How To Pick A Door Lock With Household Items

We’ve all been there. We get home from a long trip and reach for our keys only to realize we don’t have a set on us. This can be as alarming as losing your phone, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world.

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You can learn how to pick a lock in one afternoon. Especially if the locks you have are easy to pick. That said, if they are easy to pick, then there’s a good chance you need to upgrade. We’ll talk more about that later. 

For now, we need to focus on the process of picking a lock. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is! All you need is the right set of tools, either purchased or homemade, and you can ensure you never get locked out of your home again. 

How To Pick A Lock

Picking a lock is something you would assume only those with unsavory pasts would know how to do. But in reality, it’s just like changing a tire. It’s a skill that can make your life a lot easier without making it any more illegal. 

But there is nothing wrong with learning how to pick a lock and it’s not as difficult as it sounds. All you need are the proper tools. You can either buy a set of lockpicking tools are build your own with simple household items. 

How To Pick A Deadbolt

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A deadbolt lock is one of the hardest residential locks to unlock. But the process is the same as any other type of exterior door lock. All you need to pick a deadbolt lock is a pick and a tension wrench.

Then, you can follow these very simple steps to become a master locksmith. Don’t worry if you can’t get it at first. Learning to lockpick takes time. Some are natural while others need more experience to be able to unlock doors consistently. 

Step 1: Visualize The Interior

This is necessary at first or else you’re just moving around erratically.  Inside, you can visualize a rotating barrel and five spring-loaded pins that fit into the barrel to prevent it from turning. Normally, a key pushes these up and out.

But you will be using lockpicking tools to do that, so making them secure is key. The wrench is used to keep pressure on the barrel to prevent the pins from falling back down. That’s why you need both tools and not just the pick.

It can be useful to look at pictures of the inside of a lock, or videos if you can find them. This can help when you start visualizing the lock’s interior. Because it is difficult to visualize something you’ve never seen before.

Step 2: Pick The Lock

Insert the short end of the wrench into the bottom of the keyhole and put pressure on it in the direction the lock turns. Keep this hand there in this position while you pick the lock. The next thing you’ll use is the pick.

Insert the pick into the top of the lock and push until you feel one of the pins. Keep shimmying the pick into the lock until you feel that one of the pins is harder to lift. That’s when the wrench comes in handy.

Lift the pin with the pick while keeping pressure on the wrench. You will feel movement when you get through this point. Keep pushing and shimmying until all the pins have been lifted. At this point, you’ll feel the lock give way and you can turn.  

How To Make A Pick

Depending on the size of the lock, you can use a bobby pin or paperclip. Bobby pins are easier to use but they don’t always fit well in the lock. In these cases, you’ll need a paper clip to do the job, but the process of making them is the same. 

To make the pick, remove the protective rubber from the item. This may be the entire paperclip or the end of the bobby pin. You want the pick to be straight and solid. Then you can move onto the wrench.

To make the wrench, bend the end of the pin to make a 90-degree angle. Make sure it is long enough for you to be able to grip it and put pressure on it. The wrench can be bigger than the pick but needs to fit in the keyhole. 

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Lockpicking An Interior Doors

Because interior doors are for privacy only, you don’t usually need to use a lockpick. In fact, most of them don’t have keyholes. Instead, they have tiny holes that you can push a pin in to unlock automatically.

This is a safety button you can use if the door is accidentally locked. This happens all of the time and isn’t concerning. Just push a pin of some sort into the hole in the doorknob and the lock should pop open. 

Useful Lockpicks And Lockpick-Proof Locks

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There are two sides to every story. You may need a lockpick kit on hand to make things easier if you get locked out of your house. Or, you may be trying to prevent your door from being lockpicked. 

Here we have some useful items for both sides of the story. Whether you need to pick your locks or keep intruders out. These are the best lockpicks and the best lockpick-proof locks you can buy online and install yourself. 

Jimmy Proof Deadbolt

If you’re worried about your locks being lockpicked, this deadbolt will do the trick. It was designed to prevent lockpicking and it’s all your door needs to stay secure even if you have an expert lockpicker on the other side.

While most people prefer to add another lockset to their door, this will give you added protection. You can even test it out with your new lockpicking skills. Just be sure to keep your key with you at all times!

Military Grade Bolt Lock

The Commando lock isn’t just effective in theory, but in name as well. It is patented because it works that well. Not only is it jimmy-proof but it is also nearly impossible to cut. Even harder to cut than prison shackles.

This lock was made for military purposes and yet it is still affordable. Only get this lock if you mean business because you won’t find a stronger lock like it. Just don’t plan on trying to get through it.

Folding Pocket Set

This set is compact and effective. It works differently than a classic lockpick set because you can use it as a key. You’ll still have to shimmy and jimmy but in the end, it is much easier to use than a traditional set. 

Because there are thirty options, it can be fairly easy to find one that works for each lock in your life. You can even unlock cars and other locks with it, not just exterior door locks. So it is a true multi-purpose set.

Pick Proof Lock

This traditional deadbolt lock is all the security you will need for your door. Not only is this one jimmy-proof but it is also drillproof and bump-proof so there’s a good chance no one will be able to get through your door. 

If you lose your keys or need more, the company can make more for you as you’re not allowed to make them yourself. They can make as many copies as you need via their Amazon store, so let them know when you buy the lock.

Should I Learn How To Lockpick?

This can be a tough question. The easy answer is that there’s no reason not to learn how. After all, anyone with a level head and a clean heart can learn anything they want without abusing the power.

But if you feel bad about learning to lockpick, then don’t do it. You can always call the lockpicking company near you any time, day or night. Because they can work with any lock at any time, calling them is always a good idea.

It’s a good idea to keep their number on hand as well because you never know when you might need it. Save it on your phone and name it. If you have more than one residence, then save both local numbers. 

But in the end, even if you use a lockpicking company, there’s nothing wrong with learning how to lockpick your own doors. Because that’s what keys are for anyway. So go ahead and learn the ends and outs of your doors.