Arts & Craft

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.

Video by NightHawkInLight

this video will show how a standard pin
and tumbler lock can be picked with hair
pins just like it’s been done and nearly
every spy movie ever made the first
thing we need to learn is how these
locks work in a pin and tumbler lock
like this which is the most common type
of lock in use today a series of pins
cut at different lengths prevent the
barrel of the lock from turning unless
each pin is pressed up to the exact
right height the grooves cut into the
key are a unique match lifting each pin
just enough for a split in their Center
to align with the edge of the locks
barrel allowing it to turn to open this
lock without the key I need to make two
simple tools the actual pic that I will
use to manipulate the pins and also a
small lever that will allow me to apply
rotational pressure to the barrel to
begin with the pick a hairpin is bent
open until the ends are about 90 degrees
apart the bit of rubber on the straight
side of the pin needs to be removed
which is pretty easily done with your
teeth if there are no tools present the
end of the pick now needs a slight Bend
which can be done by pushing it into the
lock itself and applying pressure like
so the last improvement that can be made
is to bend the other half of the hairpin
into a bit of a handle which will make
the pick a lot easier to control now
making the lever that will turn the lock
is extremely simple and just involves
bending a pin as shown so it can be
inserted into the keyhole causing
pressure on the arm to translate into
rotational force on the lock now we’re
ready to actually begin picking and our
lever is inserted into the lower side of
the keyhole leaving enough room for the
pick to be inserted above the first step
is to put tension on the lever with one
hand so that the barrel of the lock is
under pressure to turn it of course
cannot turn because the pins are in the
way and cause the barrel to seize but
it’s precisely this friction between the
pins and the barrel that I’ll be taking
advantage of keeping tension on the
barrel the pick is inserted and the
first thing to notice is that even
though the lock is under pressure some
of the pins still move up and down
freely because of inherent imperfections
in all
Ochs only one or two pins will ever bind
against the barrel at the same time for
now the pins that usually raise and fall
can be ignored and our focus should be
on finding one that is currently seized
seized pins can be identified by one of
the time feeling each pin with the end
of the pic pressing them up slightly and
letting them fall again when we find a
seized pin it will behave differently
being much harder to push up than the
rest assuming you are keeping constant
pressure on the lever this whole time
once the first seized pin is found which
just happens to be the third pin in this
lock it is very slowly and carefully
forced upwards eventually the split in
the seized pin will align with the edge
of the barrel and there should be an
audible click the click is the sound of
the barrel suddenly being allowed to
rotate forward very slightly before
hitting and seizing on one of the other
pins
since the barrel has been allowed to
slightly rotate it prevents the pin we
just worked on from falling and at the
same time a new seized pin has been
created which can be identified and
treated the same as the first
as each seized pin is successively
identified by feeling it with the end of
the pick and the tension on it is
released by aligning its gap with the
edge of the barrel it causes one of the
remaining pins to then become seized
until every pin has finally been aligned
and the lock opens if once you believe
every pin has been dealt with you find
that the lock still does not open
there’s a good chance that one of the
pins was pressed too high and it’s a gap
is above the edge of the locks barrel if
this happens there’s a chance that
reducing the tension on the lever will
cause the offending pin to fall into
alignment and allow the lock to open but
it may also allow other pins to fall
which could require starting over in
this video I used two transparent
practice lock so you can see what I’m
doing on camera and there are a number
of other practice locks like this that
can be purchased online for this skill
to be of any use in a real situation
though it’s important to be able to
identify and adjust seized pins by feel
and sound alone as real locks don’t
usually come with trans
sides both of the tools that I made in
this video could also potentially be
formed out of a single hairpin by
breaking it in half but doing so would
not leave enough extra to bend a handle
for the pic and would also result in a
lever only half as long because of these
things using an individual pin for each
tool as I demonstrated here is far
easier than trying to use just one but
it is possible with enough practice this
project was made in part as a
collaboration with all time numbers who
have made their own video to go along
with this one all time numbers is a
brand new channel from all time tens
with quite a few great videos out
already you can check them out by
clicking on the icon on screen now or
through the link in the video
description below if you’d like to see
more of my own videos you can find them
on my youtube channel Nighthawk and
light thanks for watching.

 

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