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DOOOOOOH.... what would u do???

mrsj2008 Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
We are looking after our neighbours house whilst they are on holiday, taking in the post and feeding the cat.

Last night my husband put the keys SOMEWHERE. The cat was fed and watered last night but is now locked in the house. We have searched high and low for the keys but can't find them.

We are gonna do another search this evening but if no joy, do one of the following...If you were our neighbour what would you want us to do (apart from never ask us again!) ??

A. Break the glass of the back door, reglaze it again and use the back door key.
B. Knock down a few bricks in the dividing attic wall and use the back door key.
C. Get locksmith to break in and use back door key (our most expensive option).

Any other suggestions gratefully received.

Whichever way we gain entry, my husband can repair/replace and my good and damage.
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
You can drill out the lock and then just buy a replacement, cheapest option and what a 'locksmith' does anyhow.

Just drill the Key part as this a barrel.
#2
id smash the window
#3
window,easiest and cheapest
#4
Wait a while and keep looking for the keys, the cat will be fine.
#5
You may struggle to get a locksmith to break into a house that does not belong to you.

The back door glazing seems the best option TBH,

What about the kitchen windows? in some old style you can just cut the seal and just take the glass out as the glass used to be placed in from the outside.
#6
Have you checked they not been left in the door? My OH lost his keys for the car and it turned out they were still in the lock!!
#7
Lol he probably put the keys down in their house. I'm cat sitting at the moment and nearly did that myself!

I would say break the glass. Very quick and easy to repair.
#8
Thanks everyone, all the doors and windows are double glazed except the back door.
There is a porch on the front door so have to lock them both before leaving, I double checked they weren't left in the front door this morning :)

We only moved in 6 months ago... can't move again, pmsl
#9
DJNG22
You may struggle to get a locksmith to break into a house that does not belong to you.

The back door glazing seems the best option TBH,

What about the kitchen windows? in some old style you can just cut the seal and just take the glass out as the glass used to be placed in from the outside.


Really? I loved the keys to my Mums car that was driving for a month in the car and I got a locksmith to get them out for me. He did not need any proof of ID, didn't even ask who the car belonged to or anything!
#10
A few months ago I managed to get locked in my porch. I punched the single glazed window leading to my house and opened the door. I then went and got some glass to replace what I'd just smashed and it was fixed in half an hour.
#11
nickw90
A few months ago I managed to get locked in my porch. I punched the single glazed window leading to my house and opened the door. I then went and got some glass to replace what I'd just smashed and it was fixed in half an hour.


Yeah I considered doing that with my Mum's car as the glass replacement I could have got for less then £25 and is a manner of a couple of screws and a fixture. But luckily her keycare company said although I had the car they would cover it but only upto £50, and the locksmith cost me £70.
Also meant I didn't have to drive a few hundred miles with a taped up window! :thumbsup:
#12
smash the window and say that you disturbed burglars and get it reglazed then bill them,lol

have they got patio doors? because i know a way of getting in them without a key, depending on the design.
#13
Feed the cat through the letter box and hope it does it's business somewhere that doesn't stain !:p
#14
DJNG22
You may struggle to get a locksmith to break into a house that does not belong to you.


How would he know?

If you can, drill out the lock if it's a cylinder(Yale type) lock.
If you can't, remove the glass without breaking it if it is a wooden window with putty.
If it isn't remove the window strips if it is double glazed sealed units accessible from the exterior.
If they aren't smash window.
#15
Some of your responses have made me giggle.
No patio doors.
Sadly they have a porch so letterbox on the outside door but not on the inside door, so can't pass food through for the cat.
They are on holiday abroad - no contact phone number, back on Thursday.
The back door window is putty, I think.
:oops:
#16
I'd go for none. If you're not much the sort to randomly lose keys about the house, it's probably been left somewhere. My top three bets would be in a pocket (my main failing being that I'll put something in a pocket and then change, forget that I've changed, and be all liek whuh), in a normal place but obscured by something, or in a special 'safe' place. I'd leave it a day and search again, you're probably only searching the same route over and over anyway right now. The keys won't have vanished, they'll be somewhere. Just gotta think outside the box to work out where.
#17
You must have the key if you have to lock the front door and the porch behind you when you leave their house (& it's not still in their lock!)... have you tried retracing your steps from their front door last night to your house & then wherever you went in your house after that? Eg did you make a cup of tea when you got back in? Check fridge cupboards etc...

(btw your neighbours must be very trusting to leave you with their keys and no contact number when you have only lived there 6 months! )
#18
Laffy42
You must have the key if you have to lock the front door and the porch behind you when you leave their house (& it's not still in their lock!)... have you tried retracing your steps from their front door last night to your house & then wherever you went in your house after that? Eg did you make a cup of tea when you got back in? Check fridge cupboards etc...


I hope they didn't drop them and a potential burglar has picked them up arghhhhhhhh:w00t:
#19
deb8z
I hope they didn't drop them and a potential burglar has picked them up arghhhhhhhh:w00t:


Oh no - Poor cat !
#20
OR someone has seen them in the door and posted through letter box....Have you tried asking other neighbours in case one of them has a spare?
#21
If you would of lost my keys......... my MAJOR concern would be that YOU had dropped them outside the house and someone will have picked them up...

Therefore someone may have access to the house tonight or another night before the owners return from holiday and rob the house.......


If i was you............. I would search your house HIGH and LOW... -- Did you have to LOCK your neighbours house when you exited it ?? or was a yale type of lock?

If so.. check all pockets... behind sofa.. in your car... and so on!

Good Look !
#22
feed the cat through the letter box and squirt water in to its mouth from a squirty bottle and keep looking for the keys
#23
I doubt a locksmith would break in for you - you don't own the place. I'd go with option two, but I'd never tell them - and search desperately for the key - not stopping until you find it. If it was my hubby, I'd be looking in the fridge and the bathroom cabinet, he just puts stuff down in random places.

EDIT: PS - if you do intend to break a window, try to inform the police first, as someone somewhere WILL see you, and think you're 'breaking in', which you are, obviously, but not with burglarific intent.
#24
Penny Saver;8174467
EDIT: PS - if you do intend to break a window, try to inform the police first, as someone somewhere WILL see you, and think you're 'breaking in', which you are, obviously, but not with burglarific intent.

+1 on this. A friend learned the embarrasing way when he lost his keys and his parents were away. Even though it was his house someone down the road spied him making his way in through a window and called the police!
#25
UPDATE

We have just this minute sat down after knocking through the bottom panel of their back door,clearing up all the glass and boarding it back up.

We decided on the door as my hubby said they'd like to replace it with a double glazed one.

Got a letter of grovelling to write now along with some offers to repay/replace stuff :)

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