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Old 03-29-2010, 09:55 PM   #1
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Since I was young, I have always had this bad habit of shutting doors without turning the door knobs. My mom always told me to quit because I was going to break one of the door knobs one day; well 22 years later, I have finally broken a door knob. This particular door knob does not have a visible lock, no visible screws, no metal tabs, and I can't get the door open at all. The knob just spins around and when I turn it really far, it sounds like something is cracking. Is there any way to get this knob off?

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Old 03-30-2010, 12:17 AM   #2
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pictures?

some locks have notches or wires that need to be played with to remove the pieces that conceal the screws holding them together

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Old 03-30-2010, 12:31 AM   #3
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Since I was young, I have always had this bad habit of shutting doors without turning the door knobs. My mom always told me to quit because I was going to break one of the door knobs one day; well 22 years later, I have finally broken a door knob.
you need to walk your mom over to a door and show her how the latch pushes in when you push on it and how the shape of the latch will cause it to be pushed in as it strikes the latch plate.

then tell her they did that just so you wouldn't have to turn the doorknob when you are closing the door. I would guess that design improvement was at least several hundred years ago.

then tell her to get with the times. There's a new doorknob in town and it doesn't require turning it when you close the door.

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Is there any way to get this knob off?
of course there is. Was saving the door a real concern?

the biggest problem might be you are on the wrong side of the door. A lot of door knobs are designed to afford some protection and they do this by requiring them to be assembled from one particular side of the door. (it prevents somebody disassembling the doorknob from the outside of the room) Is the other side of the door the inside of a room such as a bath or bedroom?

Is there anyway to get into the room (other than the door of course)

if all else fails, do you have a sawzall or a hacksaw and maybe a drill and some bits?

and pics might help if you can get some clear pics.
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Well the door leads to a closet. So no, no other way to get into the room. Attached are some pretty clear pics. The lighting wasn't so great but you can still see what I am working with. I am afraid the door may not be saved...
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Unfortunately for you the screws are on the other side of the door!
A couple of thin screwdrivers between the strike plate and door, trying to pry the latch back.
Or as a last resort, but the door and replace!
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I've used an L shaped peice of metal to pull back & pop the latch
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those locks can be jimmied with a credit card or driver's license. slide the card between the strike plate and door and you can slowly open it.

or you could pop the hinges if they are accessible
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Yeah I tried to "break in" the door with a card and it didn't work. I should be able to take the door off the hinges and then replace the doorknob. Future reference to self--never use those kind of doorknobs again.
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Credit card won't do it on a lot of door knobs
You need metal
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Credit card also doesn't work well on an outswing door.

Get a thin wire hanger and loop it around the latch.

If you can't find a wire hanger, anything metal would do. Strip a piece of coax wire, or whatever.
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Painters five-in-one tool (5-in-1) works great on this situation.
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If you can't manipulate the latch as others have suggested, drill two holes in the 3 and 9 o'clock positions in order to drill the screws out. You usually don't need to drill the entire screw. As you're drilling, it will catch the screw and start unscrewing it. Sometimes the screws will be at the 6 and 12 positions, so if 3 and 9 don't work, you might try that.

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