I’ve spent the past few days fixing up my London apartment.
The kitchen is getting its own little special, thanks to a small but important component: the automatic doors.
The door handles, the lock, the faucet and even the window were all bought from Ikea.
And they’re all in the wrong place.
My automatic doors worked fine for a while, but now, after I’ve been out and about for months, I can’t even unlock them.
When I try, the locks always lock, even when I’ve had the door closed.
The door itself is fine, but it’s been locked for weeks.
And my key, which I always kept in my bedroom, is also locked.
I’m told that the locks on my keypad will be replaced, but I can only hope that Ikea will offer me a better key for my new apartment.
It’s the third time I’ve needed to replace my doors in the last six months.
After years of waiting for my doors to unlock, I finally have the option to get my own key.
But I can also do this without the need for a key.
There’s no need for an extra keypad, no need to lug around a special tool.
IKEA says it’s a common occurrence, but what if it’s not?
I want to replace the doors, but that doesn’t mean I need a new key.
I just want them to work properly again.
So I bought an Ikea keypad and a spare key from a friend, hoping to find a solution.
Instead, I found a second, older keypad from Ikeas website, which was also on sale.
As I tried to open up my new keys, the door would only open for a few seconds.
The first time, the locking mechanisms were the same.
The second time, I was able to unlock them, but the locks wouldn’t lock.
In a similar situation, I’ve also had trouble getting the door to open and close on its own.
It was just as frustrating as before, but no longer.
Once I had the locks replaced, the doors were finally able to open.
And, thankfully, the lights and air conditioning worked again.
But how do you fix the doors without having to go out and buy a new door?
That’s where the Ikea kit comes in.
To replace the automatic door lights, you simply use the Ikeas handyman tool and drill a hole in the door frame.
Then, you can drill a larger hole through the frame, as shown below.
Using this drill, you’re able to replace most of the automatic lighting on the door handles.
There are a few minor issues that come up when using this drill.
The drill is not exactly the same as a screwdriver, so it doesn’t work as well on certain types of wood.
The screws can also be a little fiddly to use.
And I haven’t had a chance to use the drill on the locks, but if you do, you’ll probably want to check them.