A primer on picking

So, judging by what I've seen so far, a lot of people have a terrible concept as far as lockpicking goes. They don't know if it's legal, if it's really possible, etc. As such, let me begin by saying the very first thing you should do if you're interested in picking is go somewhere else. I don't intend to give you a full tutorial about how to pick. You can find that online in a lot of places. A good idea is to subscribe to a forum of experienced locksmiths and search there for a while. One I highly recommend is lockpicking101.com. Picking is a fun, albeit expensive hobby. It's also a living, or part of a living for a lot of people. I am not the devil for advocating lockpicking. Believe me, if someone wanted in your house to take your stuff or to cause you harm, they'd be more likely to go through a window than to take the time to pick a lock. I am not making the world any more, or less, secure with the information I post here. Owning picking tools is not illegal pretty much anywhere in the continental US, except maybe in Washington, D.C. Picking a lock you don't have a right to is illegal, and immoral, everywhere. It really can't be said enough: NEVER PICK A LOCK THAT DOESN'T BELONG TO YOU OR THAT YOU DON'T HAVE PERMISSION TO.

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pick a card!

Pick any card and then put it upsidedown in the middle the shuffle and look throgh it and find it.

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Editors' Picks

In various parts around the site, we've changed "featured" to "editors' picks".  When a new visitor comes to Instructables, we want them to clearly understand that there are editors helping select the very best content.  This is especially true on our homepage, where I want a new visitor to know a human, not an algorithm or chance, selected which Instructables appear. Editors' picks doesn't easily lend itself to being a verb, so we'll probably still talk about featuring projects, and the term featured will still be used around the site.  No changes have been made to how the featuring process itself works or what happens to featured Instructables.  You will note that we're now publishing a letter from the editor; this and the name change to editors' picks are both part of growing and developing our editorial voice.  Let us know what you think, and if you are looking for algorithm or chance, try Instructables sorted by views this week or random.

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help picking transistor

Me no get no transistors. me need help. me using ltc4060 chip and me need help picking the pnp transistor. heres datasheethttp://www.linear.com/pc/downloadDocument.do?navId=H0,C1,C1003,C1037,C1078,C1088,P7601,D5235it's on page 14 - 15I'm using 3 cells and a charge current of 35 mABTW I'm not stupid, just never really got how to use transistors

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Lock Pick Set? Answered

I need help making a lock pick set, i can NOT use paperclips, they don"t work for me. it needs to be INEXPENSIVE, i have seen many types, but it needs to be easy to make. the materials need to be objects that i can get from an average hard ware store, any suggestions?  Be SERIOUS!

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Anti-lock picking?

Okay, all you clever Instructables members! I have got the queen of all questions: How to you prevent someone from a picking a combo lock on a locker? One person would constantly pick my lock and hide my lock or just to aggravate me. Please, how do you prevent this? Thank You! I have to have a good answer by at least Wednesday or Thursday or maybe Friday. Thank You so much!

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Tooth Pick Bird?

I entered all of the information and pictures after every step and saved my work with your program. What happened to it or how can I find it?

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what m4 should i buy?

I need help picking my airsoft gun. should i buy the Echo1 M4 ST6 Full Size Airsoft AEG Rifle or should wait to get more money and buy the kWA Full Metal KM4 RIS Airsoft AEG or any other m4 under 350$.

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1590d master lock won't open?

I just got it and I can't open it to change the combo, and the lock didn't come with a combo, so I'm kinda lost with how to open it. Got any ideas?

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Pick and Place Machine for SMD

Can someone please direct me to an instructable for building a pick & place machine for SMD chips, please & thank you.

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Why you picked Arduino? Answered

Can you explain why we have to pick Arduino?

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Best Pick Up Lines

Hi, Please share your funny/corny pick up lines on this forum. Thanks Joe 1.If I could rearrange the alphabet, I would put U and I together. That one was lame but i want to here yours.

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Dumpster Diving & Trash Picking

I haven't done much dumpster diving but after seeing some of the stuff gleaned from the jaws of the compactor, I plan on doing some. Any tips or information on good techniques and favorable sites to cull treasures from would be greatly appreciated. Thanx, Mrs. P

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Help me pick a laptop?

Ok, so I'm getting a laptop and I'm not sure if one exists with what I want but if it doesn't fine I'll wait for it to exist.  The laptop must have a core i7 processor, blu-ray writer, 1920x1080 resolution, an HDTV tuner, and a backlit keyboard.  Here's what I've been looking at: Acer Aspire 8940g, HP dv8t and dv7t, Dell XPS 16.  So I'm just wondering if you can actually buy such a laptop I know Acer has said that they offer all these options but I can't find such a laptop anywhere on the internet.  Thanks for the help! And P.S. I don't want an Alienware laptop.

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How to pick an LED driver?

Say I have 3 LEDs in series that have a Max Forward Voltage of 6v and an operating current of 1000mA. I could get a driver like a buck puck, say the 3021-D-E-1000mA BuckPuck. It has an input voltage of 5 - 32v, and let's say I give it the full 32v, so how does that not end up burning out my LEDs? My actual goal is to have 3 strings of 6 Cree XP-e LEDs connected to 3 Drivers. But I can't quite figure out how to properly size the driver. I know it puts out a constant current, and the voltage fluctuates -- what is there to determine which one to get so I don't end up pushing too much voltage? Or am I misunderstanding something about how the voltage will fluctuate? Sorry for the noobishness, this is my first real electronics project.

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How do I install LED light strips in my guitar with an on/on/off switch where one on responds to the picking?

Ok so basically what I want to do is install LED light strips into my guitar with an on/on/off switch so one 'on' is where the LEDs are always on, and in the other they respond to picking. What I mean by that is that they light up only when the guitar is strummed, and the brightness depends on the picking intensity. I was thinking for the always on I could wire a 9v battery directly to the LEDs, and for the one where they respond to picking wire it like this: pickups-->voltage buffer-->amplifier-->rectifier-->LEDs Would that work? If not how would I do this?

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Lockpicking, anyone?

Why the tools section? Because it's a tool for me and not for you (joke joke of course it's a tool for you). I am trying out lockpicking since recently but I am having difficulties. First off, my pick sucks like hell. I can't just go out and buy a hacksaw blade and file it down accordingly. Second, I can't find a suitable torsion wrench for my handiwork. Third, I am trying out the single-pin technique, and that involves feeling all the individual pins to know which is the binding pin, which I can't feel in the first place because my pick is too thick for the lock.  Any idea how to: Make a DIY pick Make a tension wrench without sacrificing my precious tools Feel those annoying to reach pins (Must not involve paper clips in any way imaginable) Yes, I am aware of raking/scrubbing and that all too useful snap gun. Which reminds me also how to make a snap gun without those window wiper inserts or paper clips (tried paper clips already).  Heads up on my economy: I have no bench grinders, angle grinders, or any other power tools available. I either have to do it manually with hammers, pliers, or files, or I have to make my own tools, which usually fail miserably. I have stuff that's sitting around here like a tank of acetylene (I don't know if it still is pressurized or not, either way I don't want to know), some copper pipes (don't make me file those down), a few C-clamps, random soldering equipment, and limited access to the hardware store which my mom owns (limited being no power tools or major stuff I couldn't even use like sheet metal, fiberglass and other stuff). In case you're wondering, that door to my bedroom is somehow always locked and I couldn't get in, hence my motivation to pick my way into the room.

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Are the admins picking best answers now? Answered

I've noticed lately that a lot of my really old answers are being picked as best answers.  Is it just a coincidence, or are the admins finally picking the best answers on the old questions?

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How to pick best battery for amplifier? Answered

Hello, I ordered this amplifier and I need to pick best battery for this amplifier. Would be great to power it for at least 3-4 hours on maximum volume (200W rms subwoofer and 2x50W rms speakers). I need lightweight battery and powerful battery, size does not matter, budget is low so nothing overpriced I do not want.

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Editor's Picks Links not functioning in the Newsletter

You must have changed something because this always worked before. Starting with the Feb 11 emailed Newsletter and also evident in todays, the link for the initial Featured item works but all the ones below in "Editors Picks" do not function.    When mousing over the pictures, the link is displayed in Featured instructable, but not with the ones below. I am using the Microsoft Outlook to read emails. DGW

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How to pick best battery for amplifier?

Hello, I ordered this amplifier and I need to pick best battery for this amplifier. Would be great to power it for at least 3-4 hours on maximum volume (200W rms subwoofer and 2x50W rms speakers). I need lightweight battery and powerful battery, size does not matter, budget is low so nothing overpriced I do not want.

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Looking To Pick Your Skilled Brains

Advice on best how to make a piezometer out of readily available hardware store parts without use of any power tools and access to only a very few hand tools. Basically a piezometer is a clear, straight plastic tube that you attach to the outside of (in my case) a plastic 250 Liter rain barrel (about 1.5 feet diameter, 4 feet high) from top to bottom. The top is exposed to the open air, while the bottom feeds into the bottom of the barrel (by going through the side very close to the bottom). It needs to have a diameter of about 1/2 inch, be very solid, straight and secure, and a 'water level mark' must be etchable in it somehow to indicate the normal level of water inside the barrel when the barrel is full (full means a few inches before the absolute rim of the barrel). The barrel is filled with gravel at the bottom, sand on top, and enough room for a 12" waterhead above the sand. I'm using it as a slow sand filter (SSF). The idea is that the pressure of water at the bottom of the barrel fills the tube up to the watermark against the action of the atmospheric pressure forcing the level in the tube down below the watermark. When the level of the water in the tube is about 15 inches below the water mark, it means the water pressure at the bottom of the barrel has decreased to the point where the sand in it needs to be cleaned (no water getting through). Any ideas will be greatly rewarded in the afterlife. Thanks!

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Help picking DC on/off switches

I'm in the process of trying to build a battery powered trailer mounted speaker system and i've got nearly all the parts now except for power switches. I didn't think i'd have a problem with choosing some but after searching around the vast majority of switches seem to be rated for AC or 12 or 24VDC and the absolute highest DC rating i've found so far is 28V, the problem is that the highest voltage i'm using is a little under 36VDC so where do i find appropriate switches? I've been getting helpful advice about the speaker project from someone on a forum called SpeakerPlans but they seem to think that i'd be fine using an on/off switch rated at 5A 12VDC despite the higher voltage requirements of my amplifier, i'm not very electronics literate but this doesn't make sense to me and i'm a bit worried about pushing too high a voltage through the switch and perhaps causing a fire or something. I would prefer a rotary switch if possible as i used one on my old 12V speaker and i found that it's a lot less likely to catch on clothes and bodies and break or accidentally turn on while the speaker is being manhandled/transported about. I have 2 circuits in my speaker setup, one is the 36V circuit powering the amplifier/speaker and the other is a 12V circuit powering a small mixer to boost the gain and tweak the sound, assuming i can find a switch capable of handling the 36V is it possible to have one switch that could be wired up to turn on both circuits at the same time?

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Electric guitar pick-up / electromagnetism question? Answered

In this instructable, an electric guitar pick-up is made by winding the wire around a magnet sandwiched between two small pieces of wood to keep the coil in place. If I were to replace the wood with steel discs, would it still work as a guitar pick-up?

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how does top picks and feeds work?

I'm not sure how top picks and feeds works. Could you explain each feature, please? Thanks

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How Do I Harden This Rock-Pick ? Answered

After seasons of cracking rocks my nice rock-pick, it was rounded and dull. A grinder put a new point on it  ....   but it is Now a soft tip.... see the picture. Do I need to heat it red and stab it into the butt region of  a slave or will cow blood suffice. If there is a reasonable tip hardening method please let me know.. A

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I'm looking for a good book to pick up. Answered

Doesn't have to be fiction, or science fiction, or about babies. Anything.

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Truckers picking up quilting and other hobbies

Love this story in the Wall Street Journal about truckers picking up new hobbies due to fewer jobs. While they used to have just an hour or two between jobs, now they'll have a couple days. Now there are many truckers spending time learning photography, sewing, knitting, and more. Idle Pastime: In Off Hours, Truckers Pick Up Stitching http://www.flickr.com/photos/holstphoto/ / CC BY 2.0

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Airgunners, help me out picking a caliber.

So, for V-Day, my lovely wife is getting me a QB78. Well, I'm torn between getting the .177 or the .22 caliber.  So I was hoping for an (informed) opinion on which caliber to get.

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What are your picks for the Laser Cutter Finalists?

We're busy doing a round of approval voting to help select the finalists for the Laser Cutter Contest. In this round, judges give a "yes" or "no/no opinion" vote to each entry. We rank the entries by total number of "yes" votes and the top 10 become finalists. While I haven't gone through everything yet, I've been adding Instructables I plan to vote "yes" for to my favorites (by clicking the "favorite link" right above the comments). Again, I'm not done yet, but you can check out my current picks here in my favorites.What are your picks for finalists? Post you top picks as comments, or if you have a lot, post a link to your favorites.Remember that an additional four finalists will be selected based on pageviews and positive ratings as recorded around Monday January 7th ( Laser Cutter Contest rules). So, there's still time to vote for and tell your friends about your Instructable or your favorites. Also, we just added some sorting options for groups to make seeing who is in the lead that much easier:Laser Cutter Contest entries sorted by pageviewsLaser Cutter Contest entries sorted by rating

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How to pick correct push button switch?

Hi, the pushbutton switch in my coleman lamp is broken and I need a replacement. It's a push button with 2 leads. I don't know how to tell if its spdt, spst, or the other ones. How do I pick the right switch? Its rating says it is 5A/40A 250V. It stays in the on position until it its pushed again. I linked some pics on imageshack (couldn't get the uploader here to work.). Maybe that will help. Thanks http://img692.imageshack.us/i/img0705d.jpg/ http://img683.imageshack.us/i/img0706b.jpg/ http://img683.imageshack.us/i/img0707n.jpg/

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Need help picking correct capacitors for coilgun?

My coil gun right now is using ten 330v 100uf flash capacitors from disposable cameras. They are being charged by the flash circuit on a camera. I am looking to upgrade the capacitors for more power and I wasn't sure which ones to get. I want the strongest ones that the flash circuit will be able to power. Any recommendations would be very helpful. ,Thanks!

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Ho do I pick an LED driver?

I bought a few cree XP-E LEDs and I'm very confused as to what drivers I should buy. This is my first electronic project so I'm a bit confused. I do know that for high powered LEDs, constant current is the only way to go but I have no idea how much I need. These are the LEDs I bought: http://www.ebay.com/itm/CREE-XP-E-XPE2-12W-4-Leds-Colorful-Red-White-Green-Blue-LED-Light-20MM-6V-12V-/221887486794?var=520780573872

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Picking up trash to build stuff, a lifestyle

Hi, I am an hobbyist who likes to build stuff during my time off. Recently, a friend of mine have suggested that I build stuff out of waste products instead of trying to build things out of materials that are brand spanking new. This not only helps the environment, but I think could serve as a better inspiration than going out to shop for those things, as you never know what you might find in the trash. With that said, I am interested in visiting landfills and dumps as I think it would have the most materials in one place. However, the difficulty is that many companies do not like you looking around in there. I know of some scrappers who pick up things by driving around the local neighborhood, but I don't have the time for that during weekdays. Does anyone have any idea how I may visit a landfill to gather materials? Does anyone know of a convenient way to gather waste material to build their projects in general? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

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Help picking the right dev board and microcontroller??

After reading a lot of sites (and a few instructables *cough*westfw*cough*:) on microcontrollers, I want to finally buy one. the only thing though is I also need a development board and im stuck. Theres so many, I can't even begin to know which I should get.I was looking into the Z80 since I could buy a development board for 40$, which is pretty high for me (50 is around my max), and it also has a usb programmer, my laptop doesn't have a serial connection, but Im not so sure anymore. I know *some* c++ and I'm willing to learn c so I don't need a basic module or anything.Do you guys know of any good ones for me?

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i need help picking out a TV?

i want to buy a 29-37 (preferably 32) inch TV that has Internet Apps; (maybe 3D); at LEAST an 80,000:1 contrast ratio, (maybe 120 Hz or more, but I'm not very picky as long as there is no flicker on the image); and 1080p full HD. i found many models rounding at about $900 (without 3D, of course), little pricey huh?   my QUESTIONS: 1) picture-wise, what is the difference between "back-lit LED", and "edge lit LED" and is there any other technology i have not heard of yet (NOT including back projection of a projector)? 2) which would be the best choice LED, LCD, or Plasma, (of if cheap, small and light enough,      back projection DLP)?         (i don't really care about efficacy, but i do want one with a good lifespan; really bright colors     (like led or plasma) and good contrast, and has deep "black" blacks; hopefully 1080p, but     ill settle for 720p, less than 8 ms response time; has a great viewing angle; and last and     certainly not last, one that is under the $1600.00 price tag!) 3) whats the difference in the picture quality with edge-lit-LED and back lite-LED? (i know the led      placement in each corresponds with the type of led tv it is.) ____________________________________________________________________________ right now, i have a 19 inch CRT 4:3 aspect ratio (i am guessing 480p res) the TV itself is a "CurtisMathes-Tronics" brand (i never heard of it) (model # "CM 19022S"). its OK. it works, but its getting too small for me, and after i bumped into some money last summer ($700) at the peek and i am thinking saving for a "state of the art" HDTV! next year, with my summer job, i should have $1500 to spend.

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Clicking on "Editors Picks" Brings up page of characters

When you click on editors pick on the front page it directs you to a page full of characters

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how do u make a lock pick set? Answered

Like how do u make a tension wrench and the actual pick thingy

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how to make paracord bracelet with guitar pick closure?

I want to finish the bracelet off with a pick instead of a buckle or a knot...a young guy made some on an instructable for something else but never said how to make the guitar pick one???

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how to pick up free wireless internet connection?

Whats the passwords for wireless internet connections

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Where is the "pick up window" on the TI calculator website?

I am looking for the pick up window on the TI website. Does anyone know where it is?

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How will the grand prize winner for the tech contest be picked?? Answered

Hi! I wanted to ask if any one knows if the Tech contest grand prize winner with the best Radio controlled Ible will be picked by votes or by or by judges reviewing all the RC ibles? Because I have a very good Project that will be published within a few days but if  the one finalist for the grand prize is  picked by votes i really won't have enough time to make it? Also what does RC stand for to the judges ? RADIO CONTROLED, or REMOTE CONTROLLED ?

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Computer picking up interference from other electronics?

I have a weird problem: when I turn off my floor fan, my computer wakes up from standby. I have tried a different fan, similar problem happens, except when I turn on the fan. I have previously ignored this problem, but my computer started acting weird and eventually failed completely. I found a bunch of capacitors in my PSU are blown. I recapped and it's working again. What is causing the problem, and are there some fix? (not using a fan is not an option) My setup: outlet <- cheater plug <- power strip <- everything else                                                                      ^                                                             power strip <- fan The second power strip is used due to length constraints. Here at college dormitory each student only get one ungrounded socket, hence the cheater plug.

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Should I pick up this old metal lathe? Answered

There's an older metal lathe that's going to the scrap yard, a reed-prentice co., looks to be from the 40's, and I could probably get it for scrap price. Would it be worth fixing up and using? I don't need to hit super-tight tolearances with it, just turning parts as a hobbyist / beginner. What questions should I ask about it? What should be there for it to be complete?

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How do you finger pick a guitar? Is there an easy way to learn? Answered

I've been trying to teach myself the guitar, and so far I've done pretty well with a plastic pick. I've tried finger picking, but it's just hard for me, I don't know. I've been picking the bottom four strings with my fingers, is that the way to do it?

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How to open locks

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Can anyone indentify this pick for me please and what it might be used for ..??

Antique pick head found near an old goldfield.

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