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5 Awesome Lock Picking Tips for Engineers

Learning how to pick a lock (for legal purposes) is not always a bad thing.

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When you hear the word “lock pick” or “lock picking”, the first thing you might think about is burglary, thievery, or crime. Well, that’s not always the case since in some scenarios, lock picking might actually be a very good skill. Imagine being stuck outside of your house on a rainy evening because you forgot your keys inside. This situation might call for a locksmith, but what if they’re already closed?

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Do you get why it’s such a handy skill now? If you’re interested, then read on.

There are many places on the internet where you can read about lock picking and how to do it, we’ve compiled some tips to help you start learning the art of picking a lock.

1. Read up!

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Who says you can learn something by just watching some videos? Well yeah, you can learn a thing or two from videos that you see online but those videos only scratch the surface. Try to read some materials online like the MIT Guide to Lock picking or the Secrets of Lock picking to learn more about how a lock works and the different type of rocks. Knowing what you’re up against is half the battle, the other half would be practice, practice, practice.

2. Buy a practice lock

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Of course, we don’t want you snooping around some random lock trying to open it. It’s best if you learn lock picking in a closed environment. There are some cheap practice locks you can find online that shows you the inside of the lock itself. This allows you to see precisely what you’re doing and it also shows you the inner workings of a standard lock.

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3. Get some tools and prepare your practice lock

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You can purchase most of the tools you need online for around USD 30.00. This will allow you to practice on your lock picking skills with a hands-on approach. Assuming you’ve read the material you’re supposed to, you’ll probably know what to do next.

When you get your practice lock ready, start out with one pin first, this will allow you to get a ‘feel’ of how the mechanism works on your fingertips. After you’ve mastered that, slowly move on by adding one pin at a time. Don’t expect to be able to open a 5-pin lock on your first try.

If you’re just starting out and do not want to spend cash on your tools, you can probably try paper clips, bobby pins, screwdrivers and torque wrenches. There are some guides on the internet where you can learn how to use these specific tools. The guides don’t tell you how to be a badass spy though.

4. Try other locks

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No, we don’t mean your neighbor’s locks. We’re talking about different lock mechanisms. The most common lock you’ve probably seen is the pin tumbler lock. This is what you see on doors of mostly any house in your neighborhood. If you’ve started practicing on that, we suggest you try other locks once you mastered it. Other locks you might want to try would be padlocks, camlocks, and many others

5. Don’t stop practicing

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Keeping a steady learning pace is what you really need in order to pick a lock. If you think you have it down, try it again. If you’re absolutely sure about pin tumbler locks, try a different one. Do not stop learning. This is an absolutely practical skill to learn and have. Just don’t break into anyone’s houses, you might just get arrested.

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Disclaimer: We do not condone illegal acts in any way. This article is strictly for educational purposes only. Please use what you learn here properly.

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Patricia Eldridge
Patricia took her MBA in London, UK. She's a model, actress, blogger and a copywriter. Her boyfriend is an overworked and underpaid engineer.

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