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  1. You’re missing half the explanation…. you have to keep tight pressure on that bottom pin in the “turning” motion to lock those top pins in place because their machining tolerances arent that good

  2. Shouldn’t the bobby pin pivot on the edge of the opening of the lock? I thought the action was more of a press down lever motion than a lift straight up.

  3. Is there a reason the pins stayed open in shortest to longest order? I would think it would be longest to shortest. Or is it just totally random in real life?

  4. Definitely not that easy. Locked myself out of the house one day, tried this trick. Let’s just say I went to my friends house..

  5. This is missing the head on view.

    Which is super important. It’s how you know which order to pick the pins.

    Looking at the barrel head on, we would notice that the five holes that the pins go into do not line up perfectly.

    By putting gentle rotational pressure on the cylinder with the bottom duder (torsion wrench) we press the pins up one at a time.

    One of them will stay up, because we’ve slightly rotated the barrel and the lip of the hole is touching the side of the pin.

    Buy yourself a Kwikset and lessen this. It’s fun, it’s easy.

    (Not all locks are easily picked this way, some have security features)

  6. Years ago I was at a birthday party, and all of us ended up locked out of the apartment. I knew how to pick locks, but because of medical stuff my hands were super shaky, and I wasn’t up to it (I’m not that good in the first place). I managed to explain the basics to someone, who bobby pinned her way through the lock in about five minutes.

    Let that be a lesson, Kwikset is garbage.

  7. So that’s how you lockpick! I never realized the pins lock in place, always wondered how that worked…

  8. Yes, this is missing quite a bit of explanation. The bottom Bobby pin, or the wrench, needs just the right amount of torsion applied to get this technique to work. This is known in the industry as Single Pin Picking (SPP) and if you can master this you can pick 80% of all locks.

    A much simpler version of this is called raking and you use a special take tool to drag back and forth across the pins, whilst applying torsion, to get the same affect.

    This works on many cheaper padlocks and if it’s going to work for the type of lock you’re trying to pick it will work in a matter of seconds usually. Some locks require a bit more time but raking is really quick if it’s going to work.

  9. Maybe a dumb question, maybe not. How does this change if the lock is installed upside down? Some locks are installed so the key goes in teeth up, others teeth down.

  10. There are no security pins there… flip the bobby pin and use the wavy part as a rake and open it in a fraction of the time

  11. Genuine question: why don’t locksmiths just make keys that fall down if the thing propping them up moves away? Wouldn’t that prevent lock picking?

  12. I might be missing something. But what is the purpose of the bottom pin? I see comments about torsion? But I am not fully understanding how that applies torque.

  13. Hi, this is the lock picking lawyer and today we have a super special lock. A completely 2d lock….

  14. I don’t know what kind of lock this person is looking at, but I’d say 99/100 keyways are way to narrow to fit a Bobby pin pick in like that. They have it so the wisest dimension is horizontal, not vertical. There’s a reason that actual lock picks are so thin.

  15. I know they made it look really simple, but can someone explain me how do you know the blue part is up?

  16. people focused too much on the “picking” part, whereas the tension part is arguably the most important

  17. I once broke the lock at my elementary school because of trying this, was a pretty fun class in the cafeteria

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