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How to open a door with no handle

Put something in the square hole that catches (need not be a perfectly fitting square, but round won't work) and turn the latch mechanism.
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Four outlet / Four USB charging station stuck in outlet

Per the suggestion by @AloysiusDefenestrate in the comments, I shut off the power. Then I pushed a large flat-head screwdriver horizontally across in the gap above the plastic pin. In order for ...
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How do I release a bit from a jammed keyless drill chuck?

I recently had the same issue and tried numerous solutions with no luck. In the end I purchased a strap wrench: This kind of wrench grips the object via a strap or a chain: You basically put the ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Put a slotted screwdriver into the square hole snugly, corner to corner, and turn either clockwise or counter clockwise.
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How to open a door with no handle

Note the OP didn't say the handle is missing, merely detached. You can open the door with the handle, even without re-attaching it, simply by putting the central spindle back in the square hole. It ...
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How do I release a bit from a jammed keyless drill chuck?

I've had this happen when hammer drilling as well and I put the drill in reverse and stuck the drill back in one of the holes. This was able to loosen the hammered death grip the chuck had and I ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Insert closed scissors, diagonally, inside the hole. Open the scissors as much as possible, to get a perfect fit. Turn.
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How do I release a bit from a jammed keyless drill chuck?

Try the following "low-intensity" method: Apply WD-40 (or other similar "penetrating" material?) generously to the maw of the chuck. With a small hammer, gently tap different ...
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What is the best way to permanently bond a driver tip to a stuck screw head?

The torque required to turn the screw will be too great for any of the locally purchased epoxies. Take a rotary tool, like a Dremel, with a cutoff wheel or a hacksaw and deepen, widen the slot on that ...
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Cannot remove door knob -- totally inaccessible!

You should be able to trip the latch, if you can see what you say you see - there should be something coming from the latch side which can be pulled or manipulated (often rotated, as that's what the ...
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Screws stuck inside of Anchors, with shelving unit in between.

The type of plastic drywall anchor that you show on those screws can be removed by holding the anchor with a pair of pliers and then back out the screw with a philips screwdriver. After the plastic ...
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How do I release a bit from a jammed keyless drill chuck?

This might sound like a ridiculous "one simple trick..." but ... The solution here is a strap wrench. if you don't have a strap wrench, what do you do? Put on a latex glove. Note - or any ...
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How to open a door with no handle

I would be using a flat-blade screwdriver across the diagonal. Done that often and even with "stiff" locks it works.
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Getting stuck nut from engine shaft

You have not applied enough force in the correct direction. So, good fitting socket and a knuckle bar 18" is usually more than enough (that's the one I have and it either comes undone or breaks......
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How can I fix my garage door to stop it from rubbing with the frame?

For me the easiest solution would be to remove the 7 foot long framing laths (Profiles) on both sides. They are just nailed in, so easy to remove. Now sand off some in the area that you marked. Nail ...
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How can I fix my garage door to stop it from rubbing with the frame?

loosen the bolts on the vertical part of the track and adjust it away from the wood.
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A plastic tube in my dishwasher which I believe is used to send water to the top rack, flung out during a cycle, melted, now the bottom rack is stuck

In the absence of a photo, it sounds like you're going to have to unload the rack in place (not hard if you take the top one right out) to gain access, then use a hacksaw (or hacksaw blade in a handle/...
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How do I release a bit from a jammed keyless drill chuck?

Had the exact same problem with a similar drill. Could not get anywhere, until I realized that front grip has a tightening mechanism. So I removed the grip from the normal use position, and used the ...
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How can I fix my garage door to stop it from rubbing with the frame?

Mark the door frame where it touches/rubs against the door. With the door open sand or use a wood plane to remove the rubbing sections. Close the the door and check. Repeat as needed. Probably only ...
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Latch bolt stuck inside door jamb

This isn't a recent post but I thought my experience might help someone. I had a similar situation where the knobs were off but the latch wouldn't release. It seems the transmission plate came ...
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Cannot remove door knob -- totally inaccessible!

I see bits in there that you should be able to catch with a screwdriver and slide to the right. Next time, use a passage lockset intended for closets (which has no locking feature at all) or a ...
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How to unlock a jammed cam lock

Basically apply more force. They may break, depending how jammed they are - they are cheap zinc castings most of the time. The screws they connect to are usually steel so they are likely to survive, ...
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Stuck/Spinning Bolt Screw

I have had success using a jemmy bar (or crow bar) to "load" the bolt while turning it with a spanner or socket, this gives much more pull than just pulling with pliers.
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Stuck padlock without key - its attachements to the door seem stuck, how could I remove it?

A set of bolt-cutters of an appropriate size should be able to cut that shackle without too much trouble. It appears to be a relatively cheap lock. Alternatively you could also easily cut either or ...
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Stuck padlock without key - its attachements to the door seem stuck, how could I remove it?

You could pry open the loop of the screw-eye using vise-grips. The screw-eye above the door handle looks the easiest and most accessible. Just make a strong grip near the cut end, then twist the vise-...
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How can I remove or cover a screw stuck in my drywall?

Turn the adjusting knob on the locking pliers so that it takes both hands to clamp them shut on the screw head and squashes some small flats into the screw head when shut. Hold your locking pliers ...
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What’s preventing my drill from going though my wall?

A likely possibility you have to be aware of before you up the drilling stakes - you are hitting a steel protective plate that is specifically intended to warn you off of drilling a hole right there, ...
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What is the best way to permanently bond a driver tip to a stuck screw head?

These valves have not been operated for decades, and while I was able to get the cold water valve working with my impact driver, the hot water side did not budge by a single degree. Emphasis mine. Go ...
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Item blocking drawer opening can’t be moved

Some suggestions If there is a drawer above it, then remove that and try. Maybe the block can be tipped over. Or turn/rotate it quarter turn then try to tip it over. If there are drawers below it, ...
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Rusted metal pole in sleeve

Eighteen inches of the post penetrating into the sleeve with rust most likely to be along most of the internal overlap will be next to impossible to get apart. One of the most helpful techniques for ...
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