How do I get this door open?
February 19, 2012 10:16 PM Subscribe
My bedroom door won't open. I'm not inside and can't get in another way. What do I do?
posted by needs more cowbell to grab bag (44 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Earlier today I pulled my bedroom door closed, as usual, upon leaving. Now I, can't open it. The doorknob has a (modern) keyhole on the outside and one of those toggle switches inside. No key around. Any screws holding the doorknob on are also on the inside.
1) I rent. I don't believe I did anything to make this happen, I leave the toggle thing alone, but who knows for sure 100%. Do old locks just do this? Who is responsible for something like locksmith fees here? Landlords are private party who own this house only, probably can't fix this themselves. I don't have a lot of $.
2) any way I can fix open it myself? I'm ok with destroying the doorknob, but not the door. I have hammer, pliers, screwdriver but no drill.
I'll try to post a picture... There's a gap between doorknob and the wood of the door that might be useful. Attempts to reach through and turn the lock with a bent coathanger are fruitless so far.
Apologies for typos or lack of clarity, typing this on my phone because my computer is locked in my room.