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Lock Picking Lock picking is an art in its entirety It takes lots of hard work practice and patience to pick a lock Being able to sit in one place for a long time doing something that at first seems hopeless is the key to learning how to pick a lock In the world of locks there are probably 1000s of different locks The most common type of lock is the pin tumbler lock Since this type of lock is the most commonly used lock this is what I will use to teach the basics of lock picking To start things off you must first learn how a lock works The most basic of locks as stated above is the pin tumbler lock A tumbler lock has a plug and shell with usually five pins with spring tension Each pin has two parts a top pin and a bottom pin Both of which are held in a groove by a spring As a key is inserted the two pin parts are aliened to what is called the shear line When the key is fully inserted into the key way all of the pins aliened to the shear line Thus this turns the key freely between the plug and the shell along the shear line Before you begin to pick a lock you need some basic tools I might suggest for a beginner to start out with simply a safety pin and a very tiny Philips head screwdriver or a paper clip First open up your safety pin to about a 60 degree angle Then bend the very tip of the safety pin to approximately a 55 degree angle This will be your pick Next bend the tip of the screwdriver to an 85 degree angle or do the same with a paper clip This will be your tension wrench Now that you have your tools you a ready
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