So what did I look up? Lockpicking! My main character does it a couple of times in my novel (channeling Nancy Drew, natch) and my descriptions of this process have been kind of vague. Until now.
Lo and behold, a nice man named Jim Koch has Expert Village videos on picking padlocks, deadbolts and other cool stuff.
How to Pick Padlocks -- powered by ExpertVillage.com
Tell me you don't want to go out and do this. I'd feel like a super secret spy with my cool lockpicking tools, crouching at a back door, wearing all black and a ski mask, with only minutes to get in and steal the secret documents, my archnemesis (an evil double agent) due home at any minute... I need a lockpicking kit for Christmas. And also a life.