Garage door lock force opening

Garage door lock force opening

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TheCarpetCleaner

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7,294 posts

182 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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We have managed to lose the key to our garage door, its one of those really cheapo simple locks

I used to be able to pick locks years ago but have forgotton how to do it, plus dont have the tools anymore hehe

We are going to buy a replacement, but I am assuming if we get a fcensoredk off big flathead screwdriver and force it in it should be reasonably easy to break it without perminantly rendering the lock unopenable?


mybrainhurts

90,809 posts

235 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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rofl...twonk

condor

8,837 posts

228 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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You could always phone for a locksmith smile

Chrisgr31

12,723 posts

235 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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Does it lock to the top or sides? If its the the top you might be able to put a stiff bit of wire in at the top and slip the catch.

CaptiV8ted

807 posts

191 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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They're a piece of pi$$ to pick with a paper clip. I only know this because my dad used to lock away my bmx when I were a young'un if I crossed the line. Not long after he'd gone to work, I'd break in and be wheelying like a good'un in minutes! No great technique, just keep wigglin'....

TheCarpetCleaner

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7,294 posts

182 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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condor said:
You could always phone for a locksmith smile
Havent ever used one, do they not charge a fortune?

New lock barrel is only around £15-20ish. I can change it in 10 minutes if I can open it hehe

TheCarpetCleaner

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Wednesday 1st August 2007
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Chrisgr31 said:
Does it lock to the top or sides? If its the the top you might be able to put a stiff bit of wire in at the top and slip the catch.
Think its the top... will look when its daylight.

Alice Cupra

1,026 posts

217 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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Assuming its one of those "T" shaped handles on the door (and all other means of opening fail), you could use a length of scaffold pole or similar. Put it over one of the ends of the handle, and turn it.

It'll snap the lock completely and you can get in.

Of course, you'll need to buy a new lock, which is why its a last resort.

Leftie

11,728 posts

215 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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Alice Cupra said:
Assuming its one of those "T" shaped handles on the door (and all other means of opening fail), you could use a length of scaffold pole or similar. Put it over one of the ends of the handle, and turn it.

It'll snap the lock completely and you can get in.

Of course, you'll need to buy a new lock, which is why its a last resort.
I put an electric screwdriver in the lock and pressed the buton. The entire lock barrel came out. Knackered the lock but rankly if that is all it takes then it is hardly an effective lock.

Drogo

648 posts

197 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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Chris

You'd be surprised/shocked what Google will throw up re picks.

I have set if you need I'm Bromley/Sidcup area but if your local I could be of assistance.

Dave

TheCarpetCleaner

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Wednesday 1st August 2007
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Drogo said:
Chris

You'd be surprised/shocked what Google will throw up re picks.

I have set if you need I'm Bromley/Sidcup area but if your local I could be of assistance.

Dave
Bit far out for me but cheers!

I dont care about breaking the lock as such as I am happy to replace it anyway, what I am worried about is ramming it with a screwdriver or using a scaffolding pole and breaking it off so i cant open the door at all hehe Not too familiar of what links to what as I cant picture the garage door from the inside

Simpo Two

79,280 posts

245 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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The cord on mine broke on the very morning I was about to take the TVR to its first car show. I walloped it open with a lump hammer, then bent the catch back afterwards smile

Drogo

648 posts

197 months

Wednesday 1st August 2007
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No worries

If you don't mind snaping the handle off you'll see how to open the lock, very easy but you will need a new and better lock.

Some young wipper snappers did my door handle but did not realise just how easy it would have been to open or else they did not have the right tool, if you've got any sort of tool kit your going to have THE tool. whistle

TheCarpetCleaner

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7,294 posts

182 months

Thursday 2nd August 2007
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Well that was a fcensoredking joke rofl

I pushed a little bit too hard on the bottom of the garage and it just opened.

Replaced lock in 10 minutes

Done

I should be a master locksmith hehe

Drogo

648 posts

197 months

Thursday 2nd August 2007
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thumbup Well done, what about these as a replacement.

www.locksonline.co.uk/acatalog/Pacri_Garage_Door_L...

I fitted these to the bottom corners of the door, tricky to fit but much better than the standard lock. Can be used from both inside and out.
Just don't lose the keys. smash

maxed out

111 posts

182 months

Thursday 2nd August 2007
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Mine is easy to open. have what looks like a suitcase padlock on it. But inside is the biggest f*ck off ground anchor (4" pipe, with 4 off 3/4 inch rebar through it). Looks from the ouside, that there is nothing worth breaking in for, but if you get in, then you had better come tooled up.
Course, if you break the widdle lock, I'll know, and move me toys somewhere else.tongue out

TheCarpetCleaner

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7,294 posts

182 months

Thursday 2nd August 2007
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Cheers Drogo, its a rented house so I was just concerned about getting it fixed / replaced to previous standard hehe