How to Pick a Deadbolt Lock. You may get locked out of your house or storage shed--so there are situations that may require you to be able to pick a deadbolt lock. Some deadbolt locks are so sophisticated that they are being made with "anti-pick" pins so that only a professional locksmith can pick them. Basic deadbolts on doors can still be picked.

Step 1

Find some type of torque tool that you can use to produce rotation. Any kind of thin, flat piece of strong metal that bends to a 90-degree angle on the tip end will do fine. File the tip end until it is flat enough to fit into the lowest part of the keyhole. (A professional locksmith uses a tension wrench for torque. A tiny screwdriver with a flat end will sometimes work for tension.)

Step 2

Make a pick tool to rake over the lock pins inside the deadbolt. Again, a flat piece of thin, strong metal will work. The pick tool must have a triangle-shaped small lump on the end so that it will push the pins up inside the deadbolt lock. Make sure you file it down so that it's thin enough to fit into the top part of the keyhole.

Step 3

Make a pick tool that you can use to rake over the lock pins inside the deadbolt. Again, a flat piece of thin, strong metal will work. The pick tool must have a triangle-shaped small lump on the end so that it will push the pins up inside the deadbolt lock. Make sure you file it down so that it's thin enough to fit into the top part of the keyhole.

Step 4

Slide the torque/tension tool into the bottom of the deadbolt keyhole. Turn it as if you were turning a key in the lock, applying pressure while you turn. Keep the pressure constant in order to prevent the pins inside the lock from falling back into place while you're using the pick tool.

Step 5

Insert the pick tool at the top of the keyhole in order to pick the deadbolt lock. While applying pressure with the torque tool, push up on the pins inside the lock with the pick tool. Once the pick tool rakes across each pin as you are applying pressure with the torque tool, the pins will eventually line up with what's called their "sheer" alignment and the lock will open.