Are you a lock-picking expert?
If you find yourself locked out of your house, you might be tempted to learn your way around a lock pick. But while the theory is easy, getting a lock to open without a key is a little harder.
If you want to pick the most common type of lock -- on your own property, of course -- your objective is to:
- lift a set of pins to the right height
- compress a set of springs
- pull a set of springs
The two main tools used in picking a lock are:
- picks and a drill
- picks and a tension wrench
- picks and fine pliers
While a lock is being picked, the cylinder, or plug:
- turns a little further with the movement of each pin
- stays in place until all the pins are out of the way
- moves away from the housing, creating a ledge
The point at which the pins in a lock line up perfectly, allowing the lock to open is the:
- cam line
- perfect line
- shear line
If you're not patient enough to pick a lock, you can pull a wide-tipped pick out of the lock while turning the tension wrench. This is called:
Why is it often easier to pick wafer-tumbler locks than pin-tumbler locks?
- Wafer-tumblers have only a few wafers to move.
- Wafers are flimsier than pins.
- Wafer-tumbler locks have a wider keyhole.
Tubular locks are the most secure type of key-opening lock because:
- A tube of an exact diameter is required to open the lock.
- The pins are located all the way around the inside of the lock instead of in a row.
- The keyhole is designed to prevent picks and wrenches from fitting inside.
You can make a lock fit an existing key by:
- reconfiguring the pins
- reconfiguring the springs
- You can't. You have to get a new key.
How does a pick gun open a lock?
- by interpreting the weight of each pin in the lock
- by using picks to vibrate the lock's pins
- by breaking the lock from inside
Most burglars don’t gain entry to homes by picking locks because:
- Lock picking takes lots of skill and practice.
- There are lots of easier ways to get into a building.
- both A and B