help-locked out of bedroom!

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Old 08-02-07, 01:41 PM
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Angry help-locked out of bedroom!

I live in an old farm house built probably around 1920. Lately when we close the door, it hasnt been latching. Well, now I cant get it open, and of course I have no key. from the inside of the room, there is a knob that moves from side to side to lock, but I dont think it works (who knows.. maybe it does) And the hinges are also on the side that i cant get to.
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Old 08-02-07, 03:06 PM
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Is there room between the door and the door jam to slide a credit card or knife down to push the latch back into the door?
 
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Old 08-02-07, 03:23 PM
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Angry help-locked out of bedroom!

the jamb overlaps the door edge-there is no room to insert anything!! thanks for the tip though!
 
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Maybe try taking off the door jam then. Other than that.. do you like the door??
 
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Old 08-02-07, 03:38 PM
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Just a thought... most doors have a door stop that the door closes against. If you can pry off the door stop on the latch side of the jamb, you could do what HotinOKC suggested. But it's probably covered with 100 yrs of paint, making it look like one solid piece.

Of course, it could be the style of door jamb that is rabbeted, instead. In that case, i'd suggest you take off a storm window and break in a bedroom window. Glass is cheap, doors and trim are not.

If the cops catch you breaking into your own house, you'll have some explaining to do. LOL

 
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Old 08-02-07, 05:10 PM
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Smile help-locked out of bedroom!

Good News! My neighbor jimmied my door open with a screwdriver. thanks so much for posting and the humor-really needed that today!
 
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Old 08-03-07, 06:21 AM
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Latch

Check the alignment of the latch with the striker plate. Settling may be causing the latch to bind in the striker plate.
 
 

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