Let's say you forgot the code to your Master Lock combination padlock. What can you do besides buy another one? Well, there's a surprising abundance of ways to open a combination lock other than with just the combination, some of which will even let you reset the code. Of course, these hacks aren't limited to folks just looking to open their own locks, but let's just assume that's what you're here for.
Mechanical locks have been around since ancient Egypt, with the oldest known artifact found in the ruins of Nineveh, an ancient city in Assyria, Mesopotamia, which is just across the Tigris River from what is now Mosul, Iraq. It was a forerunner to our modern day pin tumbler locks, and no doubt fell victim to the same perils that today's locks endure—lock picking.
Lock picking is a great skill that takes lots of practice and patience to master, but some locks simply can't be picked, like a Master Lock combination padlock. With a combination lock, you'll have to do it the old-fashioned way—cracking combinations.
At the recent DefCon conference in Las Vegas, researchers opened many of the top commercially available gun safes with simple tools like a straw or a paper clip, and in one case, just by shaking it a bit. The investigation began after the researchers, Toby Bluzmanis, Marc Tobias and Matt Fiddler, learned that certain Stack-On safes, issued to some law enforcement officials to secure their firearms at home, could be opened simply by jiggling the doorknob.
Whether you locked yourself out of your house, or just into experimenting with locks, check out this video to learn how to open a deadbolt door lock. No skill, no experience, and no professional pick tools needed -- just 2 bobby pins. Using very light torque to the tension wrench, insert another bobby pin and scrub over the pins from inside to outside. If the pins do not set after several strokes, release the tension wrench and do it again. Use a screwdriver when the plug is too tight to turn.
Hacking a bike lock is something that you may need to do sometime if you forget your combination or maybe just didn't bring the key for the lock with you. You should never hack a bike lock to steal anything and should know that this tutorial is for informational purposes only. The first thing you will need to do to accomplish this task is to get a marker. Once you have the correct size marker to fit into the key hole, just stick it in there. Once it is in the lock, just press down while turni...
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In this lock picking tutorial video series, I explain and demonstrate how to pick warded locks. Warded locks can be identified by the unique keyway they have. Warded locks use a very simple design. This allows the lock to be inexpensive and minimizes jamming from dirt and grime. Use these lock picking videos to learn how to pick a warded lock.
A spare key is one of those things that never seems like a huge deal until you need it. If you've ever lost your keys, had them stolen, or locked yourself out of your house or car, you know how difficult and embarrassing it can be trying to get your door open.
SentrySafe puts all sorts of measures in place to protect your valuables and important documents. This particular SentrySafe has an electronic lock, four 1-inch bolts to keep the door firmly in place, pry-resistant hinges, and it's able to withstand drops of up to 15 feet. That all sounds great, until you find out that you can open this safe—and pretty much every safe like it—in a matter of seconds using only a magnet. A rare earth magnet, to be precise.
You know that moment of slow motion when you realize your keys are still in the ignition while the car door is closing? If you've accidentally locked yourself out of your car, check out this tutorial.
Have an old bike combination lock that you can't remember the code for? If it's a simply four-digit cable lock, you can easily figure out the combination with a quick peck-and-go method. Best of all, this technique doesn't require any tools or special know-how, and let's you reuse the cable lock again versus just damaging it with bolt cutters. All you need is a bit of patience and you'll have your figure out your combo in no time.
Last year, the Washington Post's Ashley Halsey wrote an article on what really happens to your luggage at airports. In it, they unwittingly published a photo of the master keys the TSA uses for TSA-approved baggage locks. Now, thanks to that picture and a French lock-picking enthusiast, anyone with a 3D printer can make their own master keys to unlock any TSA-recognized locks.
Apparently it is possible to reduce 64,000 possible Master Lock padlock combinations down to just 100. The entire process is clearly illustrated in the below how-to from Mark Edward Campos. For an enlarged version, click here. Looking for something a little more interactive? We have loads of lock-picking tutorial videos. Here's one that demonstrates the same method (math as opposed to shim) outlined in the above illustration.
To pick locks, one must either have an expensive lock-picking set or be skilled with whatever they have available to them. Bobby pins, soda cans, and even butter knives can get the job done, but each needs to be reworked into something more appropriate for the lock in question.
Opening doors with keys is boring and for the lockpicking illiterate. Inject some mischief into your life by watching this video on how to open a lock and break into a house using everyday objects you have lying around.
The fine folks at ITS Tactical made this detailed tutorial on how to make a two-piece lock pick set out of only a few paper clips and using only a multi-tool in the construction. The host begins by demonstrating how to construct the pick, then how to use it on a real lock. It is not as easy as using a real lock pick, but will still work. As the host emphasizes at the beginning of the video, these picks are only to be used in emergency situations, and NOT to break into other people's homes wil...
In this tutorial, the instructor shows us how to open up a door with a screwdriver. For this to work you will need a locked door and a screw driver. You first will need to take the screw driver and push it under the two latches on the side of the door on the lock. Keep pulling back on the latches with the screwdriver until the door pops open, this can take a few minutes or a few seconds depending on the lock strength. This will work on most normal door locks. Be careful because this will leav...
Practicing your lockpicking skills without ruining the doors around your home might seem impossible. With a little DIY knowhow, not so. Watch this video to learn how to easily make a lock picking practice set that will allow you to work on different types of locks easily without having to worry about your home locks.
The Next Three Days is the new film by Paul Haggis (Crash), which stars Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. Laura (Banks) is accused of murder and sent to prison, and her husband John (Crowe) struggles to prove her innocence while taking care of their only child. But the system does not work for John, and he's forced to take extreme actions and attempt a prison break.
This video won't show you how to crack a safe but it will show you the next best thing: cracking a combination lock or master lock! We do recommend only trying this on a lock you have forgotten the combination to and not other unlawful purposes. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to retrieve the combination from a lock. Hack your own lock or your friends and you have the potential for great practical jokes.
Breaking into a low security lock is easy (and thus why it's the subject of a googolplex number of Youtube tutorials made by mischievious prepubescent boys). But add a combination number to a lock and your lock-picking life gets much harder.
Have you accidentally been locked out of your mailbox, or lost the key for a cabinet holding all your important documents? For being such small locks, the ones on mailboxes and cabinets can be deceptively difficult. This tutorial shows you how to pick a four cylinder lock easily. You'll need some basic lock picking tools, scaled down to match the small size of the pick. Once you have the right tools and technique down, it's just a matter of being able to get past all the pins.
My kids found an old Spoke-Hedz three digit lock, and wanted my help to crack it open. One of the first things I noticed was that it doesn't function like a normal code lock, where one half of the lock will open, or the lock itself separates. In this lock, the locking bail extends through the lock mechanism, and the lock mechanism itself slides back and forth across the bail.
In this video I explain how to open combination locks. All combination locks can be bypassed in one way or another. This lockpicking tutorial goes over different methods.
Unbeknownst to the general public, picking a lock can be a very easy process once you get the hang of it (yes, surprising AND frightening). A vibrating lock pick set takes the general ease of picking even further by speeding up the process. Now, with the help of Invent Geek, you can make your own DIY Vibrating lock pick for about a tenth of the price of a manufactured kit.
The locks in most houses are fairly basic, making this lock picking technique fairly easy. If your door lock has a hole in it, and functions similarly to the one in this video, check this video out! All you need is a bobby pin.
Ever wanted to learn how to pick a lock? Well, there's no better time than now to start learning the craft of so many locksmiths out there... lock picking. Just watch this video tutorial to see how to make a tension wrench for lock picking.
This video tutorial is for educational purposes only. See how to pick a normal lock with a tension allen wrench and a small screwdriver.
Watch this video to learn how to pick a master lock n0.3 with a Uni-ball pen clip as the tension wrench and a bobby pin or hair pin as the pick.
Ever wanted to learn how to pick a lock? Well, there's no better time than now to start learning the craft of so many locksmiths out there... lock picking. Just watch this video tutorial to see how to pick a Brink's high security lock.
We may not all be Macgyver, but we can certainly channel our inner detective by bolstering our lock picking skills. And some of the hardest locks to crack open are combination locks, which have several disks are require advanced lockpicking skills.
Ever wanted to learn how to pick a lock? Well, there's no better time than now to start learning the craft of so many locksmiths out there... lock picking. Just watch this video tutorial to see how to make tension wrenches for lock picking.
Just like the title says, learn how to crack a master lock. Not pick the lock (picking a master lock will not get you the combo). You don't need any special tools to crack this master lock- all you need is the right technique. Crack master locks for fun only - don't use this for illegal purposes. Great trick if you lose your combination to your master lock. All you need is a little math. Learn how to hack a master lock with this lock cracking tutorial.
A bump key is a method crooks use to pick locks. This idea is not new, professional theives have been using it for years, and now you can make your own.
Watch this video conning tutorial and learn how to pick a door lock. Maybe you locked yourself out of the house, or you're just a criminal trying to get in somewhere you don't belong. You will need a lock pick and a tension wrench. To make the lock pick in this video take a hacksaw blade and trace a lock pick onto the surface. Lock pick templates can be printed out all over the internet. Next grind it down to size either with a bench grinder or a dremel. To make a tension wrench take out the ...
How to pick a lock! Lock picking is is a useful trade that should only be used when you lock yourself out. Do not use this lockpicking video to break into other peoples' homes or property. Watch this video and learn how to pick a lock next time you are in a jam.
Lock picking can be difficult with some security features. This instructional video shows you what happens when you encounter them and what to do. Break into a lock when you've forgotten your keys, but please don't sneak in anywhere you don't belong. Watch this video lock-picking tutorial and learn how to detect security pins.
Check out this video to see how to pick a deadbolt lock with a tension wrench and lockpick. Now, in order to pick a deadbolt, you'll be using the "lifter picking" method to do so. Just make sure you have a lockpicing set and a tension wrench and you're set. These are the lock picking basics here.
Check out this instructional con video that demonstrates how to pick a Wafer lock. They are commonly used in thefts. Regardless of the security level, the picking technique is the same. Follow the simple instructions outlined in this tutorial video and learn how to pick a wafer lock. Start picking locks like a pro!