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Is there a way to lock a door temporarily without making modifications to the door or its frame; or making minimal modifications like screw holes. I don't want to be cutting big circular holes in the door.

The door swings inward and is made of wood.

  • I've used a 2x4 across the back of the door, screwed into the frame. Fairly common during construction before lock hardware and trim has been installed. – Tyson Feb 26 '17 at 1:04
  • @Tyson I need to open the door from the outside. – Tyler Durden Feb 26 '17 at 2:23
  • So... there is no existing hardware at all, just a hinged door with no holes? – Jimmy Fix-it Feb 26 '17 at 2:24
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    @JimmyFix-it There is an existing lock but other people have keys to that lock. I want to be able to lock the door so that only I can enter. – Tyler Durden Feb 26 '17 at 2:30
  • Does the door open outward or inward? If outward, is there anything next to the door that a chain or bar can be passed through? If inward, is there anything on the door that a chain or bar can be passed through? – A. I. Breveleri Feb 26 '17 at 3:47
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How about a door knob lock-out device? No holes or screws required:

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If this is your primary issue:

There is an existing lock but other people have keys to that lock. I want to be able to lock the door so that only I can enter.

Then the obvious, and in my opinion the best, solution is to simply get the existing locks re-keyed.

  • As I said in my question: I want to be able to lock the door WITHOUT MAKING MODIFICATIONS TO THE DOOR. The existing lock must stay the way it is. – Tyler Durden Feb 26 '17 at 5:24
  • @TylerDurden - My suggestion stands as a sensible solution to your issue. It does not entail changes to the door or the door frame as you specified in your question. – Michael Karas Feb 26 '17 at 12:26
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"There is an existing lock but other people have keys to that lock. I want to be able to lock the door so that only I can enter."

Take away the keys that the other people have.

Other than that - you would need to have a means of attaching to the door a lock - screws in the door, a hasp on the frame .. and then attach a lock to that .. but pretty useless if someone wants to get in they will rip it off by some means - unless the bolts go through the door and through the frame.

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