Drilling out a Lock
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Drilling out a Lock (by DJ [VA]) May 8, 2022 8:08 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by Jason [VA]) May 8, 2022 8:12 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) May 8, 2022 8:22 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by Bonanza [NC]) May 8, 2022 8:51 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by W [CA]) May 8, 2022 9:20 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by MMIT [VA]) May 8, 2022 9:23 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by zero [IN]) May 8, 2022 9:40 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by Dodge [PA]) May 8, 2022 10:27 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by Allym [NJ]) May 8, 2022 11:36 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by Robert J [CA]) May 8, 2022 11:51 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by Vee [OH]) May 8, 2022 12:32 PM
       Drilling out a Lock (by DJ [VA]) May 8, 2022 1:10 PM
       Drilling out a Lock (by zero [IN]) May 8, 2022 2:46 PM
       Drilling out a Lock (by Mike45 [NV]) May 8, 2022 5:45 PM
       Drilling out a Lock (by MikeA [TX]) May 8, 2022 10:21 PM
       Drilling out a Lock (by MikeA [TX]) May 8, 2022 10:21 PM
       Drilling out a Lock (by zero [IN]) May 9, 2022 9:24 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) May 9, 2022 12:06 PM
       Drilling out a Lock (by gevans [SC]) May 10, 2022 8:08 AM
       Drilling out a Lock (by DJ [VA]) May 10, 2022 10:22 AM

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Drilling out a Lock (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 8:08 AM
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Just exactly how do you do that?

I tried it once, unsuccessfully.

I would really like to know how. Y'all (Robert J) make it sound so easy!

(Vacant house I bought, no key. Ended up breaking back door glass to get in)

--68.229.xxx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 8:12 AM
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Ive done it by drilling one 3/8 hole behind each of the mounting screws. The lock will just fall off. --73.177.xxx.xx




Drilling out a Lock (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 8:22 AM
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A deadbolt can be taken apart then a locksmith can rekey lock or replace. If there is no deadbolt then recommend buying then using a passage lock so it is impossible to lock out when leaving. A cordless drill then drill with a small drill then increase size until lock opens. --68.69.xxx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 8:51 AM
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I would have called a locksmith. I found this guy who comes out, unlocks (picks) the door and makes me 2 keys for $35. --65.188.xxx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by W [CA]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 9:20 AM
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YouTube. Lockpicking Lawyer vids if you want to pick the lovk --72.199.xxx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by MMIT [VA]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 9:23 AM
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Google bump key --71.62.xx.xx




Drilling out a Lock (by zero [IN]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 9:40 AM
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If a deadbolt drill above the keyway to trash all the pins. You can brute force a passage lock with a pair of channel locks easily.

Obviously both of these ruin the lock.

I pick the locks when I can so I can rekey and lose only a little time. Most times I can get it to work, sometimes I can't. Then I either try and shim past the latch if just a passage lock or I destroy the lock.

Surprising number of times there is an unlocked window or another door that doesn't have deadbolt locked as well.

Lockpicking Lawyer is a God when it comes to getting thru many different locks. I have used some of his techniques, especially on the cheap realtor locks. He has a skill set that I do not, and I took locksmith courses before they were on the internet.

Bump keys work, but again are hit and miss for me. I can usually rake a lock open faster.

Once you are in, save the cylinders so you can study how the locks actually work. That will help you the most when trying to defeat them. --107.147.xx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by Dodge [PA]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 10:27 AM
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Just had to do this on 3 doors. Drilling out the screws worked the best. --174.59.xxx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 11:36 AM
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The really good locksmith got a metal bit on his drill and just went right into the keyhole with it. --108.24.xx.xx




Drilling out a Lock (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 11:51 AM
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Drilling locks. As Jason said, you can drill where the two mounting screws are located but sometimes the installer will put a metal ball-bearing in the hole before installing the lock screws, that will destroy a common drill bit. So always take extra drill bits when drilling a lock.

In my case I usually drill the lock cylinder above the keyway hole where the lock pins are inside, then turn the keyway with a screwdriver. --47.155.xx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 12:32 PM
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Drilled many tenant lock changes, I carry a pack of 10-12 0.125 and 0.190 drill bits because often things jam and break the bits - draw the guts out with a magnet, nearly all the lock parts are brass - plastic, the pins are aluminum and that is where the jamming occurs, the busted bit pulls out 2-3 pins and then 1 more drill and viola you can turn the lock with a medium screwdriver. You only have to drill one door if you are unable to use the pressure bar to spread the jam and open the door. --76.190.xxx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 1:10 PM
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Thanks everybody - next time (God forbid) I'll try aiming for the screws.

(Tried drilling straight through the key hole)

It's a much longer story, including key broken in lock & rather not cause more damage. Back door all boarded up, so not the first choice - but we got in! --68.229.xxx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by zero [IN]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 2:46 PM
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Just remember that the screws are typically tougher material than the cylinder is so you have more chance of breaking bits.

They make extractors for broken keys as well. If you are not wanting to destroy the cylinder then pull the broken key out and have a new key made from it. Won't be able to go to the box stores to get this done, but a decent hardware store should be able to.

Congrats on getting in!

Third place I bought I didn't get keys for the garage. It is right next to small town PD. They didn't know me then. Here I am in the middle of the day trying to pick a lock on an abandoned place.

Nobody asked me anything. --107.147.xx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 5:45 PM
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I have a set of bump keys for several common keyways, but have never successfully bumped a lock. I've watched YouTube on it, but I have never developed the feel for it.

I am pretty good with lock picks. What shocks me is that the police have never come while I am working on picking the front door. I'd much prefer having to explain myself instead of there being no response at all! I used to bring a copy of the deed and tax assessor printout in fear that the cops would come, but that was not needed.

I find drilling out above the keyway to be my best technique. Drilling out the screws is too difficult. Those screws are hard.

Last resort, break a window!

--76.4.xxx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 10:21 PM
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I usually start with a knife between the jamb and the door. The goal is to use the knife to slide the spring latch back into the door. Stick the knife into the spring latch and pry away from the door, pull hard on the door to hold it from slipping back out and move the knife out restick it, loosen up on the door, and pry again until you get the spring latch pushed all the way into the door and it opens. Depending on how tight the door is to the frame it will take a few iterations to get the spring latch pushed all the way in. This won't work on a deadbolt.

When you drill the center out of a lock it often times gets jammed and won't let the knob turn. If that happens, take a screw driver about the same size as the drill bit and hammer it into the drilled core and then grab it with some vice grips and turn, it will break loose and the knob will turn. --209.205.xxx.xx




Drilling out a Lock (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: May 8, 2022 10:21 PM
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I usually start with a knife between the jamb and the door. The goal is to use the knife to slide the spring latch back into the door. Stick the knife into the spring latch and pry away from the door, pull hard on the door to hold it from slipping back out and move the knife out restick it, loosen up on the door, and pry again until you get the spring latch pushed all the way into the door and it opens. Depending on how tight the door is to the frame it will take a few iterations to get the spring latch pushed all the way in. This won't work on a deadbolt.

When you drill the center out of a lock it often times gets jammed and won't let the knob turn. If that happens, take a screw driver about the same size as the drill bit and hammer it into the drilled core and then grab it with some vice grips and turn, it will break loose and the knob will turn. --209.205.xxx.xx




Drilling out a Lock (by zero [IN]) Posted on: May 9, 2022 9:24 AM
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I have been at a property manager's place gaining entry and had a deputy walk up behind me while I was trying to pick a lock in the cold.

He asked if I was so and so. I said no. He asked if I lived here and I said no. I told him I was gaining non-destructive entry for the property manager. He didn't care. He looked in the window and saw the place was nearly empty, stuck his summons in between the door frame and knob and wished me good luck.

Years ago I was trying to gain entry into a bank owned house for my realtor. I picked the lockset but the deadbolt was locked as well. I didn't have any drill bits with me. It was cold, lots of snow and my picking was off more than usual.

Two little kids came up while I was using a reciprocating saw in an attempt to remove the deadbolt. They asked if I wanted them to shovel the walk. I said no, it's not my house. As their eyes got bigger I told them I worked for the bank and was trying to gain entrance.

They said OK and left, but I kept wondering when the police would be called on me.

Didn't happen.

I did however slaughter that deadbolt eventually. Would have been smarter to just leave and get the proper tools, but I was determined to not let it get the best of me. --107.147.xx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: May 9, 2022 12:06 PM
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a 3.8 bit is good. I have lined up the bit 2/3 of the way down the key slot and drilled in about an inch. The pins from the lock drop and the knob will twist.

I have never had to do a dead bolt yet --24.101.xxx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: May 10, 2022 8:08 AM
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Fastest way: same slide hammer that a car body shop uses. Screw the tip into the keyhole, work the slide hammer usually just ONCE, and the cylinder comes out.

Then turn the latch with a screwdriver. 30 seconds tops. --69.80.xx.xxx




Drilling out a Lock (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: May 10, 2022 10:22 AM
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Did I forget to mention this was a deadbolt? --68.229.xxx.xxx



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