There's nothing classy about breaking through your own window after you've been locked out. And paying a pro a few hundred bucks to jimmy a lock doesn't feel great, either. So, why not do the smart thing and train yourself in the art of lockpicking? Now you can, with this terrifyingly easy to follow Lock Picking School In A Box.
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Significantly more hands-on than your standard For Dummies guide, the kit includes a set of four metal picks, one tension tool, a visual tutorial appropriately entitled "Easy Pickings," and a set of five mock tumbler pin lock cylinders that become progressively tougher to crack.
Each successive lock mechanism in the kit adds a pin, so by the time you've worked your way to number five, which is stocked with the five you'd encounter on a typical door, you should be ready to declare yourself the master locksmith of your friend group.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor and has locked himself out of his apartment more than he's willing to admit.