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Question DetailsAsked on 5/27/2017

The handle on my bifold door has fallen can i open door?

It's a small bifold door that's in the wall. The door opens to he furnace/air conditioning unit. Knob is missing.and door will not move.

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From roughly easiest to more difficult:

0) open the other side (if the normal two bifold doors side by side) and reach inside and push out (watching out for finger pinches) at the fold gap where the handle was

1) Generally, you can get a finger underneath, at the "fold" where the handle is, and pull out enough to get the door to kick out - just don't get your finger right at the hinge gap where it can get pinched. Or if finger will not go under, use any tool or piece of metal with a bend that can be slid in horizontal and then tilted up behind the door to pull on it

2) hook any sort of curved tool or a coathanger handle around the bifold gap point at the top of the door above the pull point and pull it out

3) hook a curved tool like coat hanger handle, handle of a pair of pliers, etc through the louver at the fold pull point and pull

4) assuming the screws for the handle pulled out or fell out, just screw a larger screw into the hole firmly and pull on it - by hand or with pliers

5) most bifold doors have spring-loaded pins in the gliders in the track at the top, and a fixed pin at the bottom corners which fit into a ratchet type bracket on the floor to allow adjustment - note with a pencil mark which slot the pivot pin is in (so you can put if back the same place) then lift up on the door at the bottom until that pin clears the floor bracket, and tilt out at the bottom till the top pins drop free of the track

6) fold a piece of duct tape over the top of a louver near the center of the door - right next to where the handle was, pressing it tight over the top and back side, then use it as a handle to pull it open./ Be sure to remove immediately so it doesnot lift the finish or leave a mark. (Uses for duct tape #8284.)

7) with kid or dog watching closely, drop a treat through the louver - they will find a way to get it open to retrieve the treat

8) slip spouse or boy/girl friend's cellphone underneath and say, "oh honey, I accidently nudged your phone under the door - oh, and by the way, while you are getting it can you put the handle back on ?"

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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