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How to open a bathroom door lock

How to open a bathroom door lock

Locked out of the toilet, bathroom or bedroom?

Most bathroom and toilet door locks make it quite hard to lock yourself out of.  Generally when you close the door the latch activates the unlocking mechanism inside the lock to automatically unlock the door.  So just pushing the door shut should unlock the lock.   This should make it hard to get locked on the outside of the door.
There is always the possibility of someone being locked inside the bathroom and not being able to open the door.  They may have slipped in the shower, or any number of reasons.  This is why most bathroom door locks have some sort of unlocking button or snib on the outside of the door.  The toilet and bathroom door are not high security areas and don’t need a key lock.  Your teenagers might disagree 😉

How to unlock privacy knob lock
There are many different variations of unlocking snibs and buttons for these locks.  Generally we call these locks “privacy locks”.  Many privacy locks can be opened with a coin or butter knife by turning the button in the centre of the lock. Turning the button pops open the push in button on the inside of the lock.
Locks such as Gainsbrough use a snib on the outside of the lock which is located underneath the rose.  This snib just needs to be flicked down to release the lock mechanism.

how to unlock gainsborough lock
Some locks just have a hole in the outside of the rose.  Pushing a skewer into the hole activates the release button to unlock the door.

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Other locks may have a cover over the unlocking button.  Some have a grub screw that you need an allen key to remove.  There is usually some way to unlock a privacy lock from the outside.
There are situations where you cant get the lock open no matter what you do.  The lock might have been installed incorrectly or it might have malfunctioned.  One thing you can try to do is to see if the lock will come apart from the outside.  Most locks screw together from the inside of the door.  But there is a chance of removing the lock from the outside.
Toilet and bathroom doors can be high use doors!  Yes, they get closed an awful lot during their lifetime.  It is always worth getting any problems with these privacy sets fixed before they break.  It may be a case that you are locked inside the bathroom or toilet with no means of escape.  This does happen and we have been called to jobs where people have been stuck for long periods of time.
Hope this helps and give some basic info on how to get out of a sticky situation with privacy locks.

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Lock Bumping

Lock Bumping

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Lock bumping a deadlock

You are probably not the only person with a key to your house or business.

Lock Bumping is a covert way to open a lock when you do not have a key. It is similar to lock picking in that it is used to open doors and all types of locks. Lock Bumping and Lock Picking are not the only way to open a lock without a key but lock Bumping is a problem for most houses and businesses as no real skill is required to open a door and some of the most well made locks can be unlocked with the bump key method.
Burglars can cut a Master Bump Key to open 95% of locks in Australia.
Bump keys were made known to the mainstream due to the information going viral on the internet. Using bump keys is so easy, people started making videos and uploading them to youtube and tutorials on how to make bump keys were available of forums and how to sites. The spread of the information over the internet led to many high profile manufacturers feeling that their locks were from the dark ages as they were way too easy to open. Even very young kids could now open their locks.

Bump proof lock.  Abloy key

Abloy key for a bump proof lock

The bump key can be made from just about any old key that inserts into the lock. All you need to do is file it down the correct way or cut a key and you have made a bump key. To bump open a lock a bump hammer is used to tap the key which lines up the pins inside the lock cylinder. Many locks in Brisbane are vulnerable to bump keys including most regular deadlocks, security door locks, commercial locks, registered key systems and unit door locks.
Common locks sold in hardware stores still have no resistance to lock bumping. There are locks now available in Brisbane that can not be bumped. There are high security locks sold by locksmiths which can not be bumped and which are practically pick proof. A high level of bump resistance can be achieved if you have your locks changed to a bump proof system. High security locks are a little more expensive then regular locks and it depends on weather you are concerned with this security risk in your home or business as to weather you request bump proof locks.

Home door that might be easily bumped open

How to know if your lock has been bumped?

One of the biggest problems with lock bumping is that it leaves no visible signs of your lock being picked. There are no break and enter marks on the door and no sign of a thief entering your home or business. For insurance companies this is a problem. If there is no sign of a break-in then how do you prove it? The lock bumping phenomenon has forced many businesses and home owners to upgrade and have locks changed to a higher security lock cylinder. If you are in doubt weather your locks can be picked or bumped you should consult a qualified locksmith for more information.

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