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How to Open a Plastic Tie Lock

Plastic tie locks, also known as zip ties or cable locks, help secure items including zipper pulls on luggage. They cannot be picked like a traditional lock, and they don't require a key. In addition, their thick, plastic construction keeps them from breaking easily. You can purchase plastic tie locks in bulk for a reasonable price. Anything you need to secure, such as loose keys, electrical cables, loose-leaf paper or items you need to attach to a bike or other surface, can be taken care of with one or more plastic tie locks.

Plastic tie locks come in a variety of colors and lengths.

Position the scissors or nail clippers on the plastic tie lock, above where it is clipped together.

Clip one side of the plastic tie lock.

Remove the tie lock and discard. You can no longer use it.

Things You Will Need

  • Scissors or nail clippers

Tip

  • You can also crush the connection on the plastic tie lock with a pair of pliers if you don't have a cutting tool.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

Photo Credits

  • blue cable ties image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com