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Old 10-25-2006, 09:01 PM   #1
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Help, I can't unlock my door, Any ideas?

Hello all,

I've replaced the weather stripping on my door jam of my '59 TW yesterday and that went great. I've been in and out several times and locked it last night. When I got home today I unlocked it, checked out the weather stripping, and locked it again. When back out just now and the key goes into the lock but I can not even begin to turn the key. I used weather stripping from VTS and it cleared the door latch with no problem so I don't it is part of the problem. I think it's a problem with the lock itself. Any ideas on unlocking it? If all else fails can the pins be taken out and the door removed easily.

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Old 10-25-2006, 09:08 PM   #2
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Rod, you may have to get in through a window to unlock the door. Does the key turn at all? If not (and I know this is a stupid question), are you sure it's the right key? If you're sure it's the right key, put a little graphite on the teeth of the key, insert it, and try turning it while leaning against the door.
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Old 10-25-2006, 09:19 PM   #3
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I have 2 keys and tried them both a few times, so hopefully I picked the right ones, I'll double check that.

Like the graphite idea and I'll try it tomorrow.

I closed and latched all the windows because of an incoming storm so that is why I'm wordering about taking the pins out of the hinges and pulling the door off.
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Old 10-25-2006, 09:26 PM   #4
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Maybe someone is inside
Yeah, did you knock? Maybe they'll open the door...
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OK guys, it's dark outside and not to many days to Halloween. I know I should have bid on the porch light that was on e-bay a few weeks ago.
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I just double checked my keys, got the graphite and braved the dark, no luck.
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Hello rschulz

I sent a PM to you ,see if that helps .

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Maybe you can tap the hinge pins out and then try to pry open that door that way.
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Lock jam

I had same thing happen on the '66's Bargman lock. Solution was easy (for me.) Turn the key to the unlocked position, then push forceably in on the door knob as you turn it. My problem was the extra force applied outward by the new seals. Hope this works for you too.
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The lock will not turn either way, not even a little bit. That is why I'm thinking a mechanical problem. I have tried pushing in on the door and turning the key with no success.
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The lock will not turn either way, not even a little bit. That is why I'm thinking a mechanical problem. I have tried pushing in on the door and turning the key with no success.
How about a locksmith? Maybe the lock can be picked by a professional?

At one of our rallies last year, someone locked themselves out of their trailer. Luckily we had an ex-green beret at our rally who picked the lock in about five seconds.
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I had good luck just before the Lake San Antonio Rally with a bent pick type tool from Snap On.

I was able to insert the tool flat between the skin and the door, where the bolt is.
Then, I turned the pick so it would wedge against the bolt and gradually pushed back wards, pushing back the bolt while pushing in against the seal, and then releasing the door before letting go of the angled pick, therefore keeping the bolt in a partially retracted position.
Eventually, I was able to move the bolt in far enough for the door to spring open, and I was able to remove the lock mechanism and repair it.
It's kind of hard to write down, and takes some coordination when pushing back the bolt and pushing in the door, but it worked splendidly, and without any damalge to door, lock, or bolt.
If your bolt locks in place with the door locked, then this will not work. My handle does not turn when locked, but the bolt can be moved.
Geez, so much easier to do than explain..
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