How to open a stuck door
We usually have a hard time trying to open a door that is stuck. A door can get stuck for various reasons, you can be in front of a door that is many years old, you may have jammed it by closing it too tightly causing a piece of the mechanism to break, among other reasons.
The first thing you should do is stay calm and follow some of our tips to open a stuck door. It won’t be that difficult. You just have to act calmly before making the situation worse by acting excessively.
The reason for the traffic jam
An important piece of information that you must handle before proceeding with any trick to open a door that is stuck, is to know the reason for the jam. Knowing why the door is stuck will help us to use the best method to unblock it.
One of the most common causes can be rust, if your lock has been attacked by rust it is easy to tell.
Sometimes the rust is visible from the outside, but there are times that the problem is inside, you will notice if when you insert the key it turns with difficulty, emits some squeaks or when you remove it it has rust marks.
If this is the problem, you can use some type of lubricant. The best option is graphite powder or spray, because lubricants such as mechanical grease or oil do not work in these cases, in fact they have the opposite effect, they only trap dirt and impurities but do not clean the lock.
Another cause of the jam may be a problem in the bolt caused by wear and tear on the bolt. To solve it, you can choose a method to pick a lock in a non-instructive way. In this type of case you can use some credit card or use a knife.
Other reasons can be damage to the door frame, which sometimes causes problems. That the frame or the hinges are misaligned, or there may even be some object that is obstructing the path of the door from the inside.
The lever method
If the door is stuck due to some damage to the lock, you can use the lever method to open the door.
Before you start, you should have the object with which you will begin to pry, it can be a simple credit card, but it is more advisable to use a spread knife, since these are harder and easier to manipulate.
Once you have the spread knife in hand, you must insert it into the gap between the latch and the door. To achieve this, you must carefully slide the knife, trying to move the latch.
You must be careful not to damage the wood, you slide the knife in the opposite direction to the lock so that it is behind the latch and when you feel more pressure on the knife you move it with force in the direction of the lock.
In this way you will pry by making the latch enter the lock and to open it you will have to give a little push.
Remove the old lock
If you see that the door offers a lot of resistance, you can choose another method, you can try to completely remove the damaged lock, once it is out, check if it can be recovered using lubricant or repair.
To remove the lock, the first thing you will have to do is locate the screws that hold the lock in place and begin to remove them from the side to disassemble the lock in parts. Once you have removed one side, you will be able to see the inside of the mechanism.
Without a latch, it will be easier to open a stuck door if the problem is rust on the lock or some damage to it.
Once you have removed the lock you can try to repair it or place a new one, just fit it into the space where it was installed and start screwing it.
If desperate measures are required you can employ a forceful kick or push. There are times when the hinges are badly damaged and opening a door becomes very laborious, it is even impossible to open it in a traditional way.
You can try a highly instructive method, a good punch, specifically a kick. Before using this method be sure to exhaust all options, as it is a method that can cause damage to the door frame and the door itself.
When releasing the kick it must be strong and precise, try to direct it at the height of the lock, normally it will take a couple of attempts, 3 or 4 kicks at most.
This method is useful if the door is stuck due to some deformity, damage to the door frame, that the door is misaligned. But remember that it is a risky method that can break your door.
Remove the hinges
Sometimes the problem has nothing to do with the door lock, the problem may be with the hinges. In these cases we will have to remove the door by removing the hinges completely, it may sound complicated but in reality it is simpler than it seems.
You will only have to locate the hinges, those metal plates of the door and with a screwdriver begin to remove the screws, you will have to pry up until you see the bolts, once you see them you can use a pliers to remove them or remove them directly by hand . Then you will have to do the same with the other hinge.
Without hinges, the door will no longer be held, you can see the problem clearer and resort to repairing your hinges or replacing them with new ones, if you see a problem in the wood you can also solve it to leave everything in place and keep your door in better condition. so it doesn’t get stuck again.
Without hinges, you will also be able to access the lock more easily and look for damage, because there are times that rust is found in both pieces, both in the lock and in the hinges, the important thing is to check everything well to avoid any more jams.