Can you open a lock with a pin?

Download Article Download Article Getting locked out of your room or home can be stressful if you don’t have a spare key on hand. Luckily, you can avoid high fees from a locksmith by learning how to pick a lock yourself. To pick a lock on a door, you’ll need 2 bobby pins and some patience. One pin will serve as the pick and the other bobby pin will serve as a lever that you’ll use to turn the lock.

  1. 1 Open up a bobby pin and bend it at a 90-degree angle. Spread the wavy and straight ends of the bobby pin apart so that it bends at the center and looks like an L. This bobby pin will serve as the pick that you’ll use to unlock the door.
  2. 2 Remove the rubber tip on the straight end of the bobby pin. Use a knife or razor blade to remove the rounded rubber tip on the straight side of the bobby pin. This will be the end that you’ll stick into the lock to pick it.
    • If you don’t have any tools, remove the rubber tip with your fingernail or teeth.


  3. 3 Stick the flat end of the pin into the top of the lock and bend it. Stick the pin in about 1 centimetre (0.39 in), then fold the rest the bobby pin until it’s flush against the face of the doorknob. This will bend the tip at an angle.
    • You’ll use the bent end of the pin to disengage the pins in the lock.
  4. 4 Bend the wavy end of the bobby pin into a handle for more control. Take the wavy end of the pick and bend it up at a 30-degree angle to create the handle. This step isn’t necessary but will make picking the lock easier and more comfortable for your hands. Once you’re done creating the handle, the pick is done.
    • The curvy end of the bobby pin will look like a coffee mug handle once you’re done bending it.
  5. 5 Bend the tip of another bobby pin to make the tension lever. Take a separate bobby pin and bend the top 1/3 of the pin so that it forms a hook. Do not spread both sides of the bobby pin apart as you did with the pick. Instead, bend both sides of the bobby pin in the same direction.
    • You’ll use the tension lever to actually turn the lock once you’ve picked it.
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  1. 1 Stick the tension lever into the bottom of the lock. Take the shorter, bent end of the tension lever and stick it into the bottom hole in your door lock. The tension lever will hang down the front of your doorknob.
    • You’ll use the lever to maintain tension on the lock as you pick it and as a way to rotate the doorknob once you’ve picked the lock.
  2. 2 Push the lever counterclockwise to apply tension. Maintaining tension on the lever will rotate the barrel in the lock which will allow you to lift each individual pin. Push the lever until you feel some tension. You do not need to use a lot of force.
    • Keep tension on the lock as you pick it.
    • This tension is necessary or the pins will just drop back down into the barrel, keeping the knob locked.
  3. 3 Stick the pick into the lock and feel for the pins. Stick the slightly bent end of the pick into the lock so that the tip is facing upwards. The pins sit on the top portion inside of the keyhole. Feel for the pins with your pick by pushing down on the handle of the pick while it’s in the hole. Press down on the handle of the pick to push the pins up.
    • Most traditional doorknobs will have 5 or 6 pins.
    • A key pushes the pins up in the exact position they need to line up with the barrel, thus unlocking the door.
  4. 4 Push down on your pick until you hear a click. Some of the pins will slide up with ease as you push down on it with your pick, while others will have some resistance. Pins that have resistance are known as seized pins. Concentrate on the pins with a lot of resistance first. Locate a pin that’s hard to push up, and push down slowly on the handle of your pick until you hear a click.
    • The click is the sound of the pin setting on the barrel.
    • You need to set the seized pins first before setting the other pins in place.
  5. 5 Lift the rest of the pins in the door lock. Continue feeling for the pins with your pick and press down on the handle of the pick to lift up every pin. Once every pin is set on top of the barrel, the door will be unlocked.
  6. 6 Turn the tension lever counterclockwise to open the door. Grab the end of the tension lever and turn it like a key until the door is unlocked. Your door is now unlocked!
    • On most doors, you have to turn the tension lever counterclockwise to open the door but some doorknobs may differ.
    • The tension lever will only rotate fully if the pins are correctly set on the barrel of the lock.
    • Lock picking uses a rake and a tension wrench. The purpose is to slide along the lock’s pins and push them into the cylinder. The pressure should be enough to catch the top pins and hold them in their place so the cylinder will spin once all pins are in place.
    • You can make the pick by straightening the 180-bend in the hairpin.
    • Then you will have a straight hairpin with little ridges. The little ridges will hit the pins and push them up as you slide the hairpin back and forth.
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  • Question How do you pick a deadbolt with a bobby pin? This answer was written by one of our trained team of researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. wikiHow Staff Editor Staff Answer A deadbolt lock has pins and tumblers, so you’d use the same method covered in this article. You will need 2 pins, or a second thin, narrow tool that can act as a tension lever.
  • Question Does it work on window locks? If the window lock has a keyhole, then yes, it does work. It only works if there is a keyhole.
  • Question The bobby pin is stuck in the car lock. How do I get it out? Try a jigsaw blade or a small hacksaw blade to pry it out. The small, sharp teeth should grab it.

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Some locks only open in one direction. Before you begin, try to figure out which way the lock must be turned to open the latch and use the tension tool to hold tension in that direction the whole time. Otherwise, if you have to reverse direction, you will lose tension inside the lock, the pins will all spring back into their original positions and you’ll need to start again.

Advertisement Article Summary X To open a locked door with a bobby pin, separate the 2 ends so you’re left with a 90 degree angle in the middle of the pin. Then, insert the flat end of the pin into the lock, and bend the tip so the rest of the pin is pressed against the door.

You should also twist another bobby pin to form a hook, which you’ll need to turn the lock. Once the hook is ready, hang it from the bottom of the lock. When you’re ready to rotate the lock, push the hook counter-clockwise. As you do this, point the tip of the other pin upwards inside the lock, and push out each pin from the barrel.

If you have a pin that’s hard to push out, pull down on the handle of your hook until you hear a click. Once every pin has been removed from the barrel, the door will unlock. Finally, turn your hook counter-clockwise to open the door. For tips on how to make a handle for your pick, read on! Did this summary help you? Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 379,335 times.

How to unlock a lock without the key?

1. Lock-picking – Locksmith in Las Vegas and Henderson NV The most popular and well-known method of opening a lock is via lock-picking. This technique typically requires a set of lock-picks but can be accomplished using a couple of paper-clips. The lock-picking steps may seem simple, but they actually take time and practice to truly master.

The first step is to insert the tension wrench into the lock and rest it on the opposite side from where the teeth of the key would normally rest. If you do not know which way the lock turns, turn the wrench to identify the most likely direction. This will be the direction to turn when the time comes.Hold the tension wrench twisted in the correct direction and insert the rake into the lock where the teeth of the keys would go. Push and pull the rake out of the lock, twisting it and working by feel. By working the rake in the lock, you should feel the key pin reach the shear line (where the teeth would push them to)Twist the tension wrench in the correct direction, and the lock should spring open!

Like I said earlier, this sounds much easier than it is in practice. In a pinch, you can use paper clips, but they will not have the same ease of use as real lock picks.

Can a magnet open a lock?

The magnet doesn’t make the lock move : Every lock will work differently, but it’s typically friction that causes this problem. If a piece of your lock is supposed to move, be sure it can move easily. If it’s attached too tightly, your magnet may not be able to move it.

Can you push a key out of a lock?

I left a key in the lock on inside of my upvc door – A common problem with double glazed or upvc doors. Generally speaking leaving a key in the inside of the cylinder stops a key inserted in the outside from fully engaging in the cylinder. If your key won’t turn at all then have a close look to see if there is a gap between the shoulder of the key and the surface of the cylinder.

  • One thing to try is to gently tap the outside key.
  • If you are very lucky and the inside key is perfectly vertical and the right way up the tapping can push the key out of the cylinder.
  • This allows the outside key to engage and turn to unlock the door.
  • We must stress anything more than a gentle tap can damage both keys and a new cylinder will be required.

You can try using the answer to the previous FAQ. We supply a full range of uPVC Locksmith Services Need some help? Give Us A Call

Which lock Cannot be opened?

Locks to a Safe – This is one of the most common types of locks that a locksmith cannot open. A safe has been designed with advanced locking mechanisms that cannot be opened without specific tools. Without intimate knowledge of how the safe opens and closes, the locksmith will not be able to unlock this. It might be a better idea to contact the company that made the safe.

Can a screwdriver pick a lock?

How to Pick a Lock With a Screwdriver – You’ve likely seen a movie or video game where the cunning protagonist pulls out a screwdriver, sticks it into the keyway, and with nothing but a wiggle, unlocks the door. But how realistic is this? Can you actually pick a lock with a screwdriver? Sadly, you can not pick a lock using a single screwdriver.

Screwdrivers are too large to fit into most keyways and will do a poor job manipulating the internal components of the lock. HOWEVER! Lock picking requires two different types of tools—a lock pick and a turning tool. The lock pick is used to manipulate the pins within the lock, while the turning tool is used to apply a rotational force to the lock, similar to turning a key.

While a screwdriver is pretty worthless as a lock pick, it can be used as a turning tool! This being said, you will need a screwdriver that is small enough so that you still have room to fit a lock pick into the keyway. It will also need to be a flathead profile.

Bobby pin lock picking Paperclip lock picking

However, bobby pins and paperclips won’t fit into all keyways, in which case you’ll need to buy lock picks or make your own tools. If you need to buy tools, I recommend picking up a rake type of lock pick —such as the Bogota or Snake Rake. Or if you want to just want to pick up a full lock pick set, I highly recommend the Peterson GSP Ghost set, I also have a review of this set here if you want to learn more about it. Don’t worry, in most locations lock picking tools are not illegal to own,

Once you have a lock pick and your screwdriver, you’re ready to rock and roll. To pick a lock with a screwdriver, follow these four steps. Step 1: Insert your screwdriver into the bottom of the keyway and apply a very light turning force in the direction you would normally turn the key (typically clockwise).

Step 2: Insert your rake above the screwdriver and push it all the way to the back of the keyway. Step 3: While maintaining the turning force on your screwdriver, begin to scrub the pins with your rake—just like brushing your teeth. Step 4: Continue scrubbing while slightly adjusting the angle of your pick.

  • After some time, all of the pins will set and the lock will open! That’s it, you just picked a lock using a screwdriver! If you would like to dive deeper into lock picking, check out my very comprehensive beginner’s guide to lock picking here,
  • Note: If the lock doesn’t open within 10-15 seconds, remove your pick and release the turning force on the lock to reset the pins and attempt steps 1 – 4 again.

Play around with the amount of turning force that you apply to the screwdriver— typically less force is better than more.

Can you pick a lock with a nail file?

If you’ve lost the key to your filing cabinet at work, don’t worry! You can use a nail file or a paperclip to get inside. With a little creativity and patience, you can easily pick the lock on your filing cabinet.

How does a pin code lock work?

How do digital keypad door locks work? – Digital keypad locks work by first requiring a user to enter a PIN code into the numeric keypad, Since the lock is digital, it has a power supply. If a user enters a code that has been programmed in the lock, it will disengage the deadbolt and allow the user to open the door.

Which lock Cannot be opened?

Locks to a Safe – This is one of the most common types of locks that a locksmith cannot open. A safe has been designed with advanced locking mechanisms that cannot be opened without specific tools. Without intimate knowledge of how the safe opens and closes, the locksmith will not be able to unlock this. It might be a better idea to contact the company that made the safe.