Door to bedroom wont open.


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Old 11-09-16, 07:05 PM
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Door to bedroom wont open.

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I've tried turning the handle and it feel like it is moving but wont open,

I'm on the wrong side of the door to try and slide anything in and the pins are on the other side too. The door isnt accessible any other way,

Please help.
 
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Old 11-09-16, 07:12 PM
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My first thought was that is the strangest door lock I have ever seen. Then I ran your IP and see you are in Australia. This is primarily a North American Forum. I'm not sure if anyone here is familiar with that type of lock. Ours usually have the key hole below the knob not to one side.
 
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Old 11-09-16, 07:16 PM
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ok thanks anyway
 
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Old 11-10-16, 03:42 AM
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You might try removing the door stop next to the latch and see if you can pry the plunger back.

btw - welcome to the forums!
 
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Old 11-10-16, 04:14 AM
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Did you try spraying in some type of lubricant.
 
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Old 11-10-16, 05:05 AM
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Is it possible that it is just painted shut? I don't see any gap.
 
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Old 11-10-16, 12:26 PM
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Like Ray said, that's a strange looking lock. Looks to be very old too. Sometimes as these locks age, the latch starts failing to retract fully and will cause the door to hang. A spray lubricant usually restores operation (for a while), the problem being getting the lubricant to the parts in need. If the little applicator tube that comes with many spray lubricants can be inserted into the keyhole, then forced back toward the knob, it might help. The door stop probably has 10 coats of paint on it, and in the old days, they didn't use thin brads to fasten the stop to the frame, so that could be a pain.

If it feels like the latch is moving at least a little, you may need to keep pressure on the knob while using a pry-bar to pop it open. A bedroom door lock probably does not have a very long latch, so it may open with a minimal amount of prying.
 
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Old 11-10-16, 02:10 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions.
Tried everything that was suggested to no avail.


Well I got the door open with a bit of not so gentle persuasion lol (Yes the lock is very very old)

The entire internals of the lock were in many many pieces so I'm assuming that a burial at sea will be approrpriate. lol

Thanks again
 
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Old 11-10-16, 05:39 PM
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Well at least you got it. Thanks for letting us know.
 
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Old 11-16-16, 05:35 PM
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i realize this thread is closed, but just for others knowledge, I am from Australia (not in Australia) and have fair amount of experience there (20+ years)

This lock is not so common these days. It is a Lane 1930 Mortise lock. There are about 8 standard keys you can buy off the shelf at a good hardware or locksmith shop.
Often the issue is with the latch spindle wearing or the bezel (it fits thru) wearing.

I would have airbagged the edge of the door and pumped the frame ajar. then just loided the latch.
 
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Old 11-16-16, 06:09 PM
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Thanks for the added info, GL. It may help someone else.
 
 

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