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How to Pick a Garage Door Lock With a Bobby Pin

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


Before attempting to pick a lock with a bobby pin, it’s important to make sure that you have all the necessary tools you need. This includes a bobby pin or paperclip, a flat head screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a flashlight. Additionally, making sure that you have a steady light source and a clear view of the lock will be very helpful in this endeavor. Once you have all the tools, you can start the process of picking the lock.

Collect the necessary tools

Before attempting to pick a garage door lock with a bobby pin, it is important to ensure that you have all the necessary tools on hand. The most important thing is a bobby pin. Choose a strong metal one as opposed to an acrylic or plastic one. It is also recommended that you get two bobby pins in case one bends or breaks while attempting to pick the lock. Additionally, if your garage door is controlled manually, you will need lubricant and something thin enough such as a paperclip or tweezers to apply it inside the cylinder of the lock where the pins are housed. Once you have collected all your materials, you are ready to begin picking your garage door lock.

Familiarize yourself with the lock

Before attempting to pick a garage door lock with a bobby pin, it is important to familiarize yourself with the lock components. Consider the type and size of key required for the lock. To insert a bobby pin into the door lock, it must be of an appropriate size and shape. A small or narrow key may require an even smaller bobby pin. Check to see if there are pre-drilled holes in the garage door that may prove more efficient. It’s also important to note any physical characteristics, such as whether the deadlock has recessed pins or springs that would make accessing and unlocking more difficult. Finally, take into account how much time you are able to dedicate for picking this particular lock as some locks can take several hours of retry attempts before finally being opened correctly.

Insert the Bobby Pin

Picking a garage door lock with a bobby pin is a simple way to get into your locked garage if you have lost your key. First of all, you need to find a bobby pin that is thin enough to fit into the keyhole of the garage door. Next, you need to insert the bobby pin into the keyhole and twist it to jiggle the locking mechanism inside the keyhole.

Insert the bobby pin into the lock

Carefully insert the bobby pin into the lock at the center of the keyhole. You should feel some resistance if you’re pushing in the right direction. You may have to shift or adjust your grip on the bobby pin a few times while pushing it through, but it should slide in relatively easily. Once inside, move the bobby pin around slightly until you feel it catching hold of something inside of the lock. If this doesn’t happen right away, be patient and try different angles and pressure points. When you are confident that your bobby pin is securely lodged in place, begin to move it up and down slowly while maintaining a steady pressure. This will often cause tumblers inside of the lock to align with one another and eventually, you will hear a “click” as they unlock. At this point, simply pull out your bobby pin and your garage door is unlocked!

Move the pins up and down

Once the bobby pin is wedged into the lock of the door, you will need to use a tension wrench to turn it. To do this, hold one end of the bobby pin with one hand and use your other hand to insert the tension wrench into the door handle at a ninety degree angle. Gently apply pressure on the tension wrench while using your other hand holding the bobby pin to start moving each pin up and down gradually. This will help push them into place, setting them in their respective grooves. Continue doing this until all of pins are flush with each other and resting in their grooves before switching directions with your twists of your tension wrench.

Manipulate the Lock

Manipulating a garage door lock with a bobby pin is a relatively simple process. To Prepare the Lock, first locate the small notch on the side of it. Insert the bobby pin into the notch, pushing it upwards until you feel resistance. Gently twist and pull the pin until the lock disengages. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be picking locks like a pro.

Use the bobby pin to manipulate the pins

Once all of the pins are up, the door will be unlocked. To achieve this, you’ll need to use the bobby pin by inserting it in the lock and manipulating each of the pins. This is done by wiggling semi-circular section at one end of the pin, while applying pressure to push all of the pins up. Push each pin until it is stuck at set point where it won’t move any higher in alignment with other pins already set. Once all of these have been pushed and set, you’ll hear an audiable click signifying that all of these pins have been set and the door is unlocked.

Apply pressure to the pins

One of the primary skills involved in lock picking is being able to apply even, consistent pressure to the pins. This is essential for the motion of setting off pin stacks and unlocking a lock. The pressure should feel like that of a gentle spring; it should not be too severe or weak. It should also remain constant while any pin stacks are manipulated with a tension wrench. If you apply just enough pressure, you will be able to feel when each pin stack sets off and you will know when the plug turns. Once this happens, simply apply more torque to turn the plug and unlock the door.

Open the Lock

Opening a garage door lock with a bobby pin is a great way to save yourself from a costly service call and get your car out of the garage. It may seem daunting, but with a few simple steps, you can unlock your garage door safely and quickly. In this article, you will learn how to pick a garage door lock with a bobby pin.

Use the bobby pin to open the lock

Using a bobby pin to open a garage door lock is relatively simple and straightforward. Begin by straightening out the bobby pin, then bringing the end back and inserting it into the keyhole of the garage door lock. Once you’ve inserted the bobby pin, you will need to try to turn it in either direction to attempt to unlock the garage door lock. If this doesn’t work, you may need to wiggle it gently while trying different directions. When turning the bobby pin with one hand, use your other hand to hold onto the top of the bobby pin as a precaution against accidentally bending or breaking it off in your garage door lock.

Once you feel that there’s some resistance when turning your bobby pin, try continuing to turn in various directions until you hear or feel a “click” that indicates that you have unlocked your garage door lock. If all else fails, try using two separate pins at once – one inserted into each side of the keyhole – wiggling them together for better leverage and increased torque strength on each side of the cylinder mechanism which can help open more stubborn locks.

Remove the bobby pin

Now that you’ve inserted the bobby pin into the lock, it’s time to remove it. Grasp the portion of the bobby pin that is located above the lip of the lock and carefully pull it out. It may be difficult to pull out, depending on how tight the fit is. The goal here is to find a balance between pushing and pulling until you can remove it easily. Be careful not to press too hard or put any strain on the lock while doing this as this may damage both mechanisms and/or create further issues with attempting to pick your garage door lock.


If you’re having difficulty picking a garage door lock with a bobby pin, there are steps you can take to troubleshoot and ensure the job gets done correctly. Below, we’ll go over some common troubleshooting tips to help you pick a garage door lock with a bobby pin. From lubricating the lock to using the right size and type of bobby pin, we’ll guide you through all the steps you need to take to get the job done.

If the lock does not open, check the pins

If you are still unable to open the lock with a Bobby pin, then it might be necessary to check the pins. First, locate the tiny screws inside the cylinder and unscrew them with a tiny flathead screwdriver. It’s important to take care when doing this, as these screws can easily be damaged. Once you have removed the screws, remove the top plate of the cylinder and look at how many smaller pins are visible inside the chamber. If you find more than two pins inside, then your lock is likely too advanced for a Bobby pin actuator and will require specialized tools or a professional locksmith in order to open it.

If the pins are stuck, use a lubricant

This is a common issue when dealing with locks, and can be easily resolved with a few basic basic tools. If the pins in the garage door lock are stuck and will not move when pushed, you may need to lubricate them to help free them up. Use a silicone-based lubricant such as WD-40 or graphite powder. If using WD-40 spray the lubricant directly into the keyhole, let it sit for a few minutes before attempting to pick it. Take care not to flood the lock with too much lubricant or it may cause further damage. Graphite powder should be sprinkled liberally inside the keyhole and then worked into the pins of the lock using your Bobby pin until they are moving freely again. Do this patiently as it could take several attempts of working in more powder before all of the pins move freely and allow access to unlocking your door with your Bobby pin.

If the pins are still stuck, consult a locksmith

If the pins in your lock mechanism are still stuck after attempting to pick a garage door lock with a bobby pin, you may need to consult a locksmith. A locksmith can open many types of locks, including those that require specialized tools.

When consulting a locksmith, they will likely first examine the lock and assess any potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited. Then they will use their specialized tools to pick the tumblers if necessary. If the bobby pin isn’t working because of worn or broken pins, they might be able to fix them inside the lock mechanism itself.

It’s always best to call an experienced professional so that you don’t cause any damage and you know the job will be done right. Some common methods used by locksmiths include wafer and disc tumbler systems, garlock double-sided warded keys, stainless steel plunger and slotted keys, Master padlocks plus standard keyed padlocks, dimple key locking systems and dimple key profile changeable systems.

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