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Lock pick like in Skyrim

Ever wondered how to pick a lock like in Skyrim? Well with the impending zombie apocalypse or any one of several man made apocalypse just around the corner, it's a useful skill to know.

Obviously this is not to be used on any locks you don't own or have permission to lock pick. I would also advise against trying to lock pick any lock you use to secure something, as this process may damage the lock.

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Step 1: Materials

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LIst of materials:

- Lock pick set


(You'll also need patience.)

Step 2: How a lock works

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To understand how to pick a lock, you first need to understand how a lock works. Inside the barrel of the lock there are split pins which are loaded by springs. Without the proper key these pins prevent the barrel from turning and thus opening the lock. When the correct key is inserted into the lock the pins all line up to their shear line, allowing the lock to turn. The shear line is the point where the pins will split allowing the barrel to turn.

Step 3: Lock picking tools

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First of all you need to get used to the tools for lock picking and what you use them for. They can be all different shapes and sizes but they perform one of two tasks. They will either apply torsion to the lock or be used to tumble the pins.

We'll go over the most common three tools you may use from the lock picking tool set.

The torque wrench is used to apply torsion to the lock barrel, providing you a ledge with which to catch the pins on.

A hook pick is used to jump the pins one by one, giving you the greatest control.

A rake pick is used to jump up several pins at once in the hope of catching them.
alageor9 months ago
hey thanks for the new tv
Go Repairs (author)  alageor9 months ago
Ha!
Love the game reference
Go Repairs (author)  redfoxtrystman1 year ago
Thanks, in an ideal world I would have used the levelling up sound effect to go with the graphic effect (in the video).