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How to Pick a Door Lock with a Hole

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How to Pick a Door Lock with a Hole – It’s actually pretty easy to do with the right tools. Read on to find out how!


Learning how to pick a door lock with a hole is a useful skill for those of us who find ourselves locked out of the house or want to upgrade our home security. With the right tools and knowledge, you can easily learn how to unlock constrained entry points like doors with keyholes, deadbolts and doorknobs. This article will outline what you need and the process for unlocking such door locks with the help of an object known as an ‘elephant’s foot’ or ‘universal pick’.

It’s important to note that this method should only be used in cases where you are legally allowed by law to access the property — for example, you own that residence or rental. It is illegal in almost all jurisdictions to break into someone else’s property without permission from the owner. If you own your house or are entitled by law to access your rental unit, using this procedure is fully legal in most places. However, we recommend consulting your local authorities before taking any action regarding such matters just to be sure.

Gather Your Supplies

Picking a door lock with a hole is a straightforward process, but it requires some specific tools and supplies. Most importantly, you’ll need a lock picking tool, which typically consists of a tension wrench and some type of pick. You’ll also need a small drill bit and a file. Assemble all of the items before you begin and make sure they’re all in working order.


One of the most common tools used to open a locked door without a key is the paperclip. To get started, straighten out the paperclip so that it is about 8-10 cm long. Then take one end and bend it up to form a hook shape and use this hook-shape to pull the outside core of your lock up, which will open up the inside opening cylinder. Make sure to keep pulling at an even rate until you’ve opened your lock. If you’re successful, you’ll be able to turn the barrel with one hand while keeping tension on your paperclip with the other.

It’s important not to rush when attempting to pick your door lock with a paperclip as additional pressure may be needed in order for it to open correctly. Furthermore, if you apply too much force or pressure, you can damage both the outside core and inside mechanism of your lock. Be sure that when selecting a paperclip, it is thick enough holds its shape while opening the door; otherwise, it may end up breaking in half!

Bobby pin

A bobby pin is a common addition to most people’s arsenal of lock-picking tools. It consists of two metal pieces – one with a bent tip that can be twisted to form a loop, and the other with a flat end. The tip is inserted into the lock and used to manipulate the pins within the cylinder. To pick a door lock with a bobby pin, you will need patience, skill, and two bobby pins of the same size and type.

Start by removing any plastic coating from around both ends of both pins before inserting them into the lock. Insert one pin in fully while using gentle pressure on it – this is called raking. Moving it back and forth or up and down will help to push all the pins in their slots until they reach the shear-line (where all points are perfectly aligned). If you feel that one of your pins may not be working properly – for example if it gets stuck – replace it with another and continue working from there. Keep repeating this process until you are able to open the door!

Needle-nose pliers

Needle-nose pliers are one of the essential items you will need when attempting to pick a door lock with a hole. These pliers have thin tips that can grip and manipulate a variety of small objects, which makes them ideal for use in a lock-picking situation. Before you begin, make sure that your pliers are able to fit into the keyhole and that they have enough grip strength to manipulate the internal components. Also, bear in mind that even though needle-nose pliers have several uses in lock-picking, they may not necessarily be necessary; in some cases it may be more effective to find other appropriate tools or items that can accomplish the same goal.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Picking a door lock with a hole is a skill that can come in handy when you have lost or forgotten your keys. It is a simple and straightforward process, provided you have the right tools for the job. In this article, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to pick a door lock with a hole. Once you understand the fundamentals, you can easily apply this skill to other types of locks . Let’s get started!

Straighten the paperclip

The first step to picking a lock with a hole is to straighten out a paperclip. You’ll need one that’s strong enough to bend into shape and long enough to fit the entire length of the cylinder lock. To make sure your wire is the right size, hold it next to the lock and make sure it straddles all of the pins without being too large or small. Use needle-nose pliers if desired to help with bending and adjusting the size. When you’ve checked that your metal paperclip is long enough, begin straightening it out until you have a single wire shaped like a “J.”

Bend the bobby pin

Picking a lock with a hole requires the use of a bobby pin. To start, bend the bobby pin into a “C” shape. Bend the wider end of the pin to match the gap in the handle of the door. Take your time when bending it, as it should be bent to have just enough tension on it so that it remains in place when inserted into the keyhole. Once you’ve bent it correctly, insert the tip of one side into the keyhole, and then firmly press down on it with your other hand until you feel pressure when turning it. This ensures that you have pushed past any pins inside and are now ready to begin picking and turning.

Insert the bobby pin into the lock

Before you start, find a sturdy bobby pin or two-or, better yet, an actual lock-picking tool designed for this job, which will make things much easier. The pins should be straightened to help you get the perfect angle for insertion and manipulation.

Once you’ve selected the appropriate tool, insert it into the lock from the top. If you’re using a bobby pin, be sure to insert it so that the slightly bent end is facing up. That will give you better leverage when manipulating the picked pieces of the lock later on.

Gently twist and twirl the inserted device until it clicks into place in one of the holes in your door lock. Be sure to work slowly and steadily throughout this process; too much force can damage both your door locks and your tools. Once you feel a click, keep your tool still-this indicates that some of the pins have been set.

Manipulate the pins

When picking a lock with a hole, manipulate the pins using a twisted tension wrench and either a pick or two paper clips. Insert the tension wrench into the hole to provide tension on the cylinder, then insert a pick or two paper clips into the keyway. Gently press each pin from one side to the other, lifting them gently until you hear them click in place. Once you have felt the pins click into place, turn your key or paper clip in order to unlock the lock.

When manipulating each pin, it is important to apply just enough pressure so that they can be manipulated-too much pressure may cause them to bind up and results in difficulty unlocking the lock. Also be sure not to apply too little pressure as this could cause an incomplete move of each pin, resulting in difficulty unlocking. As long as you keep up with consistent practice and pressure you should have no difficulty unlocking most locks with a hole.

Insert the paperclip

While picking a door lock can seem intimidating, it’s a relatively easy task if you have the appropriate tools. Before starting, make sure that you have a metal paperclip and two thin locking picks, which are available at most hardware stores. If you don’t have the correct tools or are unable to locate them, then using something like a bobby pin or Lock Bumpers may work in a pinch.

Insert the paperclip into the security hole, making sure to keep it as straight as possible. This hole is usually found on door knobs that have no visible keyhole and is usually positioned underneath the knob or at its side. Gently twist and turn the paperclip until it engages with the pins inside of the lock’s cylinder. Keep in mind that this process may take some time as you are positioning each pin one by one. Once all of your pins have been engaged, you should be able to easily turn your door knob open with very little effort!

Turn the paperclip

Once you have inserted the paperclip into the hole of the door lock, you will need to turn it in order for the lock to open. Be careful not to damage or bend the paperclip as this can permanently damage the integrity of the lock. First, insert your key or pick into the keyhole of either side of the door and grasp both sides firmly, with your palms up. Gently twist each side away from one another until you feel pressure in the middle.

Next, slide your paperclip into this gap, taking care not to scratch or leave any debris inside it. Once you have inserted it all the way inside, gently twist it left and right a few times while applying light pressure. This twisting motion helps create tension which allows for better manipulation of serrated pins within the tumblers found in many locks. As you apply pressure to your pick with one hand and turn with another hand simultaneously, you may begin to feel slight clicking sounds as each pin falls away from its chamber and aligns with other pins. When all pins are aligned properly, then your lock should open as easily as it is supposed to when opened with a key .


With a little practice and patience, you can easily pick most locks with a hole. This simple method works for most standard doorknobs without having to buy an expensive lock picking kit or calling a locksmith. It’s important to note, however, that this technique is not intended for illegal purposes and should only be used if you are locked out of your own home or property.

If you have difficulty picking the lock with the techniques discussed above, then it might be time to call in professional help. Be sure to research any locksmiths or security professionals thoroughly before hiring them and make sure they are reliable and experienced. Remember that safety is the top priority in any situation and no matter how tempting it may be to try picking a lock with a hole, it is best left up to experts who possess the necessary skills and tools required for the job.

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