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Urgent urgent help needed. Bathroom door has locked itself.

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myoriginal3 Sat 22-Apr-17 22:51:22

It's not a key lock, it's one of those where you turn a knob on the inside. It has somehow locked itself. I was polishing the door handles earlier (never again am I cleaning).
I've already pee-d on myself as I left it until the ads of a film to go to the toilet.
It's also the time of the month where you need access to a bathroom.
Please help me?

From the outside, it looks like an allan (?) key might turn something in it but I don't possess one.

I have a screwdriver. Would removing the door handle this side be of any help to me?

wheresthel1ght Sat 22-Apr-17 22:52:47

if you remove the door knob you should be able to open it, but most have a slot on the outside that allows you to unlock - if yours doesn't then get it changed once you regain access!!

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 22-Apr-17 22:54:15

Is there a hole in the door knob on the outside?

captainproton Sat 22-Apr-17 22:54:44

Is there a little hole in the handle on outside? You need to find something long and thin and shove it in there, I think from memory you will feel it press some kind of mechanism, turn the handle when you press it in.

Disclaimer- this is what worked on our bathroom door in the 90s when my little sister would always lock herself in and refuse to come out.

HepKestrel Sat 22-Apr-17 22:54:45

Can you attach a photo?
My guess would be yes

myoriginal3 Sat 22-Apr-17 22:54:55

There's just a handle this side.

thanksamillion Sat 22-Apr-17 22:55:54

You can probably use a knife in the Allen key gap to twist it round. It shouldn't need much force.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 22-Apr-17 22:55:56

No hole in the handle? Small hole?

SelfObsessionHoney Sat 22-Apr-17 22:56:17

If all else fails a bucket with car litter in will tide you over til morning.
And I am speaking from bitter experience.

Ameliablue Sat 22-Apr-17 22:56:22

We've got one like that but it isn't an Allan key to open it, more of a thin, long screwdriver driver. I've used other things before as well such as a metal skewer.

SelfObsessionHoney Sat 22-Apr-17 22:56:24


WorraLiberty Sat 22-Apr-17 22:56:30

Try sliding a pallet knife or similar down the side of the door - pushing to the side when you hit the bit that goes into the door frame.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 22-Apr-17 22:57:17


JeNeSuisPasVotreMiel Sat 22-Apr-17 22:58:25

Sex lube and a fish slice, obvs.

myoriginal3 Sat 22-Apr-17 22:58:52

Trying to attach pictures

poisonusnorks Sat 22-Apr-17 23:00:52

May i suggest,"old copper style door barge"..1970s "The Sweeney" ....Channel it..!

myoriginal3 Sat 22-Apr-17 23:00:56

Pic I think

Wondermoomin Sat 22-Apr-17 23:03:19

It's hard to tell from the photo but does that black bit have a groove going across its diameter? If so, that's designed for emergency opening from the outside. Use a coin or screwdriver or (not too sharp) knife.

Polish the handles with the door open. grin

mineofuselessinformation Sat 22-Apr-17 23:03:41

Get a big knife or a screwdriver with a big blade and turn the bit under the handle - there are horizontal slots there - until the lock opens.

Audreyhelp Sat 22-Apr-17 23:04:04

Small screwdriver pull the door towards you which will take pressure of lock and will turn easier.

funmummy48 Sat 22-Apr-17 23:05:16

We have a similar doorhandle & when I got locked out, I poked a thin metal skewer in the hole & that released the lock. You could try an unbent paperclip? Good luck!

FrogFairy Sat 22-Apr-17 23:05:57

I'm sure I see a slot on the black bit, you can use a penny to turn the lock from the outside.

myoriginal3 Sat 22-Apr-17 23:06:10

You guys are absolute fucking geniuses. The knife in the groove worked.

PeaFaceMcgee Sat 22-Apr-17 23:06:17

Put a coin in the horizontal groove and turn x

PeaFaceMcgee Sat 22-Apr-17 23:06:43

Super smile

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