The DIY spirit is admirable, but sometimes it is best left to the experts. Recognizing when to call a professional can help ensure that your home’s locks serve their purpose-to protect you and your family.
A new lock picking technique has been making the rounds. You can use a credit card (laminated cards work best) and a thin but strong tool like a wedge.
Do It Yourself
A locksmith can be a costly service, and it is usually better to try and solve your lock problems yourself. There are a few DIY methods that you can use to get your door unlocked, but you should only try these if you have some experience with tools or a lot of time on your hands. Otherwise, you might end up doing more harm than good and having to call a professional.
Movies make lockpicking look easy, but it is actually quite a tricky skill. You will need to practice, and you will need to have a tool kit. A bobby pin and paper clip work well, but you can also use a nail file or a pair of pliers. You will need to make sure that the metal you are using is firm enough for your pick and tension wrench.
If you have a key card, you can try sliding it between the frame and the lock. This might not be a reliable solution, but it is worth trying before resorting to more drastic measures like bumping the lock or making a battering ram out of a chair leg and a book.
Getting locked out happens to everyone, and it often occurs at the most inconvenient times. If you know a trusted neighbor, the person who cared for your cat or houseplants while you were on vacation, or anyone else who has access to your home, you should send them an SOS text. They might be able to come over and let you in.
If you are able to open your door without the help of a friend, you can try your luck with a credit card. Using this technique is less invasive than attempting to bump the lock, and it can be more effective than trying to break into the house with a toolkit. Just be careful not to damage the lock by using too much pressure or force. Also, make sure that the card is laminated and not made of a plastic that will break too easily. Smoothen the card with a swiss cut #4 file before you try to use it to mark up the key blank.
Call a Professional
Locks are a vital security measure that keep your belongings and loved ones safe. They are an important part of home, business and car security. However, locks can sometimes have problems that prevent them from working properly. This can be frustrating, especially when it is in an emergency situation. It is always best to seek the help of a locksmith rather than trying to fix the problem on your own.
Attempting DIY locksmith solutions can be cost-effective, but it can also be time-consuming and difficult to get right. It takes a lot of work to disassemble a lock, replace the cylinder, and then put it back together again. A professional locksmith knows exactly how to do this quickly and efficiently, so it saves a great deal of time and effort for homeowners.
If you find that your lock is not functioning, there may be mechanical issues with the parts that make it up. These could be due to wear, damage or tampering. A locksmith will be able to diagnose the problem and determine whether it is repairable or if the lock needs to be replaced.
Some people try to break into their homes by using a credit card or other items in a pinch, but this should only be done as a last resort. It will look sketchy to anyone walking by, and it is not worth the risk of getting caught. A professional locksmith can install new, more secure locks that will eliminate this concern altogether.
It is a good idea to have an emergency plan for when you are locked out. This should include a contact number for a trusted friend or neighbor to come and let you in if you are in a jam. It is also a good idea to have a spare key somewhere so that you do not have to resort to breaking in or calling the police for help.
It is also a good idea to talk to a professional locksmith about upgrading your home’s security system. There are many different options available for door and window locks, from keyless entry to high-tech systems. Your locksmith will be able to show you the different options and help you select the one that is right for your home.
Get a Key Made
There are many different ways to open a lock, and it takes a trained locksmith to know the right tools for the job. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to get locked out of their house or office at one point, and they usually panic and start looking for ways to get back inside. The problem is, trying to break into your home can cause damage to the door and other parts of your house. A professional locksmith will use various tools to open the lock without damaging it or your home, and they can even cut you a new key so that it fits the lock perfectly.
If your key won’t go into the lock all the way, it’s likely because the pins are corroded or something else is wrong with the mechanism. A professional locksmith will be able to fix this issue quickly and easily using a number of techniques, including lubrication. They will spray WD-40, silicon-based lubricant, graphite spray or another dry lubricant into the keyhole to lubricate the locks and remove any dirt or dust that might be trapped inside.
They can also try to pick the lock by applying pressure to certain points in the lock. If the key still won’t turn, they might need to apply heat to the lock mechanism to thaw out the lock. They can also try to force the pins out of place with a tension wrench, which is made in an “L” shape and is used to push down on the bottom part of the tumbler.
A locksmith can also use a method called impressioning to make a new key. This involves marking the blank key with a key that already works in the lock to create the impressions of the cuts that will be made in the new key. A professional locksmith will be able to tell which key is the correct one for the lock and file the new key according to those marks, so that it opens the lock correctly.
A professional locksmith can also help you to make a bump key, which is a tool that fits in the lock and hits pins in the tumblers with enough force to unlock the door. This is a specialized skill that only some locksmiths have, and it can take quite a while to learn. You can try to make a bump key yourself with a pair of paperclips or some other small piece of metal, but this requires time and patience to learn the process.
Replace the Lock
Locks offer a sense of security by protecting your belongings and your loved ones from intruders. It is commendable to do all you can to ensure that these guardians of your home are working properly and effectively, but it’s important to know when to call for expert help instead of attempting a DIY solution.
If you are unable to open your door using a credit card or by picking it with a tension wrench and pick, you will likely need to replace the lock. This is a simple process that requires little more than a screwdriver, but it’s still a step to take only if you’re confident that you can do it without damaging your door or frame.
First, look for a small gap between the door and the frame near the handle or knob. You’ll need to insert a flat-head screwdriver into this gap in order to pull up on the tab that holds the spindle in place, allowing you to remove it and free your lock.
Once you’ve removed the spindle, examine the exterior side of the lock for a set of rods that receive the interior piece (doorknob locks have these, but deadbolts don’t). Visually line up these rods with the holes on your door in order to locate the latch plate, which is what you will need to disassemble.
Pry the trim from around the lock with a flat screwdriver, and if possible, twist it away from the door to remove it completely. Once you’ve disassembled the lock, you can then replace the latch plate, ensuring that your new lock will be secure and work with a key.
If you’re willing to put in a bit more effort, you can try to make your own bump key, but this will require metalworking skills and a lot of patience. You can also purchase a bump key online or at some hardware stores. A professional locksmith will use various tools and techniques to open your door without breaking it or causing any permanent damage. This will be much more cost-effective than trying to break down your door or window.