It’s happened to all of us at some point in time. And it usually tends to happen at the worst possible time or under the worst possible circumstances.
I’m talking about accidentally locking yourself out of your own house. Ever noticed how it happens on the coldest night or when you need to urgently go to the loo? That’s Murphy’s law for you. But it’s bound to happen to you at least on one occasion. For this reason it’s important to know which steps to follow when it does happen. The best thing to do is to call a locksmith. But this may be your last resort. If you prefer, you can first try to break in to your own house, and if this doesn’t work, then you can always get a professional to come and open the lock for you. So how do you break into your own house? You need a screwdriver to do this.
If you’re trapped outside without any tools (most likely you don’t have a screwdriver with you), then you need to knock on your neighbors door and borrow a screwdriver. The best screwdriver to use for the task ahead is one with a slotted head. However, a screwdriver with a Phillips head or one with a cross slot will work if you’re in a pinch.
Now that you have a screwdriver you need to make your way over to your house. Now go over to the nearest and most accessible window. You now need to insert the screw driver into the bottom of the window pane. Try to exert the force upward. Also shimmy it around until it comes loose. Now carefully pull the window out without damaging the pane. If you are doing this with a door window, then remove it without damaging the door – but using the same method as set out above.
The window will actually be much easier to remove than the lock, and if it will easier to replace a window than to replace a lock. If you are removing the window from a door window this is what to do next. You have to place your hand through the hole you’ve just created by removing the window, and try to reach the keys if you have left them in the door, or try to reach the door handle and open the door. Be very careful when you are doing this because you don’t want to cut your hands on any open pieces. If you opened a window not near the door, the window will have to be big enough for you to climb through – again, without hurting yourself. If you’re not feeling up to this, then you’ll have to call a locksmith. If you don’t have your phone with you, then go to your neighbor and make the phone call to a locksmith from there. If you don’t have a locksmith number with you then you can use the internet or the yellow pages to get one. Your neighbor can assist you. If it’s a good and reputable locksmith they will come out to assist you within at least an hour. A less reputable company could keep you waiting all night.
Additional resources. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/10216969/What-should-you-do-if-you-lose-your-car-keys.html