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.

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