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How To Pick A Pin Tumbler Lock

Updated on June 21, 2010

How do I Pick a Lock

Ever locked your self out of your car or house? Ever thought I wish I knew how to pick a lock? I see it on TV all the time some spy type character lock picking at door using a lock picking tools, Can I do that and do they really have those locksmith tools in real life? what is a lock pin kit?

All the answers to those questions are yes, A relatively unknown trade is lock smithing and most people just think they’ll break the door down or go through a window but what if this wasn’t an option. Furthermore you risk causing damage.

Lock Picking

Locksmiths can easily pick a lock, it is quite easy. There are specific tools made to pick locks. All you need to do is keep reading, purchase some locksmith tools which are quite affordable, and practice. Locks are like puzzles based on related principles, and astoundingly, the most common used lock--the pin cylinder lock--is also the simplest to pick. There are even 24 hour locksmiths available if you needed them, kind of shed’s some light on the industry.

Lock Pick Set

How to pick a lock

The majority of locksmith tools are durable and are effective in helping us in opening locks. One of the most common lock picking techniques is called scrubbing, and can quickly open most locks.And locksmith books can help you out too.

When you are faced with a lock that you want pick must first place a tension wrench in the bottom of the keyhole. Keep in mind that many locks are installed upside down in which you just have to tension the top. Gently apply tension in a downward or upward manner depending on the orientation by placing one finger on the tool. You do this step lightly as the most common error is applying too much tension.

Next you will need to catch the pins on the plug. You achieve this by brushing the pick against the bottom pins through the keyhole. Normally you will get one or two pins to set on each stroke. You use the pick to scrub (hence the scrubbing lock picking technique

) back and forth over the pins while adjusting the amount of tension on the plug. Once you have racked the pins slightly increase the tension. The key step to remember is to have all the pins scrubbed. Imagine taking both hands and rubbing them together but with tool little tools at the end

That's How To Pick A Pin Tumbler Lock

The scrubbing lock picking technique is fast due to the fact you don't need to pay attention to individual pins. It’s about correctly applying pressure. If you find the lock will not open in a few minutes time, rest the pins by taking all pressure off the tension wrench and starting again. 

Now that you have learned a lock picking technique and know what locksmith tools to get you can start lockpicking. So take some time and practice with the right tools you can start helping people who readily require a locksmith. Hopefully this article has opened your eyes and you consider attending a locksmith training course which can help you to change your career or earn an extra income!


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    • nifty@50 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very interesting hub! A good follow up hub might be "Locks that can't be picked!"

    • McConnell Group profile imageAUTHOR

      Shawn McCconnell 

      8 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Yeah I guess the writers for the show have some character inconsistencies

    • Pcunix profile image

      Tony Lawrence 

      8 years ago from SE MA

      It's kind of funny that one tv episode will show the hero quickly picking a lock, yet in the following week he smashes down a door with brute force and in another he shoots the lock and in yet another the same hero is unable to get in (or out, perhaps). Perhaps this skill is easily forgotten?


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