How to Get into Your House with a Credit Card

Learn how to get into your house with a credit card

Warning
Only do this on your own lock -or you could wind up in a lot of trouble.

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: 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.

Tip
Laminated cards work best, because they tend to be flexible.

Step 3: Insert card
Wedge the card between the door and the frame where the doorknob’s latch is located.

Tip
Many doors have molding that will make this difficult; if you’re desperate to enter, you can pry it off–but keep in mind this may cause more damage than the cost of a locksmith.

Step 4: Wiggle and jiggle
Holding the card flush against the doorframe, begin pushing and wiggling it towards the latch in the door crack.

Tip
If the sloped side of the latch isn’t facing you, you will need a tool or long piece of plastic that you can hook around the other side and pull towards you, making this much more difficult.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: 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.

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