If you left or misplaced the keys to your padlock, the only option is to break it. But how do you open a padlock if you do not have a metal or bolt cutter? Or if you are outside the house, what are your options to break the fasten?
Here, I will show you the alternative and simple ways to shatter a lock without hurting yourself. As we go through the different methods.
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Be sure that you consider the following to succeed:
There are several strategies to break down the veil of safety padlocks. Each approach relies on a specific technique, procedure, and materials to break a padlock open.
The most common method is to use a comprehensive tool-cutter, hammers, or wrenches. This applies typically to a high-security padlock (to be discussed later). But, with a few simple methods and a little know-how, you can bypass a padlock without breaking a sweat.
Yes, it is possible. There are seamless ways to open the lock-up and reuse it. This approach can bypass low to medium-security bolts. Often it is doable on compact keyed locks, numbered-combination padlocks, and other traditional household personal lockers. (1)
So let’s begin.
How to Break a Padlock without Tools
1) Padlock Shimming
Shimming is probably the most widely used technique for bypassing padlocks. It entails detaching the locking bolt from a padlock’s shackle using a small piece of metal or a tin can.
When shimming a padlock, keep in mind whether it has a single or double-lock shackle. It can be difficult to tell from appearance. But, numerical padlocks are usually a single lock, which ensures that only one side of the padlock shackle engages in the locking mechanism. (2)
You need the following materials to perform the technique:
- Small metal or tin can (coke can or a tin cap)
- Tin snips like a sharpened scissor, alloy cutter, utility knife, or anything used to cut tin cans
- Marker or pentel pen
Safety reminder: Please take whatever precautions you believe are appropriate to prevent cuts and wounds.
How to create shims?
- Get a coke can and trim off the top and the bottom part of the can, leaving the middle portion.
- Cut a little “M-shaped” in a small piece of tin alloy. Make around six shims in a single can.
- Make a rounded “M-shaped” fit its way into the locking mechanism in the shackle. The mid-point of a shim should either be round or angular.
Padlock shimming procedure:
Shimming a single or double-lock padlock is precisely the same, except you’ll need two shims for the double.
- Insert the shim on the space between the locking groove of the padlock body and the shackle.
- Twist it while moving the lock-shackle up and down to work its way to the locking mechanism until it pops open.
- The same procedure is best for double-lock padlocks, but you will be working on both sides.
You can watch the steps to do it here:
2) Padlock Picking or Jimmying
This approach is helpful in a variety of scenarios where you might be stuck. As a hobby, this skill set is entirely legitimate. You’ll never leave the house without bringing picking tools or tension wrenches; after learning how to pick a lock. You might, however, use a paper clip or something similar for your DIY shot. A pin tumbler lock is the most common lock in lock-picking.
- Tension wrenches or lock picking tools
- Paper clip
How to pick a lock using lock-picking tools?
- Insert lock-picking tool into the keyhole.
- Apply tension to plug.
- Locate the pin stack that resists the most.
- Raise the pins pile one by one until the stack’s location hits the right point with the shear line.
- Repeat the method until the plugs open freely.
How to make a lock-picking tool using two paper clips?
- Bend the first clip as straight as possible.
- Get the two ends and bend them to each other.
- Using a plier, crimp down the ends a little bit to make a loop section that fits the keyhole.
- Insert it about a centimeter inch and bend it out to the side to create tension.
- Get the second clip and bend only on section 45 degree angle. It serves as a lock picking tool.
There, you can start the lock-picking technique. Mastery, practice, and more practice are necessary for lock-picking.
More tutorials on this video:
How to Break a Padlock Easy
1) Breaking a padlock using 5.8 bolt and wing nuts
- 2 5.8″ wing nuts
- Put the first nut in the bolt until it reaches the head of the bolt.
- Put the other nut.
- Position the bolt in the shackle, locking the 2nd nut on the upper part of the shackle.
- Using a plier, turn the bottom nut clockwise until it pops open.
2) Destroying the keyhole and locking mechanism
- Tin sheet
- Lead and soldering iron
- Blind rivets
- Cut a small piece of tin sheet
- Round it enough to fit the keyhole housing.
- Put lead on one side of the tin.
- Using a hammer, insert the tin sheet into the space around the keyhole until it breaks.
- Using blind rivets, remove the cracked keyhole and all locking mechanisms.
- Unlock the shackle utilizing a screwdriver.
How to Break a Padlock Like a PRO
There are also more creative options for working with hard-locks that require comprehensive tools.
1) Pop a padlock with two open wrenches
- Two open wrenches
- Elbow grease
- Get two open-ended wrenches that fit the correct size for the shackle of the lock.
- Hook the wrench’s open end over both sides of the lock-shackle.
- Squeeze the open-wrench handles inwards against one another until the lock-shackle breaks up.
2) Smash the lock with a handy hammer
- Insert your finger into the shackle loop and pull the shackle away from the top of the lock. If you don’t remove any of the extra slack from the lock-shackle, you won’t be able to knock the lock open.
- Hit the side of the lock repeatedly with a hammer or similar tool until the lock opens.
Did you have fun learning a new life hack today?
With the hectic daily schedules, there is always a higher chance that you forget or misplace your keys. Hence, developing the skills of lockpicking, shimming padlock, and other DIY methods in breaking a padlock is important.
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Before we end, here’s another learning guide on how to open a padlock without a key. Until next time!
(1) bolts – https://www.thomasnet.com/articles/hardware/types-of-bolts/
(2) locking mechanism – https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/locking-mechanism
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