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.
2Step 2: Understand how a lock actually works
Most cylinder locks, like the one on your front door, use the same locking technique that has been around since 1861.
Basically, when you insert the right key into the keyway of the plug, the teeth of the key push-up spring loaded pins.
Each of the pins contains two pins; a key pin and a driver pin.
In order for the plug to rotate, you need to lift each of the key pins and driver pins to the correct height. When you get it just right, all the pins align with the lock turning mechanism.
When you get it just right, all the pins align with the lock turning mechanism.