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

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

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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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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