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How to Pick a Deadbolt
Is Picking a Deadbolt Really That Hard to Do?

Picking a lock inside your house, whether it’s in your front door or bathroom, is not as hard as you think it is if you know the right tools to use and the type of lock you’re dealing with. In fact, some people may not be aware that even the most common materials found inside their houses can be used to pick their locks, as long as they’re not heavy duty that use newer technologies.

We at Dr. Lock now provide you with a step-by-step guide to pick your locks using familiar household items. Pay attention to these tips as you never know when you’ll need them—you might be rushing on your way to work and have forgotten your key inside your house after having locked it, and before you know it you’ve locked yourself out.

  1. Determine the type of lock you’re dealing with.

    There are two common types of locks, both of which can be picked by you with moderate difficulty. The first type, called the privacy doorknob, is usually used for bathrooms and kitchens. These types of locks don’t use keys and therefore have no keyholes; the first kind uses a pushbutton mechanism and the second kind uses a twisting lock mechanism. These “bed and bath” doorknobs usually have holes on the other side of the door, which may be used for emergency purposes. This is where you may insert a flat, pointed, yet sturdy object, such as a hairpin.
    The second kind, or the “regular” kind of doorknobs are called locked entry doorknobs. These use keys, and it’s easy to insert hairpins and other small objects inside the keyholes.

  2. Identify and pick the house items you’ll be using to pick your lock.

    The truth is you can use absolutely any small object you can find lying around your house, provided they meet the ‘criteria’ for lockpicking. They should be small, flat, and sturdy, but long enough to insert inside a keyhole but will still give you space to try and move it around until it ‘catches’ on something. Hairpins, hex wrenches, paperclips, and even cotton swabs can be used for this purpose.
    You may also use cards (such as grocery store membership cards) to insert in the slot between the door and doorjamb.

  3. Proceed to pick the lock.
    1. Insert these items inside the keyhole and move them around, or push and pull them until they catch on something
    2. Try wriggling them a little until you hear a little click.
    3. Open the lock
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