DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Windows and Doors > Broken Door Knob with No Access!

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-10-2009, 09:20 AM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1
Default Broken Door Knob with No Access!

The doorknob on my master BR closet is broken... the knob will turn but nothing happens. The door opens into the closet, so I cannot access the screws or the door hinges on the inside of the closet. The molding on the bedroom side of the door prevents me from sliding a credit card to move the latch. The knob has no lock, just a flat surface on the knob, but other bedroom doorknobs have a small access hole in middle of the knob to insert a small screwdriver or tool to open it from the outside. This knob does not, so I tapped a small hole in it & inserted a screwdriver - I can turn the mechanism inside but it won't free the latch. Tried WD40, but it didn't help either. There is also no release hole on the shaft side of the door knob to press to remove the knob.

At this point the only option I can see is to use a hacksaw to remove the door knob so I can access the hole and try to remove the parts with needle nosed pliers. I don't want to remove the molding either. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

songman724 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2009, 06:58 PM  
inspectorD's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Litchfield, CT
Posts: 4,266
Liked 187 Times on 156 Posts
Likes Given: 474

Default Yup

Drill an access hole, then punch out the lock on the other side. Drill as far as you need to, then change the lock.

Just My
Made in the
inspectorD is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2009, 08:14 PM  
spaz2965's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Jefferson, York county pa
Posts: 84

you may try a piece of vinyl siding slide the whole way through above lock and work downward on a angle so the the siding on the inside of door hits latch release with a little bit of persistence you will get it, if you don't have a piece of siding find a job site and look in dumpster you may have luck there.
spaz2965 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2009, 05:44 PM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 5

Here's a real low tech solution but it only works if you have a decent gap between the door and frame. I've used two sharp objects on the actual latch where it goes in the strike plate. You simply use one object to slide the latch back into the door, the hold so the latch doesn't spring back in, then use the other sharp object to move it back a bit further, and repeat several times until the latch moves back into the door and you can pull the door open. I've also had success sing a piece of wire shaped like a boomerang, fishing it behind the latch and then pulling the two ends, one above and one below the latch, towards me to release the latch.
Richwho is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2009, 08:39 PM  
triple D
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 296
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default hack or drill?

Its your call, when you can look in there you should see a crescent moon looking piece going through latch slide mechanism. This is where you insert a flat head screwdriver and turn clockwise. Good luck....
[COLOR="DarkGreen"][FONT="Franklin Gothic Medium"]See my work-Check out my album. "Git 'Er Done":D [/FONT][/COLOR]
triple D is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2011, 03:11 PM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 1
Default How I did it:

I just noticed you don't have access to the hinges :-(
I pulled the pins from the door hinges and tried opening it from the opposite side.
The hinges had to be bent with vise grips in opposite directions in order for them to clear each other sufficiently, and then the door pulled off.
Good luck!
tucsonarizona1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2011, 04:02 PM  
RocLok Master
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
Posts: 43

Because it is an interior door, the handles are easier to remove or open. Using a thin piece of metal or the siding may be a good option it should push the catch so the door can open.

You may be able to pry the escushion off the door knob, then you will see the screws that hold the 2 sides together, drill those out and the door knobs will come apart leaving you with the mechanism to operate the catch.

The doors that have the little hole, the hole is to unlock the door from the outside but has nothing to do with opening the door (at least on all door knobs I have seen).

One other idea is to take another knob apart so you can see how it operates and you can gain some insight on how to manipulate it.

Good Luck!

Ex Realtor, house flipper, remodelor and now building a vintage truck, making friends and fixing my house.

Ever Lock Yourself out? [url][/url]

Building a vintage 39 1.5 Ton Truck[URL="http://www.1939Cummins.Info"]http://www.1939Cummins.Info[/URL]
RocLok is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2011, 02:02 PM  
TxBuilder's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,677
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 4


Use a credit card. When I was younger and in school, my dad wondered how I got into the house without a key. When I showed him that my school ID worked to open a LOCKED door, he promptly changed the locks. Give it a try.

To get around the moulding, don't pry it off. let your card bend and flex a bit.
TxBuilder is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2011, 03:06 PM  
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Upper Fraser Valley, British Columbia
Posts: 14,675
Liked 1491 Times on 1315 Posts
Likes Given: 2610


If drilling the knob dosn't get you there, I have two suggestions. Cut a hole in the drywall outside and inside the wall, reach in and open door. Or remove outside trim with a saws-all cut nails between the frame and the stud and remove the door.
nealtw is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2014, 07:29 PM  
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 1
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Credit Card. Unless you have a dead bolt on the door, or the door jam is really tight, of which I have yet to see one that is tight enough, except on a RV trailer, I will walk through the door quicker than you with the door key. Yes I have proved my point with a few people who don't realize just how easy it is using a credit card. Use your deadbolt! Use a credit card that is not good anymore, use a little force and don't worry about the card, jiggling the door as you push the card into the latch. Also sliding glass doors, this trick aired on 20/20, if you do not use a wooden or metal pole to scotch the sliding door, I will open the door is a split second.

gelightman is offline  
nealtw Likes This 
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Access For Cleaning "A" Evaporator Coils cliffw HVAC 3 01-07-2009 10:33 PM
Plaster wall - cutting out an access hole, but how to replace it? Steelmesh Walls and Ceilings 3 11-11-2008 10:28 AM
gable-end access to attic jingle Carpentry and Woodworking 2 10-23-2007 11:22 PM
Basement access filled in wrong?! jode Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 0 08-28-2007 08:19 PM
Splice boxes through access panel okay? skopper Electrical and Wiring 1 09-04-2006 09:13 AM

Newest Threads