Did you install a magnetic cabinet lock, hoping to protect your stuff from children? But then, did you lose the magnet key?
It happens! These types of cabinet locks are great for preventing easy access to dangerous items such as cleaning supplies or medications. Unlocking it without a key, however, can be tricky.
Here’s how to unlock a magnetic cabinet lock like a pro!
Try a Universal Replacement Key
A universal replacement key is easy to use and could mimic the real key you misplaced. Safety 1st is a popular brand of childproofing locks and many of the universal replacement keys on the market will work for Safety 1st.
By buying this type of replacement key, you can easily work with your existing installed child safety lock for any cabinet or drawer.
These keys also use magnets to unlock your current magnetic cabinet lock. They can be purchased online through most major retailers.
But, what if you can’t wait for the replacement key to be delivered and need to unlock your cabinet now?
Quick Fix to Unlock Your Filing Cabinet
If you’re trying to unlock a filing cabinet specifically, you may have more luck. Most of these cabinets have an emergency access button at the bottom part of the furniture.
Tilt the filing cabinet and check the bottom of it and feel for a hole. These will lock by rotating the cylinder to press down on a road, so you now want to press up on the rod. The goal here is to put your finger in the hole and find the rod resisting your pressure. Add pressure to lift it up and you should unlock the drawers of the cabinet.
How to Unlock Your Magnetic Cabinet Lock Now
If the lock you need to break into isn’t for a filing cabinet, and you can’t wait for a universal replacement key to be delivered, it’s still possible to unlock it.
If you have a sliding lock, you try your luck with passing a magnet through the knobs or handles. If at this point, one of the knobs or handles is loose, you can remove it and have access to the cabinet. The same is true if you have a magnetic drawer lock.
If none of these options work, you will need to break the lock. This will mean you need to replace it while trying to avoid damage to your cabinet.
Using Tricks to Unlock a Magnetic Cabinet Like a Pro
By following the tips above, you have several solutions to unlocking your magnetic cabinet lock! If you have the time to wait, order a universal replacement lock.
If you want to break into a filing cabinet, you likely can find an emergency access button. Finally, if you want to unlock a magnetic cabinet lock, you can try to use another magnet to get in or you can break it off.
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