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Guide to Lock Picking


Ted the Tool
September 1, 1991

Distribution


Copyright 1987, 1991 Theodore T. Tool. All rights reserved.
Permission to reproduce this document on a non-profit basis is granted provided that this copyright and distribution notice is included in full. The information in this booklet is provided for educational purposes only.

Contents


  1. It's Easy
  2. How a Key Opens a Lock
  3. The Flatland Model
  4. Basic Picking and The Binding Defect
  5. The Pin Column Model
  6. Basic Scrubbing
  7. Advanced Lock Picking
    1. Mechanical Skills
    2. Zen and the Art of Lock Picking
    3. Analytic Thinking
  8. Exercises
    1. Exercise 1: Bouncing the pick
    2. Exercise 2: Picking pressure
    3. Exercise 3: Picking Torque
    4. Exercise 4: Identifying Set Pins
    5. Exercise 5: Projection
  9. Recognizing and Exploiting Personality Traits
    1. Which Way To Turn
    2. How Far to Turn
    3. Gravity
    4. Pins Not Setting
    5. Elastic Deformation
    6. Loose Plug
    7. Pin Diameter
    8. Beveled Holes and Rounded pins
    9. Mushroom Driver Pins
    10. Master Keys
    11. Driver or Spacer Enters Keyway
    12. Vibration Picking
    13. Disk Tumblers
  10. Final Remarks
  1. Tools
    1. Pick Shapes
    2. Street cleaner bristles
    3. Bicycle spokes
    4. Brick Strap

  2. Legal Issues