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How to Escape Being Locked Outside of the House Without Breaking Down the Door

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How to Escape Being Locked Outside of the House Without Breaking Down the Door

Being locked out of a house is one of the most frustrating things but it is almost inevitable. If you don’t have a spare key and a family member or trusted neighbor doesn’t have a spare, sometimes you are the only option you have for getting back in. Ideally, you should be able to get back in without causing damage to your home, but in an emergency, you really have to do what is necessary. Below are some ways of getting around being locked out of your house without breaking down any doors.

Check the Windows

While it is never wise to leave a window unlocked intentionally, accidents do happen. Check to see if you or someone in your home accidentally left a window unlocked, as this becomes the ideal entry point when locked out of a house.[1] If there is a screen on the window, it will need to be removed. Then, just open the window and squeeze on through. Do be careful when entering the home through a window, as you will likely be off-balance and there is probably furniture in the way of your entry.

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Standard Spring Lock

Use a credit card on these types of locks if there is no deadbolt. To open a door using a credit card, you will need a sturdy card that you do not mind potentially damaging. You will insert this card between the door frame and the latch. The card should be held perpendicular to the door as you push and wiggle the card between the two. While pushing, bend the card away from the knob as an attempt to get the latch to slide back.

Use your body weight on the card when bending. If successful, make sure that you take measures to make your home more secure because, even though you’re in, you have now seen how easy it is to break into your home.

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Use a Pet Door

This may seem unconventional, but if you or someone you know is small enough to fit through a doggy door, it is worth a shot. Though it should not be a habit for you to leave a pet door unsecured, it will work in your favor if you have the unfortunate occurrence of being locked out of your home. Even if the pet door is blocked off, it may be possible to move the obstructions from the outside.

Pick the Lock

If you think you can, try to pick the lock.[2] While using a bobby pin or a paper clip, do the following:

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  • Straighten the item out flat and do not break it. If there are rubber-coated tips, remove these.
  • Insert it slightly into the lock by 1-2 centimeters. Bend the item back so that there is now a 90-degree angle at the tip.
  • Make a grip on the end that you are holding by curling it around your finger.
  • Take a second pin and bend it to a right angle.
  • Use this second pin (lever) and insert it into the lock. Turn this in the direction that normally opens the door. Use gentle pressure.
  • Insert the first pin now and feel for the lock pins by moving them up and down. If you do not feel the lock pins, ease up on the pressure.
  • Push on the lock pins until they click into place—the pin should be resisting, and you should move it up with your pick.

Smash a Window

While this is definitely not ideal, it could be your only option. If there is a door with window panes, one of the panes can be broken, allowing the knob to be unlocked from the outside.

Remove the Doorknob

This will work as long as there is not a deadbolt in use. Many times, the mounting screws are concealed, but there should be a tiny hole below the knob. Use a paper clip or bobby pin to apply pressure to this and twist the doorknob until it comes off. Then remove the decorative plates to expose the lockset.[3] This allows you to pull back on the lock mechanism to unlock the door.

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Call a Locksmith

If no other options are doable for you, call a professional. It will cost you, but getting a quick quote shouldn’t be a problem. There may be a visit fee in addition to a service fee, so be clear about what is needed.

Featured photo credit: Neshom via pixabay.com

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Reference

[1] Safewise: What to Do When You’re Locked Out of Your House
[2] Qualified Hardware: How to Pick a Lock
[3] How Stuff Works: 10 Ways to Break Into a House

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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