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tmc1284 03-29-2009 09:54 PM

Unlatching Locked Door
 
I have a door latch that is stuck in its locked position; I am unable to open the door. I think it might because the screws on the face plate are very loose. However since I cannot open the door I am unable to tighten them. Any suggestions?

Just Bill 03-30-2009 06:06 AM

Push or pull the door to relieve pressure on the latch bar while trying to unlock the lock. If that does not work, gentle but strong force from a wonder usually does. Works great for burgulars, but don't be as forceful. Just pry far enough to pop the lock bar out.

Maintenance 6 03-30-2009 07:33 AM

Remove the lockset with the door in the closed position, then reach into the bore and manually retract the latch.

bjbatlanta 03-30-2009 11:00 AM

The old credit card or drivers license under the latch comes to mind.....

tmc1284 03-30-2009 06:42 PM

The wonder bar did the trick I was able to pry the door open. However I tightened the screws on the face plate and lubricated everything, and the latch is still stuck in its locked position.

Ron6519 03-30-2009 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tmc1284 (Post 252703)
The wonder bar did the trick I was able to pry the door open. However I tightened the screws on the face plate and lubricated everything, and the latch is still stuck in its locked position.

Get a new lock.
Ron

tmc1284 03-30-2009 07:31 PM

I am going to buy a new lock, but right now I am unable to remove the outside knob after removing the inside one.

Maintenance 6 03-31-2009 06:13 AM

Is there a name embossed on the face of the latchbolt? Kwikset? Schlage?

jogr 03-31-2009 08:47 AM

With the door open tap the latch with a hammer to get it loose. If this is just a spring latch you can tap it pretty hard. If this is a poitive throw deadbolt you'll need to tap more gently while trying to turn the key at the same time. Your only using graphite lube right? Any kind of oil will accumulate dirt and end up counterproductive. If you've got old gunked up oil in there you'll need to clean it all out.


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