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How To Break A Lock

Updated on February 15, 2012

Break A Lock

Breaking a lock is fairly easy, of course there are some common sense ways to break a lock, but there are also some ways you may not have thought of for breaking a lock, trying to vandalize locks can be purely because you have to, maybe you've locked yourself out of somewhere and you've lost the keys, here are some ways to absolutely knacker a lock of your choosing.

Use a hammer

A good strong hammer is essential and you can break a solid padlock with a few hard taps of a hammer, some may use a heavy duty sledgehammer and that is to be recommended, the bigger the better is what I always say, although it's what you do with it that counts!

Liquid nitrogen

Although where you'd get this from is anyones guess, but if you do manage to get a hold of some, then you'll need at least a flask size amount, so that you can pour on the lock, so that it will freeze the lock making it easier to shatter, just rubbing a bit of snow on it will not work.

Be careful with liquid nitrogen and don't try to make ice lollies with it!

Use a power drill

This is particularly effective on Yale locks that have the keys with more pin grooves on them, all you do is shove the drill hard into the wide part of the keyhole, so that when the drill goes through the pins that will lock and unlock the door get forced apart, making your door lock unlock and also breaking the lock too.

A good strong hacksaw

These work well on padlocks as you can easily cut through the metal link with one of these and any chains that might be attached to the padded lock, if damaging multiple locks, you may need several blades to last cutting through lots of metal.

A good kick-in

A door lock can be easily broken with a good kicking right where the lock is, just below the handle and right on the keylock, you may need several attemps, but you can probably get there in the end, or alternatively you can use a police battering stump that they use to gain access to criminals homes, 3 or 4 whacks with this usually does the trick.

A gun shot

Not quite sure if this one works, but in films it sure does, so it must work in real life if they caught it on camera, just aim for the lock and hope for the best, believe in your gun and the lock will open sesame.

And there we go, when you are locked out of your home, your garage, your gym locker or your car, just damage them locks and everything will be fine, of course you could learn how to pick a lock, but technically that isn't breaking a lock, so that's beyond the confines of this lock breaking extravanganza!.

How To Break Locks

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Breaking A Lock - Any Other Ways?

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      Roberts 

      6 years ago

      Your tips are quite useful. Once a while we are faced with locks that refuse to open. These tips will assist us to try first before calling a locksmith that'll most probably give us high bill.

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      Dan 

      6 years ago

      funny following the comments by others.. I didn't know tehre are so many people who wish to break locks. My part is hard though, because there is a guard watching. I wish you would give hints to break the guard's head first.. lol! I cannot get the moment right

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      justin 

      6 years ago

      the Army uses shotguns to breach a locked door

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      Kno47 

      6 years ago

      thanks for the tips friend

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      lol yeah but it'd be cool to try though...

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      Aamir 

      6 years ago

      man that gun thing is totally messed up the bullet may ricochet and hit u so don't even try that!

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      bodine 

      7 years ago

      What about a fire extinguisher?

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      vamoose 

      7 years ago

      I need to break my locker lock for school... it's mandatory to put it on... so I guess a broken one doesn't need the combo?

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      If the information falls into the wrong hands you haven't seen me lol!

      Cheers!

    • martycraigs profile image

      martycraigs 

      8 years ago

      I certainly hope this information doesn't fall into the wrong hands, otherwise, it's pretty useful.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now Earnest!

      Make sure you break them locks with emotion and grace!!

    • earnestshub profile image

      earnestshub 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Nice advice waynet, I am just finishing the kit. Lets see, hammer, chisel, hacksaw, 6 blades, a power drill and a jemmy bar.

      Oh and a credit card to just slip in between the lock and the frame!

      OK, off to work now!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      In a house dude!

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      dude 

      8 years ago

      cool posts where do you live

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Hey hey blondie! breaking into your next door neighbours sounds fun they have a lot of beer in the fridge so swipe a few bottles for us!!

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      blondepoet 

      8 years ago from australia

      Cool I have all the tools needed now to go break into nexy door. WOo hoo.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Your welcome Hendrika!

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      Hendrika 

      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I needed this laugh! Thanks.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Jzie85!

      If you will read what I wrote that it worked in films but not sure if it would in real life, most things in movies seem to make it look easy, then in reality we would have used up many shotgun cartridges that we could have used to shoot and kill a few zombies in the head.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yep it's ok, just blame this article as it had solid advice on breaking a lock...!

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      robertsloan2 

      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      An amusing Hub! I can just see what the cops would think of my shooting my front door open...

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