I bought a lockpicking set from Amazon, out of curiosity, and I found for myself a new hobby!
Picking locks is fun! My set came with two clear locks, 1 padlock and 1 door lock. I bought a heavy duty padlock to practice with also.
The set also came with 10 lock tools, and 5 wrenches. The lock tools have names apparently. There are "hooks," "rakes," and "diamonds" primarily. The rakes look like tooth brushes. The diamonds are the tools with the triangle at their tip. The hooks are the tools with the hooked tip.
I was aimlessly spiraling around youtube, and I got to lockpicking videos, so I watched them, and became curious to see if I could pick locks. So I ordered a whole set. The guys on youtube like to use the rakes and they pick locks with their rakes really easy.
So, I first tried the clear padlock. I used a rake, to rake the tumblers, like the guys on youtube. But that didn't work for me. The guys said that the hooks were the hardest to use, as you have to hook each tumbler up one by one, whereas, with a rake, you just rakes them all up at the same time. The rake didn't work for me.
So, my second try was with the hook. As you push the tumblers up, you push on the wrench in the keyhole to make tension. The tension holds the tumblers up, or keeps them up and prevents them from falling back down. As you push each tumbler, you apply more pressure to the wrench.
I was able to unlock the clear padlock on my second try!
I tried the clear door lock. It took me 3 tries with the hook! The hooks are my favorite. And I have a favorite wrench that works best for me.
After I was able to unlock the clear door lock a few times, I tried the real pad lock!
The real padlock was hard. Because I can't see into it to know where to place my hook and where the individual tumblers are at. I spent some time using my hook to gently feel around for tumblers and springs. Then I spent some time, pushing the tumblers up and letting the drop down again, to get use to the sensation of the tumblers and springs.
It took me two tries after becoming familiar with the tumblers and springs to unlock the heavy duty padlock! It's heavy duty, but it's made in China, and the Chinese are cheap. So, they didn't put in a lot of tumblers in the heavy duty padlock. I only felt 2 tumblers! The clear practice padlock has 6! I just had to push the 2 tumblers up and apply pressure to my wrench at the same time, and the real padlock clicked and unlocked! Now I can steal bikes! They might as well lock their bikes with string cheese! 2 tumblers... LOL!
Then I went to go and try to unlock my bedroom door! I tried and tried, and I wasn't able to unlock it. I still need practice with the door locks. It's my first day of having this set. In a week, with practice, I'll be able to open doors. Then I can break into houses! And steal things!
Now what I'm going to do is order a lockpicking pocket jack knife, which is like a folding swiss army pocket knife, but instead of blades, it has lock tools and wrenches! The jack knife goes on your keychain.
How are you reading my mind? Stop this sorcery at once! I am naked in there!
Would you mind sharing with the class the link to which lock pick you've purchased? I am eager to get one of my own. We can compare notes!
I got this set: HERE.
It will be fun when you get the set also! I can now pick the clear padlock real easy just by wiggling and twisting a rake! I still have a difficult time unlocking the clear door locks. And the real padlock is hard to unlock still. I can unlock it, but it takes a while sometimes.
I'm picking the real padlock right now. It's so weird because I'm right handed, and it's hard for me to unlock the real padlock with I use my right hand. But when I hold the padlock in my left hand, and I use my right hand to pick the real padlock, I can unlock in in 5 seconds. With my left hand, I use a hook and I simply push one tumbler up and twist the keyhole with the wrench with barely any pressure, and it unlocks. But when I try the same maneuver with my right hand, I can't find that tumbler! It's just one tumbler, the other one closest to the keyhole is a decoy.
Locking picking set is on the way - actually pretty reasonably priced. Try seeing if you can create a subforum devoted to things of this nature "Ne'erdowellery" is what I would've called it - the "cracking, hacking, lockpicking" trifecta is a bit thread-bare by now - but if you better heading in mind, create it and see if you can move this topic to that subforum.
My set arrive as well. The one that I got has 3 locks with a tool kit. There doesn't seem to be a manual, but I was able to find some cool books on libgen to assist. I am presently doing some work on this site and of course tending to the whirlwind that has bee life as of late. It's a fun ride, that's for sure!
More to follow soon.
Be well, Kaibigan ko!
Oh cool! You don't need a manual. It doesn't come with one. Ii searched youtube for tutorial vids. There's a bunch. It's easy to learn how to do it. The hard part is consistency. 75% of the time, I unlock the locks accidently by wiggling the tool around. Then when it does unlock, I don't know what I pushed!
I was able to create a SubForm called Ne'erdowellery, but it doesn't seem like I can go into a SubForm like Visual Arts, to just extract the Topic of Lockpicking to move it. I've looked for all the obvious buttons and pushed them, like the edit button... but that not it. I don't want to push every button... it might mess something up. I posted a mere link to nexion zine in the shout out box at the SIN network, and it broke the place and froze it!
That actually sounds... fun. I am certain this week I'll be stable. At present there is this hovering feeling of being perpetually in the aftermath of a very sudden bang! what the fuck was that? What. The. Fuck. Just. Happened.
Shell shock. I think. It'd be funny were it not so hilarious. What does one do when they take on the state in litigation? The state police no less. The enormity of this hits me. Lock picking is a chillingly prescient skill to have mentioned. I may actually need this one day.
The tower has been struck asunder. All is but ash and I can breath again. It's already February.
Did they catch on that Joe Biden is being played by Jim Carey yet? Have you?
The way I see it is this. You and I talking here was inevitable. You knew this too even back then. So what do we want to make this nascent creation? What went wrong before?
Let's start there. Let's try breaking things early and keep a log of things not to do again - or at least in that manner. How else to proceed? What would you do with the place?
I like Tempus ITC as a font on a dark theme. But not too dark. eigengrau. This is 'close' but I want it to be something that one both reads and is transfixed by. Like a forum, but not stationery.
There's this really neat interoperability with the blogs and this forum - it allows peer edits and stuff and real time chats. I was literally all set to dive into that and the next thing I know I'm being held with out bond. Acausal circumstances. Did any of that really just happen? I may have been punked. Anywho, go nuts, just don't do anything illegal. I think on Wednesday we'll reconvene. Did we have have a back channel forum? Try making that only you and I can access for now. I'm going to nap.
This looks very interesting! I've just ordered my set as well. Hopefully the three of us can get a discussion going. Will let you guys know when mine comes in.