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ccm47 12th November 2019 07:11 AM

Since people are sharing their accidental lock-outs:

I was staying on my own at the flat, keys in the lock as per normal, and stepped outside for a few seconds to find I could not get back in.
No possibility of rear entry and front bedroom shutter was down. The only chance to get back in was via a very, very narrow sliding kitchen window which was slightly open. Fortunately a neighbour had a 5 year old boy who could be held up to the window; he then wriggled through onto the worktop, jumped down and opened the door from the inside. Thanks and smiles all round.

Lesson learned: lock changed and handles now on both sides of door with a button lock internally.

Nomoss 12th November 2019 07:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Overandout (Post 14987566)
You must be the only person left in the western world who doesn't take their mobile phone into the bathroom!

We don't even have our mobile phones switched on when we're in the house.

Except that I switch mine on to get a code via SMS when I make some bank transactions.

Juan C 12th November 2019 08:37 AM

On getting locked in/out

I have known a couple of instances when a bathroom door has slammed in the wind resulting in the square bar which goes between the inside and outside handles, sliding to one one thus rendering the other handle useless.

The problem is caused when the person who fitted the lock, cut the square connecting bar too short.

It should cut so that it fits exactly between between the two handles leaving no space for it to slide to either end

PS it would help if we could attach here a pic or a drawing, making an explanation easier to understand.

tmarshall57 12th November 2019 09:47 AM

Our door lock can be opened from the outside whilst a key remains in the lock from the inside however with the latch closing when the door is closed the risk remains of closing the door and not having a key. I solved this by supergluing part of a credit card over the hole where the latch engages so you can only lock the door with a key.

We also have a balcony with a sliding patio door that can be closed, automatically locking behind you. As this is on the top (9th) floor with no external access I've adjusted the lock catch to prevent this happening as it was bound to at some point.

Juan C 12th November 2019 09:56 AM

T Marshall. “I solved this by supergluing part of a credit card over the hole where the latch engages so you can only lock the door with a key.”

Good idea. Probably a simpler method to using a screw as I did

Alcalaina 12th November 2019 09:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Overandout (Post 14987566)
You must be the only person left in the western world who doesn't take their mobile phone into the bathroom!

Er - I can assure you she isn't! :)

Pesky Wesky 12th November 2019 12:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Overandout (Post 14987566)
You must be the only person left in the western world who doesn't take their mobile phone into the bathroom!

Yuk!!
Two things that don't go together, mobile phone + bathroom. Plenty of people in the offices where I work carry on conversing while peeing, or .... but I prefer boundaries. And hygiene!!

EverHopeful 12th November 2019 06:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alcalaina (Post 14987020)
I locked myself out on the first-floor balcony yesterday while cleaning the windows. They are the sliding-door kind, and I accidently pushed it too hard and it clicked shut. Imagine my embarrassment. Had to yell my head off to attract OHs attention, as he was downstairs in the garage working with power tools. Sometimes I'm really glad I don't live on my own.

I did that once. No one was around and of course I didn't have my phone. The bedroom window though was ajar and the roller shutter not quite down, so after about half an hour or so trying to get that open wide enough, I managed to clamber in. I keep meaning to get the sliding door changed to one that opens from both sides because I'm convinced I'll eventually do the same thing again and maybe not have left the bedroom window open, but my budget is tight and I haven't got round to it yet.

Alcalaina 13th November 2019 10:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EverHopeful (Post 14987974)
I did that once. No one was around and of course I didn't have my phone. The bedroom window though was ajar and the roller shutter not quite down, so after about half an hour or so trying to get that open wide enough, I managed to clamber in. I keep meaning to get the sliding door changed to one that opens from both sides because I'm convinced I'll eventually do the same thing again and maybe not have left the bedroom window open, but my budget is tight and I haven't got round to it yet.

Horrible feeling when you realise what's happened, isn't it! I'm going to use a doorstop in future...

MataMata 13th November 2019 06:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Juan C (Post 14985416)
It is a security measure.

If you are inside and leave the key in the lock, turned at an angle, then no one with a duplicate key can open the door from outside.

Particularly important in a property which one has rented.

Not wishing to be sexist, but maybe even more important for a single female.

Just remembered I was going to check my lock and found there is communication between the keys so one does push the other back - only if it's straight of course.


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