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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 09:54 PM
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What's the best way to open a locked bedroom door?
Never happened before, but I'm locked out of my own bedroom. Never had a key to it. Nothing to unscrew. Do I have to call a locksmith, or is there a cheaper way to do this???
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LeftPeopleFinishFirst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 09:55 PM
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1. Is it a keyhole or just a hole?
If it's just a hole, try using the end of a wire hanger.
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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 09:56 PM
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2. Unfortunately, it a keyhole, for which I've never had a key.
Bought the house two years ago and got no keys for bedroom doors. I've had the hole types before and they are easy to pop open. But this is infuriating me!!!!
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LeftPeopleFinishFirst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 09:58 PM
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3. Ah, yeah. I should learn to read.
Good luck, none of the inside doors in our house have keyhole locks, otherwise I'd probably have a solution :(
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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 09:59 PM
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4. Thanks anyway. Guess I'll just keep digging with the knife (to no avail)
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Parrcrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:01 PM
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5. Bring flowers and candy to whoever locked you out
:evilgrin:
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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:02 PM
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6. Alas, I did it to myself. How I don't know.
Edited on Tue May-31-05 10:02 PM by Zen Democrat
On reflection, I DO need flowers and candy.
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:03 PM
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7. By "Best" do you mean efficient?
if so, a foot! planted, sole outward, hard by the lock!! Be prepared for a nice little repair job afterward.

Seriously though, Look for a little hole, either on the trim piece around the knob or in the center. Many bedroom or interior door locks have a release behind the hole. A stout paper clip, straightened out often does the trick. Push it through the hole and feel for a click or a spring release and turn the handle.

Good Luck!
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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:05 PM
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9. Got the paper clip -- I'm going in ...
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WMliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:04 PM
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8. i have a skeleton key.
live near Virginia Beach?
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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:15 PM
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16. Unfortunately I'm in Texas. It's looking like it may come to THE FOOT.
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:05 PM
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10. That bedroom door is locked forever. Best give up on it
and go sleep by the toilet. You'll be gratified time and again by the convenience this arrangment affords you.

Find that silver lining, Shriner!
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A HERETIC I AM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:10 PM
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14. LOL!! too funny. But what if the only bathroom is a master bath and it
is behind..........oh perish the thought. There is always the kitchen sink, i suppose. Hope it has a disposal for the...er....solids.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:09 PM
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11. If their is no trim on the outside of the door frame
You may be able to use a credit card. What you want to do slip the card in the crack between the door and the frame, behind the part or the doorknob that usually recedes when you turn the handle. The trick is to come at it from the back side with the card and depress it with the card. IF you can accomplish this pull the door open with your free hand while the card is in place.

You can take a look at another door in your house first to get a better idea what I'm talking about. Just make sure you don't lock yourself out of another room. :)
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:10 PM
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13. The credit card thing actually works!
I did that once when we got locked out of our bathroom. :bounce:
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:21 PM
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20. That's how I learned it, too!
It's hard to explain, but once you figure it out it does work.
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:09 PM
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12. Try asking on this board ...
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Floogeldy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:12 PM
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15. Depends on the lock
Take the door knob off and start with a screwdriver.
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Orangepeel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:17 PM
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17. with your eyes closed?
I guess it doesn't apply in your case, but locked bedroom doors are usually locked for a reason! :*
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Canadian Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:19 PM
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18. Does the door open inward or outward?
If outward, just pop the bolts holding the door. Otherwise, the boot is necessary.
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usedtobesick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:20 PM
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19. if the you can see the hinge pins
you could pull them with a vise grips or something like that and pull the door off from the back side...
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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:28 PM
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24. deleted
Edited on Tue May-31-05 10:30 PM by Zen Democrat
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:31 PM
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25. I'll move my response, too!
Edited on Tue May-31-05 10:35 PM by BattyDem
LOL
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NV Whino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:22 PM
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21. If the hinges are on the outside,
which they probably aren't, take off the hinges. Then try climbing in the window. Then call the locksmith. Probably $85 to $100 bucks for a locksmith.
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:23 PM
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22. Go in through the window.
That is, if you HAVE a window in your bedroom...
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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:24 PM
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23. Well, now I know that burglary isn't my calling.
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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:32 PM
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26. THE CREDIT CARD WORKED!! Thanks a million for that suggestion
and to everyone here who stayed with me through this.

There's no people like DU people!

Sleeping with the toilet --- averted! Thanks again, guys.
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:35 PM
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27. DUers teaching other DUers the time-honored techniques of ...
breaking and entering! This is a special moment. :bounce:

Note to Agent Mike:
No one is suggesting that anyone commit a crime; we were just trying to help someone solve a problem. :hi:
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hickman1937 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:54 PM
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29. BattyDem, actually, Mike might be Special Agent by now.
DU hit 70,000 awhile ago. :toast:
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-31-05 10:48 PM
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28. Another tragedy avoided
Glad to know you will be safe and sound in your bed tonight. :bounce:
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