Cross-posted in vancouver

We have these windows that I’ve seen a lot of here in Vancouver. On the first day we were moving things into my apartment, my mother locked the window on me, and I don’t have a key. It gets warm in this room (it’s our office) and we have no idea how we can get the window open since we have no key. If anyone has any idea how we can get this window open without breaking it, I would be thrilled to find out. If all else fails, I will call the landlord, but I have this weird feeling he’ll be pissed off about it, and I don’t want to deal with that.

Here’s a pic of the window latch

Thanks in advance for any help…


  • jenny

    January 25, 2005 at 12:19 pm

    I’d just ask the landlord, in an offhanded sort of way. It doesn’t seem to me like something he’d get especially put out to answer.

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      January 25, 2005 at 12:23 pm

      He’s a weird guy. I could give him a call, though. I don’t think he much likes Adam, so it’d have to be me.

  • drtrauma

    January 25, 2005 at 3:35 pm

    from the Chaotic Good half-elf Rogue…

    Picking Locks is amongst my many skills and those locks are nortoriously easy to pick…too bad I’m on the other side of the contintent.

    All you’d need to pick it though is a tiny screw driver and a stout paper clip. insert the screwdriver like a key where the flat side of the key would go and turn like a key. This will put tension on the tumblers. Take the paper clip and bend it straight, but make a 1/8th inch bend at one end. Insert that into the lock with the bend facing towards the tumblers and starting from the rear of the lock slide the tumblers up until you feel a click in the screwdriver. repeat this all the way to the front. I think there should be 4 tumblers in that lock. Once to the front you should feel the lock slip and you’ll be able to turn it with the screwdriver. It will probably take a couple of tries before you open it…sometimes you can just rake the tumblers with the clip and they’ll snap into place.

    I hope this helps.