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How to Unlock a Push and Twist Door Lock With a Hole

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How to Unlock a Push and Twist Door Lock With a Hole: Most push and twist door locks have a small hole in the knob. This is for a tool that can be inserted to release the locking mechanism.


Unlocking a push and twist door lock with a hole is relatively easy. However, if you don’t have the correct key, it can be daunting and even impossible to open the lock without damaging the door. The following steps will explain how to unlock a push and twist door lock with a hole.

To begin, you should identify what type of door lock you have so that you can properly use the right tools. Common types of locks may require different tools. The most common types are deadbolts and cylindrical locks. While both locks may appear similar, they function differently and require different tools for unlocking them.

Once you have identified the type of door locks, determine how many pins are in the core of your lock or if there is an anti-pick system inside your deadbolt latch. Generally, locks come in either two pins or five pin configurations which will determine what type of wrench or tool to use when unlocking them. In addition to discovering the number of pins that are in your lock, it’s also important to note whether or not there is an anti-pick system integrated into the mechanism since this could influence the type of tool used when unlocking it too.

Tools Needed

Opening a push and twist door lock with a hole can be done with some simple household items. To begin, you’ll need a paperclip or some other thin metal item that can fit into the hole on the lock. You may also need a knife, thumbtack, or needle-nose pliers to help turn the paperclip once it’s in the hole. With these few items, you’re ready to get started.


A paperclip is the most common tool used to unlock a push and twist door lock with a hole. The paperclip should be of appropriate size with a relatively straight end and two bends for adequate grip. Make sure that the paperclip is not bent beyond the point where it does not fit into the hole. When it comes to unlocking push and twist door locks, make sure that you have enough tension on the paperclip so that when it is inserted it can move along its full length when necessary for twisting inside the lock. Make sure that you approach this task carefully as using too much force on the paper clip could cause damage to either the mechanism or your lock itself.

Safety pin

When unlocking a push and twist door lock, you will need to use a few tools in order to do it correctly and safely. One tool that you will need is a safety pin. This is used to access the inside of the lock. Take an ordinary safety pin, one that has both a straight side and a curved side, and open it with your fingers or pliers. Next, insert the curved end of the safety pin into the hole on the face of the lock. Turn it slightly, as if you were turning a key in the door lock. This should allow you access to the locking mechanism inside.


One common tool used to unlock close-shank, push and twist door locks is a hairpin. This can often get you into a lock, but it takes patience and some practice to get the hang of it. To use a hairpin as a tool to open your lock, straighten the pin out and make an L shape at one end by bending either side of the pin up at right angles (approximately 90 degrees). Gently insert the bent end of the hairpin into the hole in your lock and feel around for any pins or levers that may be inside. Gently work these pins back until they are flush with the lock in order to unlock it.

Be very careful when using this technique as you can damage internal mechanisms if done incorrectly or too crudely. If you feel like you’re damaging something inside, stop what you are doing and seek professional locksmith assistance instead of continuing on yourself. With some practice and finesse, however, you should be able to unlock your push and twist door locks with a hairpin.


Using a pen to unlock a push and twist door lock with a hole requires the right tool and technique. The most suitable pen to use would be a metal pen as other pens may be too weak and break before the user is able to open the door lock. The pen will not only need to provide enough force, but must also fit comfortably into the hole in order for users to successfully turn and unlock the door. Make sure that there is no ink splatter on the area of insertion as this can hinder unlocking efforts. The pressure applied onto the pen must not be too hard, instead it should be constant gentle pressure when pushing and twisting until a loud click is heard which signals that it has been unlocked successfully.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Push and twist door locks with a hole are one of the more common types of door locks, but unlocking them can be tricky. With the right tools and a bit of patience, however, it’s possible to unlock these locks yourself. This guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to unlock a push and twist door lock with a hole.

Straighten the paperclip

Before you can use the paperclip to unlock your door, it is important to straighten it out first. This will allow you to form it into the right shape. To do this, apply a small amount of pressure between your fingers and thumb and slowly begin to pull the paperclip apart until it is completely straightened. Try not to snap the paperclip in half and if you find yourself struggling to bend it, try using pliers or tweezers instead. After the paperclip is straightened, proceed with the next step.

Insert the paperclip into the hole

Insert a thin, unbent paperclip or similar thin object into the hole located in the middle of the door lock. This hole is used as an access point to unlock the door without a key, if necessary. Push it in firmly until you feel tension and then twist while pressing down. This will cause the lock to disengage, allowing you to open the door. Once you turn and press the paperclip at the same time, you should hear a clicking sound. This indicates that the lock has been unlocked and that you can now open your door.

Push the paperclip in and twist it

When faced with a push and twist door lock with a hole, the best way to unlock it is to insert a straightened paperclip into the hole in the keyhole. This will trigger an internal release mechanism, allowing you to rotate the door hardware to open the door. Here are step-by-step instructions for unlocking a push and twist door lock with a hole.

1. Straighten a standard-sized paperclip so that one end is flat, and bend an elbow into it about one inch from the flat end.
2. Insert the bent end of the paperclip into the tiny hole in the center of your push and twist door lock’s keyhole.
3. Push firmly until you feel resistance, then turn clockwise until you can no longer move it any further.
4. Pull on your handle while applying slight pressure on your thumb against any part of the lock as you turn in order to actuate it fully
5. At this point, there should be enough space between those two mechanisms that allow you to easily remove them by hand
6. Now your push and twist door lock should be unlocked.

If it does not work, try a safety pin

If the methods described above do not work, try using a safety pin. Insert the safety pin into the small hole located in the front of the door handle. The safety pin should fit snugly into the hole. Push it in and jiggle it around until you feel a small latch release and hear a click. This will indicate that you have successfully opened your push & twist door lock with a hole.

It is important to note that this method may require some patience and can be quite tricky at times due to tight tolerances around the tiny hole on some locks. If this does not work, try using another safety pin or use some lubricant such as WD-40 to insert into the small hole for better movement of the internal parts of your lock.

If the safety pin does not work, try a hairpin

If you have a door lock with a hole on the outside that is made to be unlocked using a push and twist action, but you do not have a key, there are several methods that you can use to unlock it. If your attempts at unlocking the door with a safety pin has not been successful, the next step is to try to use a hairpin.

Hairpins are one of the most common methods used to open these types of door locks and although they may seem like an unconventional tool, they can actually be quite effective. To begin, insert the hairpin into the hole of the door lock and make sure that it is securely hooked in place. Next, put your finger on each side of the hairpin and push down firmly while simultaneously twisting in either direction until the latch releases and unlocks the door. In some cases, this process may need to be repeated several times until it works effectively.

If the hairpin does not work, try a pen

If the hairpin method does not make the lock unlock, try a pen or any other slim tool, like a straightened paperclip. Insert the tool into the hole and turn while you push forward on the door handle. This should enable you to push and twist in order to open the lock. Be sure to grasp firmly with both hands as this may become more difficult than it initially appears. If this doesn’t work, it may be time to call a locksmith.


Now that you have successfully unlocked your push and twist door lock with a hole, you can rest assured that your home is secure. We hope this article has provided you with useful information and tips to help you easily unlock the door in future. Remember to always keep spare keys in a safe place, just in case you ever get locked out again. Thanks for reading!

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