How To Break Into A Sliding Glass Door: Different Ways To Pry Open Or Break Into Sliding Glass Door

Different Ways To Pry Open Or Break Into A Sliding Glass Door

It is highly possible that the typical sliding glass door has a security issue as it is not secure. If in case you have locked yourself out of your home, then it is the best option for re-entry. The "lock" usually comes with a thin bracket on the frame, having an L-shaped hook on the door. One of the best things about the lock is that if you break it, it can be replaced easily. Totally dependent on your door's configuration, it is best to concentrate on the stationary panel rather than the slider.

Inside Or Outside

Sliding doors are constructed with two distinct styles, the slider on the exterior, or on the interior, of the fixed panel. The outside or exterior slider is vulnerable for prying while the inside or interior slider is difficult to pry open from the outside. For better security purposes, it is recommended to go for an inside slider.

Outside-Mounted Sliders

The bracket (striker on standard doors) or catch (on the frame) is simply a hole or brace. The L-shaped latch on the door attaches with the bracket, generally, rotating up from the base to lock the door. Put a screwdriver or pry bar betwixt the door frame and the door nearly 6 inches from the corner, diagonal from the latch, at the base, and pry upward. Inclining the door reduces the latch, let go it from the bracket.
If the L-shaped latch has a downward turn against the upward turn, then it will not release a similar way. More prying force is needed in order to bend or turn the latch or bracket far enough to release it. As a result, there will be a replacement of the latch and maybe the bracket, however, the door will be open. Move the door, if in case it's inflexible, in order to release the latch and bracket.

Inside-Mounted Sliders

Inside-mounted sliding doors need a different method. The corner section of the slider is at the interior of the home, so it is not possible to pry it. You need to pay full attention to the stationary panel in order to open the door. Investigate at the top as well as the base where the stationary panel finishes in the tracks at the top and base corners. Find out the screws, brackets, or bumpers that secure the panel, and get rid of them with the help of a screwdriver. Stationary panels usually slide in the track, exactly the same way as the slider. Take hold of the panel with both hands and slide it to obtain entry. If in case it won't move, it may need to be pried and lifted. Hold it firmly with both hands and lift up. The top of the panel should vanish into the top track, as the base lifts out of the base track. When the base of the panel clears the frame, turn the base of the door toward your feet, out of the track, and down to get rid of it. If it will not give any positive results, then the more lifting force is needed. Put a screwdriver betwixt the track and the base of the panel and pry up to lift the door out of the track.

Jam Session

Jammed doors are one of the biggest problems that can be solved by prying in some instances. Older, aluminum tracks deteriorate with the passage of time. When the door jumps off the damaged track, a screwdriver placed betwixt the track, and the base of the door can be used to raise the door back onto the track. Older aluminum tracks usually can not be replaced when they deteriorate as long as you replace the entire frame, however, a replacement cap can be fixed to prevent the door from jamming again.
If in case your door tracks are new, they gather dirt, hair, and debris around the rollers, or the rollers deteriorate. Solve the problem by turning two screws anticlockwise to lower the door. The screws are on the interior of the door, on both sides at the base. Detach the brackets at the top as needed, and then turn the door toward your feet and get rid of it from the track. Go through the togetherness of the rollers and replace or clean them as desired in order to get the door moving again.

Prevention Of Tampering

You can avoid tampering issues by putting a wooden stick betwixt the track and the top of the stationary panel, in order to stop the panel from being lifted. Another best way is to put a stick or broom handle in the base track on the inside. It is very productive but will not stop the door from being lifted to gain access. A mortise cylinder lock, similar to an ordinary door, will help to avoid lifting as well as prying. You will have to drill into the frame in order to install it.
Anti-theft locks are also the best options to prevent tampering. They simply get adjusted on the inside and are usually easier to install. They stop the door from moving with a deadbolt that moves up and down. If in case a thief is determined to get through the door, but, breaking the glass is always a possibility. Discourage thieves by installing anti-theft film on the glass. It slows down entry with sharp objects and is sometimes good enough to deter them.
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