlands is more Birmingham way. Yorkshire is definitely the North East. West Yorkshire being more westerly in it's north-east-ness, obviously. I'd say Nottingham was about as north as you can go and be Midlands. Are you anywhere near Hull? You can check for the Kingston branding - if you know what that means, you live near Hull. They tattoo the babies at birth, I hear.
yes and they dont tatoo babies at birth
Just a rumour about Kingston Communications owning everything, including first born sons, in and around Hull then?
dont kknow about that
well me and my brother made one, you just pu in a sheet of metal one end, pushed a button and a key came out the other
There is a machine that does half of what you are talking about, called the Easy Entrie but even that is a bit more complicated than that, and it doesn't actually cut the key, either. Anyway, if you want to stop this from happening to you, there are some pretty high end locks out there. PM me if you want professional advice.
my lock smith dose it for me
I have an even better idea; go to Lowes and get one for $1.14
i have an even better idea: steal the original
If you stole the original they might replace the locks.
pfft, then you just use it before they notice! :-D
then you pour acid over the lock to melt it away....duhhhh! :P
howabouthowabouthowabout you get a drill
whydontyouwhydontyouwhydontyou just ask the owner of the locked door to let you in
coz that's not fun
O RLY?
yes
you where not supposed to say that
fwjs28 ReCreate5 years ago
*slap*
ReCreate fwjs285 years ago
umm...who did you slap? me him or you?
fwjs28 ReCreate5 years ago
him...and possibly myself....P:
ReCreate fwjs285 years ago
ok that makes sense
fwjs28 ReCreate5 years ago
P:
ReCreate fwjs285 years ago
licking your eye again?
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