How to Break a Door Lock With a Hammer

When you are locked out of your house, the last thing you want to do is break a window to get in. Luckily, there are other ways to get inside. This blog post will show you how to break a door lock with a hammer.

How to Break a Door Lock With a Hammer

Remember that this is not a recommended method and should only be used as a last resort. Follow these steps to get into your home safely and without damaging the door or lock. Don’t panic if you find yourself locked out of your home or office. You can use several methods to break a door lock with everyday household items. So let’s get started!

10 Effective Methods: How to Break a Door Lock With a Hammer

Method 1:Bumping a Padlock with a Hammer

Use a hammer to break an old padlock open. Place the padlock between two pieces of wood, thick plastic, or any other non-metal material so that you can hit it without hurting yourself or damaging anything else in the room. Place the end of your hammer on top of the padlock’s shackle (the loop).

Hit the hammer’s head on top of the bond with as much force as you can, making sure that it is centered on the shackle. After hitting it enough times, the lock will break entirely and release.

Method 2: Breaking a Padlock with a Pair of Wrenches

Place one wrench on one side of the lock and the other wrench on the other side of the lock. Apply pressure to the wrenches and turn one wrench clockwise and the other wrench counter-clockwise. This will break the lock’s shackle.

Method 3: Using a Hammer to Break a Lock Off of a Zipper

To break a zipper, place it between two pieces of wood and hit the top of the shackle with a hammer.

Method 4: Using a Screwdriver and Prying at a Door Latch

Pry the Latch Outward With Screwdriver

To open a door with a screwdriver, insert the screwdriver into the latch and pry it outwards. Use an upward motion to avoid damaging the hinge or door frame. If you cannot pry open the lock without too much effort, take a screwdriver with a flat head and insert it into the latch, then strike the top of the flathead screwdriver with as much force as possible.

Method 5: Breaking Off a Door Latch with a Hammer and Screwdriver

Take a screwdriver with a large head and place it on the top of your door latch. Next, take a hammer and bring it down on top of the screwdriver’s head as hard as you can to break off or damage some of the mechanism inside, causing it to malfunction. Repeat this process until the lock no longer works.

Method 6: Jimmying a Tumbler Lock with a Screwdriver

First, you need a screwdriver and a hammer. Place the screwdriver beneath the lock and pry it outwards to lift one end or side of the lock. Next, take the hammer and use it to hit down on the opposite end of the locked door, directly above where you placed your screwdriver. Keep repeating this process (lifting with your screwdriver and hitting with your hammer) until you can lift the lock mechanism out of place so that it will fit in your door’s latch.

Method 7: Taking a Door Off Its Hinges Using an Angle Grinder

The best way to remove all the hinges on a door is to use an angle grinder with a metal cutting wheel. This will make a lot of noise, but it is the quickest method. If you don’t have an angle grinder, you can first remove any exterior hinges on the door to make it easier to take off the interior ones.

Method 8: Spray Painting a Door Jam to Melt Locks

Take some spray paint and spray it all over any locks so they are entirely covered with paint. Let the paint sit for a few minutes, so it has time to begin melting and sticking. Next, take a propane torch and use it in slow, circular motions over the paint to melt the locks in place and prevent them from moving at all. Let everything dry completely before attempting to open your door.

The best way to see if a lock is unlocked or not is to insert the key and then try to turn it. If the lock does not let you turn it, then it is locked. However, if the lock will let you turn it but you cannot remove the key, then the lock is broken and needs to be replaced.

Method 9: Cutting Door Locks with an Angle Grinder

Use an Angle Grinder to Cut Your Locks

Remove the exterior hinges so you can better access your interior door locks. Use an angle grinder to cut through your locks in a circular pattern until they fall off, then pull them out with a pair of pliers. If you do not have an angle grinder, you can use a reciprocating saw. Do not forget to secure your door with a new lock afterward.

Method 10: Busting a Bike Lock Using Compressed Air

Take a bike lock and secure it around something sturdy. Next, take a compressed air tank designed for paintball guns or an air compressing tool and aim the nozzle directly at the keyhole to insert your tool to widen it. Finally, turn your compressing tool on to deliver all of its force into the keyhole, causing the lock to break open.

Some Precautions and Warnings

1. If you are trying to break into your own home, make sure you can still use the key (unless, of course, you want to fix the lock)

2. Be careful not to damage anything near the door lock. This includes paint on the door and hinges!

3. The hammer must be very light; if it is heavy enough to break the lock, it would be heavy enough to damage the door in a real emergency.

4. Do not use a sledgehammer or a hammer with a hardened pointy head because you will destroy the lock and get nowhere.

5. Do not use the claw end of the hammer, only the flat side (this goes for tools like screwdrivers too)

Always Use Flat Side of the Hammer

6. If you are using a door that is part of another object (like a wardrobe), make sure that there are no connecting hinges to any other surfaces; these could be damaged if forced.

7. The door must be close enough to the ground/floor for you to strike it properly from a standing position.

You Can Check It Out to Break Open a Safe With a Hammer

How Do You Break a Lock With a Screwdriver and Hammer?

There are a few ways you can break a lock by using a hammer and screwdriver. You can buy some tools specifically for this purpose, or you can use items that might already be on your workbench. Be aware that if you don’t want to make a lot of noise or damage the door, you may only be able to damage the lock and not break it.

If the lock is on a door you do not own, and it’s probably best to call your local locksmith. However, if you are using this method on your property to get in or out of the house, it might be wise to purchase another lock just in case you damage this one beyond repair.

What Is the Hardest Lock to Break Into?

The hardest locks to break into are generally deadbolts with a pin tumbler system. Such locks require a key to unlock them, and the locking mechanism is composed of several small pieces that must be in the right place at the right time for the lock to open.

Hardest Lock Is Deadbolts With a Pin Tumbler

A solid pin tumbler door lock requires significant force to break, and a bolt cutter cannot simply be placed on a deadbolt’s shackle to cut it. This article has already discussed how to break a door lock with a hammer or lock-picking tool by breaking open a pin tumbler door lock using nothing but a hammer and screwdriver. The method is simple, effective, and safe for those not wishing to damage their surroundings.

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When your door lock is jammed, and you can’t get inside, try this trick! Be careful not to damage the door or yourself, though. We have discussed how to break a door lock with a hammer. Remember that if all else fails, call for professional help as soon as possible, so they don’t have to destroy your front doors to access your home.

The way to open a door with the lock is by using force. If you don’t have anything else on hand, use a hammer and smash it into the part of the lock that’s sticking out from the door. You can also try wedging something in between or around that area to push against it while trying again. This may take some trial-and-error before you find what works best for your specific lockset, but be persistent!

Jennifer Branett
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