Effective ways to open locked windows include removing the glass, popping the spring bolt with a credit card, breaking the glass and forcing stuck lock valves until they release the window. The best method for a particular situation depends on the type of lock involved, its location in the building and whether the lock mechanism is indoors or outside.Continue Reading
Most windows in homes, apartments and offices have one or two locks. Each lock is connected to a screw or valve that opens and closes it. If the valves rust or get stuck in the closed position due to sloppy painting, the window cannot move. Rusty valves benefit from a liberal application of a hardware lubricant.
To open a window that is painted shut, cover the lock with a soft towel and gently knock it with a hammer. Tap the hammer from right to left. These and other screw locks open when turned counter-clockwise, and aiming the hammer blows accordingly encourages the lock to pop open.
Window locks are easy to reach from inside. It is much more difficult to open a window while standing outside. If the window is part of a door, it does not have a separate lock. Bypassing the window is still useful, however, because it makes it easy to reach inside and turn the doorknob. Insert the tip of a Philips head screwdriver into the bottom edge of the window and wiggle it around until it fits beneath the glass. Apply gentle, steady upward pressure until the window pops out.Learn more about Doors, Windows, & Locks
If the locker is secured by an external lock (like a padlock), the most inexpensive method of opening it is to cut it off with a pair of bolt cutters. If the locker is secured by a built-in lock, contact the locker owner, manufacturer or a locksmith.Full Answer >
To install a key lock on a sliding glass door, drill two mounting holes, fasten the lock onto the door with screws, and drill the lock bolt hole. Test the lock with a key.Full Answer >
To measure windows for replacement, measure the width of the window between the jambs at the top, middle and bottom, and use the smallest measurement. Measure the height at the left, right and center of the window. Be sure to measure from the surface of the jambs, not from the extensions that hold the window. Measure the depth at the shortest point, and if you can't open the window, measure the width on the inside and multiply it by two.Full Answer >
To caulk around a window, scrape off old caulking with a putty knife, and clean the surface of any remaining caulking. Prepare a caulking gun for use, place the tip of the gun on the edge between the window and the wall, and compress the handle of the caulking gun to produce a steady stream of caulk. Move the gun along the window until the entire perimeter is sealed with caulk.Full Answer >