front door locked shut


13 Nov 2006
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Can anyone help with suggestions on how to open my upvc front door as the multipoint point lock has broken and the door is shut closed.

Basically the old style GU multipoint lock finally gave in. I've taken the handles off as the spindle which goes through the door is not gripping the locking mechanism because the metal edges have broken off the lock. This means the handles are not releasing the latch as they have not grip.

The key barrel seems to be fine, but as the door is shut i cant do anything even though ive brought a new lock.

Hope this makes sense.
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Try using a large flat screwdriver to turn whats left of gear.

Failing that you want a thin, fat flexible bit of metal (a decent scraper may work) you need to bend it into the frame above one of the hook bolts or mushroom cams and tap it up or down (depending which way they open) with a hammer .

i'll try the screwdriver, but not sure if i have anything as wide. As for the second idea unfortunately i cant get to the side of the frame as the upvc door edge is covering it.

I was trying to put the spindle in and wedge a screw driver underneath it giving it some grip and turning using pliers, but the mechanism is so stiff it hardly moves.
You have to bend the scraper in behind and round.

I have air bag pump wedges which help to open a bit of a gap but I have done it without the wedges before
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Get a straight lever/lever spindle and try

thanks for the suggestion.

originally the door lock was it was a split spindle, but when it started playing up i swapped it out for a single spindle and after two weeks it broke!!
I opened one yesterday, assuming its opening in get a chisel and scraper start from the bottom and work your way up prising apart until you find the hook, check if it shoots up or down and hit it, hopefully will open

many thanks to y'all.. after faffing about for ages finally got a locksmith out.
He used a tool (like a short spade!!) to wedge the door back a bit and knocked down the locking hooks.
Took all of 2 mins and £65 for the pleasure.

I after watching him I think i know what you guys were trying to suggest know and hopefully am that much wiser for the next time.


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