Impressioning is a simple method to produce a working key by inserting a blank key into a lock to make its imprint. This manipulative, yet effective method is an alternative to picking and lock disassembly and it has been around for a long time. As evidenced by fossil records and historical legends, the method was used by property owners for evicting irresponsible tenants.
Though in the past, it is on record that criminals use impressioning techniques to perform high-profile crimes. But trusted locksmiths use it legitimately to open locks and to cut keys for their clients. The impressioning method is often confused with lock-picking. However, a key difference between the two is that lock picking is for one-time use while lock impressioning gives the homeowner another set of keys, for future use.
We will show you how to use this method to open locked doors without the original keys. As a ground rule, you should only use this method for legitimate purposes. Never use the information you get from this article to open a lock without the permission of the tenant or homeowner.
If you lost your keys and cannot use impressioning techniques to regain access, call Tampa Locksmith for help. We will arrive at your location to open the door with an advanced and more effective method.
Tools needed for lock impressioning
The first step is to prepare the blank key by making sure that there are no previous markings. Then insert the blank key into the lock and take note of the markings it leaves on the key. With each identified marking, file the spot in a gentle way to avoid digging deeper than required. Professional locksmiths recommend pulling and applying minimal force to the key. While some locksmiths use cutting machines, beginners can equally use files. Repeat this filing process as long as needed, paying rapt attention to how the lock reacts after each one.
Proper lock impressioning offers several benefits to locksmiths and any technical savvy homeowner. Below are a few of these benefits.
Anyone can do it
Lock impressioning is not rocket science. Just follow the above process and also get real-life experience from a professional locksmith. After all, it only requires a little technical know-how.
It Offers an Alternative Key
This is one advantage of lock impressioning that other methods lack. Methods like lock-picking and drilling offer a solution for the time being and render the lock useless for the future. Impressioning can be viewed as killing two birds with a stone - gaining access to your home, and a key for future use.
No Damage to the Lock
Lock impressioning virtually leaves no damaging impression on the lock. Differing from other harsh methods, lock impressioning doesn’t entail hitting or drilling on the lock.
It holds this edge over other methods because of how easily lock impressions can be applied.
Lock impressioning is a useful skill during emergencies. As we reiterated in the beginning, do not use this method without proper authority. We recommend that you either impression your locks or hire a professional to do so. Call Tampa Locksmith and we will deliver the needed service without straining your budget.
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