I want to feel safe inside a room that swings door outward. How do I secure a outward door swing to be safe inside at night without drilling a hole into the wood. is there a portable outward swing long available for sale? thanks !
I saw a device that looked much like a key hole in a steel plate. It slipped over the doorknob and it’s weight held it in place. I thought that was a good idea, even made out of 1/2” plywood if there was a few inches above and below it would be as strong as most cheap lock sets. The keyhole looked like it was made with 2 different sized hole saws one that was larger than the handle and one just slightly larger than the shaft if you pulled on the door it did not move much. That would be something that could be made but I have not seen a commercial one.
Look up "Security Hinge Pins". These prevent the attack of simply knocking out the hinge pin. These replace one of the existing hinge screws, then you remove the screw that would face that one, so no additional holes are required. Either that, or get security hinges. Those work the same way, but as a built-in knob in the hinge.
After that, just get a regular locking handle. (And deadbolt if appropriate.) I think they're all reversible.
That's the problem. You may have to sacrifice not drilling to have security. Here's my most recent idea:
I had a vision (an epiphany if you will!). Wrapping a 12 gauge solid core wire around the door knob stem (so it's behind the knob part).
pull 24 inches of slack from the wrapped stem and wrap it around a 1/2 inch EMT conduit (or 3/4" EMT). The EMT should be long enough to span the width of the door jamb.
Pull 24 inches more from the EMT and wrap that again around the door knob stem.
Twist the EMT until it tightens against the jamb walls; as you'd tighten a tourniquet. Voila! Door can not be pulled open due to the EMT being braced against the inside wall.
It can be removed simply by unscrewing the wire via the EMT. no holes drilled. Secured by compression.