Are you annoyed that you lost your mailbox key? You were expecting a very important letter and now you have lost your key. What to do now, except tell yourself that you will probably waste time and money? Try to stay calm, we are going to give you advice so that you can successfully open this damn mailbox. Alright, and in case these solutions don’t fix that mailbox, that’s a sign you need to invest in a brand new mailbox.
Try calling a locksmith first.
It is often in an emergency that one finds oneself calling on a locksmith. But that mail stuck inside your mailbox without you being able to open it with a key is precious to you. So instead of trying it alone, hire a professional. Why waste time trying to crack your mailbox lock? It is best to contact a locksmith for help. He will probably use a pass that will allow him to open your mailbox. Or if it’s not a pass, he’ll use a lock pick. Usually there are plenty of them. Certainly, its service will make you lose money but save time and a priori keep a mailbox in good condition.
Make arrangements with your postman.
Postmen generally have a pass that opens all mailboxes. If you know yours, try to see with him if he is ready to help you out. Officially, postal professionals are not first not authorized to do this kind of thing… You can otherwise get this pass. Reserved for professionals, it can also be sold to individuals. Buying it directly will save you the locksmith service. The models are specific according to your barrel. Take the time to choose the right pass, lest you end up empty-handed. Which would have the effect of annoying you even more, without being able to read your precious awaited mail.
Then try to use force.
It is true that in life, we rarely recommend the use of force. But in this case, if you have no other solution… Take a fairly large screwdriver or a knife with a metal blade. Insert the object into the lock. And press hard while turning. Through effort, the lock should jump out. Similarly, if you use a hammer. Of course, this method may damage your mailbox by distorting it. To try this method, you must first decide if your mailbox is old enough to be replaced with a new one. On this subject, if your mailbox is new or very modern, you may not be able to use force to unlock it. Some current technologies make this impossible.
Use an object that looks like a key.
Another way to unlock your mailbox without a key, since most mailbox mechanisms are simple or most of them are made in China, is to use small manicure scissors or a small thin knife. You only have to insert the thin part of the objects into the lock and then turn in the same direction as with a key. Turn slowly until the door opens or until you hear the characteristic “click”. If using a pair of small scissors or a small knife does not work, you can fall back on a thin hairpin. Again, insert the hairpin into the lock, push it a little and twist in different directions. In either case, do not force the lock at the risk of deforming or even breaking.
Try using an electric drill.
If you are planning to buy a new lock, you can try the electric drill method. It is almost certain that it will damage a part of the lock, which will be difficult to repair later. Take an electric drill. A priori, you will need a long extension cord to make it work. Connect it to the mains. Then drill a hole in the center of the lock and take a fairly large screwdriver, a small pair of scissors or a hammer.
Push a little to break the mechanism. Once this is broken, the mailbox door opens. Drill carefully. It’s a safe bet that after drilling you will have to change the entire lock mechanism.
Pick your mailbox lock.
Crocheting immediately brings to mind a burglary technique. It is bearing used by locksmiths. You have this last resort to try to open your mailbox. This is an opening technique that you must master in order to apply it. In order for this to work, you need to know the composition and operation of your mailbox lock. Know that in principle, lock picking is a technique that is done with hooks and a trainer. You can therefore use a paper clip or a flat hair clip to transform them into hooks. You bend them and then insert them into the cylinder in order to successfully rotate it.