How to pick a lock with hairpins
Although from others’ perspectives, lock picking is something only done by criminals, it is actually a very helpful skill that could save money, time and even lives. If you are want to know how to pick locks with hairpins, continue reading on. I’ll show you an easy to follow steps on how to pick a lock using hairpins.
Prepare the Hairpins
1. First Hairpin as Pick – This will be inserted into the lock to push the pins out of the way. To make a pick out of the first hairpin, start pulling it apart and straighten it to make a long, flat piece of metal. Then, stick the straight end of the bobby pin about one centimeter into the keyhole of your lock and apply enough pressure to bend the end of the pin into a hook.
Note: Strip off the rubber knobs (rounded tip) on the ends of the pin (if applicable).
2. Second Hairpin as Tension Wrench – This will be used to apply rotational torque to the lock, just like a key. To make one, start by placing the closed end of the hairpin about an inch into your lock’s keyhole and apply pressure downward until you bend the pin 90 degrees.
Picking the Lock
1. Insert the Tension Wrench (Second Hairpin) into the bottom half of the lock.
Stick the bent end of the hairpin into the bottom of the lock, getting the lever as deep into the lock as possible.
2. Use the Second Hairpin as a Key.
Insert the second hairpin (tension wrench) into the lock with slight pressure enough to bind the first key pin inside the lock. Continuously hold the second hairpin throughout the entire process.
3. Picking the lock
Once the plug binds, insert the pick (first hairpin) into the lock with the small hook facing into the pins. Starting from the back, feel each pin by lifting it up slightly gauging how difficult it is to lift. Once you have found the next binding pin (the one that is difficult to push), give it a little nudge to the shear line until it makes an audible “CLICK” thus, setting the second pin.
Repeat the process of locating the binding pin and setting it. Once all the pins are set, the plug will fully rotate as if you have a key and the lock will loosen.
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