Making a Plug Follower
A good quality plug follower can be made out of a 1/2 in dowel, cut down to be roughly 5 to 7 centimeters in length, and sanded smooth.
Once you have picked a lock open, simply push the plug out of the lock using the plug follower.
A temporary plug follower can be made out of a jumbo sized slushy straw. The problem with these is that they will deform slightly, making it hard to reinsert the plug into the lock. These are great to use in locks for long term storage.
As you can see, the plug follower has deformed, thus making reinserting the plug impossible.
To get around this, simply lift the pins up from inside the plug follower with anything you have handy, such as the handle of a pick.
To see a video of me using a plug follower, go to- Using a Plug Follower
To see a video of me removing a plastic plug follower, go to- Removing a Plastic Plug Follower
To see a video of me using a plastic plug follower go to-Using a Plastic Plug Follower
Taken from our archives of a previous print publication in October 2006