Better yet, anybody will be able to do it. First they need to understand the way in which a door handle mechanism works.
Door handles feature a square spindle which passes through the door and engages with the door latch and the handle on either side. But if this spindle is too short it can begin to move toward one handle socket and away from the other. Ultimately, it could be disengaged from one side entirely, and that’s when people get stuck.
But when this happens, what is the best way to launch an escape? Door Furniture Direct haven’t provided readers with one solution, but four, starting with the simplest:
· Since the handle has only disengaged on one side it should still be possible to control the latch from the other side. The best bet is to call for help and have another person in the property release the latch for you.
· Alternatively, it might be possible to call for help from a window, or even vacate the room for a ground floor window.
· With access to a screwdriver it will be possible to remove the handle, by undoing the screws which hold it into the door. Removing the handle exposes the spindle which can be pulled back to engage with the socket when reinstalled.
· If the latch bolt is visible, it may even be possible to push it back into place using a flat bladed instrument. This is only possible on the side of the door which does not have the rebate.
Once free it is important to seek out a longer term solution. This means picking up a new spindle which is long enough to ensure that the problem doesn’t happen again, or packing the socket of the handle, though the uneven spindle may still be prone to breaking.
The Door Furniture Direct online store offers a wide variety of affordable parts, in addition to door handles, locks and much more. Explore the whole range at http://www.doorfurnituredirect.co.uk.