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How to Open a Door

Updated on September 9, 2013
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 5 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

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Recently, it has come to my attention that some folks have not mastered one of the most basic tasks we face in our society: opening a door. Yes, I know, I was pretty surprised to learn this was an issue, too. It turns out, people are pretty baffled about doors. As if doors are not bad enough, some even have locks. Well, that is just too much. The charitable part of me has decided to help everyone out with some important (snarky) tips on how to open a door.


Pull or Push?

So you go to an establishment and you encounter one of these pesky door situations. The time has come for you to open the door, or stand around and look silly until someone else goes in or out.

First of all, does the door have a knob? Does it have a handle? What about one of those bars you push down on? Wow, so many options, so little time. If you see a bar that says "push," well you are in luck. Most of the work is already done for you. Go right ahead and push that bad boy. You are opening that door with the best of them. If the door has a knob, try turning it. If it has a handle, see if you need to turn it or push a button. Yes, I know, this is the most complex of all the scenerios, but you can do it!

Once you've got a handle on that (get it... handle on that? Never mind.) you are on your way to opening the door. If you push in the door and it does not move, trying pulling the door instead. If you pull the door and have no success, instead try pushing. It is OK to make some mistakes at first. However, if you've been using the same door for years, you might not want to admit to anyone that you don't have the whole process down yet.

Automated Doors - What's Up With That?

Automated doors are just like something from the future, aren't they? It is just like being on an episode of Star Trek or something. I am just waiting for Scotty to beam me up. I mean, seriously, what's next?

Just remember, automated doors sometimes open slowly. I understand you might get super enthused and try to run through the door. This is not a good idea! Calm down and wait for the door to open. Furthermore, you might want to make sure you don't run into anyone else since you are excited about this technology. After all, what a great germ-free way to enter stores without touching doors.

Revolving Doors - Are They Designed By Satan?

As it turns out, revolving doors seem to be the most evil of all doors. Revolving doors are installed in many public locations. For some reason, many museums and office buildings enjoy torturing visitors with revolving doors.

The easiest way to handle a revolving door situation is to stand back and watch others first. See what type of pace everyone is going and then just join right on in there. Make sure not to jump in if someone else is already in there. That is super creepy and probably dangerous. Don't go too fast and don't go too slow; just keep it moving. Once you get inside the building, make sure to exit. It is a bad idea to remain inside the revolving doors and just walk in circles for a while. Don't be afraid - jump out when you get a chance.

Remember that using revolving doors is not a team experience. Step in and keep moving, but you don't need to go as a team. Basically, just one person should be between the doors at any given time, unless you are carrying a small child. In all honestly, revolving doors are fairly evil, so I am not sure why they still exist. But since they do still exist, it is best to teach your children not to fear them at a young age. Encourage the child to stay in your arms with you and once the child is a little older, the time has come to let him give it a go on his own. Just pretend it is a fun-filled adventure and your child will be happy to see revolving doors in the future.


Unlock the Door - Unlock Your Future!

What is waiting for you outside that door? Who knows? The adventures are just about to begin for you. But remember, you need to unlock the door before you leave your home. Also, you will want to lock the door behind you when leaving. You don't want anyone stealing your stuff, right? I know, I know, so much responsibility! Let's talk about locking and unlocking doors.

Many homes have one or two locks on the door. If you live in certain areas, you might have 6 locks on the door. Umm... you might want to just stay in. But for the rest of us, unlocking the door is an essential start to the journey. First, you are going to need your key with some locks. You might be lucky enough to have a deadbolt that just turns; if so, you can skip the rest of this paragraph. Next, insert the key in the lock. And then... turn! If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Some locks are annoying and you have to learn a trick to jiggling the lock. After a while, you will be an unlocking pro!

Once you've made it out the door, turn around! Make sure to now lock the door before you leave all your cool stuff behind. When you return, you will do this process all over again, but in reverse. If you are having a tough time with this process because the lock simply won't work, perhaps you need to mention it to your landlord or if you own the property, it might be time to replace the lock.

Car Doors - Are They ALL Childproof?

Car doors are probably the most evil doors on the planet. If it is your car, eventually you will learn all the tricks to your driver's side door. You might have the cool car door opener or you might need a key. You might even crawl through the window that is always rolled down. Hey, we don't all have the luxury of working car doors and windows!

If you are getting into someone else's car, make sure that person has already clicked to unlock the doors. You look totally ridiculous impatiently pulling the handle when the whole car is locked. So stop doing that! Once the doors are unlocked, you usually pull up on the handles. If you can't get in on a couple of tries, find out if the door has a child safety lock. There is no use in looking foolish if you could not possibly get the door to open no matter what.

The worst time to forget how doors work...

Please Note the Exit Doors

Now that we are almost through, it is time to discuss exit doors. In some stores, exiting is the same as entering. You just need to make sure you kindly open the door for anyone entering the establishment the same time you are leaving. That is simply polite.

If there are separate doors, please use the exit door to exit just like you used the enter door to enter. It might seem simple, but apparently this task presents quite a challenge for many folks. So just remember, with a little patience, you can open and close doors with the best of them! I am so proud (and surprised!) anyone has made it this far in this groundbreaking tutorial. Now, go out there and open some doors!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    You're welcome. :-) I am happy you enjoyed it and thanks for the comment!

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    Hazzabanana8 5 years ago from Southern Realms of England

    ''Open the door - unlock your future'' haha.

    Thank you for writing this.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Don't feel too bad. I honestly always push doors that say pull. Maybe I am the one that really needs my own advice. Thanks for checking out my hub!

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    Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Haha, Jeannie, while this one was so funny and I certainly enjoyed it, I confess to being one of those idiots that heads out the door of a store to find the door does not open. Someone joked in passing, " all you left-handed people are the same." Which made me laugh, as it was true that I am left handed but what does that have to do with opening a door I don't know...

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Perhaps a bottle of holy water is the right idea for revolving doors. They are just so hard to use! Good luck on using doors everywhere you go... and thanks for the comment!

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    Redberry Sky 5 years ago

    This is just all to complicated for me, I'll have to print this out and take it with me wherever I'm going. Revolving doors are Satan's doors, you say? Might take a bottle of Holy Water with me too, just to be on the safe side.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Movie Master - Thanks for the votes! I am happy you enjoyed it. You know me... always covering the really important issues. ;-)

    gail641 - Yes, it was pretty hilarious. Being able to open a door properly can be important in life. Even if one is experimenting in a life of crime. Thanks for the comment!

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    Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

    I just saw the video--really really good. That criminal sure couldn't get out that door. He didn't read the sign that said pull. He got caught, too.

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    At last - someone with important advice and tips on opening doors, thank you so much!

    Loved the video and voting up/funny - brilliant hub!

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    Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

    It should be helpful. Sometimes people do go in the out door instead of the in door. You sure do have to pay attention with doors.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    DzyMsLizzy - That is exactly what happens. You just stand there looking at your card and the door. :-)

    gail641 - I guess more doors have issues than I ever imagined. Maybe this hub was helpful after all.

    Vellur - Thanks for dropping by! Yes, some doors can be such a challenge.

    Thanks for the comments!

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    Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

    Enjoyed reading. Opening doors can become rocket science sometimes!! The most simple can become very difficult if you do not pay attention.

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    Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

    You do have to be careful of some doors. Doors can be tricky.

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Oh, my--the 'scan your ID' doors must act like the new-fangled 'keyless' hotel room doors where you swipe a card like a credit card. If you're timing is off,you could be standing in the hall for some time.

    (P.S. My aunt was a long-term renter--she only had to go upstairs to visit the landlady to get back into her unit.) ;-)

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    gail641 - I've found the doors to stairwells to be particularly difficult. You must open those slowly or you might just knock someone down the stairs! Thanks for the comment.

    Minnetonka Twin - Thanks so much! Recently, a number of people have brought up "door issues" and it seemed like a good topic. I love the stupid criminal clip, too. :-)

    Daughter of Maat - Exactly! These criminals now just don't bother doing their research! Thanks for the votes!

    DzyMsLizzy - Wow, your aunt was very brave. The criminals were right to just leave. After all, it is a challenge getting in a locked door. I do suppose some doors are just complicated anywhere you go, too. Thanks for the votes and thanks for the comment!

    scottcgruber - I am sorry, Scott! I feel your pain. I, too, have difficulty with revolving doors, but I am going to tackle this topic. I will add it to this hub sometime this weekend. Help is on the way!

    Millionaire Tips - Yes, I have certainly opened a can of worms now. Closing a door seems to be an equal challenge for some people. Also, you are right about cabinet doors and closet doors. I have a closet door that only I can figure out. It is OK most of the time, but I keep my washclothes in there and if I have a guest staying over that decides to "help themself," it does not work out well. People need to seriously not try to take showers if I am not around to help them with the door. Hehehe. Thank you for your comment!

    Mr. Happy - Thank you for mentioning the aspect of picking the lock. Although I won't go into that, I can see how some folks might need that info. Thanks for sharing!

    weestro - Oh, I've encountered the scan your ID doors, too. You have to time opening the door just right. You can't be too fast, but you can't let the green light go out either. Hehe. Thanks for the votes!

    bravewarrior - Honestly, I have been known to wait at the Walmart door until someone exits and then enter it. I am guilty! Hehehe... Who says I ever leave the bottle at all? It is nice and safe in there! Thanks for the comment!

    Blond Logic - Oh, that does sounds complicated. I did not even know that about Brazil. Doors must be very confusing then. Thanks for sharing this info!

    Thanks everyone, for reading and for the comments! A lot of people must enjoy reading about doors. :-)

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    billybuc - I am here to help, Bill. Glad you enjoyed it. Now, go open some doors!

    lambservant - You are 100% right... people need a lot of help with revolving doors. I am going to work on adding that this weekend. As far as dropping the money on the ground at the drive-thru, that is a tough one. I will need to put further consideration into that one. ;-) Thanks for the suggestions!

    ThoughtSandwiches (Thomas) - I am sorry to hear you don't venture out too much. Pesky doors! I also suspect it is safer to stay home rather than attempt to deliver newspapers again. :-) Thanks for reading my hub!

    spartucusjones - I know those pesky doors always ruin a good time. Happy to help!

    Austinstar - Actually, someone did tell me there is a secret button on garage doors... I've never had a garage, so that could be total BS though. Good luck!

    TToombs08 - That does sound like an interesting support group. So how do you guys know how to enter and exit the building. Sorry... that was insensitive. Good luck on your mission!

    Victoria Lynn - I am happy to hear you have a handle on the situation now. :-) Thanks for the vote!

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    Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

    Hi Jeannieinabottle,

    Top tips as always.

    Here in Brazil it is really confusing because 'puxe' pronounced 'push' means pull! I have been stuck in a revolving door at a bank here. With the security guard trying to explain through a series of charades how to rectify this problem. I thought that perhaps because I am below the equator that the doors revolved the opposite way, like water down the plughole.

    Fun hub.

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    Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

    What a hoot! What kills me is the specifically marked "in" and "out" automatic doors that, upon exiting and walking by the "in" door, no matter how hard you try not to trip it, it opens! Remember, if you have time to kill, you can always wait for someone to trip the "in" door. If you're quick, you can gingerly escape the confines of your retail trap!

    Hilarious, Jeannieinabottle. BTW, since we're on the subject of entering and exiting, just how do you get in and out of that bottle?????

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    Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

    Needed this hub, we have automatic doors at work. Some you scan your badge to open while others you press a button on the side. I can never keep track! Voted up and awesome!

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    Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    What if the door is locked? Well, then You can always pick the lock and here is how (of course one should be careful/aware of who/what is past the door they are unlocking):

    Since we're talking about opening doors! : )


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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    The first issue people have with using keys is not knowing which way to turn it. And having to deal with two doors - a screen door as well as the regular door. My screen door regularly gives people difficulty. It's got a unique thing to push. I usually open it for them, but the impatient ones learn the hard way to let me do it for them.

    I was thinking that you would have a hub on how to close doors - so many people have issues with closing the cabinet and closet doors and pushing drawers in all the way.

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    scottcgruber 5 years ago from USA

    Ok I just got to an entrance that has one of those revolving doors. What do I do? WHAT DO I DO?! This Hub doesn't address this situation!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    LOL--indeed. Locking/unlocking your own door when leaving/returning--reminded me of one of my great aunts who was accosted (probably over 40 years ago) on her front porch by a couple of young thugs just as she was returning home. Thinking quickly, she tossed her keys and purse inside, and then slammed the door, and turned to face the punks with her arms crossed, and stared them down. They took off--she ended up in the newspaper--I still have the clipping in the family archives.

    But back to your topic! There are some confusing door handles out there in the cruel world:

    Bars across the door, with a bowed-out end, very handy for pulling, except that they need pushing, instead. Or flat plates that look like they should be pushed, when in fact they need to be pulled!

    The door-handle people really need to study ergonomics and get their acts together. I'm sure this tutorial will be most useful.

    The bank robber cracked me up. No one ever said thieves were the most intelligent people...

    Voted up, funny, interesting and shared.

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    Melissa Flagg OSC 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

    omg, really? if you're going to rob a bank at least learn how the door works!

    Great hub! Voted up, funny, awesome, interesting and shared!

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    Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Jeannie-only you can do a hub about door knobs and make it interesting, funny and great. I love the video about the criminal that doesn't know how to go out the door. Ha Ha to him.

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    Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

    Some doors are tricky to open, and sometimes there might be someone on the other side of the door (like in a public restroom), so you have to be careful to open the door slowly, like when your at work. Very interesting and so true.

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    Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    I think I've got a "handle" on it now! You have some great "how to" hubs. You're so right about the push or pull dilemma. Love this hub! Funny! Many votes!

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    Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Jeanie, as a sufferer of doordummy-itis, I praise you for taking the time to explain to my fellow inflicted how to open a door. I spoke to the leader of our local doordummy support group, Mr. Pullhere, and they would like to extend an invitation to have you come to one of our meetings and present this information. If you are interested, please contact our group secretary, Mrs. Pushduh.

    As a side note, you might also like to know that the group that meets after us are the turdflushingmorons.


    D. Jam :)

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    Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    I've tried pushing, pulling, looking for the handle, and the keys and I still can't get that darn garage door open! Any advice?

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    CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

    Extremely helpful hub which as solved my dilemma of how to deal with those pesky doors.

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    Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Jeannie, perhaps you can educate us on how to open a car door at a drive-up window when you've accidentally dropped you money on the ground as you try to pass it to the cashier.

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    ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada


    Alas, this is why I stay in. When I do venture out, however, and I'm approaching a door that I don't know...I will never fully commit to a push or pull movement that is obvious to others...more a wrist action over a full bicep as it were. (people can use that move if they want...i don't mind...)

    Car door/windows are the worst...screaming your fast-food order out the back passenger window? Please...I digress.

    Anywho, as always, awesome job my Maryland friend!


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    Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Jeannie, I always get excited when I see that you've published a new hub because I know I will get a good laugh. You might want to add a section on revolving doors. Of course they are not always so simple, but it would make for a few good laughs. Thanks again for making me laugh. I am going to FB this link.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I have no idea how I made it through life this long without this helpful tutorial on doors. Thank you so much; you may have just saved me from serious bodily harm. I will forever be in your debt!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you! I did not realize this was a major issue in our society, but it turns out, it is a subject that needed attention. :-)

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    Starmom41 5 years ago

    haha this is cool!!!