You can never predict the time when you lock yourself out of your house and need to unlock the door without using a key. This situation may arise anytime. Of course, you can call the locksmith, but what would you do if you could not contact a locksmith? What if you get locked out in the middle of the night? At such an hour, it is far from possible to get a locksmith. So, whether you get locked out of the house or a room, you must know the hacks to unlock the door without a key.
Learning to open a door is crucial when you do not have anyone to call who can bring a spare key. So, without waiting further, keep reading the 5 ways to unlock a door without a key.
Perhaps, opening the door using a credit card when you don’t have the key is an old trick. You must have heard about it. But do you know how this works? It could seem impossible and even be dangerous to the card, but you can try it anyway. Also, it would help if you used it in the right way to unlock your door successfully.
First, you must know that this method will only work with the spring locks and not the deadbolts. Take a card that you’re willing to take a chance on in case something goes wrong, especially a flexible laminated card.
Bend the card back to push the door lock back into the door by applying pressure in between the lock and the door frame. If there isn’t enough room between the lock and the frame, you can press it between the door and above the lock. Swipe the card down fast while angling it toward the frame. This may necessitate a thicker card.
Another helpful tool to unlock the door without a key is the screwdriver. Preferably, you should try this method using a small screwdriver. It will be best for the interior door or the ones with a privacy handle. All you should do is push the screwdriver straight through the hole of the doorknob as far as you can. Then, try to twist the screwdriver until the door lock opens.
You may also use the slotted screwdriver to open the spring lock by wedge it between the bolt and frame. Then twist the screwdriver back and forth until the lock is pushed back into the door.
Unlock the door using a bobby pin in the absence of a key. You may require a tension wrench. But you do not have to worry if you do not have it, as you can make it using the bobby pin. Start by pulling the bobby pin apart to increase the space between the two arms. Insert it into the lock and make sure that the bumped arm is facing towards the same direction as the tumbler pins within the lock.
Insert the hairpin pin entirely into the lock while simultaneously turning the handle. Pull the bobby pin back out and re-insert the pin. As you insert the pin and take it out of the lock, keep rotating the handle. Repeat this step until the tumbler pins inside the lock align correctly and the handle spins, unlocking the door. This method will work best if you know the parts of the door lock well.
You may use the butter knife as they are not as sharp as other knives for unlocking a door. Select a knife with a thin yet flexible blade. Start by inserting the knife between the frame and the door. You will find the lock present here. Butter knives are lighter than the normal ones, and hence, it should be easy to slide the butter knife between the frame and the lock.
Apply the pressure on this lock using the knife, and then start pushing it into the door. This method of unlocking the door is undoubtedly tricky and complicated. You might have to try it several times until you succeed. You might even have to tilt the butter knife slightly until you can find the correct angle for moving the door lock. But if you do it appropriately and have moved the door lock successfully, the door should unlock in no time.
For this door unlocking hack, you would require two big paper clips and a plier. It would be better if you use metallic paper clips instead of plastic ones because it breaks easily.
Start by unfolding the two paper clips, take the plier and then unfold one of the clips in the shape of the alphabet ‘L.’ Unfold or straighten the second clip completely. To begin, put the L-shaped paper clip into the bottom section of the keyhole. Then, slide the unfolded paper clip against the pins within the lock at the upper section of the lock.
Try pushing it in and then move it back and forth. This will help to push down the paper clips into the lock. During this process, using the plier apply little pressure working your way out in the direction where the door locks start to turn in. it could be anticlockwise or clockwise. If you use an equal amount of pressure to both the pins, your door should open easily.
Hope, you never get locked out of your room or house where you have to rack your brain in opening it using these hacks. But should such a situation arise, these five hacks will help you out.
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