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Removing a locked Doorknob

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
So I'm moving into this place tomorrow, but I have one problem. The previous tenant locked the door behind her after moving stuff out, and didn't leave a key. How do I remove the whole doorknob, or open the door to remove the doorknob properly?

I don't expect to reuse this doorknob, so distructive ideas are welcome. I just can't damage the door, or the doorframe. Will drilling out the keyhole work?

Note this is one of those regular, twist to lock doorknobs with the key on the other side, no other screw mounts or holes on the outside.

edit: No, im not breaking in. This is a door within the apartment (bedroom door).
post #2 of 38
if the door opens into the space you presently occupy it is a simple task to remove it from its hinges. then you just kind of wiggle it out.

if the door opens into the room, you are fuxored. make the land-lord fix it.
post #3 of 38
Percussive maintainance is the key. Hit it with a big hammer....

But seriously, you could try breaking the lock by putting a screwdriver in the keyhole and giving a couple of taps on the other end with a hammer. I'd watch that the door is sturdy enough to take the blows though...
post #4 of 38
Climb in through a window...or is that too high? Failing that you could try to take the doorknob apart. Does it have any screw fittings?

Edit: Or do like in Hollywood - actors always seem to ram into doors which open perfectly, with no damage to door or persons.
post #5 of 38
In the interior locking doors in my house I can insert a pin or unfolded paper clip into the small hole in the center of the knob. Push the tool in and it clicks, unlocking the door.

EDIT: I just read the "didn't leave a key" part. My interior doors do not lock with keys, only pushbuttons. Sorry.

I would consider this the landlord's problem. If you take it on, you may be responsible for damages.
post #6 of 38
if its one with a hole on the middle this works.
I would take a big drill and drill it out
and then kick it for dramadic effect
post #7 of 38
Thread Starter 
Window = no - 2nd floor and way too small

Door opens into the room

I believe it has that little round thing I can drill out. I would prefer to pick it, but i dont have the tools for that.

edit: called the landlord, he can't do jack until tuesday, and I need in to this room by tomorrow.
post #8 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by skev13 View Post
Window = no - 2nd floor and way too small

Door opens into the room

I believe it has that little round thing I can drill out. I would prefer to pick it, but i dont have the tools for that.

edit: called the landlord, he can't do jack until tuesday, and I need in to this room by tomorrow.
take a paper clip and insert it into that holez
just straight in
post #9 of 38
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Originally Posted by phergus_25 View Post
take a paper clip and insert it into that holez
just straight in
Its a keyhole though? I've tried jamming paperclips into keyholes since I was 5, never successfully opened a door.

I was thinking about drilling out the keyhole, and removing the innards.
post #10 of 38
If you have a key that is for the same model lock, you can try putting it in and hitting the protruding portion of the key downwards as to make the notches connect and unlock.
post #11 of 38
O, key hole
I though you ment just a small round hole, which are on alot of inside doors
you might want to take and call a lock smith
if you HAVE to have it done by tom
and see if you can get the landlord to pay you back
post #12 of 38
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by GSurge View Post
If you have a key that is for the same model lock, you can try putting it in and hitting the protruding portion of the key downwards as to make the notches connect and unlock.
I'm familiar with the bump-key method, but I don't have a key of the same fit.
post #13 of 38
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by phergus_25 View Post
O, key hole
I though you ment just a small round hole, which are on alot of inside doors
you might want to take and call a lock smith
if you HAVE to have it done by tom
and see if you can get the landlord to pay you back
Nope, the landlord's a crook. I was hoping to drill it out and replace the lock with my own, but i've never heard of anyone drilling out a lock before successfully, so I'm just looking for ideas.
post #14 of 38
A while back for about $10.00 you could buy a plastic key that was made for the various lock brands. When insert it and rotate it the lock would basically cut into the plastic and you end up with a working plastic key and the lock would open. You can then take the key to a locksmith to make you a metal one. However this may end up being more trouble than just calling a locksmith and paying to open the door for you. Sorry.
post #15 of 38
you can attempt to pick it, should not be too difiicult. there are many downloadable pdf books that show you how to lock pick. lock picking tools can be made from ordinary household items.

drilling it out will work, but it will make a huge mess and a whole lot of noise. best learn how to pick it instead.
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