In some of my recent posts we have learned about the two types of false sets. Now let’s look a very common situation that can truly cause you to pull every hair out of your body — yes your full body.
Depending on the lengths of the pins and the order in which they bind, you can sometimes accidentally raise pin stacks to a false set while attempting to set other pins behind them. This is very true of locks that have shorter cut pins behind longer cut pins.
As you can see from the above image, while setting pin 5, the picker also lifted pin 2 and 3 with the shaft of the pick into an area of overset. If either of these two pins happens to be the next binding pin or if there is enough binding pressure on them after pin 5 sets, they will likely remain overset.
False sets of this nature take many pickers by surprise due to the picker not even realizing that they touched any other pins in the first place.
So how do we ensure that we don’t overset pins while picking the pins behind them?
1. The first solution really isn’t a solution but instead how your technique should be anyways. You should always leverage your pick as low as possible with the goal of only touching pins with the tip. If you can't get low enough, consider using top of the keyway tension as this will free up a little extra space.
2. Sometimes all we is a little more length at the tip of our pick to make those nasty sets happen. Pulling out a deeper or offset hook like a Peterson Gem or Deforest Diamond can sometime be all slack you need.
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