The deadbolt from hell - how do I open it?
August 2, 2005 12:56 PM Subscribe
So, I've broken my deadbolt- and it's locked.
How do I get the damn thing out again?
posted by metaculpa to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
As I was installing the new deadbolt on the back door, I gave it a couple of whacks to get it to seat properly. This was dumb, because it broke the pin that retracts the bolt. Thus, the lock would push the bolt out for locking but wouldn't be able to retract, because it had nothing to pull against.
However, I could simply push the bolt in by hand - so it was simply an insecure lock. I decided not to worry about it until tomorrow, shut the door, and locked the bolt. This was also dumb, because now I can't retract the bolt again.
It seems that the mechanism that prevents you from shimmying the bolt open is also broken - and now prevents retraction even when the bolt should be in the unlocked position. So now the door is VERY locked; I can't unlock it with the key, nor the internal latch, nor by taking the whole thing apart and using a screwdriver. And even though I have access to the outside and inside, I can't dismantle it without opening the door.
I guess I have to go to a locksmith, or take the door off it's hinges or somesuch. But I'm not sure there's enough space to do even that, with the bolt in this far. Any hints, o you handy handy people? Save me from the fate of a locksmith!