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How To Pick a Lock In 3 Steps

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There are many reasons you should learn how to pick a lock. For one, it will help you better understand how locks work.  In fact, when you understand how locks are picked, you’ll be able to choose better locks for your home.

Additionally, people get locked in their cars or out of their homes all the time. Knowing how to pick a lock can be invaluable when the time comes. Fortunately, you don’t have to be special to pick a lock. Below we provide a step-by-step guide that can help you pick just about any lock.

When you know how to pick a lock, you will also be able to judge whether or not the locks you have on your doors are secure enough.

1Step 1: Understand the three key tools

A professional lock picking kit contains a tension wrench, lock pick, and raking tools. You may also need lubricating graphite. All these can be purchased at your local hardware store.

A tension wrench is also known as a torque wrench. It is an L-shaped or Z-shaped piece of metal inserted into the lock. to apply tension to the plug (the turning part of the lock).

Once inserted, this little device is used to apply tension to the plug (the turning part of the lock).

A lockpick is another piece of metal with a handle that narrows to a thin, pointed tip, curving slightly at its end. It is used to manipulate the inner pins of the lock mechanism.

Finally, a rake is a pick with multiple bridges that is scraped across the inside of the lock mechanism to disengage it.

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