How To Pick a Lock

In your hurry to get out, you forgot your keys inside the house. You turn and reach for the door before it closes but then you hear the all too familiar click. Oh No!!! The door just locked and you are stuck outside. What are you to do?

Well you can wait outside. That is always an option. Of course, if it was in the middle of the winter this is will be a very painfully cold option. If you are renting an apartment you can call the super. That is, if you can find him. You can also get a locksmith but where do you find one. If you do find one get ready to lose an arm and a leg for his fees.

Maybe you should look into picking the lock your self. You see it all the time in the movies, how hard can it be? Well, with this simple guide that we have, it is not hard at all. Follow the guide and you will be back in your place in no time.

  1. Get an understanding of the workings of your lock. To be bale to unlock your door you must at least understand how it is your lock works. Start by scraping the side of your wall to reveal if you click or unlock the pins in your lock. The pin and-tumbler lock is made up of a cylinder which rotates within its housing. This cylinder is kept there by a few pairs of pins. Also, the pin on the top of each pair sticks out into both the cylinder and the housing. This prevents the cylinder from being able to turn. The correct key pushes the right pins and allows the cylinders to turn.
  2. Your materials. You will need a pick and tension wrench. There is a specialized pick for each lock. The tension or torque wrench, will apply the pressure necessary to turn the cylinder of the lock. Professional-grade picks and tension wrenches can be purchased in sets, but a lot of enthusiasts create their own sets of lock picks.
  3. Tension Wrench. Place your tension wrench into the keyhole toward the lower portion. The cylinder will turn the same way you would normally turn a key. Apply a little torque on the wrench as you turn it to the right direction. Do this gently as you would not want to break the lock.
  4. Lock Pick. Now insert your pick on the upper part of your key hole. You should feel the pins move as you insert the pick. Feeling your way in, you can find the most stubborn pin in there and push the up. If all of them are easy to move you need to turn your tension wrench a little bit more. If all of them are too hard to push you might want to ease up a little bit.
  5. Continue on. Repeat the last step until you release all of the pins. Just remember to continue on with the application torque and repeat the last two steps for each of the remaining pins. It is very important that constant torque is maintained on the cylinder. This prevents the set pins from falling back down.
  6. Turn the cylinder and unlock. To finish it off, use the same wrench and use the wrench to turn the cylinder on the right direction. This will ultimately unlock the lock.

Of course if you don't unlock your lock the first time, try again and again. If it has been day since you got into your home you might need to ask for professional help. It is important to practice to be good at picking locks but it doesn't hurt to rest once in a while. Your dedication will payoff and you will have a new skill that is not only cool but useful as well.


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