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    help needed kids have locked the bathroom door

    and it now wont open i have removed the handle and it is the lock below that has stuck on and i cant get it off and our kitten is in there cant bash the door open in case it gets the kitten any joiners locksmiths please have any advice on opening the lock on the door

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    Original Poster

    they thought it would be good to hide the kitten while i went looking for it.but when i put force on the door the frame moves.how much damage do you think it will do if i barge it open

    Unscrew the handle mounting from the door - the lock on a modern internal door is all part of the handle. You should then be able to use the central part to open the catch.

    Original Poster

    kids arent laughing now as they have retired to their rooms .out of the way .wrong time of the year to end up with a bill from the landlord

    Original Poster

    tried that there is 2 holes on the inside one for the handle and one for the lock .but the lock is'nt budging either way and i have tried all sorts with no joy

    i thought all bathroom locks could be opened from the outside

    linw;3466943

    tried that there is 2 holes on the inside one for the handle and one for … tried that there is 2 holes on the inside one for the handle and one for the lock .but the lock is'nt budging either way and i have tried all sorts with no joy



    Can you see the lock? Is it the type that just twists and locks? Maybe get a screwdiver and turn it?

    Original Poster

    tried that but tis not moving to unlocked position

    Original Poster

    the lock works on the same basis as opening the door it has a bar throug it but it will not turn all the way round to the unlocked position .

    erm ur kids managed it, why dont u just ask them to show u.

    any chance of posting a photo of the handle?

    Original Poster

    the lock works on the same basis as opening the door handle it has a bar through it but it will not turn all the way round to the unlocked position .

    I recently replaced the handles on all of my doors. Have you unscrewed the surround from the door handle and removed the bar - that often releases or gives enough movement for the catch to be retracted from the frame.

    is the lock jammed because its not supposed to be open or jammed because its just stuck? if its just stuck maybe some oil will help to get it loose

    try using a basic generic key (many work for more than one lock) and if that fails there is always c4.

    Does the door open into the bathroom or out? If you can see the hinges then you might be able to prise them off a little and cut through the screws with a hacksaw.

    It might be cheaper to break the door than get a locksmith out!

    I'm not being patronizing but - Can't you ask a Bloke who lives nearby?

    This reminds me of when i was little. I locked myself in the bathroom, then hid in the airing cupboard (which could only be opened from the outside :roll: ).
    My dad had to take the door off its hinges to get me out. :oops:

    whilst trying to turn the lock with a driver push the door as the lock has jammed, pushing the door should unstiffen it:thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    ok door open have now used a spade and barged it and am now going to be in so much bother with the landlord i dont know wether to laugh or cry .as the frame is now cracked up from where the lock was

    in the meantime ....
    http://www.paranormalplus.com/Hang%20on,%20I%20have%20to%20unlock%20it%20first.JPG

    Original Poster

    at least the kitty is now happy .

    well done you, saving kitten's life.

    Original Poster

    ok next post how do i cover up or fix the cracked frame cheap as possible as this could not have happened at a worse time as i am due my annual inspection in 8 days

    i'd say, get the kids to work out how they're gonna help pay for the door frame, and in the process learn some responsibility. sounds serrious but u can make it fun, like they get points for good behaviour or put aside x pence towards it every day.

    kippy;3467580

    i'd say, get the kids to work out how they're gonna help pay for the door … i'd say, get the kids to work out how they're gonna help pay for the door frame, and in the process learn some responsibility. sounds serrious but u can make it fun, like they get points for good behaviour or put aside x pence towards it every day.



    Am lovin the avi Kippy :thumbsup: suits you xx

    Original Poster

    i am so annoyed with them at the mo .i know it was meant to be a prank so as i could'nt find the cat but will show them how things can go wrong and not always a funny side

    Original Poster

    rep left for all my little advisors and helpers

    Either glue the crack or put in that putty stuff (Wood Filler [From thej]) ? Use a credit card to smooth it, then re paint. Or go to b&q, I dont think wood frames are that expensive. Will be a better job then a patch.

    I know it's not going to help, but we never had locks on our bathrooms, sounds weird I know but it was simple, if the doors open, go right it, if its closed it's occupied. Because imagine if it wasn't a kitten but one of your kids. They would be hysterical.

    edit- Some of it just didn't make much sense.

    Original Poster

    just banged it all back in and now going to assess it in the morning as i started this fiasco at about 6.50 pm and not even going to contemplate it as i am so tired now after this and a full day as well thanks folks for all your help

    How did the repair go?
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