How to Pick a Lock with a Bobby Pin
No one likes to be locked up outside their home. While locksmiths tend to do a good job, their services can be expensive and time-consuming.
Configuring your “Kit”
Pull out the first bobby pin to make it a long, flat piece of metal. Bend the pin back to get a longer piece of metal. This will be your choice, and keystrokes will be used to get the pins out of the way.
Loosen the rubber buttons on the edges, as they will only fit in the way. You can do this with your teeth, or in pairs, if you have them.
Use the lock to bend the tip of your pin in the selection. Attach the pin to your key by about an inch. The flat side should face upwards. Push the whole pin to the left, bending the end of the pin slightly. It only needs to wrap a few millimeters.
You will eventually press the pin about 2 inches or 3 inches to the left to get the right bend.
Bend one end of the pick to the handle. Take one end of your choice and bend part of it back into it, creating a small loop. This is done simply to make the pick easier to grasp and to put pressure on.
Create your paddle by bending the entire bobby pin to a right angle. This is very easy on the wrists, but you can do it with your fingers with a little perseverance. The paddle works as a key – unlocking the actual key once you have removed the anchors (which keep the lock secure) in the path of your choice. You just want the best part from the pin (away from the rubber ends) to the right part from the bottom of the pin.
Visualize the interior of the lock to understand how picking works. A standard lock is made up of two parts: a barrel and an anchor. A barrel is a room in which you put the key. The pins are small metal cylinders that sink into the barrel, holding them until the key (or your choice) is pushed out of the way. The pins are cut in half, and when the halfway mark along the barrel you can open the lock. Your job, like a locksmith, is to press all the pins in the right place, turning the drum slightly so that they cannot return to their original position. Once you have removed all the pins, the barrel will rotate freely and the door will open.
The key is a complex choice. The groves are adjusted so that, when installed, all the pins are properly aligned and you can open the door thread.
Insert your paddle into the lower part of the lock. Attach the folded end to the bottom of the lock, keeping it as low as possible while placing the oar as deep into the barrel as possible.
Lightly lock the lock on the side you would use to unlock it. Use your paddle as if it were a key, unlock the lock as if you were going to open the door. It won’t go far, but this pressure is important. You need to hold the lock throughout the process. It should not, however, be too much pressure. You just want to get enough of it, but you don’t have to worry about it at all. Remember, you still need the pins stuck in the barrel so that they are comfortable enough to climb up.
If you are not sure which way the lock will turn, try both directions. Improper gestures will make clicking sounds, and you will feel a slight grind.
Enter your selection, bend your side upwards, feel the pins. Get a feel for the pins by moving them up and down by your choice. They will be in the upper part of the keyspace. Push a few of them, feel them move, and come back down as you work. In the meantime, get a mental calculation of the pins and write down which ones move freely and appear to be trapped.
The curved end should point upwards. You will be pushing some pins at the end.
If the anchors do not move at all, you may have a lot of friction in your lever. Turn it on and try again.
First find “caught”, or hard to move, pinch and press until it clicks. As you test all the pins, find the one that does not want to move. To maintain a constant pressure on the paddle, gently lift the pin until it sounds “CLICK” This means you have compared the split between the pin and the drum, and the pin is now about to exit the lock.
You may notice that the paddle turns slightly when you have found a pin in the area. This is because it has one resistance pin.
Find and repeat on all taken pins. Once you have found one pin, the free front pins can hold. This is a good thing, as it dictates which pins you will follow. Repeat this process until the paddle can open the lock completely and the door is opened:
Get a pinned pin, which doesn’t want to move too much.
Keep the pressure under control, unlocking the lock as if you were opening it.
Push it gently until you click on the lock.
Skip to the next pin.
Fix your mortgage dispute if you have a problem. This is a very common stumbling block for new locksmiths, because it is as great a feeling as anything else. If you place too many conflicts on the key, the pins will be too tight to be removed and you will not be able to remove them along the way. Too little pressure, or to allow accidental pressure while working, and the anchors will drop back into place and you will have to start over. The best tip is to start with very little pressure, loosening it slowly as you work until the pins can move. This prevents you from losing the anchors and allows you to gradually get the right tension.