How to Crack a Padlock in an Emergency

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Securing your belongings these days has become a mix of high technology and old school standbys. In that second group are padlocks, of the basic lock-and-key variety. Tried and sometimes true, they’re used for protecting everything from bikes and lockers to storage units and, of course, treasure chests.

But you know good and well that sometimes the key gets lost. And you kick yourself because you’re in a hurry to get somewhere, or there’s something stored that you really need get your hands on. Maybe it hasn’t happened to you yet, but there are methods to help you pop that lock without the key.

The video below from Tricks Hacks shows a few ways to open a padlock without a key. We’re outlining one here but stay tuned to see how else it’s done. Now, this isn’t intended to help you step into the world of crime— namely theft or burglary. Please, don’t even think about it.

If you’re caught in an emergency and can’t find the key, don’t have a backup copy, or a smart app to unlock things, take note of these padlock breaking methods. Whatever you do, remember to use these powers for good and not evil.

Pop a Padlock

All you’ll need is elbow grease and two wrenches. Find two open end wrenches in the right size to fit inside the lock’s shackle. Slip one jaw of each wrench into the U-shaped opening. The sides of the two wrenches’ jaws should touch each other. Squeeze the handles of the wrenches inwards towards one another until the lock breaks. Pop!

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