Home Improvement--General/Repairing basement door



I can't get into my basement, because my interior basement door is swollen, and I can't open it.

How do I open my basement door?

Will I be able to open the door, if I saw through the slit, that's between the door and the door frame, with a handsaw?

Thank you.


I would first try using a block of wood to protect the door surface and a hammer to tap along the latch side edge of the door to push it in.

Second - try removing the hinge pins. If the door swings out they could be security hinges and this would not work.
With a second person on the inside to catch the door, use a block of wood to protect the door surface and a hammer to tap all around the edges.

Home Improvement--General

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Thomas Buford


Licensed Architect in Virginia since 1984.
New Homes, Additions, Alterations, Outbuildings, Failure Forensics;
Small Construction Projects; Remediation and Repair



Architectural design, planning, construction and repair.
Schematic Design
objectives statement
space planning
feasibility study
structural, mechanical, plumbing
and electrical system integration
Permit Drawings
Construction Drawings
Contract Documents
Construction Administration
construction management
pre-qualification of bidders
general and/or sub contracting
construction progress and
construction contract review and interpretation
pay request certification
Construction failure diagnostics
water intrusion
structural failures, ...

Due to life safety concerns regarding some aspects of construction I may not be able to help with all questions.
I do not answer structural specification questions without a site visit.

Arlington Journal

5 year Bachelor of Architecture from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI-SU)

©2017 About.com. All rights reserved.