How to Remove a Door While Locked in the Bathroom

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What You'll Need
Peg tool

If the door to the bathroom has ever malfunctioned on you, you know the frustration of being locked inside. Knowing how to remove a door while locked in a bathroom will help you to be able to stay safe and secure while in your own home. If you have a notoriously tricky door, store a few tools in the bathrooms at all times so you can get out in case of emergency.

    Step 1 – Remove the Door Pin

    A quick and easy way to remove any door is to remove the door pin. A peg tool will simply slide into the bottom of the hinge in the door. As you tap the tool with a hammer, you will notice the top of the hinge moving. Once the pin is loose, you should be able to pull it free from the door. Save the top pin for last so the door does not fall or twist when you get to the last pin. This is a good option as it will allow you to easily put the door back on later. Simply put the door back on the hinges and push the door pin back into the slot.

    Step 2 – Remove the Doorknob

    If you are not able to remove the door pin, you may need to remove the doorknob instead. Most knobs have screws on the inside of the door. This will allow you to easily unscrew the doorknob from the door. Once the screws are gone, you can easily pull the knob directly out of the door. In order to get the other end off the door, simply push the part of the handle which is protruding through to your side. With the handle out of the way, you can easily pull the lever back in order to open the door.

    If the door still does not open, check for any manual locks which have been set from the doorknob. This will look like a peg which is on a swing guide. Push the peg into the opposite position in order to open the lever.

    Step 3 – Pry Open The Door

    If you are still not able to open the door, the door may be stuck in the jam. The best way to get it loose is to take a screwdriver and run it around the door. Jam the screwdriver in between the door and the frame and pull out. If you hear a pop, it means you are getting closer. When the door finally does come open, you need to sand it and the frame down in order to make sure the door never sticks again. A big culprit for sticking doors is high humidity like taking a hot steamy bath. Make sure you always run the fan when taking a bath in order to avoid this kind of debacle.