How to Pick a Lock with a Can of Coke

How to Pick a Lock with a Coke Can - Make a Shim Out of a Can

Create a Shim

  • Cut the top and bottom parts of the can, leaving just the center. Cut a vertical line through the center to leave one long piece of aluminum.
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  • Mark a strip of about 1″- 1.25″. Draw a horizontal line a quarter on the way from the top, and a vertical line down the middle using a Sharpie. Draw an M below the horizontal line with a quarter margin from each side. The middle of the M should be centered along the vertical line.
  • How to Pick a Lock with a Coke Can - Make a Shim Out of a Can

  • Cut out the inner area of the M and fold the right and left sides up and over the horizontal line.

  • How to Pick a Lock with a Coke Can - Make a Shim Out of a Can

  • Smooth the shim over a pen or some round object roughly the same diameter as the bar on the lock.

  • How to Pick a Lock with a Coke Can - Make a Shim Out of a Can

     

    Pick the Lock – 2 Methods

    Method 1

  • Note which side of the bar is the one that locks.
  • How to Pick a Lock with a Coke Can - Make a Shim Out of a Can

  • Wrap the shim around the bar of the lock with the middle of the M (or the U) facing downwards and the handle of the shim facing outwards.

  • How to Pick a Lock with a Coke Can - Make a Shim Out of a Can

  • Push the shim all the way down inside the space between the bar and the lock, then pull the lock bar up. Note: This may take a bit of getting used to and you may damage some shims along the way.

  • How to Pick a Lock with a Coke Can - Make a Shim Out of a Can

    Method 2

  • Wrap the shim around the bar of the lock with the middle of the M (or the U) facing downwards and the handle of the shim facing inwards.

  • How to Pick a Lock with a Coke Can - Make a Shim Out of a Can

  • Push the shim all the way down inside the space between the bar and the lock, then rotate the shim slowly inside the space, then pull the lock bar up.

  • How to Pick a Lock with a Coke Can - Make a Shim Out of a Can

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