Picture of Open a Padlock with One Paperclip, Nothing Else
Make a wrench and pick with one paper clip, with no tools, for opening cheap padlocks.


1 paper clip

Step 1: One paperclip is actually two tools

Picture of One paperclip is actually two tools
Break your paper clip in the middle, and bend those two pieces open. You should have two similar looking "L"s.
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steeke102 months ago
steeke102 months ago
AyeshaM12 months ago
I cant open it :'(
Diy_kitty4 months ago
hopefully I will be able to open my safe
ChrisI26 months ago

cool hahahah

searswilliams9 months ago

You are brilliant! Thank you! Made it on the first attempt. YEAH!

sszorin.10 months ago


It is very unclear what he [presumably] says.

You push the pin up or left or right ? You turn it at an angled position or from straight position ?

Got this to work on my second try using my first paperclip. The tension wrench must be as close to the bottom of the lock as you can get it, with medium-high pressure (as much as you can use to not bend the paperclip). After that it is trial and error to get the pins up (I found more pressure = better).

Thank you so much, I just saved my coworker $10 on buying a new lock

reddevved3 years ago
"just make it work, if you don't, you may have to saw your leg off."
Or you could saw the lock off.


it was humorous...i dont actually think he seriously suggested that
botstarter2 years ago
I picked the all the doors and windows in the classrooms starting third grade

... But window locks don't need picking...


i picked the doors of the classrooms at lunch lol

evil B)

JacobPi1 year ago
dprosser11 year ago
Does anyone know what locks were used in the vids?
BlackMaple2 years ago
Guess what, I broke into the Teacher's personal cabinet under her desk in about 17 seconds using only a paperclip....Im a naural lock-picker :)

So evil. -_-
nkonidare2 years ago
bros and bras i found out how on my own and not by an instructable and i found out when i was 3 yrs. old
coolo523 years ago
i can now pick a padlock i have using raking and a poor excuse for a w rake made of a paperclip
coolo523 years ago
i cant do this :(, anyone got any tips on learning how to pick a lock
escher73 years ago
Guys - This is not how to learn. Google lockpicking, make or buy some real picks and tension tools and practice. This is OK for those of us that know how, but for newbies it is way too hard.
Good work, man! Excellent instructable! Nice little trick to know, dirty and simple. Keep up the good work!
reesarcher7 years ago
I think you mean 'Sweet" because "sweat" is the salty water that your body emits in aid to cool you down when you are starting to dehydrate.
Last I checked, sweating is like the act dehydrating, it doesn't prevent dehydration. It does, however, help keep you cool, as you said.
Meuryn Edwin_T4 years ago
BIGGEST GHOST.... got caught trying to brake into school..... NOWW I'AM SUSPENDED!!!!! Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!
Why would you try to break into school in the first place?
...Gonna TRY IT TONIGHT!!!!! Wish me LUCK!....
gu21n3 years ago
Bee Gees =P
bhunter7367 years ago
Wow. I am impressed. I am a professional locksmith and know that there is a little bit of luck involved with picking. You opened all three of the padlocks with a beginners technique in an extremely short time. This also shows that it is worth the extra money for a real padlock when it comes to valuables, not a hardware store variety or gimmick like the club lock. A Schlage padlock with Primus cylinder would be a lot better and to really be pick resistant, a MEDECO. Heck, even an Altmont would be a little better than these hardware store varieties. I am going to try your paperclip tools on Tuesday when I go back to work. PS - for everyone reading this, keep in mind that a lock is a legal barrier and you are supposed to have permission to open it. Permission usually comes in the form of a key. In this case, make sure you practice on your own locks. Also note that in some places, California for one, you have to be licensed to carry a tool like this and can get into a lot of trouble for having these outside of your own property.
in California you have to be licensed to carry a paperclip???...What has this world come to?
Stopped reading after that, did we? He does say he's joking about that. Gee, americans just don't get sarcasm!
that is sad
Only if it is bent to a shape that is clearly for the intention of getting in to a lock. Think about it like your in a movie, on trial, the lawyer says - "is there any other reason to carry an item configured this way other than to......" If the answer is no or not really, play it safe and don't bend it till you need it. Plus, there has to already be cause for the search and discovery that you are carrying it. So stay out of trouble and it wont matter. But yah, what is the world coming to?
by the way bhunter736 omg! you defiently know ur stuff on pick locking laws and crap by the way are г u a cop or somethin lol
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