Pick a lock

The Ultimate Guide to Picking a Lock

When you need to pick a lock and all other methods have failed, picking it open is often the last resort. The locking cylinder of the lock is destroyed, but the rest of the mechanism remains undamaged. If you need to pick a lock, you should know how to inspect the lock efficiently so that you get the job done correctly with the right tools.


Examine the lock.

Some tubular locks have a hardened steel center pin, while others only have a ball socket for the center pin to prevent drilling. In either case, drilling will not work effectively and you will have to choose an alternative method of picking the lock. If you are unsure whether the lock was made with a hardened core, you can consult a local hardware store or locksmith for advice. Find out as much information as possible about the castle in advance so that the consultation is as efficient as possible. It’s also important to double-check and make sure you’re working with a simple deadlock that you can knock out of the socket, and that there aren’t any other locking mechanisms attached to the door to keep you out. Turn off the alarm before attempting to pick the lock.

Get the right gear.

Because you’ll be using a relatively primitive method to pick the lock, you won’t need many fine tools to do the job properly. To drill a hole in your lock you will need An electric drill with variable speeds. You need a good and powerful drill capable of breaking the locking mechanism. It is very difficult to perform this task mechanically. Different-sized drills. There is no particular drill that is better than another. You have to choose them according to the hole size. Find a few drills and try them.

Attach a 3mm drill bit to your power drill.

You can usually start with a small, three-millimeter drill bit. You can choose a similar drill bit if you don’t have that size. You should choose a relatively small drill bit that will grip the locking mechanism rather than drilling it out completely.

Hammer a small notch in the metal just above the keyhole.

You can use this to create a guide for your drill. The point should be just below the shear line. This is the dividing line between the inner and outer cylinder of the lock that holds the drill in the middle notch. It should be set high enough to effectively drill through the pin tumblers. You can purchase a drilling template if you’re having trouble finding the right spot for your pilot hole. These templates are suitable for different locks. You can buy them from locksmiths and hardware stores.

Drill out the lock

Drill a hole through the lock cylinder at the guide notch.

This destroys the pins in the lock cylinder, and you can open the lock. Most locks have five-pin tumblers, but some locks have six or more. You will need to drill through all of the pin tumblers. You will feel an increase in resistance as the drill hits the pins and a decrease in resistance once the drill has penetrated the pin. If the drill spins while drilling, you can run it in the opposite direction and pull it out of the hole so you can clear any messy metal shavings that were created while drilling through the hole. You can purchase lock-picking templates at hardware or locksmith supply stores.

Work slow

Feel the drill as it works through the material and try not to push too hard, or you may bend or break your drill. If you’re having trouble getting the drill through the pins, you can always stop and lubricate the drill head with water or synthetic oil to make drilling easier. Hold the drill straight as you drill. If you drill at an angle, you can accidentally drill through unnecessary metal and further damage the lock.

Switch to a slightly larger drill.

After you’ve drilled through the lock with your small drill, you can attach a 1/4″ drill to your machine and use it to further destroy the pins to allow the lock to open.

Insert the tip of a flathead screwdriver into the drilled-out lock.

Turn the locking mechanism in the same direction as you would turn a key. If you drill correctly, the locking mechanism will turn, and you can now open the previously locked door. If the lock still doesn’t turn, you must destroy the entire lock cylinder as described above.


Some locks can be a bit more complicated. This means you have to drill through the whole lock to open the locked area. Switch to a larger drill bit (19mm) or a special tubular lock cylinder attachment. Tubular lock barrel attachments are typically about 3.75 inches in size. They are useful for drilling larger holes and are typically used to install door locks. Drill through the entire mechanism. With this, you destroy the entire castle. You will then have access to the previously blocked area.


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Josh Morgan

Josh Morgan is CouponAnnie's Contributing Writer. He lives life on the cheap, but that doesn't mean a boring existence. Josh loves helping people focus on frugality without giving up the things they enjoy. When he's not getting deals, he's probably drawing or writing something amazing.