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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.

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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.

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    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?

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    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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    Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

    Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

    We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

    Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]

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    Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

    Looking at images of loved ones

    While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.

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    In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

    Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]

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    Exercise

    Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.

    Meditation

    Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.

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    In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

    When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.

    With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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