Opening locks without keys can seem pretty impossible, but if you know what you’re doing, it can be easier than you think. While any lock can be picked by someone with the right tools and experience, there are many cases where picking or drilling just isn’t an option and you need to open the lock without key. These 6 locksmithing tips will help you do just that!

1) Use Picking Kit

A picking kit is one of the best ways to open a lock without key. It is relatively simple to use and can be done in a matter of minutes. Plus, it does not require any special skills or training. Here are the steps -Pick up the lock from either side with your thumb and index finger,

-Insert the needle into each pinhole 

-Apply tension by pulling on both ends of the string at once 

-Move the pick back and forth through all the pins with quick jabs until you hear a click sound, which means that you have found and pushed down on every pinhole. If this step fails, then try another set of pins. You might need to wiggle it around before trying again. 

-The final step is to twist/jiggle while applying pressure so that they can pop back up into place (many locks will automatically do this).

2) Try The Fishing Trick

This trick is also known as the credit card trick and is one of the oldest ways to open a lock without key. All you need is a credit card or something similar that can slide between the door and the frame. Apply pressure to the card so that it pops the latch out of the strike plate. Then, simply push open the door. Another option is to use some kind of wire, string, or cord and feed it into the crack on either side of the door from the inside. Use this tool to move back and forth until you have enough slack in your wire/string/cord to get hold of both ends. 

With your hands still inside the room, pull both ends at once in opposite directions until the latch pops up from its place on either side of the doorframe. Once released, just pull open your door! The power cord for an electric drill is another useful tool for opening locks without keys. The end of the power cord will have a metal connector called an alligator clip that makes it perfect for slipping into small cracks around the edge of doors. 

3) Take it Apart

If you’re ever in a bind and find yourself without a key, there are still ways to open that lock. With a little ingenuity, you can use everyday items to pick the lock or even brute force it open. Here are the top six ways to open a lock without key -Picking: Pry off the two pins on either side of the lock with pliers, then turn them into each other so they point away from each other. 

Hold your tension wrench in one hand and put it over the center pin so that one of its ends rests on either side of the bottom plate. Push down on both ends at once and turn them clockwise at the same time until you feel resistance. Once this happens, slowly move your tension wrench downward as you continue turning until suddenly – snap.

You’ve opened the lock! You should now be able to slide the bolt back out of place. However, if you cannot do this for some reason, just insert a nail or screwdriver underneath the edge of the door so that it is wedged between the bolt and door jamb (keep in mind not to pry hard enough to damage anything). 

4) Wiggle Your Way In

So you’re locked out of your house and don’t have a spare key. What do you do? Don’t call a locksmith just yet. There are a few ways you can try to open the lock yourself. Insert something into the keyhole and wiggle it around. If that doesn’t work, take something pointy like a screwdriver or ice pick, insert it into the top of the keyhole on one side, then push it all the way down until it hits the latch release on the other side. This technique is for doors with horizontal cylinder locks only; vertical cylinder locks will require an entirely different technique, which we’ll get to in a moment. The next three methods use brute force: 

  • Use a credit card to jimmy the door open. Slide it into the crack at the bottom of the door and move it up and down, pressing against both sides of the frame as you go. 
  • Take two pieces of wood (or anything strong), stand them up on either side of the door near its hinges, step back, then give them both a hard shove.
  • Take two large heavy books (or anything heavy), set them up against each other near the hinges, step back again and give them both a hard shove while they’re still leaning against each other-this should create enough momentum to break through if done correctly.

5) Use Suction Method

The suction method is a popular way to open a lock without key. You’ll need a few supplies before you get started: a strong suction cup, a razor blade, and some lubricant. Start by cutting the bottom of the suction cup off with the razor blade. Once that’s done, apply a small amount of lubricant to the edge of the cut on the bottom of the suction cup. Next, place your hand over top of the opening in your door where your lock should be. 

Place one side of the cut-off part of your suction cup over top where your lock should be, and press down firmly until it creates an airtight seal with your doorframe (just like when you’re sealing up a baggie). Leave it there for about 30 seconds or so while you’re applying pressure to keep it in place — if nothing happens after that time period has passed then try again with different pressure and see if anything happens this time around.

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