Can You Open a Locked Door Without a Key?

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So you’ve locked yourself out of the house. It happens to everyone, eventually. You’ve checked all doors and windows, hoping to find one unlocked, to no avail. You’ve remembered that none of your neighbors or family members have a key. You’re not keen on the idea of breaking a window and explaining yourself to your insurance company. 

What now? 

Most of us have grown up seeing depictions in films and television of characters jimmying locks using hairpins, credit cards, or other devices. It seems so easy on the screen. Can it really be done in real life? 

The answer is: “That depends.” Following are several methods you can attempt to open a lock without the key. 

Using a Credit Card

It is technically possible to open a door with a credit card, but only the simple doorknob lock. (It won’t help you breach a deadbolt.) Use a credit card you don’t care about (since it will likely bend and may even break) and force it between the lock and the door frame, flush against the frame. Bend it back, forcing the lock back into the door, and opening it. If there’s no space between the lock and the frame, you can try forcing it between the door and the frame above the lock, then swipe quickly downward while angling the card toward the frame. Using a thicker, sturdier card is probably a good idea for this latter maneuver. 

Pick the Lock

If the credit card method fails, you can try picking the lock using an Allen wrench and a paperclip. Insert the short end of an Allen wrench into the lower edge of the keyhole. Apply a small amount of pressure to turn the lock slightly in the direction the key would turn. Keep this pressure as steady as possible and use an unbent paperclip with a small crook at the end to pick the lock one of two ways. The scrubbing method involves pushing the paperclip in gently at the lower end of the keyhole, then lifting it back and upward. Repeat in a circular motion while increasing the pressure on the Allen wrench slightly each time, until you feel the lock shift. When this happens, keep the pressure steady as you repeat the motion, until the door unlocks. Alternatively, you could use the “pin by pin method” if the scrubbing method fails. This involves keeping the pressure on the Allen wrench slight and steady while you gradually push the paperclip in. When the paperclip contacts a pin, try to catch it on the bend and lift it upward until it clicks into place. Repeat with additional pins until the lock turns.

Call a Locksmith

If all else fails, it’s time to call a locksmith. With over a decade in the locksmith business, All United Locksmith is the home for all your Connecticut locksmith needs. Whether you need us for residential, commercial, automobile, or emergency locksmith purposes, we are there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our locksmiths are the best in the business, and we guarantee only the best service. Call us at 203-901-0011 or visit our website for more information. 

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