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    Default Opening a stuck door

    I have a dillemma, and I think I already have my only reasonable solution already. However, I thought one of you bright people may have some neat solution I'm not thinking of.

    I have a tenant who has abandoned his 10x20 unit. I cut the lock off, and now can NOT open the door. You can see about 5 feet up the door, it is bulging out a bit, so something has obvioulsy "tipped" and is blocking the door from being opened.
    My boss and I assume our only solution is to wait until the 10x10 unit behind it, empties, and then take out that back panel that separates the 2 units, and empty it that way.

    We are hoping there might be some other simple thing we are not thinking of.

    I was thinking about a car with a high bumper, pushing the door, and someone lifting the door at the handle, however that's when I noticed the bulge is at it's most "extreme" at about 5 feet up.

    I would appreciate any thoughts!

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    Default Re: Opening a stuck door

    Will it not move up at all? When this has happened to me, I've been able to get the door up enough to pull things out under the door causing whatever is up there to eventually fall down so I can get the door up the rest of the way.

    I could be a long wait for an adjacent unit to vacate, multiply the monthly lost revenue on the stuffed unit against the cost of repair you may or may not do to the door forcing it up.
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    Default Re: Opening a stuck door

    It will not BUDGE. We know this unit is CHOCK FULL, too.

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    Default Re: Opening a stuck door

    could you contact the tenant of the adjoining unit and deal with him on moving to another unit (possibly at a discount) so you can access this "jammed" unit in a more timely manner? If you have my luck he could be in for the long haul and you could be stuck with this unproductive unit for years!

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    Default Re: Opening a stuck door

    I've always been able to move or remove items that were blocking the operation of the door. Sometimes not easy and not always pretty, but I've had to unpack boxes the hard way and even cut up some furniture to get the door up, but they have always succumbed to my brute force methods.
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    Default Re: Opening a stuck door

    It all depends on how the jam has occurred inside ...

    For example,
    - stacked items inside have landed on bottom angle rail of door thus weighing down the door making it difficult to open. Push a small metal rod or tool under door to see if contact is made that would indicate this.
    - or items have bulged the locker door out so much that it's popped out or misaligned from side rails and is now metal to metal with door frame which would create a feeling that the door is extremely stuck. Inspect the side rails to see if this could be the case.
    - something else!?! - see if you can slip a small digital camera with video feature 'ON' duct taped to a flexible fishing rod or like item and see if you can survey the inside ... insert it over the top gap of the roll up door (assuming that is what you have) you may need a small maglite attached as well. Sounds crazy but it works.

    I like tackling stuck doors because there is always a way. If these fail then send a digital pic of the door with bulge but be sure its backed up a bit so the surrounding mounting and partition system can be seen.

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    Default Re: Opening a stuck door

    Speaking of Madman's ghetto inspection camera, I just saw a real one at Costco for about $150. Probably about a month's rent, huh.....? I'd love to have one just to have one.
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    Default Re: Opening a stuck door

    Quote Originally Posted by Storman View Post
    Speaking of Madman's ghetto inspection camera, I just saw a real one at Costco for about $150. Probably about a month's rent, huh.....? I'd love to have one just to have one.
    We've got one with a light in the end! They look cool and are great ice breakers at parties but I wish the range and focus was a bit better ...

 

 
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