5 Ways to Unlock A Door When You’ve Misplaced Your Keys


Unlocking a door without a key is one of the tricks you should have in your arsenal. It can save the day when you least expect it. For example, you could get home after a long day at work and find that you misplaced your keys. A lockout is just one of the many scenarios where knowing how to unlock a house door without a key can come in handy. Here’s how it is done.

1.      Pick the Lock

Pick the Lock

The number one rule of picking a lock is to know how the lock functions. You need to be familiar with the parts that make up the lock and how they work together. The idea behind lock picking is to try to mimic the function of a working key. While all locks can be picked, it is definitely no walk in the park. Most locks you’ll find at home are tumbler locks. This type of lock is made up of the driver pins, key pins, springs, and plug. To pick the lock, you will need picking tools that include a hook, a rake, and a tension wrench.  You can also improvise and use bobby pins or paper clips. Pick the lock using the single pin or raking method whereby you separate the key pins and driver pins at the shear line. This allows for the rotation of the plug.

2.      Bumping the Lock

Bumping the Lock

Burglars usually rely on lock bumping to gain access to homes. It’s a great way to gain access into your home during a lockout. However, it is worth noting that many property owners have put in place security measures to prevent lock bumping. If your locks have anti-bumping features, then you might want to try another method. To successfully bump a lock, you will need a bump key. This is a specially designed key that helps exploit the key pins and driver pins in a tumbler lock. You have to use a bump key that corresponds to the size of the keyway. Make sure to use the right amount of pressure to unlock the door.

3.      Use a Credit Card

Use a Credit Card

Wondering how to unlock a house door without a key? You can always use your credit card. This loosely refers to any piece of plastic that can be wedged into your door and used to open the lock. You need to note that this method won’t work on deadbolts and other high-end security locks. Make sure the door has an angled latch bolt so that you can pry it open with the card. As you do this, apply some pressure against the weight of the door. This method only works if the lock doesn’t come with a reinforced strike plate.

4.      Drill the Lock

Drill the Lock

This is a destructive method of entry that should only be used as a last resort. You will have to replace the lock after you’ve opened the door as the existing one will be rendered useless. To drill the lock, you will need a battery or electric powered drill, a drill bit, a screwdriver, and some lubricant. The idea is to use brute force to exploit the locking mechanism.  Drill the lock at the shear line such that it separates the key pins and driver pins that hold the lock in place.

5.      Call in a Locksmith

Call in a Locksmith

Sometimes the best solution is to call in an expert. A Lock-up Toronto locksmith can help you unlock a door without the key during a lockout.