To open a skeleton key lock without a key, use a tension wrench and short hook to manipulate the lock's pins into the proper position. This procedure takes under 10 minutes.Continue Reading
Slowly insert the tension wrench into the lock, and push it down. Turn the wrench as you would a key. In most cases this means turning the wrench to the right; if that does not work, try the other direction.
Insert the short hook into the lock, and work it as far back as it will go.
Pull the short hook until it catches on the first pin. Push the pin up, and listen for a click. When you hear the click or feel the pin snap into place, pull the hook back to the second pin. Repeat this process with all of the pins. Keep the tension wrench inside the lock at all times so the lifted pins stay up.
After you lift the last pin into place, remove the short hook. Keep the tension wrench in place. Turn the doorknob; if it turns, the lock is open. If the doorknob does not turn, reinsert the short hook and check for missed pins. Lift them up until they click, then turn the doorknob again.
Locked doors may be unlocked without a key by using credit cards, bobby pins, paper clips or bump keys. Bump keys are specially crafted devices that are used to pick locks that are based on a pin-locking system, which is common in most homes. Since bump keys only have ridges on one side, they are not helpful in unlocking double-sided locks, such as those installed in most cars.Full Answer >
To remove a broken key from a lock, spray the mechanism with graphite, insert a small piece of a saw blade to pull the key out, and grasp it with needlenosed pliers to remove it from the lock. Take the pieces of the key to a locksmith for a key cut.Full Answer >
To rekey your Weiser lock, insert the functioning key, and turn the key clockwise 1/4 of the way around. Put the SmartKey learn tool in, remove it, take out the functioning key, put the functioning key in the lock, and turn 1/4 counter clockwise. You can then remove the functioning key, and the process of rekeying your lock is complete.Full Answer >
Warping, getting the key stuck in the lock, a faulty lock and the deadlatch not working are some common door lock problems. Door warping occurs due to poor weather conditions. It prevents locking points from engaging the keeps that prevent the door from locking.Full Answer >