- How do I know which way the lock turns?
- How much tension is too much?
- What locks can be picked?
- What brands are difficult to pick?
To unlock most key-in-knob style locks, the plug will rotate in a counter-clockwise direction.
To lock most key-in-knob style locks, the plug will rotate in a clockwise direction.
To unlock most deadbolts, if the bolt is protruding to the left then the plug must rotate clockwise. If the bolt is protruding to the right then the plug must rotate counter-clockwise. The opposite is therefore true to lock the deadbolt.
To unlock a master padlock (unless there is a ward preventing it) the plug may be turned in either direction.
If too much tension is applied to the plug, the pins which reside in the chamber will not move freely. Furthermore, the bound pins will often restrict the picks entrance into the plug. If this is the problem release tension and insert the pick, apply gradual tension until you feel the pins binding slightly and maintain that tension throughout the picking process. If this is still too much tension, gradually release tension until the right tension is attained. I cannot stress enough the importance of proper tension, improper tension is the primary reason for failure in lock-picking and destruction of tools.
Wafer, Pin, and Disk tumbler locks can be opened using the Starter Set.
Most automobiles, have Disc tumbler locks, (practice on Ford and Dodge).
Most residential and commercial grade locks as well as padlocks contain Pin tumblers.
Most desks, filling cabinets, glass showcases, gun locks, tool boxes, pickup truck cabs and combination safe knob locks will open rather easily, as they do not have many pins.
Assa, Dom, Medeco, Best, American, usually in that order.