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Locksmith charged us 500€

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Just now, LukeSkywalker said:

I think she means in case you lock yourself out.

Exactly! But it is also interesting to find out for yourself how easy or not it is to get inside your own place!

 

A little tip for the coathanger - bend it in line with the doorframe, and you have the perfect tool to open the door, if it has simply fallen shut!

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48 minutes ago, robinson100 said:

Exactly! But it is also interesting to find out for yourself how easy or not it is to get inside your own place!

 

A little tip for the coathanger - bend it in line with the doorframe, and you have the perfect tool to open the door, if it has simply fallen shut!

 

You must have easy doors.  My door has multiple lips on it for security.  A wire coat hanger would not fit in there.  That's an outside door.  A friend has an apartment so his door is indoor but still has a couple of lips.  I don't think we could have squeezed a coat hanger in there but we gave it a try with plastic from a cut up plastic bottle but weren't successful although we might have managed if we'd kept trying.

 

I once saw a guy go in an open window.  It was set to "kip" and he simply pushed it open and dove in. It didn't seem to give much resistance at all.

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2 hours ago, robinson100 said:

If the idea of leaving a spare key in the car, under the doormat, wherever, is not one for you then I suggest making a little investment in some tools to break into your own flat

 

He'd probably leave the tools in the flat or lose them.

 

I had to call Himself at work twice over the years to come let me in. The worst was when we were new in the house and I was seeing my then 10 yr. old son in the lift to say goodbye as he went to school. Door blew shut. I was in my bathrobe and had very little German. Had to knock at the neighbor's and ask to use their phone to call Himself. I don't remember ever being so embarrassed.

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On 10/11/2017, 7:03:24, PandaMunich said:

In the future, call Schlüsseldienst Berger:

I checked their website and what do you know? Located 2 minutes from my apartment. I stored the phone number on my phone just in case my other reliable locksmith doesn't pick up the phone.

 

I also liked following text:

"Transparente Preise

Wir distanzieren uns klar von den Maschen unseriöser Abzockbetriebe. Bei uns gibt es keine versteckten Kosten und Kleingedrucktes. Daher setzen wir auf Transparenz und günstige Festpreise um uns von den schwarzen Schafen unter den Notdiensten abzugrenzen."

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On 11.10.2017, 22:37:19, fraufruit said:

 

He'd probably leave the tools in the flat or lose them.

 

I had to call Himself at work twice over the years to come let me in. The worst was when we were new in the house and I was seeing my then 10 yr. old son in the lift to say goodbye as he went to school. Door blew shut. I was in my bathrobe and had very little German. Had to knock at the neighbor's and ask to use their phone to call Himself. I don't remember ever being so embarrassed.

 

What is there to be embarrassed about?...one more First world problem

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16 minutes ago, YoRambo said:

 

What is there to be embarrassed about?...one more First world problem

Embarrassement was to explain to the neighbour that knocking on his door with the bathrobe is not a sexual proposal :):):)

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2 hours ago, MikeMelga said:

Embarrassement was to explain to the neighbour that knocking on his door with the bathrobe is not a sexual proposal :):):)

 

Seems , you are watching too much porn ...

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The interesting thing that it looks like special German stuff - in other countries people usually understand that locking their own apartment is a bad idea so nobody has those "self-closing" doors. You always have normal door which is not being locked by itself and/or you have door knob on both sides of the door. If you want to close it - you closed it by yourself with the keys, nit accidentialy. I don't understand why in Germany they always have such stupid doors which can easily leave you outside with all the keys inside...

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indeed I prefer the doors you describe, @lega4

 

one thing I have noticed with my neighbors:  they all seem to have disengaged the spring that automatically pulls the door closed, so at least that kind of accident can be avoided.

 

I only locked myself out once...I always reach in my pocket and make sure I have my keys when I close the door...this time, I felt around in there, noticed they were missing, and pulled the door closed anyway :/ 

 

called my hausverwaltung and they gave me the number for a guy who charged 50 euros to jimmy it open. My neighbor paid over 125 once (sunday morning) as their kid had stuck a key in the slot on the inside of the door, and they didn't notice that when they left the house.  Door still closed and the automatic lock engaged, but they couldn't open again from the outside with the key.

 

that's not brilliant :(

 

I can't imagine paying 500.  That's completely nuts. 

 

ETA:  one funny question the locksmith asked me when I called him: "did you lock the door by turning the key too?"

 

erm...wha?  how could I?

 

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2 hours ago, lisa13 said:

ETA:  one funny question the locksmith asked me when I called him: "did you lock the door by turning the key too?"

 

erm...wha?  how could I?

 

That was his polite way of asking whether you had gotten thrown out of the flat by your partner/fled the flat in agitation to escape from him, without your keys, and your partner had then left the flat and had locked the door with his key on his way out.

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9 hours ago, lega4 said:

The interesting thing that it looks like special German stuff - in other countries people usually understand that locking their own apartment is a bad idea so nobody has those "self-closing" doors. You always have normal door which is not being locked by itself and/or you have door knob on both sides of the door. If you want to close it - you closed it by yourself with the keys, nit accidentialy. I don't understand why in Germany they always have such stupid doors which can easily leave you outside with all the keys inside...

 

I shut myself out in New York. They have those self closing doors there too. And I called someone to open it for me. Called the cheapest one who only charged 199USD...for removing the lock. Had to pause another 199USD for putting a new one in ???

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10 hours ago, PandaMunich said:

 

That was his polite way of asking whether you had gotten thrown out of the flat by your partner/fled the flat in agitation to escape from him, without your keys, and your partner had then left the flat and had locked the door with his key on his way out.

 

omg I hope not - if that's something locksmiths have to deal with on a regular basis, I can almost understand why they might charge so much ;)

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On 10/11/2017, 7:03:24, PandaMunich said:

In the future, call Schlüsseldienst Berger:

Used Schluessendienst Berger myself today, incredibly friendly service both when I rang and when they came out. All things considered, very fair price at 69 EUR. Would recommend!

 

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