Another approach to getting keys

Huw Powell audi at
Sat Jul 29 22:37:43 EDT 2006

>>He took a blank key and then just started cutting- I guess if you know 
>>what you're doing,
>>this is possible. The key worked fine once everything was done. Just 
>>put the blank into
>>the lock cylinder and started cutting based on what, I have no idea.

One thing to keep in mind is that there are only 5 different height 
tumblers in these locks, and there are 7 (I think) of them.  Now, 
whether cutting them one at a time, one depth at a time, will yield a 
"partial" key along the way that an expert can tell is working, is a 
complete mystery to me - but that is kind of how locks are picked.

Sounds cool to have done, at least!

> Since you didn't already have keys to the car, naturally you would have 
> had to do this. In my case, I could have driven to the locksmith and 
> saved the cost of a house call, but it just didn't occur to me. My 
> approach had the advantage that I was able to do it all from the 
> computer, and then walk a few blocks to my PO box to get the keys. 
> Whether one method produces a better key than the other, I don't know.

Huw Powell

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