A couple of weeks back Steph tried to open the door leading into the garage and the knob wouldn't pull the latch in all the way meaning we were effectively locked out of the garage. She managed to pull the latch in and open the door with a super thin screw-driver (which we kept in the house - not in the garage obviously!)
We messed with the door hardware a bit and it seemed to work until it did the same thing a few days later. Steph managed to open it again and off we went...until it did it again.
The third time was the charm and we couldn't pull the latch in. Fortunately, the garage door was open so we had access to our tools. We pulled the knob off but couldn't pull out the core. After trying Steph's old tricks we were left with only 1 option. Brute force. Some of the results of that are below...after about 20 minutes we got it out!
One of the stars of breaking the lock was an old hacksaw blade from the famous "Mr. Spain" collection. It was brand new despite being probably 40 years old. I opened it and between the hacksaw blade, a dremel and a strong pair of wire-cutters we got in! Mr. Spain and Dad would have both been proud!