How to Pick a Lock

  • Published: 14 April 2008
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    Locked yourself out of the house? Most common pin and tumbler locks can be picked with a little luck and finesse—so before you call a locksmith, try this.

    Only pick your own locks—or you could wind up in a lot of trouble.

    Step 1: Get a paperclip
    Get a paperclip or safety pin and bend it straight. Now make a slight upwards bend at the very end.

    You can buy a professional lock pick set at a hardware store. There is a basic size intended for American locks.

    Step 2: Insert the wrench
    Insert your wrench into the lower part of the keyhole—that is, the side opposite the one where the key’s teeth would go in.

    Step 3: Determine direction
    Figure out which way the lock needs to be turned to open by turning the wrench clockwise and then counterclockwise. You’ll feel which way has more give.

    Step 4: Turn the lock
    Turn the lock the correct way with the wrench, putting slight pressure on it. Hold the wrench in place.

    Step 5: Insert the paperclip
    While keeping pressure on the lock, insert the end of the paperclip into the top part of the keyhole.

    Step 6: Feel for pins
    Feel around the keyhole with the paperclip until you locate the pins. If you’re picking a common door lock, there will most likely be at least five of them in a row.

    Before you start, many experts suggest 'raking' the lock. Straighten your second paperclip, put a few bends at the wire’s end, and—with no pressure on your wrench—shove it to the back of the lock. Now pull it out quickly, pressing against the top of the lock while gently turning your wrench. You might just set a pin or two that way.

    Step 7: Push up
    Now for the actual 'picking.' One at a time, push each pin up with the paperclip. Try to feel for the moment when the pin reaches its 'unlocked' position. You should feel a slight give—or even hear a faint click.

    Start with the pin furthest away from you—then move on to the next.

    Step 8: Increase the pressure
    As you go, apply slightly more pressure with the wrench until you have all the pins lifted up.

    Step 9: Turn the wrench
    Now turn the wrench fully. Voila! The lock will pop open.

    Did You Know?
    Wooden locks were used as far back as 4,000 years ago in ancient Egypt.
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Comments • 11 777

  • William Boivin-Villeneuve

    why is this turning me on!?

    • Carlisha Williams
      Carlisha Williams  1 days back

      Her acting is cringey

      • B1ue 1emon
        B1ue 1emon  2 days back

        Wait a second ill just get my wrentch from my hair..

        • wolfgear of worgens
          wolfgear of worgens  1 weeks back

          i used this to escape my room after the handle on the door broke

          • minet dbrogs
            minet dbrogs  2 weeks back

            Lol in ancient egypt......if locksmith didnt successfully open the king's chamber....he was thrown to crocodiles..

            • Flawsome Woman
              Flawsome Woman  3 weeks back

              Should I be concerned that 15 M people watched this

              • Tyler George
                Tyler George  4 weeks back

                I'd like to pick her lock;)

                • asian boy
                  asian boy  1 months back

                  Now I can go steal my dog back
                  Thanks YouTube

                  • NadrianATRS
                    NadrianATRS  1 months back

                    This isn’t even close to how easy it is to pick a lock. It isn’t

                    • There is always a rainbow After a little rain

                      Who tf puts a paper clip in their bra

                      • There is always a rainbow After a little rain

                        She looks like she’s having too much fun

                        • Bandit Kriek
                          Bandit Kriek  2 months back

                          90% thief watch this
                          10% people watch this

                          • MineWit
                            MineWit  3 months back

                            me: has this house for 10 years and opens the door tons of milions of times
                            me: forgets keys

                            • Swanay Mohanty
                              Swanay Mohanty  3 months back

                              rather than learning..I was lost in those beautiful eyes

                              • DAVID & CARLIE
                                DAVID & CARLIE  3 months back

                                EVRYONE!!! slow down the video when she opens the door there is no lock in that door she just wants you to view it, like it, and subscribe make sure you dislike it for that

                                • For the rebel cause
                                  For the rebel cause  4 months back

                                  Who keeps a tension wrench in their hair??

                                  • Jai-M
                                    Jai-M  4 months back

                                    *Lockpick increased.* also she looks really into it

                                    • Nat is my Name
                                      Nat is my Name  5 months back

                                      So her burglars who’s house is next I mean I got pretty good stuff

                                      • Ali Shaikh
                                        Ali Shaikh  5 months back

                                        Then you realize that they used an OPEN lock and this vid is fake

                                        • Larvitar Dratini
                                          Larvitar Dratini  6 months back

                                          I watched this vid and picked my first lock like 4 mins later. It's super easy I thought there was no way I could do it but I figured it out with a single Bobby pin

                                          • Liv Schuster
                                            Liv Schuster  6 months back

                                            She looks like she’s having an orgasm

                                            • Jaqui FC
                                              Jaqui FC  7 months back

                                              y este contenido debería ser prohibido nmms v:

                                              • Jaqui FC
                                                Jaqui FC  7 months back

                                                como llegué aqui? help

                                                • Roxxy Foxx
                                                  Roxxy Foxx  7 months back

                                                  I did this but instead of a wrench, I used a Bobby pin. Worked the same :)

                                                  • obesity whale
                                                    obesity whale  7 months back

                                                    unlock it - charli xcx (2017) colourized

                                                    • Sista Marina
                                                      Sista Marina  7 months back

                                                      How do I get a rinch...?😢

                                                      • BeloveTaeyeon
                                                        BeloveTaeyeon  7 months back

                                                        Just in case we lost the key of our bedroom.

                                                        Supernatural Season 14...episode 9 brought me here.

                                                        Jack uses the internet to pick a lock.

                                                        • Miguel Garcia
                                                          Miguel Garcia  7 months back

                                                          So this video is incorrect, the deadbolt in the video is a smart lock which you CANNOT PICK, if they are going to at least attempt to show the proper way to pick a lock, they should at least use the proper locks, COMING FROM A LOCKSMITH

                                                          • Manny Mehrok
                                                            Manny Mehrok  7 months back

                                                            And now I can begin my devil's life 😂

                                                            • Timothy Toth
                                                              Timothy Toth  8 months back

                                                              Give me a tie wrap and a little fishing line and I have yet to find a door lock I can't pick. It's easy and the ideal of breaking the lock to pick it is boneheaded. Buy a lot of door locks take them a part and put them back together. Install them on doors and pick them with tie wrap and fishing line. Once you learn how to do this you will be able to pick any door lock and 1-3 seconds. Now your less likely to damage the lock my way and keeping a small tie wrap and a little bit of fishing line in your wallet Is easy.

                                                              • Tea Time With Potato
                                                                Tea Time With Potato  8 months back

                                                                Now killer/murders/robbers/know how to get into my house

                                                                • ion whooked
                                                                  ion whooked  8 months back

                                                                  professional lock pick set for a professional burglar

                                                                  • ion whooked
                                                                    ion whooked  8 months back

                                                                    howcast helping criminals since 2008

                                                                    • Professor Life
                                                                      Professor Life  8 months back

                                                                      Thank you... I can now breaking in into any house 😳

                                                                      • Elizabeth Reynaldi
                                                                        Elizabeth Reynaldi  8 months back

                                                                        My brother sent this to me

                                                                        • katarzyna sosnowska
                                                                          katarzyna sosnowska  8 months back

                                                                          What if a crinimal that wants to open a door full diamonts waches this video

                                                                          • /dev/etresevo
                                                                            /dev/etresevo  8 months back

                                                                            You will need
                                                                            -a Lockpick skill of 75 or higher

                                                                            • Dragon Beast
                                                                              Dragon Beast  8 months back

                                                                              I remember watchinn this a long time ago

                                                                              • Tame MeDown
                                                                                Tame MeDown  8 months back

                                                                                Why are video's like this even legal? I've been trying to find a pick proof deadbolt but with every lock I look into, there is a You Tube video of how to pick it. I give up! Basically, there is nothing a lock picking expert can't bypass. So very sad for the rest of us and very scary.

                                                                                • Nightmare
                                                                                  Nightmare  8 months back

                                                                                  Ahh, I did this to my Bathroom door that was Locked, And I unlocked it. And then walked in my Parents doing it in the Shower

                                                                                  • Roman Millan
                                                                                    Roman Millan  8 months back

                                                                                    Im just nine i wasent born yet

                                                                                    • CyberGamer
                                                                                      CyberGamer  9 months back

                                                                                      Yes when you are locked outside your house you will somehow have a wrench to use to pick it

                                                                                      • Aliyah Young
                                                                                        Aliyah Young  9 months back

                                                                                        I DONT HAVE A WRENCH

                                                                                      • Ramzenator 21
                                                                                        Ramzenator 21  9 months back

                                                                                        Who just casually keeps a special wrench with them at all times?!?!?!?!

                                                                                        • azar ghasemi
                                                                                          azar ghasemi  9 months back

                                                                                          soooo...she forgot her key but remembered to bring all that equipment?

                                                                                          • Bello
                                                                                            Bello  8 months back

                                                                                            L ok l

                                                                                        • Cosmo
                                                                                          Cosmo  9 months back

                                                                                          that woman seems like she's feeling some other things if you know what i'm saying amirite

                                                                                          • Walle brown
                                                                                            Walle brown  10 months back

                                                                                            You saved my workday, thank you

                                                                                            • Em L_X
                                                                                              Em L_X  10 months back

                                                                                              Forgot my keys, but hey, at least I remembered my wrench 💁🏼‍♀️