Locks – an essential tool for protecting your most prized possessions.Why? Because since the dawn of human history, there are people who will steal what’s not theirs.
3 types of locks you can choose
here are the most popular locks, and the ones worth spending time learning how to pick.
1. Pin Tumbler Locks
The pin tumbler lock is the most common lock available today. You’ll find them in key-based padlocks, standard exterior doorknob locks, AND Deadbolts.So, if you’re interested in gaining access to a range of sheds, warehouses, and most homes, this is the type of lock you’re most interested in picking.
2. Combination Locks
Combination locks are known for their use with gym lockers. They’re often built into school lockers. You’ll also find them on old-style safes.So, if you lose the secret combination of numbers, you’ll want to learn how to “pick” the combination.
3. Tubular Lock
You’ll find this unique type of lock on smaller containers such as file cabinets or RV compartments.They are unique in how they work. Thus, they take a special set of tools to pick them. But basically they use the same concept as a pin and tumbler lock but orient the pins in a circular pattern.
Since lock-picking tends to be technical, it helps to know the jargon associated with it.The first step you need to accomplish is slipping the tension wrench into the bottom of the lock, where the base of the key would go.Once the wrench is in, you should apply slight – emphasis here on slight – pressure to the wrench. Usually you want to use your off-hand to do this. If you’re right-handed, apply pressure with your left. If left-handed, apply with the right. You should be attempting to turn the tension wrench the same way you would a key if you had a key for the lock. The point of this is to allow the pins that hold the lock closed to catch when you pick them. Without pressure, they just drop back into place, leaving the lock closed.
Here’s where the rake or rakes come into play. You carefully insert your rake into the lock just above the tension wrench until it reaches the back of the lock. Then, you move it back toward you while pressing it gently upward toward the top of the lock. What you are doing is pushing the internal pins up, trying to get them to line up the way they would with a key.
If you have the proper tension – not too much, not too little – on the lock, when a pin is lifted properly, it will catch on the lock and hold.This process of inserting the rake and moving it back and forth through the lock is called “scrubbing” and is usually all that is required to get most locks to open.If you’ve scrubbed several times with one rake and aren’t yet getting the lock to open, try another rake and repeat. This will usually get a lock to open.
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