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Old 02-05-2020, 04:06 PM
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Post Best Way To Open a Jammed Door?

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Hey everyone, I came across this site while looking for reviews of some tools and realized that a lot of you have firefighter and construction experience that would be able to assist me with what I'm looking for.

I live in a multi-story condo complex in an earthquake area and my unit just has a single door heavy door. My big concern is that after the last good jolt, my neighbors door got jammed stuck pretty good, and being up pretty high, that's rather disconcerting.

I was wondering what y'all might suggest to be the most inexpensive but effective way of popping a stuck door open, especially from the inside, and probably dead bolted. Extra concern will be probably having to pop the outside security gate (not fire door) as well, and possibly bedroom doors with a real good shaker.

I used the search tool on here and found references to a lot of different tools for bug out bags and considerations of weight and what not, but I just want something I can keep in the condo to get out. I don't care about painting it, or weight, or tactical this or that, or how it'd look carrying it from point A to point B which I saw on a lot of threads. I just want to open up my own door from the inside for as cheap as possible.

Would a simple crowbar and a mallet be all I need? And if so what length? I'm not the strongest guy, and bonus points if my small wife can do it too!

Stanley makes a bunch of things for "forcible entry" and demolition that look like it might be promising for this but I wouldn't know which is better than the other or which size. 18? 30? 15? and what kind of head and tail?

What about a mini-pro bar/halligan/truckmans tool?

Amazon has the Vaughan Rage for 22 bucks with really decent reviews

or should I pair one of the tools above with something like this?

or a traditional axe with a flat side to really bang a tool the into the door?

Don't get me wrong here -

I really don't want to go all ricky rescue or play Jack from the shining here. I just want to be able to get the door unstuck after an earthquake, but I've never tried opening a stuck door from the inside before!

Any help/insight is greatly appreciated! Especially if it's simply that the cheapo harbor freight hammer and bar will do the job just as well as anything else will, or if there's another tool/method that will work even better. I'm on the inside so I'm pretty much guessing swinging breachers are a no go due to physics, and too expensive anyways.

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