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How to Pick a Door Lock With Just a Hole

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How to Pick a Door Lock With Just a Hole- A guide to picking a door lock with just a hole.


Are you looking for an effective technique on how to pick a door lock with just a hole? Then, you have come to the right place! Lockpicking is one of the most fascinating methods of entry, allowing you to get past security devices without any special tools. It requires patience and practice, but with enough dedication you can learn how to do this on your own.

To start off learning how to pick a door lock with just a hole, it’s best to have an understanding of basic locking mechanisms. Most door locks use cylinder and pin tumblers for their locking mechanism. Cylinder locks are those that are turned by using a key and pin tumbler locks are opened by turning the knob or handle. By using an understanding of these components and some simple techniques, one can learn how to pick these types of locks without damaging them in the process.

Additionally, it’s also important to understand what makes up the cylinder and pin tumblers in different locking mechanisms so that they can be picked successfully. Cylinder locks use flat disks called wafers while pin tumblers use small pins protruding from both sides of the keyhole that need to be aligned in order for the door lock to open. Understanding each part’s function is essential when it comes down to picking both types of locks.

Once you’ve got a good understanding of how a cylinder or pin tumbler works, it’s time get into the actual technique behind picking your doorlock with just a hole. This method is best done with either paperclips or small screwdrivers – whichever works best for getting into your specific type of lock – but other alternatives such as bobby pins could also work as well if needed. To do this properly takes patience and practice but is fairly straightforward once you understand what needs to happen at each step:

Tools You’ll Need

Picking a door lock with just a hole can be a tricky process, but it is possible if you have the right tools. The most important tool you will need is a thin and sturdy wire. You’ll also need something to shape this wire, such as a pair of pliers or scissors. On top of this, you’ll need a pick-resistant lock that has a keyhole in it that is big enough to fit the wire. With the right tools and a few tips, you can learn how to pick a door lock with just a hole.


As the most basic of tools for performing a lock pick, a paperclip can be used as follows: Unfold the clip so that one end is straight and two “U” shaped pieces are on either end. Insert this end into the hole in the face of the lock and press it down firmly while you try to turn the cylinder. If you do not have enough pressure and tension on it to turn, gently pull the paperclip back out until it is just poking into the inside of the cylinder. Move your hand around to find where this tension is right with a metal feeler (not included), then gently press on that spot with your pick while maintain pressure on either side and attempting to turn the cylinder.

Safety pin

Safety pins are incredibly versatile tools, and they can serve several different purposes when it comes to picking a lock with just a hole. First, use the tip of the safety pin to prod around in the hole on the door until you locate the lip or grooves on the internal mechanism. Once you’ve identified these features, use the safety pin to line up and apply torque to wave-style locks or attempt more intricate techniques such as an over-set key pick (OSK) on advanced locks. The flexibility of a safety pin also allows it to fit into tiny spaces and crevices that other picks might not be able to access. To ensure optimal results, consider using an unwaxed safety pin with its tip bent back slightly – this helps ensure stronger contact with each groove and lets you apply more torque without bending or breaking the pin.


The classic method for picking a door lock with just a hole is using a hairpin. Hairpins, commonly found across the home, make a great tool for bypassing locks. They can be bent into various shapes to fit through the keyhole on most types of lock and manipulated to push or press tumblers inside the lock.

Hairpins are thin and made from different types of materials – depending on use, you may want to select one type of material over another. If you’re going to use a hairpin frequently, opting for a stainless steel option is key as it’s less likely to break off in the keyhole than plastic or aluminum hair pins.

It’s important to note that the size of your selected pin needs to be slightly shorter than the width of your lock’s interior so that it won’t get stuck in the keyhole while you try and manipulate it. Also, ensure that neither end has sharp points (such as cuticle scissors) which could cause damage while pick-pocketing. A few examples of suitable pins are bobby pins, paper clips with loop ends, hair straightener plates and flat round-shaped earrings.

Step-by-Step Guide

Unlocking a door without the key can be tricky, but it is possible to pick a door lock with just a hole. This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to pick a door lock with a hole. We’ll cover all the necessary tools, techniques, and tips to get you through the process. So, let’s get started!

Insert the paperclip into the hole

The first step in the process of picking a door lock with just a hole is to take a paperclip and insert it into the keyhole. Press down firmly and turn clockwise in a gentle but steady manner. If you feel any resistance, stop turning as it indicates that you may be on the correct track towards unlocking the door. Keep pressing down firmly and turning until you have made 360 degrees of rotation with the paperclip. This is an indication that you have reset the pins associated with the interior of the lock.

Once this is done, you can move onto step two in your mission to pick a door lock with just a hole: inserting tension wrenches into both sides of the hole and gently pressing downwards while simultaneously twisting each wrench at different angles. As you twist, pay attention to any clicks or changes in pressure as they could indicate success in being able to unlock the door by resetting some or all of the pins inside which hold it shut. With practice, patience and perseverance, it is possible to pick open most residential locks without any key!

Bend the paperclip into a hook

To begin, take two paperclips of the same size and uncurl them so that you have one long, straight piece. Next, grab the biggest paperclip and bend the center so that you form a 90 angle. With your fingers, keep bending the top end around in a loop until it looks like a symbol for “infinity” or an stylized letter “S”. This loop will act as your anchor point to grab onto parts of the lock inside. The other paperclip can be fashioned into a straight pick by slightly curling both ends back towards itself


Move the hook around to feel the pins

Once you have located the plug, you need to carefully insert the tip of the hook through the hole in the thumb turn at a 45-degree angle and feel for where the pins are inside. With your tool in place, you should be able to move it around and feel for which direction unlocks or locks the door.

It is important not to apply too much pressure to the pins as you can cause them to break if done incorrectly. Depending on how many pins are present within the keyhole, this process can take some time and patience. However, by using a light touch and feeling for movement, it should become easier each time until you determine which direction triggers an unlocking motion from your hook tool within the keyhole.

Push the pins up with the safety pin or hairpin

Once you have the hoe positioned correctly, using a safety pin or a hairpin, begin pushing all of the pins up, one at a time. When each pin is pushed up, you will feel it set into place – this is called “setting the pins”. You must then continue to hold the pin in place while picking the next one. It is important to be gentle and take your time here – if you move too quickly or with too much force, you may cause damage or startle the lock mechanism. The process of pushing all five pins up can take anywhere from five minutes to upwards of fifteen minutes depending on your skill level. If at any point during this process you feel stuck and cannot get any further, try gently pulling down on the pick and resetting the pins one after another until they’re all aligned again. Once all of the pins are set in place, turn the pick slowly in a clockwise direction until you feel it click into place – this indicates that your lock has been successfully opened!


In conclusion, there are a variety of ways to pick a door lock with just a hole, depending on the type of lock, your levels of locksmithing experience and know-how, and the tools you have available. When attempting to pick any door lock this way, it’s best to proceed with extreme caution and ensure that the safety of yourself and others is the top priority. Always approach this DIY task with patience, care and proper preparation before beginning. With practice, understanding and an appropriate toolkit it is not impossible to pick a door lock with just a hole-just be sure to have the right knowledge beforehand.

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