how to pick a lock

How To Pick a Lock

There are many reasons you should learn how to pick a lock. For one, it will help you better understand how locks work.  In fact, when you understand how locks are picked, you’ll be able to choose better locks for your home.

Additionally, people get locked in their cars or out of their homes all the time. Knowing how to pick a lock can be invaluable when the time comes. Fortunately, you don’t have to be special to pick a lock. Below we provide a step-by-step guide that can help you pick just about any lock.

When you know how to pick a lock, you will also be able to judge whether or not the locks you have on your doors are secure enough.

Step 1: Understand the three key tools

A professional lock picking kit contains a tension wrench, lock pick, and raking tools. You may also need lubricating graphite. All these can be purchased at your local hardware store.

A tension wrench is also known as a torque wrench. It is an L-shaped or Z-shaped piece of metal inserted into the lock. to apply tension to the plug (the turning part of the lock).

lockpickOnce inserted, this little device is used to apply tension to the plug (the turning part of the lock).

A lockpick is another piece of metal with a handle that narrows to a thin, pointed tip, curving slightly at its end. It is used to manipulate the inner pins of the lock mechanism.

Finally, a rake is a pick with multiple bridges that is scraped across the inside of the lock mechanism to disengage it.

Step 2: Understand how a lock actually works

Most cylinder locks, like the one on your front door, use the same locking technique that has been around since 1861.

lock pick tools how to pick a lock

Basically, when you insert the right key into the keyway of the plug, the teeth of the key push-up spring loaded pins.

Each of the pins contains two pins; a key pin and a driver pin.

In order for the plug to rotate, you need to lift each of the key pins and driver pins to the correct height. When you get it just right, all the pins align with the lock turning mechanism.

When you get it just right, all the pins align with the lock turning mechanism.

Step 3: Get to the job

Insert the wrench into the bottom of the keyhole and apply slight pressure. This will push driver pins up one-by-one, with the slight tension keeping the pins from falling.

how to pick a lock manInsert a pick at the top of the lock and slide it all the way

Applying slight pressure to the wrench, scrub the pick back and forth in the keyhole. This helps to set the pins.

Repeat this back and forth motion until all the pins are set, at which point the lock will open.

If need be, consider picking the pins one at a time – a process known as single pin picking. It’s actually the easiest way to learn how to pick a lock.

Most importantly, keep in mind that practice makes perfect.

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