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[ Touched up by V.T – The Editor ]
First of all, let me tell you about the
set-up of a lock. When the lock
is locked, there is a curved piece of metal wedged inside the
little notch on
the horseshoe shaped bar (known as the shackle) that is pushed in to the
when you lock it.

To free this wedge, you usually have to turn the lock to
the desired
combination and the pressure on the wedge is released therefore letting the

lock open. I will now tell you how to make a pick so you can open a lock
without having to
waste all that time turning the combination (this also helps
when you don’t know the
combination to begin with).

To bypass this hassle, simply take a thinned hairpin (file
it down) or
a opened out piece of a collapsing antenna (the inside diameter of the curved
piece of metal should be the same as the diameter of the shackle- if the metal
is too
thick, use fine sandpaper to thin it down.

Once you have your hair pin (make sure it’s
metal), take the ridged side
and break it off right before it starts to make a U-turn onto the
side. The curved part can now be used as a handle. Now, using a file, file
the other end until it is fairly thin. You should do this to many
hairpins and file them so
they are of different thicknesses so you can jimmy
various locks.

Look at a lock
to see which side the lock opens from. If you can’t tell,
you will just have to try both
sides. When ya find out what side it opens
from, , take the lock pick and stick the filed end
into the inside of the
horseshoe-shaped bar on whichever side the lock opens from.

Now, put pressure on the handle of the lock pick (pushing down, into the
crack) and pull
the lock up and down. The lock will then open because the
pick separated the wedge and the
notch allowing it to open.

Also, this technique works best on American locks. I have
never picked a
Master lock before because of the shape a pressure of the wedge but if
does it, let me know how long it took. Also, the Master lock casing is very
so ya can’t get the shim in.


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