Lock picking is a great skill that takes lots of practice and patience to master, but some locks simply can't be picked, like a Master Lock combination padlock. With a combination lock, you'll have to do it the old-fashioned way—cracking combinations.
You know that moment of slow motion when you realize your keys are still in the ignition while the car door is closing? If you've accidentally locked yourself out of your car, check out this tutorial.
Whether you locked yourself out of your house, or just into experimenting with locks, check out this video to learn how to open a deadbolt door lock. No skill, no experience, and no professional pick tools needed -- just 2 bobby pins. Using very light torque to the tension wrench, insert another bobby pin and scrub over the pins from inside to outside. If the pins do not set after several strokes, release the tension wrench and do it again. Use a screwdriver when the plug is too tight to turn.
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Have you accidentally been locked out of your mailbox, or lost the key for a cabinet holding all your important documents? For being such small locks, the ones on mailboxes and cabinets can be deceptively difficult. This tutorial shows you how to pick a four cylinder lock easily. You'll need some basic lock picking tools, scaled down to match the small size of the pick. Once you have the right tools and technique down, it's just a matter of being able to get past all the pins.
My kids found an old Spoke-Hedz three digit lock, and wanted my help to crack it open. One of the first things I noticed was that it doesn't function like a normal code lock, where one half of the lock will open, or the lock itself separates. In this lock, the locking bail extends through the lock mechanism, and the lock mechanism itself slides back and forth across the bail.
Last year, the Washington Post's Ashley Halsey wrote an article on what really happens to your luggage at airports. In it, they unwittingly published a photo of the master keys the TSA uses for TSA-approved baggage locks. Now, thanks to that picture and a French lock-picking enthusiast, anyone with a 3D printer can make their own master keys to unlock any TSA-recognized locks.
Let's say you forgot the code to your Master Lock combination padlock. What can you do besides buy another one? Well, there's a surprising abundance of ways to open a combination lock other than with just the combination, some of which will even let you reset the code. Of course, these hacks aren't limited to folks just looking to open their own locks, but let's just assume that's what you're here for.
A spare key is one of those things that never seems like a huge deal until you need it. If you've ever lost your keys, had them stolen, or locked yourself out of your house or car, you know how difficult and embarrassing it can be trying to get your door open.
Have an old bike combination lock that you can't remember the code for? If it's a simply four-digit cable lock, you can easily figure out the combination with a quick peck-and-go method. Best of all, this technique doesn't require any tools or special know-how, and let's you reuse the cable lock again versus just damaging it with bolt cutters. All you need is a bit of patience and you'll have your figure out your combo in no time.
The Next Three Days is the new film by Paul Haggis (Crash), which stars Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. Laura (Banks) is accused of murder and sent to prison, and her husband John (Crowe) struggles to prove her innocence while taking care of their only child. But the system does not work for John, and he's forced to take extreme actions and attempt a prison break.
At the recent DefCon conference in Las Vegas, researchers opened many of the top commercially available gun safes with simple tools like a straw or a paper clip, and in one case, just by shaking it a bit. The investigation began after the researchers, Toby Bluzmanis, Marc Tobias and Matt Fiddler, learned that certain Stack-On safes, issued to some law enforcement officials to secure their firearms at home, could be opened simply by jiggling the doorknob.
SentrySafe puts all sorts of measures in place to protect your valuables and important documents. This particular SentrySafe has an electronic lock, four 1-inch bolts to keep the door firmly in place, pry-resistant hinges, and it's able to withstand drops of up to 15 feet. That all sounds great, until you find out that you can open this safe—and pretty much every safe like it—in a matter of seconds using only a magnet. A rare earth magnet, to be precise.
Mechanical locks have been around since ancient Egypt, with the oldest known artifact found in the ruins of Nineveh, an ancient city in Assyria, Mesopotamia, which is just across the Tigris River from what is now Mosul, Iraq. It was a forerunner to our modern day pin tumbler locks, and no doubt fell victim to the same perils that today's locks endure—lock picking.
Opening doors with keys is boring and for the lockpicking illiterate. Inject some mischief into your life by watching this video on how to open a lock and break into a house using everyday objects you have lying around.
Ever wanted to learn how to pick a lock? Well, there's no better time than now to start learning the craft of so many locksmiths out there... lock picking. Just watch this video tutorial to see how to pick a Brink's high security lock.
Ever wanted to learn how to pick a lock? Well, there's no better time than now to start learning the craft of so many locksmiths out there... lock picking. Just watch this video tutorial to see how to avoid a false set when lock picking.
The locks in most houses are fairly basic, making this lock picking technique fairly easy. If your door lock has a hole in it, and functions similarly to the one in this video, check this video out! All you need is a bobby pin.
Breaking into a low security lock is easy (and thus why it's the subject of a googolplex number of Youtube tutorials made by mischievious prepubescent boys). But add a combination number to a lock and your lock-picking life gets much harder.
Check out this video to see how to pick a deadbolt lock with a tension wrench and lockpick. Now, in order to pick a deadbolt, you'll be using the "lifter picking" method to do so. Just make sure you have a lockpicing set and a tension wrench and you're set. These are the lock picking basics here.
Hacking a bike lock is something that you may need to do sometime if you forget your combination or maybe just didn't bring the key for the lock with you. You should never hack a bike lock to steal anything and should know that this tutorial is for informational purposes only. The first thing you will need to do to accomplish this task is to get a marker. Once you have the correct size marker to fit into the key hole, just stick it in there. Once it is in the lock, just press down while turni...
The fine folks at ITS Tactical made this detailed tutorial on how to make a two-piece lock pick set out of only a few paper clips and using only a multi-tool in the construction. The host begins by demonstrating how to construct the pick, then how to use it on a real lock. It is not as easy as using a real lock pick, but will still work. As the host emphasizes at the beginning of the video, these picks are only to be used in emergency situations, and NOT to break into other people's homes wil...
In this lock picking tutorial video series, I explain and demonstrate how to pick warded locks. Warded locks can be identified by the unique keyway they have. Warded locks use a very simple design. This allows the lock to be inexpensive and minimizes jamming from dirt and grime. Use these lock picking videos to learn how to pick a warded lock.
To pick locks, one must either have an expensive lock-picking set or be skilled with whatever they have available to them. Bobby pins, soda cans, and even butter knives can get the job done, but each needs to be reworked into something more appropriate for the lock in question.
This video won't show you how to crack a safe but it will show you the next best thing: cracking a combination lock or master lock! We do recommend only trying this on a lock you have forgotten the combination to and not other unlawful purposes. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to retrieve the combination from a lock. Hack your own lock or your friends and you have the potential for great practical jokes.
This is a lock picking video which demonstrates how to pick a tumbler lock. Of course the only way to really open locks is to practice. But this is the basic info to picking locks. This lock picking tutorial also covers security pins and clear instructional animations to demonstrate. Learn how to pick a lock and use this video to understand lockpicking, security pins, skill tension, and bump keys. See all about how to pick a tumble lock & understand lock security pins.
Do you ever lose your house keys? Well here is one extreme way of dealing with the problem, create your own lock pick! To create your own lock pick, you will need your own dremel, an electric grinder, and some hack saws. Follow along with this instructional how-to video to learn how to hack open locks with homemade lock picks.
Found your calling Mr. Locksmith? Need a fresh set of lock picking tools? Using household items, this conning how-to video will show you how to make lock picking tools from scratch. Follow along and learn how easy it is to create lock picking tools to be a regular old con artist. Make lock picking tools.
Practicing your lockpicking skills without ruining the doors around your home might seem impossible. With a little DIY knowhow, not so. Watch this video to learn how to easily make a lock picking practice set that will allow you to work on different types of locks easily without having to worry about your home locks.
This is basically how to make a lock pick for a combination lock. Don't go using this to steal things from peoples lockers. These are the steps below...
Check out this instructional con video that offers some basic tips and tricks on lock picking. This tutorial covers the various types of locks and the different tools that you can use. Learn how to organize your keys to avoid losing them. Put them in a safe place! This video also talks about door locks. Learn the basics about lock picking with this tutorial video.
Sorry to say, but most of us are not that safe in our own houses. We have locks on every door and gates also with locks on them, but the truth is that most of these locks are tumbler locks or pin locks that are picked easily. In fact, you can even pick them once you learn the strategy.
A bump key is a method crooks use to pick locks. This idea is not new, professional theives have been using it for years, and now you can make your own.
Just like the title says, learn how to crack a master lock. Not pick the lock (picking a master lock will not get you the combo). You don't need any special tools to crack this master lock- all you need is the right technique. Crack master locks for fun only - don't use this for illegal purposes. Great trick if you lose your combination to your master lock. All you need is a little math. Learn how to hack a master lock with this lock cracking tutorial.
Unbeknownst to the general public, picking a lock can be a very easy process once you get the hang of it (yes, surprising AND frightening). A vibrating lock pick set takes the general ease of picking even further by speeding up the process. Now, with the help of Invent Geek, you can make your own DIY Vibrating lock pick for about a tenth of the price of a manufactured kit.
Apparently it is possible to reduce 64,000 possible Master Lock padlock combinations down to just 100. The entire process is clearly illustrated in the below how-to from Mark Edward Campos. For an enlarged version, click here. Looking for something a little more interactive? We have loads of lock-picking tutorial videos. Here's one that demonstrates the same method (math as opposed to shim) outlined in the above illustration.
Check out this instructional con video that demonstrates how to pick a Wafer lock. They are commonly used in thefts. Regardless of the security level, the picking technique is the same. Follow the simple instructions outlined in this tutorial video and learn how to pick a wafer lock. Start picking locks like a pro!
This video tutorial is for educational purposes only. See how to pick a normal lock with a tension allen wrench and a small screwdriver.
Do you know how to pick a lock? If you do, you know that sometimes a little lubricant can do the trick. This video tutorial will show you how to make homemade graphite powder for lock picking.
In this video I explain how to open combination locks. All combination locks can be bypassed in one way or another. This lockpicking tutorial goes over different methods.