The security of a system is as strong as it’s weakest component

The pad lock that had seized shut on my back gate was proving hard to remove, the hardened steel U was not yielding to my hacksaw. I noticed some rivets underneath that turned out to be soft steel. 10 minutes of sawing and I was in.

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Hardened steel U

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Soft steel rivets on the bottom

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After removing the rivets, hammering off the bottom plate

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Bottom plate revealed, lock mechanism removed

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Lock open!

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