A Step-by-Step Guide To Learning How to Pick a Defiant Deadbolt Lock

Key Takeaway

  • You can pick a Defiant lock by manipulating the pins using a lock-picking kit, paperclips, or bobby pins.
  • In cases of emergency, you may drill through the lock to open it. However, this will damage the lock and render it useless. 

Are you fascinated by the art of lock picking like me? Or you’re a spy on a top-secret mission, and you need to gain access to a secure location (just kidding)? Or maybe you’re just a regular person who accidentally locked themselves out of their house? We’ve all been there! Either way, knowing how to pick a Defiant lock can come in handy in many situations.

In this guide, we’ll take you through the steps of picking a Defiant lock like a pro. No, you don’t need to be a professional locksmith to master this skill – all you need is a bit of patience and the right tools. So let’s get started on our journey to learn how to pick a Defiant lock like a pro.

About Defiant Locks

About Defiant Locks

Defiant Locks are a product line owned and distributed exclusively by Home Depot, a popular home improvement retail chain in the United States. 

Defiant locks are designed primarily for residential use and are available in various styles, finishes, and functions, including deadbolts, handle sets, keyed entry, and privacy locks. They are known for their affordability, durability, and easy installation, making them a popular choice for homeowners and property managers.

One of the advantages of Defiant Locks is that they are sold exclusively through Home Depot stores and their online website. This makes it easy for customers to find and purchase the locks they need, as well as receive assistance from Home Depot’s knowledgeable staff if they have any questions or concerns.

Locking Mechanism Of A Defiant Deadbolt

Defiant locks are a type of pin-tumbler lock that works based on the principle of using pins of varying lengths to prevent the lock from opening without the correct key or combination.

The lock has a cylindrical body with a rotating core that contains a series of pins. Each pin comprises two parts: a top pin(driver pin) and a bottom pin(key pin). The top pin sits above the shear line, while the bottom pin sits below it. The shear line is the gap between the outer cylinder and the inner core of the lock.

Locking Mechanism Of A Defiant Deadbolt

When the correct key or combination is inserted into the lock, it aligns the pins along the shear line, allowing the cylinder to rotate and the lock to open. If an incorrect key or combination is used, the pins will not align, preventing the cylinder from turning and keeping the lock closed.

How To Pick A Defiant Deadbolt Lock

How To Pick A Defiant Deadbolt Lock

There are various methods available to pick a Defiant lock, which include using lockpicking tools, drilling the lock, or employing other techniques. The choice of the method depends on the level of proficiency and the resources at hand.

Pick Your Defiant Lock Using Lockpicking Kit

Pick Your Defiant Lock Using Lockpicking Kit

A lock-picking kit typically contains the essential tools needed to manipulate the internal mechanisms of a lock to open it without a key. These tools include a tension wrench and one or more types of lock picks, such as a hook pick, diamond pick, or rake pick.

Pick Your Defiant Lock Using Lockpicking Kit
  • Step 1: Insert the tension wrench into the bottom of the keyhole and apply a slight amount of pressure in the direction that the key would turn.
  • Step 2: Insert the hook pick into the top of the keyhole and gently probe each pin in the lock. Use the pick to push the pins up until they reach the shear line, which is the point where the inner cylinder and outer housing of the lock meet.
    small L-shape at the end of the paper clip
  • Step 3: Once each pin is in position at the shear line, apply a slight amount of turning pressure on the tension wrench to rotate the lock. If the pins are in the correct position, the lock should open.
  • Step 4: If the lock does not open, release the tension and repeat the process, adjusting the position of the pins as necessary until the lock opens.

Pick Your Defiant Lock Using Household Items

While it’s possible to open a Defiant lock using household items, it’s important to note that this method may not always be successful and can potentially damage the lock.

That being said, here are some general steps to attempt to open a Defiant lock using household items:

  • Step 1: Straighten a paperclip or bobby pin and insert it into the bottom of the keyhole, applying a slight amount of pressure in the direction the key would turn.
straightening out the paper clip
  • Step 2: Next, create a small L-shape at the end of the paper clip or bobby pin. This will serve as the tool that you use to lift the pins inside the lock. Gently pry the lock’s pins up one at a time, starting from the back of the lock and working your way forward.
  • Step 3: Once all the pins are in the correct position, apply a slight amount of turning pressure on the paper clip or bobby pin to rotate the lock. If the pins are in the correct position, the lock should open.
  • Step 4: If the lock does not open, release the tension and repeat the process, adjusting the position of the pins as necessary until the lock opens.

Drill Your Defiant Lock To Open

Drill Your Defiant Lock To Open

Drilling a lock is a more aggressive method of opening a lock and should only be used as a last resort if other methods have failed. Keep in mind that drilling a lock will damage it beyond repair, and you will need to replace the lock afterward. Additionally, drilling a lock may produce sharp metal fragments and requires the use of power tools, so it should be done with care and appropriate safety measures.

Here are the steps to drill a Defiant lock to open:

  • Step 1: To minimize friction while drilling through the lock, it’s recommended to lubricate the drill bit with a machine lubricant before starting. One option is to use a spray of WD40 for this purpose.
    lubricate the drill
  • Step 2: Choose the appropriate drill bit. You will need to use a drill bit slightly larger than the lock’s pins. A 1/8-inch or 3/16-inch drill bit is typically appropriate for a Defiant lock.
  • Step 3: Determine the center of the lock cylinder and mark it with a marker or a center punch. Ensure the drill bit is perpendicular to the lock and centered on the mark.
  • Step 4: Using a power drill, drill into the lock cylinder at a low speed. Stop drilling as soon as the bit penetrates the lock’s pins and causes the cylinder to spin.
  • Step 5: Once the cylinder spins, use a flathead screwdriver to turn the cylinder and open the lock. Alternatively, you may need pliers to turn the cylinder if it’s difficult to turn with a screwdriver.
  • Step 6: Remove the cylinder by unscrewing the retaining screw on the side of the lock cylinder.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. My Defiant keyless lock’s keypad is not working. How to troubleshoot?

Answer – If the keypad on your Defiant keyless lock is not working, here are some troubleshooting steps you can try:

  • Check the batteries: Ensure the batteries in the lock are fresh and properly installed. If the batteries are low, replace them and see if the keypad starts working.
  • Reset the lock: Try resetting the lock by removing the batteries and pressing any button on the keypad for 30 seconds. Reinstall the batteries and test the keypad again.
  • Check the wiring: If the lock is hardwired, check the wiring to make sure it’s properly connected and not damaged. If there’s damage, it may need to be repaired or replaced.

To read about solutions concerning the Defiant lock issues, you may read one of my past articles about Defiant lock troubleshooting.

Q2. Can you open a Defiant deadbolt using a credit card?

Answer – The throw bolt in the Defiant deadbolt is designed to be difficult to manipulate from the outside, and it is unlikely that a credit card would be able to move the bolt enough to release the lock.


If you find yourself in the frustrating situation of being locked out of your Defiant door lock, take a deep breath and know there are several ways to unlock it without a key. 

You can delve into the world of lockpicking with a specialized kit or improvise with everyday items like a paperclip or bobby pin. For a more daring approach, you can even use a drill. 

However, each method comes with its own set of risks and rewards, so weigh them carefully and choose the one that best suits your needs. If you’re worried about damaging your Kwikset lock, consider honing your skills on an old lock first. With some practice, you’ll be able to unlock your deadbolt like a pro without damaging it in the process.

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Hey! I am Mark. Though I am not a locksmith by profession, but locks have always fascinated me since my teens. And it all started when I got locked out of my house and I had to pick the lock. Since then it has become my hobby to learn more about different kinds of locks, understand their working and methods to pick them up. In due course of time, I have also become better aware of how installing the right lock goes a long way in ensuring iron clad security. I aim to share my passion (about locks) through this blog. If you are also passionate about picking locks or are just looking to beef up the security, hop on the ride.