To pick a lock, assemble the tools, visualize the inner workings of the lock, insert the torque tool and use the pick to manipulate the pins up onto the shear line. Turn the torque tool like a key to open the lock.Continue Reading
Unless you already have a lock-picking kit, gather a pick and a torque. When locating a pick, look for a metal implement that curves up at the end. For the torque, find a flat metal implement bent at a 90-degree angle at the end.
To manipulate the inner workings of the lock, visualize the interior. Imagine the five stacked pins broken at different positions. Each break features a groove that rests on a shelf, called the shear line, when the key is inserted.
Insert the end of the torque tool, using slight pressure in the direction the key turns. Keep the tool down as low as possible to leave space for the pick.
Take hold of the pin as you would a pencil with the curved end facing upward. Insert that curved end as close to the torque tool as possible.
While visualizing the pins inside the lock, work the pick inside the lock. Cup each pin in the curved end of the pick, and gently raise it up to the shear line. Work your way down the row.
One of the pins should give you slight resistance. Maintain your grip on the torque tool, and use the pick to press the pin up into the shear line. You should feel the torque tool shift. Continue turning the torque tool like you would a key to open the lock.