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shapeimage_13Locked out of your house in the middle of the night? Have you lost the key to the padlock on the shed? Before you pay a locksmith to let you in or to open something up, consider picking the lock yourself. Most locks around the home or office are simple pin-and-tumbler locks and can be relatively easy to open using a pick and tension wrench, both of which can be improvised from common household items. While the process is simple and can be mastered with practice, picking such a lock requires a great deal of patience.

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lock picking, if you follow the steps outlined here, you should be able to pick your first lock open less than an hour from now. You’ll also learn the best places to get the tools you’ll need (and how to make them if you don’t want to buy them).

Lock Picking Instructions

Step 1: Purchase a practice lock

Now you’re ready to purchase a practice lock. Odds are, you’ll end up destroying this lock, so don’t go for anything fancy, or anything you’ll want to keep. Walk into any department store and buy a medium priced dead-bolt. A dead-bolt is the easiest lock to disassemble, so don’t stray away towards any other type. Also, the really cheap locks can be hard to open even with the key, so trying to pick them is even worse. The brands you want to look for are either generic names, or Kwikset. Stay away from Schlage, it’s more difficult to pick due to the shape of the ward. The lock you purchase should be a five pin tumbler (you would have a hard time finding a dead-bolt that isn’t).

Step 2: Remove all but one pin from your lock

Attempting to pick a five pin tumbler is way too difficult for someone just starting out. So you’ll want to make your job easier by removing all but one pin from your lock. This will give you a feel for what it’s like to pick a lock so you’ll know it when it happens. Taking the pins out of a lock without destroying it isn’t intuitive, so I’ve put together a guide showing how to do it. You’ll want to leave the first pin (the pin closest to the front of the lock) in. This will allow you to see what you’re doing.

Step 3: Get a torque wrench and a pick

You probably don’t own a lock pick set, so you’re going to have to make due with household items. Here is a list of a few items which will serve you well as a torque wrench: * Allen Wrench. This is the best tool. If you have a grinder, pick one which is a size or two too big to enter the key-way, then grind it’s width down just enough to enter the key-way. If you don’t have a grinder, use a file, or use a different item for a torque wrench. (Using one which fits exactly into the key-way will only work for a while, eventually you’ll wear out the key-way). * Screwdriver. Use a very small one, but not so small that it doesn’t touch the wards. You’ll want to make it as effortless as possible to apply turning pressure. * Paper Clip. Find a sturdy paper clip and straighten it out. Then bend a loop just big enough to fit into the bottom of the key-way. Then bend the remaining wire about 80-90 degrees to the loop. Here are some tools which may be used as a pick (most of these tools will work well for picking the first pin, but you’ll need to upgrade after you’ve added a pin or two): * Allen Wrench. Pick the smallest one you can find. * Screw Driver. Again, pick the smallest one you can find. * Paper Clip. You’ll need one strong enough to withstand the force of the springs. * Straight Pin. File the point off so you don’t stick yourself. * Safety Pin. Again, file the point off. * Staple. You’ll need one strong enough to withstand the force of the springs. Straighten it out so it’s flat, then turn it edgewise when picking.

Step 4: Pick the lock

And now the moment of truth; you’re ready to pick your first lock. Basically, just do what you learned back in step1 and step 2. I find it easiest when the lock is turned upside down. Then place your finger on the torque wrench, and let gravity do the work (you may need to press down just a little bit). Then take your pick and lower the first pin down very slowly. Once you hit the the sheer line, you’ll know it. The plug will turn, and you’ll be amazed as to how easy it was and how little time it took. Return the plug back to the locked position and repeat until you’re comfortable.

Step 5: Add some more pins and try again

Now that you know what it feels like, add another pin back in (add pin two, just behind pin one). Now when you get a pin picked, you won’t know for sure, not until you try to pick the second one. Practice, Practice, Practice. You’ll want to become very proficient at picking two pins before stepping up to three. If you try to advance too quickly, you’ll hinder your learning. So take your time. If you practice casually, it will probably take you three to five days to work your way up to five pins. Also, you’ll need better tools to pick more than three pins, so order your pick set and practice with two and three pins until your order

Re Key Your Lock. Not Replace!

shapeimage_122To Rekey a Lock:

•Make sure the door is unlocked.

•Using the wire tool from the kit, remove the doorknob.

•Push the cylinder out the back of the knob assembly, remove the knob sleeve, and take off the cylinder.

•Remove the thin retainer ring from the lock cylinder.

•Insert the original key in the lock and turn it in either direction.

•Carefully remove the cylinder plug from the cylinder using the special tool that comes with the kit, making sure the pins and springs don’t pop out of the cylinder itself.

•Remove the old pins, insert the new key, and use a pair of narrow pliers or tweezers to match the new colored pins to the color code (found on the instruction sheet from the kit), and insert them into the cylinder.

•Reverse the above steps to put the lock back together.

Rekeying a lock is the process of changing the tumblers of a lock cylinder with tumblers of different sizes. When you rekey a lock the old key can be thrown away as it will no longer open the lock. The lock will require the new key that coincides with the new tumblers to operate. Local locksmiths can rekey locks at a significantly lower cost than full replacement of the lock. If the security grade of the lock has an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Grade 1 designation there should not be a need to replace the entire lock.

In addition to rekeying locks for security many home owners choose to rekey locks for convenience. One way to reduce confusion and the weight of many keys on your key ring is to have all of your exterior locks rekeyed to use the same key. A locksmith can rekey an unlimited number of locks in your home to all work with the same key. For owners of rental property such as apartment buildings, or for condominium associations, it is often necessary to have a master key that will open multiple locks. These locks then each have a key that will open only that tenant’s lock. Locksmiths can perform master rekeying to almost any configuration to meet the needs of rental property owners, businesses, and home owners.

There are several reasons you may choose to rekey the lock or locks on the doors in your home, place of business, or other secure location. Some of the more common ones include moving into a new place, losing a key, loaning out a key and not getting it back, or wanting to have different keys for your front, back and side door. While you may think that rekeying is a cost effective alternative to actually replacing the old lock sets, the process can still add up if an entire house needs to be done.

The decision to rekey or replace your locks may come down to the expense. But keep in mind that in many states you are required to rekey old locks between tenants if you own residential rental property.

The Make Of A Car Key


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You will want to find a trusted locksmith to help you replace your car keys.  It is very important that they understand how to make your exact key.  All keys are different and locksmiths have different specialties.  You can also make a spare or two so that you are prepared when that time comes for you or your family.  Any car from a Lexus to a Kia key can be replaced by a friendly local locksmith.

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