I am locked out of the garage without a remote opener. There are no windows and no doors to get in. What are some ways to open the garage door without breaking down the door?

  • I can't believe there is a garage with no windows and doors- what would you do during a power outage?
    – Aaron
    Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 14:57
  • You might call a local garage door installer and ask for suggestions. But essentially you need to get into a locked building with no doors or windows - you either have to break something or cut a hole in something.
    – Jason
    Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 15:06
  • Why can't you go through the house?
    – Niall C.
    Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 15:17
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    Is this one of those Non-linear thinking problems? Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 15:38
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    Cut a whole in the side of the garage the same size as a door. Then, when you're done, stick a door in that hole.
    – DA01
    Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 17:13

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Typically, garage openers have a release pull that hangs down from the track. When closed, this release will be close enough to the door to get if you drill a 5/8 inch hole about a foot under the where the opener attaches to the door. Fish for the line with a wire coat hanger and then pull to release. It will take a couple of tries but you should be able to do it.

Once open, go to your hardware store and get a garage door quick release lock and install it into the hole you just drilled. In the future if you have a power outage or a failed garage door opener you will be able to get back in.

  • This may well be the best idea, but it's hardly a sure thing: my garage door opener doesn't have a lanyard attached to the release latch. Also mine requires a fair amount of force; it might be hard to pull at an angle like that, even if you could reach the cord.
    – Hank
    Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 18:10

All you need do is borrow (since you can't get inside to access your own supply of tools) a regular, flathead screwdriver. Place the blade of the screwdriver against the keyhole of the garage lock, just like you are attempting to unlock it with a regular key. Then, bash the back of the screwdriver, driving it into the lock. This will be sufficient enough to jar the lock open, without damaging the lock. You may need to use a hammer to hit the handle of the screwdriver.

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    I don't think the lock is the issue - they need to disengage the opener mechanism to manually open the door, which you can't do if you're locked out
    – Jason
    Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 16:00

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