There are many emergency and survival scenarios where you may need to get past a locked padlock, but you don’t have the key. To be honest, there are also many non-emergency times you may want to open a locked padlock too. For example, I once lost the key to the padlock that secures one of our sheds. It wasn’t an emergency, but I wanted to get in without damaging the door of the frame.
There are obviously ways around smaller padlocks – smashing/hacksawing them etc, but in an SHTF scenario, these can attract unwanted attention and might not be successful on larger padlocks anyway. Below is an excellent way to hack a soda can to make a tool that can be used to pop open a locked padlock. The video below shows how to make the shim tool and how to open the two most common types of padlocks using it.
How To Secure A Padlock With A Soda Can (To make it shim-proof)
In a similar way to the original – where you make a small tool (shim) out of the can to pop open the padlock, this time you are making a small insert tool from a can which when used correctly, will stop a shim from working and being able to open the padlock. There we go, the balance of power has been restored!
By the way – you can use any beer or soda can!