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I learned how to do this when i got locked out of my dorm at BYU-Idaho and it works great!! and all it takes is things you can find in your friends room or from the hall.

Supplies needed:
Paper
Floss
Vacuum Cleaner
(the pictures are from different doors because my camera is acting wack, but you should get the idea)

Step 1: tie floss to paper

take your floss and tie it to your piece of paper
<p>Thank you thank you thank you!! I had tried everything else, but this worked. Dental floss failed because it got caught in a seam in the wood and broke, but I have strong fishing line that worked. Also, the phone cam trick was a huge help.</p>
<p>I tried this, and it worked. More interestingly, I found that having a smartphone with a forward-facing camera helps a ton. If you open your camera app, you can push the phone under the door just enough so that the camera is looking straight up at the handle, but you can still see the screen. It serves as an extra eyeball you can stick under the door. And if the room you're trying to access is dark, just turn on flash mode. The screen will brighten more than usual. If you push the phone under the door just barely, the light from the screen will largely bounce off the bottom of the door, and right back into the camera lens, making the image even easier to see.</p>
<p>hahahahah this wont work on most door, but it's hilarious you actually made it work on a single one. Great stuff ! Make me laugh honestly. </p>
<p>I'm most impressed with whoever came up with this idea in the first place! I've seen various methods of opening locked doors and I always wonder who came up with it. I'm going to have to try this next time I'm locked out. The pictures are very useful in explaining the process. Thanks for sharing!</p><p>http://www.locksmithandsafesredondobeach.com </p>
<p>I'm most impressed with whoever came up with this idea in the first place! I've seen various methods of opening locked doors and I always wonder who came up with it. I'm going to have to try this next time I'm locked out. The pictures are very useful in explaining the process. Thanks for sharing!</p><p>&lt;a href='http://www.locksmithandsafesredondobeach.com' &gt; www.locksmithandsafesredondobeach.com&lt;/a&gt;</p>
<p>I stumbled on this method and IT WORKED! I got locked out of my closet and my brother got me in!! Ingenious!! The only thing he changed was he wound duct tape around part of the chord where he thought it would land in the knob.(so it would attach easier)..it took a while and then it popped open! Come to find out that I had 2 purses hanging on the knob which made it even more difficult, but he did it!! </p>
Just fyi, in my experience this only works when the lock is one of those that you push button in to lock, not the general twist the bump on top of the knob type of lock. Sorry if thats confusing...<br />
<p>agreed, we have a twist button lock where the knob locks up, so the rubber cord is not able to turn the knob at all</p>
It took my husband and I about 10 minutes, but it worked! Also, we used ribbon because the floss was locked in the room. Lol
Wow thanks! I also found this site in my quest to open my door.&nbsp;<a href="http://openalockeddoor.com" rel="nofollow">http://openalockeddoor.com</a>. It has a method that only requires a credit card or some paper clips to open locked doors.
Wow thanks! I also found this site in my quest to open my door http://openalockeddoor.com/ It has a method that only requires a credit card or a few paper clips to get it open
WORKS! <br>Took 3 minutes... <br>used a regular electric cable and fisherman's string...
OMG!!! It worked!! I was so desperate so I thought I had nothing to lose but this thing worked. Thank you very much!!
Try using a kitchen knife, that's what my six year old does.
WORKED PERFECTLY. Me and my roomate tried to get into our ex-suitemates empty room with the coat hanger method, but with no luck and hours of hard work. We then saw this instructable and thought we would try it it. Operation door unlock was a success and on the first try.
Just tried it. Got the floss and the cable finally placed after a dozen attempts. However, it's impossible for the cable to get a grip on the handle as i pull it from under the door. The sharp edge of the door is preventing smooth cable movement. But all in all it was fun trying.
Well done, will try it but with a normal foor handle but overall I like the smart idea.
I just thought I should point out but a method that would prob be easyer on this door is to actually just use a credit card or some type of card like that. Since the doors latch has the curved side facing the outside of the room simply slipping a card into place &nbsp;between the door latch and the jams hole and the door will open with just a push. I have used this method many times on that style door.&nbsp;
Ya I use that to get in my house when the deadbolts not licked. It's extremely simple lol
I hope you mean when the deadbolts not locked? lol im just kidding, just had to say something :P
Go BYU-I!
bravo!
you go to BYU-I! it rocks! my dad teaches there and its always great to go and do things up there like the library, the concerts, the gym, the planetarium. OOOO and locking the collage students in their dorms with rope. :-) That is hilarious, but the boys just get ticked, the girls flip out and its way funny. :-)
I'd rather just pick the lock.
I&nbsp;was thinking the same thing. It was one of a few trade skills learned from my youth that have had some benefit, though lawfully, in my adult life. LOL!&nbsp; <br />
<p>I will try it on,to enter&nbsp;my girlfriend's&nbsp;room to put a <a href="http://www.fantasyjewelryshop.com" rel="nofollow">ladies watch</a> on her desk as&nbsp;her birthday gift,give her a surprise.<br /> but I'm afraid I havn't so <span class="lijuyuanxing">superb skill</span>, hah...<br /> &nbsp;</p>
Mythbusters had a Macgyver episode, where they tested things he did. They were able to pick a lock with the filaments from a light bulb.
iirc not the filament, but the wires that support it.&nbsp; subtle, but significant difference.&nbsp; <br />
it was a halogen light bulb filaments. <br />
i believe you misunderstood, or they misspoke.&nbsp; the filament wire is *very* fine(1-2 thousandths of an inch), , where as the wires that support them are reasonably rigid and more along the lines of 28 gauge spring steel.<br /> <br /> look at a clear household light bulb, and you'll see a few heavy wires, and if you look very closely you'll see the filament is actually a twisted coil of very thin wire.&nbsp; halogens are functionally the same.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> as a locksport enthusiast, and lighting designer, and having dealt with more than my share of broken lamps (bulbs) in that line of work, i can't imagine what you could use the filament for as it's not rigid or strong enough to do anything constructive in a pin tumbler lock.&nbsp; the supports however could be excellent.<br /> <br />
&nbsp;Tthis is ingenious, but is mostly for dorms. &nbsp;They have the doorknobs that always turn on the inside, but are automatically locked on the outside. &nbsp;(so the school can avoid fire safety and theft lawsuits)<br /> <br /> Plus, you have your choice of pals from which to borrow the vacuum, floss and paper.<br />
Good method and very creative, but my door has a handle that points down. Just curious if you've ever run into something like that.<br />
<p>I suspect your door handle plate has been taken off at sometime (maybe just to confuse any house-breakers). When you unscrew the door plate you will probably be able to withdraw the square (usually)&nbsp;shaft that goes&nbsp;thru' the door and goes into the other handle socket. Simply withdraw the shaft, turn it round to the desired position and screw everything back as it was!&nbsp;Job done! (You may find the shaft is 'captive' on one side or the other of the&nbsp;door. It will only be held by a little screw. Undo it. Turn the shaft to desired position. Put back together again. Don't forget to put the&nbsp;little locking screw back!) Hope that solves your&nbsp;problem.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p>
No, it's made that way, so you can just coat hanger it from the outside. Looks like this.<br /> vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv<br /> vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv<br /> vvvvv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; vvvvvv<br /> vvvvv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; vvvvvv<br /> vvvvv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; vvvvvv<br /> vvvvv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; vvvvvv<br /> vvvvv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; vvvvvv<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; vvvvvvvv&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; vvvvvv<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; vvvvvv&nbsp;&nbsp; vvvvvv<br />
Downward handle as apposed to horizontal handle.<br />
&nbsp;So it looks a bit like this?
Yes, but the handle is flat with the door. I'm thinking about a way to use the vent that takes up the lower third of the door.<br />
I'm pretty sure McGyver would have used a paperclip,<br /> but if he ran out, I'm sure he would have done this.<br /> <br /> <br />
This is creative and looks like it will work. Most vacuum cleaner cords are a little sticky and they can grip the doornknob. <br /> <br /> <br />
&nbsp;i once locked my self out of my apartment. i kicked the door in. that was painful. then i locked myself out, again. i kicked the door in, again. my door is really messed up.
So...since you've got a vacuum cleaner anyway, you could grab the paper from behind the door by sucking it out, as long as it's got a detachable tube (most do).&nbsp; Makes me want to go lock something...
Haha inventive,<br /> <br /> Other ways; <ol> <li>Find the area with the bolt/catch on the door</li> <li>Make mental note of this</li> <li>Stand back</li> <li>Kick area hard with heel of foot</li> <li>Make sure you are close enough to follow through the kick when the door breaks.</li> <li>Bingo</li> </ol>
&nbsp;my dorm room door has a dead &nbsp;bolt on it :( so if I get locked out im skrewed&nbsp;
&nbsp;I have an idea, replace the vacuum cleaner cable with a hook of some sort and hook around the handle of the deadbolt and slide it to unlock the door. I just came up with that and haven't tried it but it just might work.<br />
Good job, not ideal for outside doors as most have dead bolts<br />
Jenius!
&nbsp;Genius*&nbsp;
Pure genius!<br />
Very cool, looks like fun as well XD. Have you ever tried a credit card though? they work if you have enough room to wiggle them where the bolt thing is on the doorknob that connects to the door frame. this is a little faster, but only works if you have the room to slide in the card, your method makes a nice backup plan though :D<br />
&nbsp;I like how this was featured on the same day that it was featured on Lifehacker.

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