How to Cut Through a Padlock

Written by justin obrien
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If you can't find a padlock key or you forgot the combination, you may have to cut it off. It's not that difficult with the correct procedures.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Bolt cutters

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Buy a bolt cutter from a hardware store, or borrow one. It should be a bolt cutter that can cut up to 1/2-inch bolts; most padlocks are 1/8 to 1/3 inch in diameter.

  2. 2

    Grab the padlock and face the front of the padlock toward you.

  3. 3

    Position the bolt cutter on the right side of the U-shaped lock on the padlock (it's the left side of the lock that rotates).

  4. 4

    Firmly press the bolt cutter handles together and slice through the right side of the U-shape on the padlock.

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