How to Open a Stuck Doorknob

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How to Open a Stuck Doorknob
Open a stuck doorknob using a putty knife to free the latch. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A stuck doorknob can be frustrating, especially if it prevents you from gaining access to a home or building and you are locked out. Doorknob jams often occur due to a sticky knob or stuck locking mechanism. You can use a putty knife or similar flat object to fix most knobs that become stuck. A spray lubricant available at most hardware and home and garden stores can help prevent the door from becoming jammed in the future.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Putty or butter knife
  • Spray lubricant
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Insert a putty or butter knife between the door and the door frame at the same height as the lock.

  2. 2

    Push in the knife. You should feel it contact the latch.

  3. 3

    Push the door open. Remove the doorknob from the door. Typically, two or more screws hold the doorknob in place. Remove the screws and pull out the knob.

  4. 4

    Spray lubricant into the doorknob. Allow the lubricant to set into the knob for 3 to 5 minutes.

  5. 5

    Turn the knob to make sure it works. Apply more lubricant if the knob is still stuck.

  6. 6

    Place the doorknob back into the door and screw into place.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult a locksmith if your doorknob is still jammed. Perhaps there is a broken mechanism in the doorknob, necessitating professional intervention.

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