If you are locked out of your home, the most obvious solution is to contact a locksmith, like the ones at The Lock Shop. However, if you do not want to wait for a locksmith to arrive, you may want to find other ways that you can get inside your home.
Breaking A Window
The worst approach is to break a window. However, if there is an emergency, such as if you have a little one inside who could be put in danger, you may want to break a window. Or, if there is a window that is old and that you intend to replace anyway, you might as well break it.
Forcing Open A Window
Ask a neighbor if he or she has a screwdriver. Then, you can insert the screwdriver under a window and wiggle the screwdriver to more easily lift the window up. If you can force the window open, you may be able to fit through the window and get inside. If the window is nearby the door, you may be able to reach inside and unlock it.
Picking A Lock
Try to move the handle. If the handle moves, try opening the door. If the door will not open, your deadbolt lock is locked and you will not be able to use a credit card to open the door. Otherwise, you may be able to use a laminated card, which bends more easily, to force open the door. Insert the card between the door and the frame. If there is molding on the door, you may not want to use this method because replacing the molding would be just as expensive as hiring a locksmith.
You will likely only be able to pick your front door lock if the lock is relatively old. Also, if you are able to pick the lock, you may want to then have the lock replaced since anyone else will be able to do the same. Insert the credit card so that it is on the tiniest part of the lock. Insert the card and then bend it away from the knob. It will slide the latch back and then you will then be able to turn the doorknob. Then, if you manage to get inside, you will want to get a deadbolt so that an intruder cannot get inside your home in this way. While you might save some money with the use of some of these methods, if you are not in a hurry, it is usually better to hire a locksmith.Share
23 December 2015
Letting your tween stay home alone for the first time may be an exciting experience for them, but it likely makes you a little worried. To give yourself some peace of mind and to help protect your tween while home alone, it’s a good idea to create a safety kit and store it in a safe place that can be accessed from outside of the house, like in a locked box in the garage, that can be used in case of emergencies. The kit should include first-aid items, emergency phone numbers, and even a prepaid cell phone. You should also have your locksmith change all of the locks for a fresh start and make two copies of the new keys for your tween – one to keep with them at all times, and one to hide outside in case the first is lost.