This is a question that has been asked a lot of times, I am sure a lot of people have thought about drilling a lock open at some point.

I have seen this done before, but the person got caught. I am going to tell you the best way to open a lock if you have forgotten the combination.

If you ever find yourself locked out of the house, you might be tempted to try drilling holes into your door lock and inserting pins to see if you can pop the tumblers.

Will this work? There’s a reason why movies always show criminals drilling through the locks of a car trunk to get inside: they work. 

If you’re lucky, you might be able to pick the lock with a bobby pin. If you’re not, you’ll just end up breaking your lock. 

As long as there’s no deadbolt, drilling through a lock can be a quick and effective way to get into a car. Eureka! You’ve done it! 

Good news! You can drill open a lock. The bad news is that you’ll need a specialized drill bit to do it.

The better news is that you can buy one for pretty cheap, and use it to open your lock, and also teach yourself how to pick a lock.

Things You Must Do Before Drilling A Lock

It’s a funny thing about locks: no matter how many you own, how good a job you do securing them, and how often you replace or upgrade your locks, you’re always going to have a few locks that need to be drilled.

Maybe you don’t need to drill them right now, but you need to know how to do it eventually.

A few months ago I had to drill a lock to replace a deadbolt that was missing a key, and I had no idea what to do. It’s not like I’m a locksmith, and I don’t have the budget of one either.

When you need to drill a lock there are a few things you need to do in the correct order.  

  • The first is to ensure you have the correct tools for the job.  
  • The second is to work out which type of drill bit you need.  
  • The third thing to do is to ensure you know how to select a drill bit that is the correct size so you don’t damage the lock.
  • Lastly, you need to ensure you drill the lock correctly so you don’t damage the door.

Before drilling a lock, you have to determine what kind of lock you are dealing with.

The two most common types of door locks are deadbolts and doorknobs.

I would suggest drilling a lock only when you are sure you have a deadbolt, because doorknobs are the type of locks to drill on.

The difference between a deadbolt and a doorknob is the type of cylinder used in the lock.

A deadbolt cylinder is a cylinder that runs through the center of the door.

A doorknob cylinder is a cylinder that runs through a hole in the door. To drill a lock on a doorknob, you need a hole saw.

How to open a locked with a drill bit

How to open a locked lock with a drill bit, if you don’t have a drill bit, a dremel or a hacksaw?

Step 1- Pick a drill bit that’s the same thickness as the shank of the key you want to use.

Step 2- Get a hammer and a piece of wood that you can use to pound the drill bit into the keyhole if you can’t get it in.

Step 3- Use the drill bit to go at it and keep pounding at it.

Step 4- If you can’t get it in, try using a dremel or a hacksaw, or try cutting a slit into the bit with a knife and widening it with the dremel or hacksaw.

To drill open a lock, first secure it to a table or workbench, so that it doesn’t move while you drill. Remember to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying metal shavings. Now grab your drill and get ready for the moment of truth!

Tips on Drilling Locks

Drilling locks is the easiest way to open a lock without the key, and it can be done in two ways.

  • The first is to drill out the pins of the lock that are holding the key in place, and then remove the empty keyhole.
  • The second is to drill a hole in the back of the lock and use a screwdriver to push the pins out of the way.

Both methods have their pros and cons, and it’s important to understand them before attempting to drill a lock.

To drill a lock, you need the right setup. If you are a beginner, please read this before you attempt to drill any locks.

To begin with, you will need a drill, a drill bit, a hammer, a screwdriver, a ruler, a key, a lock, and a wrench.

Drill bits are sold in drill stores and hardware shops.

In Conclusion

Drilling open a lock is a popular way to crack open a safe or a safe deposit box that has been made inaccessible through the use of a lock. Locks can be made inaccessible in a number of ways, including the use of drill-resistant locks, encryption, or another type of physical barrier. If you are looking for a way to crack open a lock that has been made inaccessible, a drill can be used to make a hole in the lock that can then be used to open it.

There are many different ways to drill open a lock, but few will be as satisfying as using a drill.  Drill open locks are more effective than a chisel or other similar techniques, although they can be noisy and unsophisticated. If you’re going on a drilling spree, you’ll also need to pick up some drill bits, which are designed to drill into metal. 

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Scott Buckley

I'm Scott, a Woodworker by day and book geek by night. I love making things out of wood. While I have and still, on occassion do, work with metal and plastics, I find them to be cold and somewhat boring. Wood is warm and I feel close to nature with it. I started TeachMeDIY.co.uk as a means to help like minded creative folk to answer burning questions. I hope you enjoy reading and learning, and always feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions!

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