How to open a knob lock?
“Opening locks is the task of experts, because if we do it on our own we run the risk of breaking the lock mechanism or causing ourselves harm …” That’s what we’ve always heard, or at least most of us, and well, yes it is true that there are risks But what can we not do as long as we are cautious?
So yes we can open a lock without being locksmiths and, yes we can open it without breaking absolutely anything, there are many ways to do it. Only we are used to looking at the desperate cases where they choose to break down the door or destroy the lock.
Here we come to help and motivate you to do it on your own, as we understand that sometimes we go through different situations that may require acting quickly and you probably won’t have time to wait for a locksmith. If that’s your case, you must be ready to learn how to open a knob lock.
Methods that can help you
To begin with, we know that to open a knob lock we only need to turn the knob or, failing that, insert the key and turn it. But how do we open it when we do not have the key and we urgently need to move from one room to another?
Opening a knob lock without keys is not difficult at all, in fact, it is considered one of the easiest to open, but we are not going to trust us, because if it is your first time, you may have a stumble or another. But don’t worry, you just have to stay calm and follow our step-by-step instructions.
Using two bobby pins or hair clips
The hair clip method is one of the best known and most effective not only for pommel locks, but for other types. Also, it is one of the oldest techniques, something like an “ancient recipe for picking locks,” although it has very little ancestral to it.
There is only one detail with this method and that is that you have to be careful to make the simultaneous movements necessary to open the lock. But nevertheless, we are not going to advance the steps and pay attention to each one of them so that you can replicate them without losing any detail of sight:
- Find a pair of clips or bobby pins to hold the hair up. If you choose the flat type that contains an outward bent tip and plastic on the tips, the first thing to do is remove that plastic to prevent it from staying inside the lock.
- The next thing is to take one of the hooks and open it by moving both ends away until creating a 90 degree angle. The end without the bent tip will serve as a handle.
- We keep the next hook in its original shape, that is, without opening it, but with a clamp we fold it in half. We will have a double wire with an L shape.
Now we begin to execute the procedure to open the knob:
- We insert the L-shaped hook in the lower part of the keyhole. And we push it to the bottom. Your job is to apply pressure.
The intention is that it reaches the bottom of the lock so it is ideal to use large forks. To make sure it hits the bottom.
- We put the second fork taking it by the handle that we mentioned before, so that the bent tip will be up.
- We must insert it into the same hole as hook L but above it.
- We push slowly making movements up and down while we press with the lower hook and turn, as if it were the key.
Use a paper clip
This type of lock has a button inside the knob that anyone can press to open the lock. You can use any type of object that is elongated and rigid that fits perfectly into the hole in the knob. But for the effect of this technique we recommend using a paper clip. You just have to do the following:
- Locate the keyhole.
- Take the clip apart and leave it fully stretched.
- Insert one of the tips of the clip and push hard to remove the button that keeps the lock closed. When you hear a click you will know that it came out, if not press the clip with more force.
Perhaps you think that the wire of the clip is very fragile, to avoid this you can double it so that it has more resistance.
If the first attempt was not given, remember to perform the procedure several times until you achieve your goal.
Use a credit card
This method consists of playing a game with the latch. Our task is the following:
- We are looking for a credit card. Although it does not have to be solely of that type. The important thing is that it is a flexible and resistant plastic sheet capable of withstanding the shock and struggle with the latch.
- Insert the card into the slot in the door (between the frame and the lock), a few inches above the latch. Some recommend between 10 and 15 cm, but the distance has a lot to do with the skill of the person applying it. So after the first try, you will probably decide how many centimeters away you should place it.
- Raise and lower the card, in a gesture of gaining momentum. They must be force movements, as you reach for the latch.
- Once we reach the latch with the card and being this between the frame and the latch, we bend the card tilting it in the opposite position of the door, creating a lever to push the latch towards the door.
- Turn the knob at the same time that you manipulate the card. The movement will allow you to move the latch slightly, which will give a bit of room for the card to enter the frame more easily.
If you think that the latch is rubbing or remains pressed with the metal sheet on which it rests (strike), you can push or pull the door until it is slightly in the air or without generating friction. This will make it easier for you to move the card, although you will probably need help to carry out this action.