Locksmithing/Lock Failure Modes

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Hi James,
I have started lock picking as a hobby and I bought a five pin Mint-craft lock. I decided to take out all of the pins except for one to practice with. When I put the one pin back in I accidentally put the key pin in one slot and the spring and driver pin in the other slot. Is there any way to get the lock open again?
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Hello Ezra,

If the lock has a spring cap you'll have to remove that then remove all of the pins and springs, reinstall the spring cap and try again.

If the spring is at the shear line you can't shim or pick it out of the way so you can either do the above or the cylinder is likely trash.

James

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I do not answer Safe or automotive questions. Period. I am knowledgeable in almost every area of Locksmithing. This includes locks, keys, lost keys, residential and commercial lockouts, rekeying, masterkeying, high security locks, access control, electric locks, security cameras and home safety. I have been running an online business since 2004 where I sell all types of lock and security hardware to everyone from apartment renters to business owners to the US government. Before that I started a locksmith service in 1999. I deal with many types of security equipment including high security safe locks, heavy duty padlocks, exit devices, biometric readers, electric strikes, magnetic locks, full surface hinges and I only sell what I personally stand behind 100%. The online business has given me a more in-depth look at the locksmithing industry, helping me to learn more about each and every product that I offer, as well as products I don't have but end up finding for customers to solve any issues they have with security or door hardware.

Please don't submit any automotive or safe questions as these aren't areas that I can help in.

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I have been Locksmithing since 1999 and own my own Locksmithing business. I have many years of hands-on experience through the many services I have performed for my customers. I've run my business the way I wanted, treating everyone as I would like to be treated and knowing that any customer could be my last if I didn't perform my locksmithing duties as I had promised.

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I have a diploma in Masterkeying, Advanced Locksmithing & Locksmithing from Foley-Belsaw.

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US government, colleges, schools, city and state governments, large and small corporations, home owners.

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