INSTALL_2010-2013  A tutorial

DAME; An introduction

The Defenses Against Methods of Entry) supplement  files LSS 501 and LSS 502 in conjunction with the DAME course taught by Harry Sher, was originally released in July, 2005 and has been updated in three different editions. The 2010 release now contains 79 video segments detailing many forms of bypass and related issues, including opening, repair, and service of safes and GSA containers, use of special optical devices, various mechanical bypass techniques, picking, impressioning, bumping, decoding of locks, and different techniques for opening locks and safes.

The 2013 release added another 20 files to the course, for a total of 100 video segments. An updated version, on a USB storage device, will be released in 2020. DAME is an excellent reference for locksmiths, crime labs, law enforcement agencies, and security professionals.

DAME is part of the LSS+ multimedia supplement to Locks, Safes, and Security: An International Police Reference. LSS+ contains more than one- hundred hours of audio and video, graphics and other reference materials relating to locks, safes, and alarm systems.


Depending upon which version of DAME you purchased, there may be different installation procedures. All versions of DAME will run on Windows 7-10. Also please not that DAME was also issued on a USB drive. The instructions were somewhat

DAME 2010 is compatible with all Windows programs, including Windows 7 and Vista. It will also run on a MAC in Windows mode. Please follow the installation instructions contained in the setup files on the disk, and check the boxes for the files that are to be installed on your hard drive. The program will be installed in the users\public sub-directory. Note this is different than previous versions of DAME and LSS, which were installed under the Program Files sub-directory. Please also note that if you have a previous version of DAME and you have upgraded your operating system to Vista or Windows 7, you must name the path users\public during installation. You cannot install any LSS program under the Program Files sub-directory with Windows 7.

The video files require Windows Media player to be the default media program. The files will not properly run with any other software.

Until the 2020 release, the video files were split into two separate directories and disks: 501 and 502. These have now been combined in 2020, so the procedure to unlock the disks has been simplified.


You must obtain an unlock code for DAME and all other LSS+ programs before you can open the Folio Infobases. This procedure is straightforward. For DAME 2010, you must generate a challenge key for the DAME license. Please see the PDF included on disk for generating a challenge key and unlock code, or you can go to for detailed instructions. Please note that if you purchased more than one multimedia title, you can enable all licenses at the same time by selecting the license, either locksmith or government level, that contains each LSS title that you are installing.

Please send the challenge key by email to, or you may contact Harry Sher. IMPORTANT: Once you send the challenge key, BE CERTAIN TO LEAVE THE PROGRAM OPEN until you receive an unlock code, otherwise the code will not work and you will need to generate a new challenge key.


© 2004-2020 Marc Weber Tobias

See the Table of Contents PDF included on disk for a listing of all video files contained in DAME,  You must have Adobe Acrobat installed to view the file.

DAME is a supplement to LSS+, the multimedia edition of Locks, Safes, and Security: An International Police Reference. It is available to locksmiths, government agencies, and security professionals.

Originally, DAME was issued in 2004 and produced on CD ROM in two volumes, LSS 501 and LSS 502.

The 2007 and 2010 editions were released on DVD but retained the original file structure. Please note that if you purchased DAME separately from LSS+ prior to 2007, then you will require a separate license and unlock code. Please refer to the tutorial on the DAME disk for detailed instructions.

The 2010 edition contains 79 video segments, with 20 having been added to this release.


 LSS 501

Bypass by rapping

Bypass by retainer attack

Scoping the change key hole

Manipulating Simplex and other push button locks

Bypass using a straight knife

Tryout keys and their use

Axial lock picks

Decoding of master keys

Introduction to covert entry

Drilling the Adams-Rite for wire insertion

Opening the American padlock series 2000

Harry Sher on computers for locksmiths

Discussion regarding pick sets-II

The Peterson Mfg. plug spinner

The Ben-Jim opening tool

Lock bumping

Adjustable drill template

Under-door open tool to access door knob

Picking the Mul-t-Lock with the H&M Pick tool

Mul-t-Lock analysis for pick resistance

European profile breaking tool

European profile cylinders

Disassembling profile cylinders

High security car opening tools

Fiber optic light source

Bypass of mortise cylinders

Understanding Ratchet mechanisms

Opening the Schlage F-Line

Thumb-turn tool for opening doors

Garage door bypass

LSS 502

Introduction to Defenses Against Methods of Entry

Interchangeable Core -1

Interchangeable Core -2

Picking the Chrysler eight wafer lock

Determinator for vehicle locks

Discussion regarding pick sets, the Wafer Breaker and tension wrenches

Security for vehicle locks

S&G M6730MP manipulation-proof lock

Bypass of the Adams-Rite lock set

Locksmiths use specialized tools from other professions

Opening the American Padlock

A discussion regarding borescopes

Removing a mortise cylinder by shearing the set screw

Drill and pick technique for opening lever locks

Drill and pick technique for a Milner safe

Bypassing a lock with a magnetic field

Bypassing the Schlage Everest

Decoding a lever lock by measuring lever height

Picking a Diebold 175-70 lever lock

Retainer pin attacks on key-in-knob locks using the lever pull technique

Manipulation aid: Mike Madden electronic sensor

Manipulation aids, general discussion

Theory of manipulation of a combination lock

Mechanical bypass of locks

Opening a lock by nose pulling

Methods of obtaining a key or its code

Bypassing the Presto lock

Opening the “Club” wafer lock

Opening the Weslock

HPC Cylinder Eater 2009

HPC Cylinder Eater 2010 update

HPC hockey puck padlock jig

HPC round-knob puller

HPC adjustable padlock jig

Schlage F-Line opening tool

Bumping of Medeco locks

Adjustable drill templates

Repairing GSA containers, requirements

Drilling of GSA container, demonstration

Drill templates

Impressioning aid, microprocessor-controlled

Keydex emergency dial

Kwikset Smart Key cylinder bypass

Magnetic bypass of mechanical components in locks

Major manufacturing lever pull

Manipulation aid and demonstration

Ophthalmoscope optical viewing aid

LSS 206 Impressioning introduction

LSS 205 Safe servicing


The following video files were added to the 2013 edition of DAME:

Auto 10 pin tumbler tray
Better Resetter tool
Defeat of Kaba Simplex 1000 with a rare earth magnet
Flexible articulating video scope
Generation Two video scope 12″
Generation two scope with 90 degree camera
HPC lever puller, updated design
KEYDEX scope camera
KEYDEX wafer reader
LED light source
Master keying and access control system considerations
Master keying software by Rabbitsoft
Master keying theory
Moon light
Pen microscope
Rigid articulating scope
Scope holders
Small diameter video scope
Video scope accessories
Video scope 5.5 mm rigid Time Master scope

  • Price: 150.00