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Thank Goodness Spring is here!  It has been pretty miserable working in the shop during this last winter, even with space heaters.   The bike is prepped and ready to go!

There have been several projects going on in the LockLab lately. I’m continuing to upgrade the video and audio editing software to give the videos a more professional appearance.  The sound levels of the intros and outros, unfortunately, are still plaguing me with inconsistent levels.  The video software “normalize” feature simply isn’t working as advertised, but it is a known but and I have Magix working on it.  In the meantime, I’m doing my best to adjust the sound levels manually.

I’ve been putting together a lock picking course, my first commercial product.  I never realized how much material was needed for a comprehensive course, but have accumulated several Gigabytes of video.  It’s been over a year of work, but I should be putting finishing touches on it over the next month or so.  I have no interest in starting an eCommerce site and have asked LockPickShop to market and distribute the course, probably later this Summer.

There’s a lot going on in the Lock Picking world! The first OzLockCon is taking place in Melbourne, Australia from 3-4 June 2017 (https://ozlockcon.com/).  It is open to everyone and will cover both mechanical and electronic locks and security systems. They will also be holding some competitions with some pretty cool prizes.

Toool has an online calendar (http://toool.us/calendar.html) showing all of the chapter’s meetup places and times.  Some look especially interesting because they’re held in brewhouses!   To find a chapter near you, check out this page:  http://toool.us/meetings.html.

 ==============SALES and DEALS=============

  • LockPickShop is offering a 10% discount to the LockLab Tribe. Use the discount code: LOCKLABTRIBE.
  • Multipick in Germany is now offering shipping to anywhere in the N. America for 10 Euros! With the exchange rate so favorable right now, take a look at their website for some interesting tools and deals.
  • Sparrows has several new products on their website too. No discount code but with the Canadian dollar getting pummeled, it’s like getting a 26% discount already.  Remember, the prices on their website are in CANADIAN dollars, so multiply by 0.74 to get USD prices. It’ll never be any cheaper…



  1. Bill, don’t know how much you know about car locks (door, ignition, trunk etc.) I know you mentioned it somewhere in your 1200+ videos, and you stated that theyre just wafers in auto locks, but can you do a short basic video of picking auto locks ??

  2. Hey Bill! Can you explain what you put on your picks to make them more comfortable? You mentioned it in “(776) Review: Sparrow’s Tuxedo Pick Kit” around 5:55. You called it ‘shrinkwrap’ but I’m not sure I’m clear on what that is because here, or in Australia shrinkwrap is the clear stuff you wrap food in, and looks nothing like what you put on your picks.. If you could clear that up that’d be great because I could really use a slightly more comfortable feel on my picks. Thanks a million

    1. You may have already gotten an answer to this question but if you look for shrink tubing you should find what you want. It is used to protect electrical/electronic connectors. It is fairly inexpensive.

  3. Are we going to lose the instructional section of your website? I think I would die.

  4. Thank you for all that you do to keep this channel open. I have learned so much in the past couple months as I am new to the sport of picking. I have a set of Sparrows Picks and 2 locks to work with and I was looking to try out a different padlock. You have mentioned in your segments that if ppl email you you will send them lock(s). I was hoping to be one of those ppl!! Thanks again for all the dedication and time you put in!

  5. Thank you sir for the Lab update and a “heads up” on the deals! Well done on putting together your course and I hope it wraps-up smoothly.

    In regards to eCommerce, I agree with your opinion. I found a “hands-off” way for us to have Lock Lab tsharts and put a few (perhaps many) dollars in the Lock Lab beer fund. Will you please review the “Tspring” website and terms of service? I have purchased five or six shirts from a couple of YouTube’ers through them and I have no complaints. I set up a dummy run and if we/you sold ~50 shirts (I’m good for a couple) the Lock Lab should take in ~$500. Yes, ten green backs per tshart. Just putting that out there…… Thank you sir for your continued community enrichment.

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