Introduction: How to Pick Locks

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A quick guide on how to pick locks easily

Step 1: Apperatus

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First you need:
Metal hair clips
Mechanic's pins (these work best) or a fine screwdriver (flat)
Screwdriver Flat head
Head torch or flash light (optional to find the pins)

Step 2: Apparatus Assembly

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Now once you got them together you need to change their shape so it fits it the lock

First get the mechanic's pin and with a screwdriver bend it in to a 90 degrees angle
To look like the one in the picture below

Now the hair clip, on the end of the hair clip there is a small piece of wax or plastic you need to take it off with the screwdriver then flatten it out and that is the apparatus finished.

Step 3: Breaking in Training

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Now you need how to use the instruments;
The pin is called a torque wrench and it is placed at the bottom of the lock.and you turn it clock wise but not to hard as the wrench can bend and snap rendering getting useless.
Now get the Hair clip and with the flat end put it in at the top where the pins are (use picture below) now push the pic above the tumbler but don't worry as soon as the pis go above the tumbler they stay there as there is pressure from you turn the torque wrench.



Cr33pycak33 (author)2016-01-09

I think I'll just stick with my fallout 4...

bobthemaker678 (author)2013-05-09

Wow! I will be a person again! Literally...

Blackonyx2234 (author)2010-07-02

Like nearly everyone else i got locked out of my house...

spencer09 (author)2009-06-23

i dont know why but this stuff aint working on the locks we have,rather padlocks

Bear in mind that lock picking takes AGES especially for beginners according to the anarchists cookbook(I don't own a copy of this awesome book)  a beginner could take up to 4 hours to learn their first time and the average time to pick a lock for a professional is about 15 minutes IF they are lucky and very good
it is possible to do it in 3 seconds but you'd have to know that specific lock.

Skelton999 (author)2010-02-08

Mechanics pin is also known as a cotter pin.

pindalanderz (author)2008-08-02

very awesome instructable!!! the second word on the last step fifth line down is pis. I think it is supposed to be pins. just thought I would point that out. thanks for the pointers on the actual process of lockpicking . this is a useful skill that a lot of people do not have.

coupdegrass (author)pindalanderz2009-12-14

 im sorry but i found this instructable to be a little vague and the poor wording and spelling didnt help much. thanks for the efforts anyways

Hmff (author)2009-12-09

Best instuctable ever!!

stopanator (author)2009-08-25

i got locked out man ineed this my last hope

MarsalaWicklow (author)2009-03-03

If I learn this,and it works,never again shall I be locked out of my house.

milamber (author)2009-02-18

templates to size

KEttenger (author)2008-11-15

"Mechanic's Pin" = Cotter Pin

May help people find them better :)

micromuffin (author)2008-11-12

You should learn proper grammar.

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