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May 2006

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Lessons - May 30

Late last night I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the doorknob/lock mechanism of my bathroom. That was the second lesson. First came the lesson about being careful to check that the door doesn't get locked when using the inside doorknob of my bathroom door as a place to let a scrubbing cloth dry.

I hadn't realized that my hand had even touched the lock mechanism when I hung the cloth to dry. And I had closed the door behind myself, without checking the outside knob.

Then a few minutes later I needed to go back into the bathroom, only to find the door locked.

I didn't particularly want to call in the emergency maintenance people, since it would require several phone calls and mean a lot of time. So I tried a couple of things as skeleton keys, then determined that the only way I was going to get into the part of the lock that would actually unlock was to remove the doorknob.

And that's precisely what I did. Mercifully, I knew quite well where the screwdrivers were. Turns out I needed two: one philips to get the screws out, then a flat one to unlock the lock.

A few minutes later, and I was able to get into the bathroom.

Hmm. Maybe I should look into locksmith training.

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