In a perfect world, we would all keep our original keys for every lock in our lives. But sometimes, we lose our keys, they get misplaced, or we don’t have them on hand when we need them. In this blog post, I will teach you how to make a key without the original using basic tools and simple steps. Stay safe, and always remember to be mindful of your surroundings.
What Causes Keys to Break?
There are a few different reasons why your key might break. One of the most common reasons is that the key is old and has been used extensively. Over time, the metal can weaken and break under the pressure of being inserted into the lock or from being bent too much. Another common reason for key breakage is the wrong type of key used for the lock. For example, using a smaller key in a larger lock can cause the key to snap because it’s not the right size.
Additionally, using a too thick key for the lock can also cause it to snap because it’s putting too much pressure on the metal. The other main reason keys break is because they’ve been copied too many times. Lastly, if you try to force a key that’s not the right size or shape into a lock, it can also cause the key to snap.
Why Would You Need to Make a Key Without the Original?
There are a few reasons why you might need to make a key without the original. The most common reason is that you’ve lost your key and can’t find it anywhere. If you’ve looked everywhere for your key and still can’t find it, making a new key is your best option.
Another common reason is that your key has been stolen. If you think someone has stolen your key, it’s important to act fast and change the locks on your doors. Making a new key is the best way to ensure that your home is safe and secure. Lastly, you might need to make a new key if your original key has been damaged or broken. If your key is bent, broken, or otherwise damaged, it’s best to replace it so that you can be sure it will work when needed.
Some Easy Ways How to Make a Key Without the Original
1. Find a Key That Fits
The first step to making a key without the original is to find a key that fits. If you have another key that goes to the same lock, you can use that key as a template. If you don’t have another key, you can try using a paperclip or a straightened-out coat hanger. Next, try inserting the wire into the lock to see if it fits. If it does, you can use that as your template. Avoid using anything that’s too thin or too thick, as this could damage the lock.
2. Cut a Key Blank
Once you have your template, the next step is to cut a key blank. You can do this with a saw, a file, or a Dremel tool. First, mark the cuts on the key blank with a pencil. Then, use your saw, file, or Dremel tool to cut along the lines. Be sure to cut slowly and evenly so that the key blank is the same shape as your template. If you’re using a saw, be sure to use a fine-toothed blade so that you don’t damage the key blank.
3. Trace the Original Key
If you’re using a paperclip or a coat hanger as your template, you’ll need to trace the outline of the key onto the blank. First, straighten out the paperclip or coat hanger so that it’s flat. Then, use a pencil to trace the outline of the key onto the paperclip or coat hanger. Once you have the outline traced, use a sharp knife to cut along the lines. Avoid cutting yourself by holding the paperclip or coat hanger in place with a clamp or vice.
4. Use a Key Decoder
If you’re having trouble cutting the key blank, you can try using a key decoder. Key decoders are available online and in some hardware stores. To use a key decoder, first, insert the decoder into the lock. Then, insert the blank key into the decoder and turn it until the decoder makes a mark on the blank key. Remove the decoder and blank key from the lock. Then, use a file or Dremel tool to remove the metal around the mark. Be sure to file slowly and evenly so that the key is the same shape as your decoder.
5. Cut a New Key by Code
If you can’t find a key that fits or a decoder, you can try cutting a new key by code. To do this, first, you’ll need to find your car’s key code. This can usually be found in the car’s manual, but if you can’t find it there, you can also try contacting your dealership. Once you have your car’s key code, please take it to a locksmith or a hardware store that offers key-cutting services. They will be able to cut you a new key by code. Keep in mind that this method may not work for all cars, as some require special keys thatthe dealership can only cutp.
6. Hire a Locksmith
If you’re still having trouble making a new key, your best option is to hire a locksmith. A locksmith will be able to make you a new key quickly and easily. They will also be able to change the locks on your doors if necessary. Find a reputable locksmith in your area and give them a call. Be sure to ask for an estimate before they begin work.
7. Make a 3d Printed Key
In some cases, you may be able to make a 3d printed key. This method is typically only used as a last resort, as it is not as reliable as other methods. However, if you have access to a 3D printer, it is worth a try. First, you will need to find a 3D model of the key that you want to print. Many websites offer free 3D models, such as Thingiverse. Once you have found a model that you like, gather it and open it in a 3D modeling program. Next, you will need to adjust the model to fit your needs.
For example, depending on your printer, you may need to make the key shorter or thicker. Once you have made all of the necessary adjustments, please save the file and send it to your 3D printer. It may take a few tries to get the key to print correctly, but with some patience, you should be able to succeed. Once you have a printed key, you can use it just like a regular key. However, remember that 3D-printed keys are not as durable as traditional ones and may not last as long.
8. Manipulate the Lock
In some cases, you may be able to manipulate the lock itself to open it. This method is typically only used as a last resort, as it may damage the lock. If you understand how the locking mechanism works, you may be able to use a pick or another type of tool to open the lock. First, insert the tool into the keyway and feel for the pins. Once you locate the pins, apply pressure to them and turn the lock. With enough pressure, the pins should align, and the lock will open.
9. Use a Lock-Picking Kit
If you don’t feel comfortable making a bump key, you can try using a lock-picking kit. This method is a little more difficult and time-consuming, but it’s still possible to make a key without the original. Start by inserting the tension wrench into the bottom of the lock. Next, insert the pick into the lock and begin to feel for the pins. Once you’ve found the pins, apply pressure to the tension wrench and use the pick to push the pins up. If you’re successful, the lock should open. If not, keep trying until you get it. You may need to practice a few times before you get the hang of it.
How Much Does It Cost to Make a Key Without the Original?
The cost of making a key without the original depends on the method you use. If you use a decoder or a key that fits, you can expect to pay around $50. If you need to hire a locksmith, the cost will be around $100. Finally, if you need to make a 3D-printed key, the cost will depend on the price of the 3D printer and the filament. Again, expect to pay around $200 for the printer and $50 for the filament.
So there you have it! This is how to make a key without the original. Try all the methods before resorting to a locksmith, as they can be quite expensive. Do you have any other tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments below!