How to Pick a Lock

Step by Step Guide to Lock Picking

A lot of people think that lock picking is an activity that only criminals y people with criminal intentions practices. However, it is important to see it not as a reason to commit criminal acts but as an interesting hobby. By learning how to pick locks, you will be able to tons of hours in entertainment plus other benefits like the fact that it is very useful know how to pick locks. Imagine that you lost your keys and you can’t get it your house, or picture the scenario where you have been accidentally locked out of your house and the stove is on. These are just some of the case where lock picking can come in handy.

The truth is not all the criminals know lock picking and not everybody that knows lock picking is a criminal. In fact, it is an acknowledged hobby and there are places like conventions where lock pickers gather and test their skills. So, through this guide, we will provide you with the necessary information for you to begin lock picking. You will see that it is very interesting activity and you shouldn’t be worried that you will end up looking like a criminal.

How Locks Work

 In order to be able to successfully understand how to pick locks, it is also very important to know how lock works.

Even though, the locks have been developed over the last couple of centuries, it is a fact that its principles have been the same since the year 4000 BC. So, the design for common locks like the ones you normally find in most doors in your house.

Pin Tumbler locks are made with different parts. First we have a cylindrical casing where the plug is found. The shear line is a small gap between the out casing and the plug. There is a small opening where the key is meant to be placed. By placing the correct key, you will be able to rotate the plug which will let you open the door. There are five or six holes on the top of the plug. Each hole contains a pin that normally touches the key when inserted and above these pins you can find the driver pins that hang from springs.

The pins have different length and that is why the keys have different shapes. This is done in order to fit the different pins. Each door has different sized pins so your key doesn’t open other doors. When the correct key is inserted, the separation between the pins and the driver pins match the shear line allowing the plug to rotate.

Now that you have basic understanding of how locks work, we will proceed to explain how to pick them.

Lock Picking
Every lock has its particularity but the same basic principles apply for most of them. This is why you will need to develop what some people call “a feeling” about lock picking. You will have to use your instinct in order to apply your skills. Scrubbing is said to be the easiest method for picking locks.

  1. Apply slight pressure at the bottom of the key whole by inserting the tension wrench

The key for lock picking is the tension wrench. Of course, the pick is also very important since it is in charge of lifting the key pins so the shear line can be lined up. But without the proper application of tension, you are more likely to fail.

The importance of the tension is in the fact that tension is needed when you are lifting the pin sets. By applying the proper amount of torque, you will be able to slight rotate the plug once you make the driver pin has passed the shear line. This means that when you get to lift one of the pins, they will drop back down unless you are applying the proper amount of tension so the edge of the plug I caught by the shear line making the pin staying above the shear line.

You will need to continue doing this until you get to lift all the pins while applying pressure. Remember to apply just a slight tension since if it is too much, the pins will just bind in the shear line. The pressure must be applied in the direction where you would turn the knob if you were using a key.

  1. Insert the Pick at the Top of the Key Hole

One of the most recommended picks is the Bogota rake which has three ridges. It can be sued for picking most kinds of locks. You will need to make the rake slide all the way in the key hole.

  1. Scrub Your Pick back and Forth inside the Key Hole While a Small Torque is Applied to the Tension Wrench

While you continue applying a slight tension of the knob with your tension wrench inserted at the bottom of the key hole, proceed to make some scrubbing or raking with the pick wrench as you put it in the lock. Remember the motion, back and forth.

  1. Don’t Stop Until All the Pins Are Set

Continue the process until all the pins are set. You will need to apply a little more pressure as you get nearer the last pins. Keep in mind that not making any progress might mean that the pressure being applied is too much. Make sure to apply just enough tension. If it is not working, just repeat the process until to get it right.

And that is pretty much all you need to do. It seems rather easy because it is easy. Once you know what to do, the art of lock picking becomes something very simple. However, it is important for you to develop your skills by practicing as much as you can. The more the practice the better you will get. Try your skills with different locks and you will be able to open them all in no time.

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