Monday, September 12, 2011

How to open padlocks

Okay. Let me start off by saying that I don't condone stealing, but I understand that sometimes you need to. I encourage all of you to explore other means of survival than taking from others, but don't let yourself starve to death.

I found multiple tutorials online on how to pick padlocks in the past, and have practiced enough to have it down to a science. Tools can be hard to come by as a hobo, but this tutorial will show you how to pick a padlock with nothing but a soda can. Video

I have used this technique many times before, and it works quite well. Most of the times I have done it, you only need one coke can piece.

Also, here is a tutorial on how to pick combo locks:

I would just like to add that I have never used this to steal from anyone else. I have used it a few times to break into city recycling bins and collect cans, and once to get into a place to sleep during a storm. There are plenty of ways to use this technique without it having a negative effect on other people.


  1. Wow, a soda can? The thought never crossed my mind.

  2. this is brilliant, but make sure you dont use your padlock picking skills for evil :)

  3. I remember this! Made one a long time ago to open my bike lock. Good stuff Mr. Hobo

  4. Necessity is the mother of all invention.

    Good thing you have your morals.