How to open a broken lock
When the lock on our door breaks, we know that we will hardly be able to continue using it, which forces us to think about replacing it. But, if the door is closed and the broken lock is on, logically we must open it first to be able to remove it and replace it.
To be able to open a lock in these conditions, it is important to have the necessary tools for such action. Luckily, here we bring some recommendations where we explain how to open a broken lock Y which tools help the process.
Use a drill
A drill is a good option to ultimately try to open our broken lock. And we say “last resort” because it is an aggressive technique, which will render the lock useless, just in case there was a possibility of repairing it.
For the application we only need to have at hand: a drill, a flat-head screwdriver, several bits and metal lubricant.
- Having the aforementioned materials, you must proceed to apply a large amount of lubricant at the entrance of the lock to moisten the internal mechanism. Try to get the lubricant to the back side to better ensure soaking.
- The bit that will be attached to the drill must also be lubricated, so that everything is sufficiently lubricated to avoid skipping of metal debris. Also, the oil in the bit will prevent overheating.
- Once you have passed the lubrication cycle, you should proceed to direct the tip of the bit into the slot of the lock and turn on the drill.
- You must push as you drill to get to the bottom of the lock to pierce and destroy the safety pistons.
- As a last step, insert a screwdriver the size of the hole you created, push it all the way in, and wiggle it as if you were trying to open the door. This movement will align the elements that have been drilled and with the turn the door will open.
Use chisel and hammer
Since the lock is broken, the idea is to use the chisel and hammer to open the door.
It may seem like a very violent solution, but you have to go to it to solve the problem. In addition, if the lock is broken and does not work at all, it will not work again, so with the help of a chisel and a hammer we will try to detach the cylinder.
- The chisel is placed in the keyhole.
- The chisel should be hit hard with the hammer. This process must be done several times until the lock cylinder comes out the other end.
- Once the cylinder is detached, the lock can be opened.
Disarm and remove the lock
If when we speak of a broken lock, we mean exactly that the mechanism has explicitly lost some of its parts, then we can go on to apply this solution.
Of course, this technique is easier to apply on interior door locks that are generally knob or knob. Also on rod locks that are not welded.
What is needed to proceed with disassembly is a screwdriver or two, matching the size and type of screws.
To get started:
- The screws that hold the knob are removed, these are located near the base of the knob.
- Then, the knob is removed and the door lock is carefully removed by removing the screws through the hole in the edge.
Perhaps the breakage problem that the lock has is internal, which would force it to be completely disarmed. If you want, you can do it more carefully, but it is best to replace it with a new one.
- Once the lock is removed, the door can be opened by simply pulling or pushing towards the opening area.
It is advisable to perform maintenance on the doors and locks, in this way we avoid their deterioration and guarantee their proper functioning. In addition, it allows us to determine if something in our locks is wrong, in order to act quickly by adjusting what is necessary for their proper functioning.
Use the lever movement
We sometimes say that a lock is broken when the opening element has been completely damaged. For example, the knob has broken or the cylinder has detached from its element, so that it rotates without generating results.
At this point we only have one option left, and that is to force the latch or slip. And, the lever method is a technique that can help us move the latch from its position and keep it inside the lock while we open.
This method consists of using a tool as a support, which may well be a card, a knife or a screwdriver. In this case we will rely on the use of a knife for the explanation.
The ideal knife to use is one for spreading butter or jam because they have good strength and flexibility. In addition to being dull, so it is not dangerous.
- We must locate the tab of the door, right where the closing happens.
- We take the knife or screwdriver and insert the tip through the tab, always looking for the latch.
- We tilt the tool a little and press to move the latch.
- When we notice that the latch is moving, we resort to prying. Without stopping pushing to hook well between the strike and the latch.
Once the knife gets between the latch and the plate, continue with the lever and it will move to the lock, leaving the door open.
Call a locksmith
If even performing any of the techniques that we recommend you do not get to solve the situation, better call a locksmith. They are professionals in the field and who better than an expert to help solve the problem?
Do not forget that what we show here are only options to solve in cases of personal emergencies. Do not use any of the techniques outlined here to break into someone else’s property or commit criminal acts. Remember that committing these actions can get you in legal trouble that could land you in jail.