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How to Break Into a Schlage Door Lock

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It’s happened to the best of us: you’re locked out of your home with no way to get in. Whether you’ve lost your keys or simply forgot them, being locked out can be a frustrating experience. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to break into a Schlage door lock so you can get back into your home in no time.


Breaking into your own Schlage locks can seem intimidating, but with the right tools and guidance, it is a relatively straightforward process. Depending on the particular lock you are trying to open and which method you use, you will need to gather certain tools before beginning. It is important to remember that breaking into a lock should not be done as a way of avoiding a locksmith’s services if you are locked out of your own home or property – methods such as picking the door lock while pushing against it from the inside or using a professional grade tension wrench, or even Lock Bumpers, should only be used when those aforementioned methods cannot be employed. This guide will cover several different techniques for unlocking or bypassing Schlage door locks so that you can gain access to your belongings and remain secure without needing an expensive service call.

Preparing to Pick a Lock

Picking a lock is a skill that some may find useful. Before attempting to pick a lock, you should make sure that you have the necessary tools and knowledge to do so. It is important to have a good understanding of how a lock works and the tools that you will need. In this article, we will focus on how to pick a Schlage door lock. We will look at the tools needed, the techniques to use, and some tips and tricks to help you succeed.

Gather the necessary tools

Before attempting to pick a lock, it is important to Gather the tools necessary. Most people who want to learn how to break into a Schlage door knob will need a tension wrench and several small picks that fit within the keyway of the lock. A tension wrench helps put tension onto the pins of the inner cylinder as you work your picks. Picks come in various shapes and sizes, and it is helpful to have several different types at your disposal so you can determine which style fits in the particular lock you are attempting to open. Additionally, many people use two lights – one held next to and pointing at their hand, so they can see what they are doing, and the other shining on the lock so they can get a better idea of its interior components. Various pick kits are available for sale online if you do not already have these items on hand. Once all proper tools have been Gathered and determined ready for use, you may proceed with picking your Schalge door knob.

Understand the lock’s components

In order to successfully pick a lock, it is important to have an understanding of the different components that make up the locking mechanism. Each component of a Schlage door lock is designed to prevent tampering and ensure the secure locking and unlocking of the door.

The internal components found in a Schlage keyed door lock consist of a keyway, tumbler pins, springs and driver pins. Keyway – this is where you insert the key into the lock. The grooves in your key correspond with those inside the cylinder’s inner chamber. Once inserted, these grooves help move the rest of its components. Tumbler pins – These are spring-loaded pins that are fit inside each chamber with slots cut out for them at varying depths within each chamber. Each tumbler pin rests against one side of its respective slot, blocking or allowing access depending on how much force is applied to it at any given time. Springs – A single coil spring is designed to keep pressure on all tumbler pins simultaneously in Schlage locks and this keeps them from falling back down into their slots easily when they’re unlocked. Driver Pins – Elevate each tumbler pin up and over as they go past their locking points while you turn your key or apply tension with specialized tools when picking your lock open without a key; both methods require manipulating all driver pins correctly which is why understanding tumbler pin locations inside your Schlage lock can be quite helpful when attempting either method!

How to Pick a Schlage Lock

Knowing how to pick a Schlage lock can come in handy in a variety of situations. It can be a useful skill to have if you ever find yourself locked out of your home or office. Additionally, if you ever want to change the code on your Schlage lock, you can do so without the help of a locksmith. In this guide, we’ll be going over the steps you need to take to pick a Schlage lock.

Insert the tension wrench

Before attempting to pick any lock, it is important to make sure you have the correct tools. This includes a tension wrench, pick, and rake or shock pick. The tension wrench will be used in the very first step of picking a Schlage door lock – to insert into the keyhole. Inserting it at the bottom of the keyhole at an angle will allow you to apply pressure as you rotate and work other components. Depending on how tight the Schlage door lock is, you may find that applying gentle pressure while inserting your tool can give you better results. This should get you prepared and ready for adjusting your tension as needed during picking.

Begin turning the lock

After you have chosen the right tension wrench and picked an appropriate Schlage lockpick, it’s time to start turning the lock. Fit the tension wrench into the bottom of the Schlage keyhole and turn it slightly in whichever direction you think is correct. If you turn it too much, then pull back to reduce force. Hold it steady as this will put constant torsion on the pins inside of the lock.

With your other hand, insert your lockpick into the keyhole and start pushing individual pins up one at a time until all of them are pushed up into their correct positions. Remove your pick once you feel that all pins are in place and continue to turn your tension wrench in whichever way felt correct until you feel an indentation – which indicates that cylinder is now unlocked. You should be able to push down on the cylinder using your thumb or forefinger and twist the lever handle or knob to open the door.

Insert the pick

When attempting to pick a Schlage lock, it is important to use the correct tools and process. Begin by inserting the pick of choice into the key hole. A standard four-pin plug offers more pins for manipulating and can provide easier access for your chosen picking technique. If you plan on using raking techniques, make sure that the pick has multiple ridges or serrations along its length to better mimic the motion of a key in operation.

Using gentle pressure and a turning motion, carefully push the pins up in their slots one at a time. It is important to remember that each pin must be lifted to its proper height before moving on to the next one. The objective is to use tension from your pick as leverage and lift each pin up within its slot until it releases just enough tension in order for all other pins within the chamber to remain unlocked. As you become accustomed with various Schlage locks and your tools, you will get better at specifically gauging when each pin has been lifted slightly past its binding level or what some refer to as “setting” a pin.

Move the pick around the pins

Once the Lock Pick enters the lock, it’s time to start lifting pins and setting them. Each pin is a barrel-shaped cylinder, with one end slightly longer than the other. While trying to pick a Schlage door lock, you need to begin by moving your Lock Pick around every single pin in order to feel which ones are sticking up and which ones are still depressed. Once you have identified all of the pins that are sticking up, move your Lock Pick back and forth until those pins come up higher than their neighboring pins. Make sure that when a pin comes up all the way, it does not get stuck in between the two halves of the plug – if this happens, you’ll have to realign it so that it goes freely into its housing in order for things to function properly again. Be sure that while moving each pin you also continue applying tension on the plug – if tension is released while Lock Picking, some of the pins might fall down again before they can be set and then Lock Picking will have to be restarted from scratch.

Feel for the pins to set

Once you have the correct key cut and it fits into the barrel of your lock, it’s time to start feeling for the pins inside. Turn the key as far as it will go while keeping a good grip on it. Next, slowly pull it out and feel for any resistance in the pins themselves. This is an important step as it will determine if all of the pins are set and if you can open your lock with ease. If some of the pins remain hard to set, try slightly turning them clockwise with your fingernail or a small thin metal rod before pulling out again. Once you have identified all individual pins that need to be adjusted you can continue moving onto setting each pin until the lock clicks open.


So there you have it. Breaking into a Schlage door lock is not as difficult as you might think. As you now know, depending on the type of Schlage deadbolt or door knob your home has, you may be able to easily break into the lock with minimal tools or no special tools at all. We recommend consulting with a qualified locksmith in order to properly secure your home though, and remember that if you are ever locked out without a key, always call a professional in order to get assistance.

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