How To Unlock A Door Without A Key

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When a person has lost the key to their house, they can feel panic and desperation. This can be a very stressful time, especially if it is late at night and the person is locked out of their house. Some people might try to find a way into their house through a window or by breaking down the door. In this article, you will learn tips and tricks on how to unlock a door without a key.

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To open a locked door without a key, there are various ways to do so. They range from low-level destructions to high-level destructions.


paper clips
Paper clips can be used as a key substitute.

What to do: Use a substitute key to unlock it.

What you need: Paperclip, Spam key, and eyeglass-repair screwdriver

Some door locks are not meant to be impassable and can be unlocked with a stiff tool. If you find yourself locked out of a room, and the door does not have a keyhole on the knob, don’t panic. Chances are, the door can be unlocked with a small, straight tool. The knob has a hidden button on the face that must be pressed to open the door. You might try using a paperclip or a tiny eyeglass-repair screwdriver to help you out.

The Spam Key is a device that is shaped like a key and is used to open metal food cans. Many people swear by this key, especially when it comes to opening Spam cans.

Sometimes, the lock is held in place with screws. In this case, you can remove the screws with a tiny screwdriver. If you don’t have a screwdriver handy, you can use a paperclip. Just hammer the tip of the paperclip flat and use it as a makeshift screwdriver.

What To Do: Detach the doorknob

What to use: Screwdriver

To open a door that requires low-level security, take off the doorknob and disassemble the lock.

If the screws are not exposed, you will need to pry off the doorknob with a screwdriver. With the knob off, you can now take out the screws that hold the lock in place and dismantle it.

After taking the lock apart, you can reassemble it in reverse order and put the doorknob back on. Be sure to tighten the screws securely so the lock will be tamper-resistant.

If you have a door that requires low-level security, these are some simple methods for opening it without a key.

What to do: Pull the bolt

What you need: Clothes hanger made of wire

Hook a wire around the latch bolt of the door to unlock it.

If the door has a locking mechanism with a latch bolt, you may be able to unlock it using a wire. Bend a tiny hook on one end of a straightened wire and insert it into the gap between the door’s edge and the jamb, then wrap the wire around the latch bolt. Open the door with this improvised tool if the angled end of the bolt is away from you.

What to do: Push the bolt

What you need: Bank Cards

One advantage of using a credit card in this technique is that it can fit into the tightest spaces to unlock doors.

Another advantage of using a credit card is that the lock can be opened without any damage to the door or knob. In some cases, you may not have a clothes hanger or a credit card on hand, but almost everyone has a credit card. So if you find yourself locked out of your house, don’t panic – try using a credit card to unlock the door. A bank card is a good option because it is thin and straight. Just be careful not to damage the card.

What to do: Poke the lock

What you need: Bobby pins

The original key’s replacement is the first bobby pin. It must be formed into a specific shape to turn the lock cylinder. The closed, rounded end of the pin must be bent until it’s perpendicular to the two free ends of the curved section. A small hook will be formed as a result of this. It can then be inserted into the keyhole with ease. Use the protruding part of the bobby pin as a handle to twist it and unlock the door.

The second bobby pin is used as a tension wrench. Bend it in half so that the two free ends are facing each other. Then, twist one end around the other until it forms a small loop. This loop should be positioned at the top of the bobby pin. Insert the loop into the keyhole and hold it in place with your thumb. Use your other hand to twist the first bobby pin until the lock turns.

Destructive (You’re Going To Need A New Door)

hand drill
You can go for a more intense method if bobby pins did not work.

What to do: Remove the lock by drilling it out

What you need: Hand Drill

If you have one, drill a hole through the lock and use it to smash the pins so that the lock can spin freely. When the pins are pushed up, position the drill bit slightly above and in line with the threshold between the cylinder and the pins’ position.

The best way to avoid this is by using a TSA-approved lock. These locks have a special mechanism that allows Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents to open them without damage, so you don’t have to worry about your luggage being damaged if it needs to be inspected.

What to do: According to Newton’s Third Law, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

The Tool: Your foot

When you are kicking a door, make sure it swings away from you before trying.

A simple technique that can help you determine whether the door swings open away from you is to place your hand against the door and push. If the door moves, it swings open away from you. If the door doesn’t move, it swings out toward you.

If you’re not sure which way the door swings, try pushing or pulling on it a few times. The direction in which the door moves will be its natural swing.

Assuming the door doesn’t swing open or at least start to splinter apart when you kick it, it’s probably not going to give way. In that case, you might have to try something else. The doorknob is a weak point, so try to hit it with a flat foot just above the knob. If that doesn’t work, maybe you can try shoulder-butting the door. But be careful – you could end up hurting yourself if you don’t time it right.

Finally, if all else fails, you can always try calling for help. Maybe someone else is in the building and can let you in. Or they might have a key that can open the door.

Whatever you do, don’t give up. It might take a few tries, but eventually, you’ll get the door open. And once you’re in, make sure to thank your lucky stars!

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