How To Unlock a Door Without A Key?

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Publish at Sep 22, 2021 By: Dustin Fernandez
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So, you're locked out and don't have a key, but you need to get in. What are you going to do? How can you unlock a door without a key? I will assume that if you found this page, you are probably asking yourself these questions right now and want a quick fix. Since I am considering the above, there is no reason to go into all the reasons this can happen. This article will focus on different tools you can try to unlock a door when you are without a key.

Credit Card

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The first step to try is always the easiest. Pull out your wallet and take a card you don't mind damaging, as this will most likely bend your card. Keep in mind this method will not work on all doors, and it isn't foolproof. None of the methods are foolproof. The only way to have a fix that will definitely work is to call a locksmith.

This method works best on doors with a simple latch that is twisted to unlock. This will not work on deadbolts or high-security locks. It will also not work if the lock has a strike plate. To try this solution, angle your card towards the side of the latch to attempt to pry it loose and unlock the door.


lock picking

Before you break out your inner detective and try this method, you will want to know some important details. First, you need to know what type of lock you are dealing with. Most locks use a tumbler system, but not all. For example, cars use a different system entirely.

The lock-pick aims to mimic the actions of an actual key. The more secure the lock is, the more complex the lock will be to pick. When lock-picking, professional lock-picks work best, but there are some items you can fashion into a makeshift lock-pick. These items include bobby pins, safety pins, and paperclips.

Bump Keys

A bump key is another good option to use when trying to unlock your door without the original key. This key is specially made to be wrapped into the keyway, allowing it to unlock. Bump keys can be purchased online, and if you lock yourself out quite often, it may be a reasonable investment for you. Keep in mind that most property owners have defenses against bump keys, which will not work on all locks. Also, bump keys do not work at all on vehicles.

To try this method, the key must be able to fit in the keyway. Place the key into the keyway and then hit the key with a heavy object such as a hammer. This works because the pressure of the force causes the keys pins to push the driver pins with the right amount of force to unlock the door. This may take several tries to work. Please note this type of key is not the same as a master key. A master key is a key that will work with most locks without any manipulation. A bump key must be manipulated in the lock to work successfully.

Call A Locksmith

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If you have tried all of these options without success or feel you need assistance, the best thing to do is call a locksmith. A locksmith will be able to help you with any key or lock-related problem quickly and easily. They will also be able to make you a new key if needed. Unless it is an emergency, your quickest easy fix has a professional help you unlock your door. Locksmiths work 24/7 and will be happy to help you if you need them.

Drastic Measures

In this section, we will cover two methods you can use, but they are very drastic. These methods can damage your lock, door, and door frame, so they should only be used in the case of emergencies or potentially dangerous situations. These methods can end up being very expensive to fix after the fact, so please make sure to exhaust all other options first unless it is a life-threatening situation.

Lock Drilling

Drilling a lock will destroy your safety, and you will not be able to use it again until it is replaced. This should only be done as a last resort and is best to be handled by a locksmith. In some cases, a locksmith may need to drill your lock if other methods don't work. However, a locksmith is trained and skilled in this. Also, the locksmith will replace the lock after drilling it, so you are not left insecure.

It is very different when doing this on your own, however. This is not an easy task, and it can easily cause collateral damage to your door or handle, which will not work on all locks. High-security locks, for instance, are created to deter drilling. Again, it is best to leave it to the professionals, but if you wish to try this yourself, you will need an electric drill, a drill bit, a lubricant, and a screwdriver. You will drill through the lubricated lock so that it can be opened without the key.

Brute Force

This is the drastic scene you see time and time again on TV. The hero bravely kicks down the door to save the person in distress. In reality, this is not such a glamorous method and should be used only as a last resort or in cases of extreme emergency. Kicking or ramming a door can not only cause damage to your door and doorway, but it can also cause injury for you.

Another method in this same vein is to remove the hinges off of the door. This method may seem less destructive, but it can open up a whole host of problems. This method will only work on doors that swing out with visible hinges. Once unhinged, the door's weight on the lock bolt can cause it to bend out of shape. It is best to avoid both of these methods as they are costly and time-consuming to fix.

Final Thoughts

Now you know the different ways to unlock a door without a key. We hope this knowledge serves you well and the tips help you the next time you find yourself on the wrong side of a locked door. If we can help, please don't hesitate to call us at ASAP Locksmith Dallas TX; we are here to assist!

Article written by: Dustin Fernandez
I am Dustin Fernandez, and I'm the owner of ASAP Locksmith in Dallas. My company is a family business, and we provide locksmith services to residential, commercial, and automotive customers. I've been in the locksmith industry since 1995 when I was just 20 years old. I started by working for another locksmith company before eventually starting my own. Over time, my father joined me as a partner in this venture, which made him proud to help his son succeed at something he loved doing!