[188] My Approach to Lock Picking Tension




  1. I'm from Germany, so English is not my first and favorite language. But he speaks so clear it's easy to understand. I think of trying to pick as a new hobby. I have two locks I do not use. LPLs advice is pure gold

  2. Videos like this should NOT be considered overly long because the "short" videos are the hook while longer videos (this one has over a million views!) will be rightly popular AFTER viewers are introduced to the subject. LPL could do a six hour marathon and many of us (self certainly included) would happily watch it if not necessarily in one shot. The LPL audience is firmly established.

  3. If you have a particular tensioning tool you'd like to remove much of that "springiness" (referred to in metallurgy as ductility) and assuming it's made of a good quality steel alloy – which most tools are, heat your tool using a propane torch and immediately quench it in standard motor oil. The motor oil adds carbon which makes the steel increasingly more "brittle" but not to the point of breaking under tension. You do need a slight amount of ductile strength and slight flexibility to retain the tool's ability to return to it's designed shape after applying tension. Try testing this on a similar tool you won't mind losing before using it on a tool you'd like to keep. Heat and quickly quench, cool, then test and repeat until the tool reaches a desirable amount of hardness you like. It should only take 4 or 5 treatments to get the desired hardness. I learned from the best. My dad was a sheet metal technician and often needed to construct his own tools.

  4. I notice that you get solid clicks on each pin and I NEVER do every time like you do 🙁 ….. I don't know how you do it….If I go heavy on the tension, it just binds the pins…..If I go too light, everything just acts springy and I get random clicks and resets….I try to vary my tension but I NEVER get solid clicks on every pin like you do in you videos….. Please help

  5. Maybe one reason more tension is preferred with his method on turning tool due to the fact that the key ways generally are not centered on the lock. If you tension off the bottom of the key way it’s usually closer the outer edge of the core which would provide more leverage with less force. LPL likes to use the the top of the key way on most locks which is much closer to the center of the core requiring more tension but also it may give more feedback as it’s in most cases closer to the fulcrum.

  6. Absolutely brilliant! I have been fascinated for years subscribed and watching your videos, but never knew "how" you get your feedback and progress the pick, "nothing on one, little click out of two" etc… This solves a piece of that puzzle for me, giving me more appreciation and understanding. It never occurred to me to look for instructional videos, I just appreciated your content as you picked. I felt it daunting to "Just start" into lock picking as a hobby, and I have wanted to for quite some time, but getting started without understanding would be useless. This is great! I feel so much more comfortable now ordering a Covert Companion. Time to binge more of your videos 😀

  7. Ive been following this channel for a long time to find out if new bike locks would be too easily defeated. today my first lockpick set came in, so I headed here to learn the fundamentals

  8. Ive spent many years as a hobby picker, and a few as a real world locksmith. For hobby picking, this is great info! But, for real world situations, it can be quite a difficult chore to keep a TOK tension tool in place, due to where the lock is mounted. I once had one at the bottom of a chain holding lawn mowers, pressure washers, and other heavy items together, and the chain was under the weight of all of these machines. It was a christmas miracle getting my hands and tools down where the lock was stuck. But SPP was out of the question! So, a flex tension BOK and bogota rake it was! lol! Other than those sorta scenarios, great video!

  9. 🤣🤣🤣 368 hated ??? You the best!. Look I started picking when I was 14 with paper clips…. (No YouTube). Just a thought I had and made happen!. I'm 32 now and love my hobby and want to make it into a profession….life you know.
    You keep up the good work BOSS.

  10. Thanks LPL. I'm new to lock picking. Using as little force as possible was making sense. You don't want to bind to pin so much that you can't move them. There is that lock that was giving me issue. I was only able to pick it once every 10 ~ 20 attempts. I tried with more force and the click became so much obvious. I picked it first try

  11. Great information to learn here. My only think is the concept of less feedback with a more flexible tension tool. This is why fishermen tend to favor a thinner rod to better feel the feedback of fish buying the hook. A stiffer rod results in less feedback. Regardless, it is good to hear a some thorough information in regards to tension. I haven't found this much on the subject elsewhere.

  12. I am self-taught but a lot of what you say is what I found out sometimes heavy tension is good it makes for very easy single pin picking and sometimes I have to lighten my tension slightly while picking the pin and the pin pops

  13. Watching your videos I have learned what most games the feature a lock picking simulation are getting fundamentally wrong. I am sure their getting a lot wrong, but in every case I have encounter, you set pins then rotate the core. Never do you begin by adding tension to the core and then start setting pins.

  14. Having come back to this video now that I have a Covert Companion + Expansion and need to learn this stuff, it's interesting how much slower and quieter LPL used to be!


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