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How To Open a Locker

September 28, 2023

Navigating the world of lockers might seem straightforward, but anyone who's stood flustered in front of one knows that opening them isn't always a simple task. From traditional combination locks to modern electronic systems, the mechanisms can vary. Don’t be unprepared next time you encounter a unique locker type.

Lockers.com is here to uncover the nuances of unlocking each locker type, ensuring you are never confused by these security devices again.

How to Open a Traditional Locker Combination

Combination locks are everywhere, often conjuring memories of school hallways and gym classes.

  1. Get Acquainted with the Dial: In the center of the lock, you'll find a rotating dial. This is your main tool to unlock.
  2. Resetting: Start by turning the dial clockwise (right) for three complete rotations. This ensures any previous attempts are cleared and preps the lock.
  3. To the First Number: Slowly rotate until the first number of your combination aligns with the reference point, often an arrow or indicator line.
  4. A Counter-Clockwise Move: Rotate the dial left, bypassing the first number. Stop only when you reach the second number of your combination.
  5. Back to Clockwise: Without hesitation, turn the dial directly to the third number.
  6. The Final Step: Now, either pull up the shackle or turn it. Voila! Your locker should swing open.

How to open a Locker with a Built-in Lock

Built-in locks are sleek, often offering both combination and keyed methods:

For Combination Locks:

  1. Introducing the Built-In Dial: Unlike an external lock, this dial is a part of the locker itself but operates similarly.
  2. Unlocking Sequence: Use the same steps as above for a traditional locker combination. The key difference? You're working directly on the locker door.

For Keyed Locks:

  1. Spot the Keyhole: Unlike dials, this is a small, often circular slot.
  2. Engage the Key: Slide the appropriate key into the hole with a gentle push.
  3. A Simple Turn: Rotate the key. Depending on the lock, this might be clockwise or counterclockwise. As you turn, you'll feel a subtle shift—this indicates the lock releasing.
  4. Access Granted: Gently pull the locker door towards you.



The Process of Using a Resettable Combination Lock

Perfect for those who prefer customizable security:

The lock has a four (4) digit combination setting. When the lock is locked (closed), a red indicator appears in a window above the operation knob. When the lock is unlocked (opened), a green indicator appears in the window. There are two (2) modes of operation: fixed combination or resettable combination.

Fix Combination:

  1. Identify if the lock is open: If locked, turn the four (4) dials to the factory preset combination or the known combination that unlocks the lock.
  2. Open lock: Turn the operation knob clockwise 180° to the open position. The indicator in the window will turn from red to green.
  3. Secure belongings: Put all your valuables in the locker and close the door.
  4. All done: Scrambled the fixed combination and now your belongings are secure.
  5. Reopening the lock: Use the same fixed combination to open the lock and retrieve your belongings.

Resettable Combination:

  1. Find an available locker:  Use the operation knob to open the locker door and put your belongings away. 
  2. Secure your belongings:  Shut the door and add your unique (4) dial combination and turn the operation knob to the lock position (red window indicator) 
  3. Scramble: After locking your restable combination lock scramble the (4) dials to secure your belonging and keep the lock closed. 
  4. Reopening the lock: Use the same unique (4) dial combination to reopen the lock and retrieve your belongings.



Operating an Electronic Lock for Lockers

Welcome to the digital age of lockers:

  1. Keypad Familiarization: The electronic locks will feature a ten-digit keypad, each button awaiting your touch.
  2. Keying In: Input your unique four (4) digit code. If you're new to this locker, "2244" might be your starting point as it's often the default.
  3. The LED Tells All: As you type, watch the LED closely. Each blue blink confirms a successful digit entry. Four correct digits? Expect a continuous blue light. Any mistakes? A red blink warns you of the error.
  4. Handle It: After the LED's affirmation, turn the handle below the keypad. The locker door should now easily open.

Not all lockers are the same.

Whether you're a seasoned locker user or new to many different types, there's nothing wrong with brushing up on the instructions for each one. For in-depth guides, innovative locker solutions, or just some friendly advice, head over to Lockers.com.