411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

3 Signs you should be calling a Plumber Immediately

In some cases, plumbing problems might seem minor, but they may be a symptom of something much more serious. As homeowners, we always try to...

on Nov 18, 2018

How to Fix 3 Common Plumbing Issues on Your Own

The plumbing system is one of those facilities in a home that we only think about when it starts to malfunction, but once something does go wrong,...

on Nov 18, 2018

Cost of Floor Waxing Services

There are a few things to take into account when researching various floor waxing companies in regards to the cost of floor waxing services....

on Nov 17, 2018

Don’t Replace It — Repair It

A lot of Americans are struggling financially. Many of us have too little saved for retirement. Many of us could not afford a sudden expense of a...

on Nov 16, 2018

Some Basic Home Repairs

Owning a home is a pleasure and a lot of hard work. Once you settle into your new home, there are a number of other tasks that are involved with...

on Nov 11, 2018

How to Open a Locked Bathroom Door From Outside

by Guest on Dec 18, 2015

So you've found yourself locked out of the bathroom, unsure of how to proceed. Luckily, you've likely got all the tools you need to be out of this predicament right in front of you. Before you try anything drastic, most and especially newer houses are fitted with simple locking mechanisms that can be easily prompted open.

Privacy Handles

Privacy handles come in a variety of shapes, including long metal handles and round knobs of plastic or metal. The locking mechanisms are either push-button or twisted. The common factor of these door handles is that they have small openings on the outside into which tools can be inserted to unlock the door.

Push-button locks usually only require a straightened paperclip to be inserted in the hole until the lock disengages. Other privacy handles may need a screwdriver or hex wrench to fit the unlocking mechanism inside the handle. Once the correct tool is fitted, twist counter-clockwise to unlock the door. This may take a couple tries, but privacy doors are meant to be opened in the case of an emergency. Most door-handle sets come with proper tools and those should be kept somewhere readily available.

14d1434a18.jpg

Photo by CocoparisienneCC0 1.0

Call a Locksmith

If you discover your door is not equipped with a privacy lock, the next best thing for you to do is call a locksmith. These are professionals who will be able to open your door without damaging the lock, knob or door frame. While there are other methods to opening a locked door, if you are not properly trained you could end up damaging your property.

A locksmith will also have helpful advice on how to prevent future lockouts.

Using a Credit Card

In older houses, you may be able to unlock a door using a credit card or other hard, flexible and thin object. Slide your card between the door and door-frame, above the bolt, angling the card down a bit. Turn the handle as you slowly and firmly pull the card down at the angle, hoping the disengage a beveled bolt lock. The card should pull the bolt from the frame long enough to slip the card between the door-frame and the lock, allowing you to push the door open.

Be very careful to avoid damaging your credit card.

Disassembling the Knob

If you have the right tools and some patience, you can try to disassemble the knob to access the lock's inner workings. If your knob has exterior screws, you're very lucky. Simply unscrew the exterior screws found on the collar or escutcheon plate. If there are no screws, look for a slit around the throat of the knob, which can be activated using a flat head screwdriver. This will pull the escutcheon plate away from the door.

Once the exterior is unscrewed, pull the knob and collar away from the door. Then you will be able to manipulate the mechanism which turns the bolt, though you may need a screwdriver or butter knife to move the parts.

Unhinge the Door

If you have access to the hinges of your door, removing the pins is an option. Put a wedge under your door before beginning to reduce hinge and door damage. Insert a Phillips head screwdriver up from under the hinge, gently tapping with a hammer until the hinge pin loosens. Do not remove the loosened pins until they are all complete. Once the pins are removed, carefully open the door from the hinge side, gently pulling the bolt from it's place in the jamb.

Never Try to Break a Door Down

It is never advisable to attempt to break down a door. Doing so not only presents hazards to the person using bodily force to break a barrier, but also to your door and frame. Attempting to break down your own door will probably result in a much more costly fix than simply hiring a locksmith and should only be used in extreme emergencies. 

Doors / Garages 3591 Views

Author

Guest

Guest

Most Recent Articles

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

How to Decorate a Kid’s Room

Decorating a kid's room is one of the most exciting projects you could ever undertake. You'll have to get ready, however, to fire up your...

Bedroom / Furnishings

Hawaii Local Builders Associations

Find a local builder or council, please contact the home builders' association (HBA) in your area.

Builders Associations

DIY Method on Double Glazing Windows Installation.

Double Glazed windows are an ideal asset to have to your home. Double glazing has long been associated with health benefits, as well as heat...

Windows / Siding

Beginners Guide to Welding Like a Pro

No matter where you turn in life, something around you has probably been welded. It can be a lucrative career and one that you can study for or...

Tools / Woodworking

Installing a Water Saving Shower Head

Water conservation is becoming a major issue amidst increasing consumption and waste of water, particularly in drought affected areas.  Many cities...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2018