Help us open this door
July 13, 2012 7:45 PM Subscribe
Help! My bil has locked his bedroom door, and we can't figure out how to open it.
posted by lizjohn to home & garden (29 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Earlier today my bil tried to open his door, but was unable to get the latch to come free. He tried a credit card but it didn't work, and eventually he summoned my husband and me to his aid. We took off the knob and exposed the locking apparatus, but was unable to manipulate it in any way so he could get out. He eventually went out his tiny bedroom window.
Currently the door is still locked. He tells me the problem is "the lock is stuck inside the door...the latch is extended past where it's supposed to be, so the entire latch is in the door jam, and the spring is exposed, yet difficult to reach to cut"
We asked for help at Home Depot, but the "jiggle it" with a screwdriver advice is not working.
Can anyone help my bil get inside his bedroom, short of breaking down the door? We just moved to a new house, and have minimal tools. We are dumbfounded and not handy.