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Dec 25 2021

Things to Do Before Drilling a Lock

Lock drilling is one of the methods for gaining entry to a residential, or commercial building. Anyone can use that equipment to open a safe. However, every locksmith should consider lock drilling as a last resort for opening locks. It is a destructive method that significantly damages the lock and renders it useless.

For that reason, you must try out other methods of gaining entry before resorting to locking drilling. We will analyze other considerable methods before finally drilling your locks.

Nevertheless, if you have an emergency lockout situation or you lost the keys to your house, call a qualified locksmith from Top Atlanta Locksmith to regain entry. We will carefully open your locks without damaging or destroying them.

Here are alternative methods to try before reaching for the drill.

Pick the Lock

Picking a lock sounds easy but practically, it only works with the right techniques. Lock picking is very effective in opening pin tumbler locks. It involves the manipulation of the internal pins of the lock and opening it without damaging any internal components such as shear lines, springs, driver, and key pins.

Tools and Procedures for Lock Picking

Two major tools for lock picking are- torque wrench and lock pick. Pick the lock by using the method called "raking. With the snake rake which has an elongated, jagged end, you can proceed. The snake rake is used to manipulate the lock pins to open it as if you have the keys.

Insert the short end of your tension wrench into the bottom of the locks keyway, apply a little pressure and the pins will set at the sheer line and rotate the lock's plug. This in turn will open the lock.

Bump the Lock

Using a bump key to open the lock is another recommended method. Most professional locksmiths have the bump key for opening locks without the real keys. The first step is to slide the bump key in until it gets deep into the lock. Use a hammer to tap the key to dislodge the pins. Continue to tap the bump until the lock opens.

Talk to the Customer About Drilling the Lock

Most people are unaware of the consequences of drilling a lock. As a professional, you have to let the customer know that the only option to open the lock is to drill. If he/she agrees, you can then go ahead.

However, before drilling the lock, you need to also inform the customer to buy a replacement lock. Drilling is a destructive process. If you drill without replacing the lock, the doors will be open and thieves may take advantage of that.

You can start drilling the lock once every tool is ready and the replacement lock is also available.

Key Takeaway

Like we stated at the beginning, lock drilling should be the last resort when you want to open a lock without the key. As a policy, locksmiths from Top Atlanta Locksmith are trained not to use destructive methods to open a lock or a safe. We will use other advanced methods with sophisticated tools to ensure we open your locks without damaging any component. Call us today for door lock replacement or lock opening service. Our locksmiths will deliver the service without hustles.