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You Will Need
- A standard doorknob lock
- Credit card or similar plastic card
- Steady hands
Check the lock
Check the lock. A credit card will only open a spring bolt--the kind of lock that comes with a standard doorknob. It won’t work on a deadbolt.
Choose a card
Choose a card. If you have a plastic card that’s less valuable than a credit card, like a video membership card, try that first.
Wedge the card between the door and the frame where the doorknob’s latch is located.
Wiggle and jiggle
Holding the card flush against the doorframe, begin pushing and wiggling it towards the latch in the door crack.
Push and bend
While pushing the card in, begin bending it away from the doorknob. When you feel it slide the latch back, the door should open.
Call a locksmith
If you got into your home, don’t be so smug--it means you have a crappy lock. Call a locksmith and get a deadbolt.