What You Need to Know About Lock Picking

What You Need to Know About Lock Picking

The lock on your front door is what allows you to get in but prevents anyone unwanted from gaining access to your property. However, there’s sometimes a time when you forget your keys and don’t have access to your house. Before you call the locksmith to come and have your locks changed, consider picking the lock yourself.

How are locks picked in the first place?

Most locks are actually pretty simple to pick, so next time you’re locked out of your house in the middle of the night, follow these simple steps to pick your lock.

Pick and Tension Wrench – Before you go about picking a lock, you’ll need a couple of handy tools. It is possible to improvise when picking a lock, but having these tools to hand will make the process much easier. The tension wrench is used to apply pressure to turn the lock cylinder, whilst the pick is used to pick the lock. According to Qualified Hardware, it’s possible to even use 2 bobby pins as a pick by straightening out the pin and removing the rubber coated tips.


The first step is to place the aforementioned tension wrench into the lower portion of the keyhole to apply pressure to turn the lock cylinder. You’ll need to determine which way to turn the wrench in order to turn the lock cylinder. Apply pressure to the tension wrench and hold it there whilst you work.

Picking the lock – The next step is to use the pick to actually pick the lock. You should use the pick to push up on each of the individual pins within the lock. If you’re not able to push up any of the pins, you’ll need to turn the tension wrench accordingly.



    You’ll need to feel for which of the pins is the most “stubborn” and put just enough pressure on it. You’ll need to push on the lower pin, which will in turn push the higher pin completely out of the cylinder. This bit can be a little fiddly. The upper pin should then fall back down onto the cylinder and you should hear a faint click as it does.

    You’ll need to repeat this step for each of the remaining pins in the lock, whilst still maintaining pressure with the tension wrench. Once you turn the tension wrench, you should find the lock opens and you’re in.

    How to prevent commercial locks from being picked?

    Now you have a good idea as to how to pick your own lock, but how do you protect your commercial building and prevent your locks from being picked?


    Deadbolt Locks – You may already have locks built into the knobs on your doors. However, they’re simply not enough to prevent someone from picking them. Deadbolt locks are much stronger and much more difficult to pick, making them the top choice when it comes to choosing a lock that can’t be picked. You’ll need a lock of at least grade 1 or 2 solid metal and no screws exposed on the outside.

    Deadlock Locks – Installing a deadlock can help increase the security of a building whilst you’re in it, which is especially useful for office buildings. These locks are rarely visible from the outside and allow flicking the lock into place when you enter a building.

    Cylinder Guards – Many burglars can easily hammer, wrench or pry their way past a lock, but installing a cylinder guard will make the process more difficult for them. Round head guards are the best option to choose, as they can’t be removed easily. Protect your locks and they won’t be picked as easily.


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    Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

    Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

    There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

    “For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

    Primal Therapy

    Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.


    How it Started

    “During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

    It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

    “I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

    Delving deeper

    Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

    Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

    Some Methods To Practice Screaming

    If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!


    • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
    • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
    • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
    • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

    After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

    Scream Sing

    Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.


    • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
    • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
    • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
    • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
    • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
    • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
    • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

    If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

    Scream into a pillow

    Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.


    Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

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