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How to Pick a Lock

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Published on Apr 14, 2008

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Locked yourself out of the house? Most common pin and tumbler locks can be picked with a little luck and finesse—so before you call a locksmith, try this.

Warning
Only pick your own locks—or you could wind up in a lot of trouble.

Step 1: Get a paperclip
Get a paperclip or safety pin and bend it straight. Now make a slight upwards bend at the very end.

Tip
You can buy a professional lock pick set at a hardware store. There is a basic size intended for American locks.

Step 2: Insert the wrench
Insert your wrench into the lower part of the keyhole—that is, the side opposite the one where the key’s teeth would go in.

Step 3: Determine direction
Figure out which way the lock needs to be turned to open by turning the wrench clockwise and then counterclockwise. You’ll feel which way has more give.

Step 4: Turn the lock
Turn the lock the correct way with the wrench, putting slight pressure on it. Hold the wrench in place.

Step 5: Insert the paperclip
While keeping pressure on the lock, insert the end of the paperclip into the top part of the keyhole.

Step 6: Feel for pins
Feel around the keyhole with the paperclip until you locate the pins. If you’re picking a common door lock, there will most likely be at least five of them in a row.

Tip
Before you start, many experts suggest 'raking' the lock. Straighten your second paperclip, put a few bends at the wire’s end, and—with no pressure on your wrench—shove it to the back of the lock. Now pull it out quickly, pressing against the top of the lock while gently turning your wrench. You might just set a pin or two that way.

Step 7: Push up
Now for the actual 'picking.' One at a time, push each pin up with the paperclip. Try to feel for the moment when the pin reaches its 'unlocked' position. You should feel a slight give—or even hear a faint click.

Tip
Start with the pin furthest away from you—then move on to the next.

Step 8: Increase the pressure
As you go, apply slightly more pressure with the wrench until you have all the pins lifted up.

Step 9: Turn the wrench
Now turn the wrench fully. Voila! The lock will pop open.

Did You Know?
Wooden locks were used as far back as 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt.

Comments • 11,980

Sean Thornton
Why she making all those faces, she looks like she's having a orgasm.
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Shloggy
Yes because EVERYONE brings a tension wrench everywhere they go, don't they?
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joemcbee
A decent starter set is usually around $25-$50
Lazer_31
Every hardware store nearest to me, a lot of them on eBay, and Cragslist, has the price of 40-50 for some reason. So I assume that was the price for one everywhere.
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Oscar Lemon
Sure, "I will pick only my own lock", thank you.
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Tydarius Bush
Oscar Lemon 😂
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No.
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Doodle Corn
No. lmao
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Lockpicking increased to 100
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I'm Alfalfa
Because everyone carries around a wrench
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I'm Alfalfa
yea, that's reasonable... Not what this guy is using lmao.
Kanína_Zając
well, every lockpicker does. And normal tension wrenches are usually the size of your middle finger so you can have like 20 of them in your pocket
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RedScreen
Why am i watching lockpick tutorials on youtube now? How did i get here?
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PJD YourMumma
Youtube outta content
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Cuppa Tea
Why keep showing the woman? No one gives a fuck. Just show the lock and tools only.
MetaliGrrl
Yeeeeah.. wtf was up with that.. and she looked like she was having an orgasmic time or something lmfao. xD
Ryanark
Instructions not clear my dick got stuck in the lock pins
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ShallShaLilcookies
+Snowby Cool lol
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2 2
getting locked out of your house...... in your house
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jai basra
A Bird On The Porch 0:17 yep definetley an apartment
Ihdc1
+Caden Skehan Or locked out in an apartment hallway.
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