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How to Pick a Door Lock with a Safety Pin

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If you’re looking for a way to pick a door lock with a safety pin, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do it.


When you’re locked out of your home, office, or another important location and don’t have a spare key handy, picking a lock with a safety pin can be extremely helpful. The process is surprisingly simple once you understand the technique and tools involved. This tutorial will guide you through the process of using a safety pin to pick a door lock and help you gain access without damaging your property in the process.

It’s important to remember that it’s possible to pick any lock with the right combination of skill and practice coupled with the correct materials. From your standard door locks to more advanced two-in-one security mechanisms, this tutorial should offer you enough information and guidance so that you can improve your lock picking skills even further.

By following these steps, you can safely open most locks for which there is no convenient alternative like an extra set of keys. It’s important to note that in some cases where security is critical, simply picking the lock could be considered illegal or unethical – so make sure that you understand any local laws or regulations before attempting this method of gaining entry into anywhere other than your own property or possessions.

Gather Supplies

Picking a door lock with a safety pin is a technique that can prove useful in a variety of situations. It does, however, require a few tools and materials. Before you can begin, you need to make sure that you have all the necessary supplies on hand. These include a safety pin, a thin flathead screwdriver, a pair of needle nose pliers, and a thin strip of metal such as a guitar string or a paintbrush bristle.

Safety pin

Safety pins are one of the simplest and most effective tools to pick a door lock. To start, you’ll need a bobby pin and a pen or marker. Use the marker to color the tips of the bobby pin black; this helps prevent scuffing your lock. Then, use needle-nose pliers to bend both ends of the pin into loops matching the shape of your lock’s keyhole. The loops should be about two or three millimeters in diameter with slightly raised edges on each side for leverage when turning the safety pin in the lock. Ensure that you have enough length of wire between the two loops to fit your entire index and middle finger through. Once you’ve bent your safety pin correctly, you are ready to begin attempting to pick your lock.


One of the most common tools to use if you have topick a lock is a paper clip. It’s quite simple: Take an ordinary paper clip and unfold it so that it is a straight line segment. This will serve as your tension wrench, applying torsion pressure to the lock cylinder. After inserting the tension wrench, insert your pick into the top of the lock cylinder andapply slight pressure-using different angles-until you feel or hear a click indicatingthat you found one of the pins inside the plug. Then continue until all pins are set in place. With some practice and patience, picking a lock with a paper clip can be easy!


When attempting to pick a lock with a safety pin, it is important to ensure that all parts of the pin are adequately lubricated. Lubricant prevents binding of the inner mechanisms of the lock, and thus allows for quicker and easier access to the locking pins or levers. Most suitable lubricants need not be specialized products, but contains ordinary materials such as soap or petroleum jelly. When using lighters or oil as lubricants, be extra careful as these substances are combustible and can cause a fire hazard. When using soap as a lubricant, wet it with water on both ends before inserting into the keyhole in order to prevent any residue from damaging delicate parts of the inner mechanism such as springs or teeth.

Understand the Lock

Before attempting to pick a door lock with a safety pin, it is important to understand the mechanics of the particular lock you are trying to open. Different locks have different mechanisms, so it’s important to know what kind of lock you are working with. It is also important to note that there are some locks that are not possible to pick with a safety pin. Once you have a good understanding of the lock you are trying to open, you can begin to work on picking the lock.

Identify the pins

In order to understand the process of picking a door lock with a safety pin, you first need to understand how the locking mechanism works. A common type of lock has five or six pins (cylindrical objects made from metal alloys) that fit inside cylinders in the housing. In addition to the actual pins, there are springs that hold the pins against tension when a key is inserted. When the correct combination of key and pins is properly aligned, all of the pins will be pressed into place, allowing for turning and opening or closing.

The task of picking a lock involves manipulating these pins so that they can be moved out of their locked positions into an unlocked position. To do this, you will need two tools: a safety pin and a rake. A rake tool resembles a comb and can be used to move multiple pins at once; it also helps keep each pin positioned where it needs to be throughout each step in the process. The safety pin is used as an individual pick which takes care of one pin at a time by pushing it upwards until it falls into place with other properly arranged pins.

Learn the lock’s mechanism

Learning how locks work is the essential first step to being able to pick them. The most commonly used type of lock is the pin tumbler lock, which you can identify by its cylindrical shape featuring grooves on either side. This type of lock functions as a result of pressure and tension between the pins in the core (the cylinder inside the main body) and how they interact with the key.

The primary components at work within a pin tumbler lock are a housing, a cylinder plug, springs, driver pins and key pins. When you insert a key into the cylinder plug (the part which turns), it lifts all of the driver pins up until they are higher than the shear line. Now when you turn it in either direction, this creates enough pressure for each pin to drop down until they reach their normal position and the shear line between them clears up. After this happens simultaneously for all lower and upper pins, it reduces friction in its core allowing it to freely rotate giving access into whatever is secured by it.

Understanding how this mechanism works helps you to begin figuring out how to pick any door locks with a safety pin safely and quickly with precision – something that may come in handy one day! Most important tip: make sure your safety pin should be flexible enough not to break while trying different methods of opening different types of locks.

Manipulate the Lock

Picking a door lock with a safety pin is a fairly simple and straightforward process. Manipulating the lock is the key to unlocking the door with a safety pin. To do this, you need to use the pin to apply tension to the plug where the pins are located. This tension will move the pins upwards, toward the shear line, and the door will eventually unlock. Let’s take a look at the steps needed to manipulate the lock with the safety pin.

Insert the safety pin

When inserting a safety pin into the lock, it is important to be mindful of how deep the pin is going. If the pin is inserted too deeply, it can cause damage and potentially jam the lock. The goal when inserting a safety pin is to find the sweet spot where the inner pins align correctly, allowing you to easily twist and open the door.

Start by inserting one safety pin into the top of the lock’s key hole and pressing down gently until you feel resistance. Continue pressing down slowly while angling the tip of your safety pin slightly downward towards where your key would normally go in. This is essential as it encourages all of your inner pins to align correctly. Once you feel a click or hear a slight sound when declaring success, you can proceed with twisting your pick, which should open up your lock!

Push the pins up

The goal of lock picking is to manipulate the pins in the lock so that they create a shear line, allowing the plug of the lock to rotate freely and unlock your door. This can be done using several methods, including using a tension wrench and a safety pin. If you are using a safety pin, the first step is to insert it into one of the small keyholes or slots in the lock. Once inserted, you should feel three internal pins move slightly from their resting positions.

Next, you’ll need to apply light pressure on the safety pin with your finger and simultaneously apply pressure on each of the pins with your pick. The goal is to push each pin so that it moves just above what is called “the shear line” – where its top stops lining up with its bottom part, allowing for rotation of one against another. To do this individually for each pin requires a methodical approach as some will require more force than others depending on their depths within the lock. As soon as you get each one just above its respective shear line and enough force has been applied so that they stay there, you should be able to turn or rotate your tension wrench in either direction as if it were an actual key.

Turn and open the lock

As the last step to opening a door lock with a safety pin, turn and open the lock. To do this, hold tension on the pins while pushing the safety pin up into the cylinder. Once all of the pins are in their upper most position, slowly push them up while rotating your pick. Continue to push and rotate until you feel a slight click as you reach the correct orientation of the cylinder. At this point, pull down slightly on your pick to create downward pressure on all of the pins simultaneously. This encourages them to stay in their correct position as you turn and open the lock.

Once turned, carefully withdraw your pick from inside that chamber and use another tool (such as a key or handle) to open the lock. If done correctly, you should now be able to enter through your desired entryway with no problems!


At this point, you should understand the basic principles behind lock-picking and have a general idea of how to select the best tool and technique for unlocking any given lock. It’s important to remember to keep safety in mind while attempting this activity. It is also important to be careful not to damage the lock or cause any structural damage. With practice and patience, you will soon be able to open a variety of locks without needing the expensive tools that professional locksmiths normally use.

Furthermore, it is recommended that you research local laws before attempting this procedure as there may be legal implications associated with picking someone else’s lock without their permission. In any case, if you still have trouble picking a door lock with a safety pin, it would be best to call a professional locksmith who can help you with the job quickly and safely.

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