How to Open Bathroom Lock with Paper Clip 3 of 6 | Mr. Locksmith™ Video

By Grover Koelpin 12 comments

(safe opening) – There’s several ways to
open up the bathroom doors, and there’s basically
three types of locks. This is number one or number two, depending how you wanna do it. It’s extremely easy to open, but you need a slightly different tool than the other locks. You could just use anything and poke it, a skewer, piece of metal, as you see in the video. This one requires a little,
tiny flathead screwdriver or the tool that came with the lock. There’s various methods. I’ll even show you how to open it with a paper clip. Now, I’ve never ran across this ever, but on the new homes, in theory, when they put the bathroom, and this is locked right now. When they put the
bathroom lock on the door, right above casing,
they’re supposed to put the little emergency room key. I’ve never found it (laughs) in anywhere I’ve ever gone. You’re first thing to do is just check along the top, see if it’s there. If it’s not there, and it usually isn’t, I’ve never seen them, how many zillions of
bathroom doors I’ve opened. But if you’re lucky enough to have it, it’s basically just a little flathead screwdriver, almost, on the end. If you have a little screwdriver or you have the tool or, and I’ll show you other methods, it’s really simple. The door’s locked. Just put it in the hole, and you gotta get in the slot. Listen to this. (click) Just turn it, and it’s open. Extremely simple, (door shuts) but you have to get in that slot. As you saw in the old ones, you just give it a push and boom, it opened up. Any paper clip will do. Basically, we’re just
unfolding the paper clip. I want to make it look like that. I got my little, little spot here. Very, very easy. You gotta think it’s like the flathead screwdriver going in there, so a little paper clip, and we’ll try this. I had to actually take
the rubber off of this, the little plasti dip. Don’t have to go in that far. (clicking) There we go. (door opening) I hope you enjoyed watching this video. Subscribe to my channel. Also, visit my website and you can see what online locksmith training I have for beginners, intermediate and advanced, as well as my covert methods of entry and my non destructive methods of entry. (safe shuts)



Nov 11, 2019, 5:26 am Reply

Two things –

I'm really sure I was subbed, but it didn't say I was.

Gonna give you a hard time depending on the content of this video… But there's also a chance it'll bring back the memories of when I used to lock the stalls at school from the outside.


Nov 11, 2019, 7:12 am Reply

I’m so tired of these “will premiere in X amount of time”. Guess what, I’m here now.

Mr. Locksmith

Nov 11, 2019, 7:23 am Reply

Just a fun video. Amazing how many people watch the video and we still open lots of bathrooms per month. In fairness, some of the bathroom locks have malfunctioned and sometimes I have to drill the lock to get in.


Nov 11, 2019, 4:02 pm Reply

As always, an excellent , informative video.


Nov 11, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

When you open the door with the paper clip you didn't show or prove the door was lock. Door could have been unlocked the whole time. So we don't know if your paper clip really works.


Nov 11, 2019, 4:39 pm Reply

My locksmith teacher , Mr Greene (the defunct National School of Locksmithing) told us IT'S NOT A PAPERCLIP, IT'S A SPECIAL TOOL….

Stanley Thigpen

Nov 11, 2019, 6:07 pm Reply

A few weeks ago, my wife and I were at our local funeral home, to secure funeral/burial arrangements for ourselves. (For future use.) She is significantly mobility limited, and I assisted her to get to the restroom. Well, it turned out that the toilet was not handicapped accessible and did not have any grab bars. She completed her business, but could not stand up . She had locked the door on entry, and I heard her call, but I could not get in!! I had to go to one of the desks and locate a paperclip to unlock the door as you showed. Kind of embarrassing for all concerned. I am now more careful before I let her go out on her own!!

James Krivitsky

Nov 11, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

That "special tool" reminds me of the bend-off tool that used to come on a can of SPAM or a "canned ham ". You had to break it off, lift a small tab on the side of the can and insert it into a small slot on the tool. Then you twisted the tool to slice off the metal band just below the lid lip. Memories ? J K

Darin Mckillop

Nov 11, 2019, 1:15 am Reply

I'm 54 and there was a nail up top of the door

A- Negative

Nov 11, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

I’ve actually found the emergency key several times. Any -10 yr construction the owners don’t know it’s there and never look.

Scorpor Supremacy

Nov 11, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

As kids growing up,we use to use the key off the corned beef cans to open those types of bathroom locks 🔐

Chris K

Nov 11, 2019, 8:31 pm Reply

My old landlord who was in charge of a 50+ unit apt complex had no idea how unlock the bathrooms and didn’t have a single key. It’s amazing how fast you learn to pick a lock when you have diarrhea.

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