How Does Lock Picking Work?
Lock picking is the process of manipulating the components of a lock to open without a key. Having locks on almost everything is something we do for a sense of security. Most of us carry multiple keys that goes to various items in our home or to other destinations. Each key looks different and that is for security reasons. Each key works only in their specified locations. Here is some helpful information to know about lock picking:
- How locks and keys work
- Cylinder locks
- How to pick tumbler locks
How locks and keys work
Locks come in all different sizes, shapes, and designs. However, most locks have similar internal components. The keys to each lock has slightly different ridges to fit their specific lock. You can have more than one key to a lock by getting a copy of the key made. When using a key in a lock you turn the key one direction to lock it and the opposite direction to unlock. When leaving your home it is important to secure all locks to prevent unwanted entry to your home without your knowledge.
There are two parts to a cylinder lock – the cylinder and the cam. You use a key by putting it into the cylinder and turning the key. This action turns the attached cam. Turning the key one way unlocks the lock and the opposite way locks it. A deadbolt is similar to an ordinary cylinder lock but just doesn’t have a spring feature. The cam either slides in or out depending if you’re locking or unlocking it. Inside the lock is a pin and tumbler type of puzzle that only the key made for it can solve. The ridges of the key push up the pins at the right level for the key to work.
How to pick tumbler locks
Lock picking pin and tumbler locks can be a fairly easy process. Since a pin and tumbler lock opens with the key lifting the correct pins, you can take a thin, long piece of metal with a slight hook at the end of it and work with figuring out which pins need to be lifted for the lock to open. The other thing you need is a tension wrench, the simplest one is a flat head screwdriver. You apply pressure with the screwdriver and turn where the key would go just enough to get inside to start pushing the pins up. Once you start messing with the pins, there is a particular clicking sound to listen for to unlock the lock.
Another method is called raking. It is essentially sticking a bigger piece of metal into the lock, all the way to the back of the lock. You then pull it out really fast. As the pins move, some of them will be where you want them then you can easily pick the rest of the pins. Lock picking wafer tumbler locks is slightly easier than lock picking pin and tumbler locks because the wafer tumbler locks have a wider key hole. You can use the same technique for lock picking a wafer tumbler lock as you would pick a pin and tumbler lock.
Lock picking can be a fairly easy process to do if you have the right equipment, skill and knowledge. But if you find it hard to do this yourself, you can always call on a professional to pick a lock for you.