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Picking locks #2




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[+]     WRITTEN BY: DARC DEATHE     [+]
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THIS TUTORIAL WILL DEMONSTRATE HOW TO
"PICK" A PIN TUMBLER LOCK.  USE OF THIS
MATERIAL IS FOR LOCKSMITHS ONLY, ANY
USE OF THIS INFORMATION FOR ILLEGAL 
PURPOSES IS FORBIDDEN AND AGAINST THE
LAW. (AS LONG AS WE ARE AT IT, DO YOU
WANT TO BUY SOME LAND IN FLORIDA?)

IN ORDER TO PICK A PIN TUMBLER LOCK,
YOU WILL REQUIRE FOUR ITEMS: A LOCK,
YOU, A PICK, AND A TENSION WRENCH. YOU
CAN USSUALLY GET THESE AT A LOCKSMITH
STORE, IF YOU CAN NOT FIND ONE NEAR YOU
THERE WILL BE AN ADDRESS AT THE END OF
THE ARTICLE THAT YOU CAN ORDER THEM
FROM. HERE IS AN ILLUSTRATION OF A PICK
AND A TENSION WRENCH:

     ________/   !________
      PICK         TENSION WRENCH

MOST PEOPLE KNOW OF THE NEED FOR THE
PICK, BUT HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE WRENCH
IS FOR.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT AND WITH-
OUT IT IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PICK
A LOCK.

IN ORDER TO PICK A LOCK, WE MUST COUNT
UPON THE IMPERFECTION OF THE LOCK.
BEFORE WE LOOK AT HOW TO ACTUALLY PICK
THE LOCK, WE WILL LOOK AT THE PARTS OF
IT AND HOW THE IMPERFECTION PART FITS
IN.  HERE IS A DISSASSEMBLED LOCK:

                /   /   /   /
                \   \   \   \
     SPRINGS -> /   /   /   /
                \   \   \   \
                _   _   _   _
               ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
               ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
     DRIVERS ->! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
               !_! !_! !_! !_!

                _           _
               ! !  _      ! !
 BOTTOM PINS ->! ! ! !  _  ! !
               ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
               \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/

            _____________________
           !   : : : : : : : :   !
 HOUSING ->!   : : : : : : : :   !
           !   : : : : : : : :   !
           !___: :_: :_: :_: :___!
          !    : : : : : : : :   !
   PLUG ->!    : : : : : : : :   !
          !______________________!
           !                     !
           !                     !
           !                     !
           !_____________________!


     ___
    /   \
   !     !__      _   _
   !        \__  / \_/ \__
   !           \/         \
    \__/-------------------  <- KEY


WHEN YOU INSERT A KEY INTO A LOCK, THE
BOTTEM PINS ARE PUSHED UP, AND IF IT
IS THE PROPER KEY, THE TOPS OF THE
BOTTOM PINS WILL MATCH WITH THE SPOT 
WHERE THE PLUG AND HOUSING MEET, THUS
ALLOWING YOU TO TURN THE PLUG, AND OPEN
THE DOOR, ETC.. WHEN YOU INSER THE KEY,
THE BOTTOM PINS GO INTO THE VALLEYS OF
THE KEY, THUS MEANING THAT THE KEY MUST
HAVE THE RIGHT HEIGHT VALLEYS TO MAKE
THE LOCK OPEN. PRETTY ELEMENTRY, RIGHT?
WELL NOW WE CAN MOVE ON TO HOW TO PICK
A LOCK.

IN ORDER TO PICK A LOCK WE (AS I SAID
BEFORE) DEPEND ON THE INACCURACY OF THE
MANUFACTURING PROCESS. THE FIRST THING
TO DO IS TO INSERT THE TENSION WRENCH
INTO THE LOCK AND APPLY A SLIGHT 
PRESSURE TO THE LEFT (OR RIGHT IF YOU
WISH) SO THAT IF YOU COULD LOOK INSIDE
THE LOCK AT WHERE THE PLUG AND THE
HOUSING WOULD MEET, IT WOULD LOOK LIKE
THIS:

               ! !*! !
     HOUSING   ! !*! !
               ! !*! !
     __________! !*! !___________
     __________  !*! ____________
              !  !*!!
     PLUG     !  !_!!
              !   _ !
              !  !*!!
              !  \_/!

NOW A SLIGHT PRESURE IS ON THE PINS.
BECAUSE THE PINS CAN NOT BE PRODUCED
EXACTLY THE SAME, THERE IS ONE PIN
WHICH IS THE WIDEST AND THERE FORE HAS
MORE TENSION ON IT, AND ONE WHICH IS
THE THINNEST AND HAS ALMOST NO PRESSURE
ON IT. WE NOW USE THE PICK TO >GENTLY<
PUSH EACH PIN UP (AND TRY TO FEEL IT 
WHEN YOU LET IT DOWN) UNTIL WE FIND
WHICH IS THE TIGHTEST ON AND WHICH IS
LOOSEST. GETTING THE FEEL FOR THIS IS
THE HARDEST PART OF LOCK PICKING. NOW
THAT YOU HAVE FOUND THE LOOSEST ONE,
GENTLY PRESS IT UPWARD UNTIL YOU FEEL
A SLIGHT REDUCTION IN TENSION ON THE
TENSION WRENCH. THIS WILL HAPPEN WHEN
THE TOP OF THE BOTTOM PIN BECOMES
EVEN WITH THE JUNCTION OF THE PLUG AND
THE HOUSING. DO NOT RELEASE ANY TENSION
FROM THE WRENCH NOW! THE DRIVER WILL
NOW BE TRAPPED IN THE HOUSING AS
ILLUSTRATED HERE: (DON'T I DRAW PRETTY)

            ! !*! !
   HOUSING  ! !*! !
            ! !*! !
 ___________! !_! !___________
 _______________     ___________
               ! !*! !
    PLUG       ! !*! !
               ! \_/ !
               !     !

NOW YOU CONTINUE THIS PROCESS WITH EACH
OF THE PINS UNTIL YOU WORK YOUR WAY UP
TO THE ONE THAT IS WIDEST. WITH SOME
PRACTICE YOU CAN GET FAIRLY FAST AT
THIS. I SUGGEST PRACTICING ON A FOUR
PIN TUMBLER LOCK THAT IS BOUGHT FROM A
HARDWARE STORE, THE CHEAPER THE BETTER.

I WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS A PATICULAR
CONFIGURATION OF THE PINS NOW THAT MAY
PRESENT A PARTICULARLY HARD JOB TO 
PICK. THIS IS GRAPHICLY SHOWN HERE BY
THE TWO MIDDLE PINS:

        !*! !*! !*! !*!
        !*! !*! !_! !*!
        !*! !*!  _  !*!
        !_! !*! !*! !_!
         _  !*! !*!  _
        !*! !*! !*! !*!
        !*! !_! !*! !*!
        !*!  _  !*! !*!
        !*! !*! !*! !*!
        \_/ \_/ \_/ \_/

             \_______________

WHEN YOU TRY TO PUSH THE 2ND PIN FROM
THE LEFT UP, YOU WILL UNAVOIDABLY BE
PUSHING THE ONE IN FRONT OF IT UP BE-
CAUSE OF IT'S LONG BOTTOM PIN. THE ONLY
SOLUTION FOR THIS IS TO GET A SPECIAL
PICK THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS:

         \
          \   _______________
           \_/

THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THIS IS THAT IT
IS HARD TO INITIALLY DETECT. THE REASON
THAT IT MAKES IT HARDER IF IT IS NOT 
IMMEDIETLY APPERANT IS THAT YOU UN-
AVOIDABLY PUSH THE 3RD PIN FROM THE
LEFT UP INTO THE HOUSING, GETTING IT
JAMMED:

             ! !*! !
   HOUSING   ! !_! !
             !  _  !
             ! !*! !
   __________! !*! !________
   ___________ !*! ________
              !!*!!   
     PLUG     !!*!!
              !\_/!


I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADDRESS A 
TECHNIQUE CALLED RAKING. IT USES A
TOOL LIKE THIS:

        \/\/\/\___________

BASICLY YOU "RAKE" IT BACK AND FORTH
ACROSS THE PINS, HOPING THAT COMBINED
WITH THE TENSION IT WILL GIVE YOU THE
RIGHT COMBINATION. THIS WAY HAS BEEN
KNOWN: FAST SOMETIMES, BUT IS
NOT VERY RELIABLE, AND I WOULD SUGGEST
LEARNING TO ACTUALLY "PICK" THE LOCK.

EARLIER I PROMISED AN ADDRESS TO ORDER
LOCKSMITHING MATERIALS FROM, SO HERE IT
IS:

 GARRISON PROTECTIVE ELECTRONICS
            BOX 128
  KEW GARDENS, NEW YORK, 11415

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       FLUSHING, NY  11354

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THIS CONCLUDES OUR EXTRAORDINAIRELY
GRAPHIC ARTICLE ON LOCK PICKING. IF YOU
HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, LEAVE E-MAIL FOR
DARC DEATHE ON MOST NATIONAL BBS'S.

     Edited by : Quasimoto



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