Door knob to garage won't open. The "bolt" won't retract.
With no prior notice the doorknob to my garage suddenly didn't work. The "bolt" doesn't retract when you turn the knob. So I unscrewed the knob and removed it on both sides but still cannot get the bolt to retract. Can't get a credit card in from the outside because of angle of door frame. I tried pulling with a screwdriver but it doesn't cause the bolt to retract. I bought a new door knob but cannot use it until we get this one removed. I cannot even open the door. Any ideas?
Re: door knob to garage won't open. The "bolt" won't...
I had exactly the same problem with a Kwickset latch (not deadbolt). Can't take the door off because of auto closure hinges. I was told that the only ways to open it were, 1) to take the molding off and spring the frame with a jack or 2) to take vice grips and break end of the bolt mechanism off and use needle nose pliers to remove the obstruction.
1) You take the molding off to remove shims between the door framing and the house framing so that the prehung door frame can move enough.
2) In my case after I got the bolt out by doing a bit of number one, I am not convinced that breaking the bolt mechanism would have worked because the obstruction seems to be too deep in the mechanism. It is jammed on something and it appears to be strong enough that getting it out is doubtful. Poor design.
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Hi. I'm not sure I am clear about the door issue. If I understand the door problem correctly. If the door has been manually locked. You will need to walk inside the garage, approach the door and manually unlock the door. About 3' up from the floor, in the center of the door. You will notice a lock with two long flat steel rods, one on each side. Each rod extending to the outer edge of the door. The lock will have a "T" handle and a knob or one large knob (that turns) and one small knob (that slides). The "T" handle or large knob will retract or extend the rods and the smaller knob will disengage the lock. I hope this helps. If not, please write back with new questions and information. I will do my best to help walk you through some other diagnostic steps. Good Luck.
i can help you with that...just follow this steps... 1.Remove the old doorknob by taking out the screws that hold it in. You will have to remove the striker separately by removing the screws that hold the strike plate in place on the outside edge of the door. Slide the striker out. 2.Take the new doorknob, striker, and strike plate out of the packaging and look for the directions. (Most doorknobs are installed in the same way, but there are always exceptions.)
3.Slide the striker bar into the hole. Insert the screws into the striker plate and tighten.
4.ake the two halves of the doorknob, and place the one with the male end through the hole in the striker bar. Place the female side of the doorknob on the other side of the door and make sure that it lines up with the male end. Slide the two together. Screw the knob together using the two long screws that came with the doorknob. Make sure that the screws are tight. Make sure that you have the lock facing the right direction. You want the locking mechanism on the inside of the house or room.
5.Test your work before you shut the door. Make sure that both sides of the door knob turn and the striker bar goes back and forth.
The short answer is that you can't get the doorknob off from the outside.
Lock sets and door knobs are purposely made that way to thwart any potential thief with a screwdriver from simply removing the door knob to gain access into our homes and rooms.
What you MAY TRY is to carefully pry loose the door trim in the area of the door knob away from the door jamb. You may have to carefully remove a trim nail in the process. Then experiment with a flat, thin, solid tool like one of those rounded spatulas used for frosting cakes slipped in between the trim piece and the jamb. Your goal is to try to get the spring latch to retract away from the door's strike plate like James Bond with a credit card. Look at one of your other open doors to visualize how the mechanism works. This is going to require some patience, but it may save you from having to destroy the door or frame to get into the room.
Somewhere on the power head( motor ) is 2 knobs. The are to adjust up and down force. As the opener gets a little old you will need to turn these up occasionally! Turn to the right a 1/4 of a turn and try. I that doesn't work turn it up a little bit more. This should get you fixed up!
I am in the same boat here, mine is also in the middle of the door and my doorknob is broken. Ahh. I can still re-attach and open if I play with it. I have talked with several locksmiths who don't know what I'm talking about. I know my bolt mechanism was made by "Weiser" Home was built back in 1975. Have you had any luck at finding any help with this? From end of door to middle is 18" and the mechanism is 19".
I will tell you how to fix 'em. Open the Door Knob with a screw driver, gently pull aart the two knobs once open, then look for a long sliding rod, pull one knob away, twist the Knob untlil it is in unlock position, put them back together to test if it slips properly. If it does not, there is something preventing the rod from rotating freely. Try to ensure it rotates freely. Then screw back together :)
If this is the lock part itself,try gradually loosening install screw enough to be able to manuver lock to work and if so slowly tighten as you test each time gradually. Please clarify problem more if need to.