Multi Locksmith Experience And Service

Here at Multi Locksmith, we are proud to have years of experience helping car owners, homeowners and business owners with their lock and key problems. Our experience and certification help our customers know they can trust us with their private security. Each of our technicians is trained with the best equipment available and the knowledge of the latest technologies in the security industry, but when it comes down to it, we know that no technology can make up for old-fashioned skill. Our technicians are trained how to pick a lock with the bare essentials, meaning they can help you whenever and wherever you need. But in the event that we can’t be there to help you, here’s a basic guide for how to pick a lock.

How Locks Work

To understand how to pick a lock, you need to understand how a lock works. A tumbler lock (which is perhaps the lock you will encounter most often, as it is used in deadbolts, cars, etc.), is made up of these basic parts:

  • The keyway: the orifice where the key can be inserted into the lock.
  • The Plug or Cylinder: This is the portion of the lock that the key actually turns within the mechanism.
  • The Hull: The portion of the lock that does not rotate, but houses the plug.
  • Pins: Within the hull are a number of pins, commonly 5 pins, supported by springs. When the pins are properly aligned the key can turn the plug, which in turn will release the lock mechanism.


It is important to understand a bit more about the pins of the lock. Tumbler pins are segmented, made up of two parts. The top parts of all 5 pins are the same length, and the lower portions are various lengths that will correspond with a specific key. As a key is inserted into the lock, it will line up the top pins along what is known as the sheer line. When the sheer line is perfectly matched with the line between the hull and the plug, then the plug can turn. The objective of lock picking is to successfully force each of the pins to separate with the sheer line and allow the plug to turn.

Tools We Use

Most basic lock picking requires two tools: the pick and the tension wrench. The pick must be a long piece of thin metal with an end of leverage, the most basic version with a small hook curved at the end. The tension wrench must be thin enough to fit just within the mouth of the keyway; often small screwdrivers or paperclips bent to form a tight loop can be used.

The Lock Picking Process

The tension wrench is inserted into the bottom of the keyway and turned the direction the key would turn the lock. This applies a tension to the pins within the tumbler. The pick is inserted lifting the pins up to the sheer line as though the actual key is being used. Obviously the objective for the pick is to press each of the pins far enough up into the hull that the top pins separate from the bottom pins and the plug is allowed to turn. As the pick is inserted all the way to the farthest pin, and the tip of the pick pushes the pin upward, you will hear a click as the top pin is forced into the upper hull, and with the relief of tension, rests upon the shelf created by the turned plug.

Starting with the farthest pin and working back out of the plug toward the first pin, each of the pins must be separated up into the hull. When all pins have been separated along the sheer line, the tension wrench will be able to turn the plug, and the locking mechanism is released.

Expert Lock Picking

Each lock is different, but with these basics, you should be capable of picking any tumbler or pin lock you need to in an emergency. Of course, with information like this comes the obligation to use it responsibly. Our team here at Multi Locksmith is made up of highly trained experts certified and licensed to provide the lock picking services we offer. We hope that in any lockout situation, you can call for the 24-hour professional help you might need to get the job done quickly and the right way.

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