So I finally felt up to swaping the lock on the front door out for a deadbolt.

Things started badly when I found the last handles were attached with massive holes, but I thought ‘oh, some wood filler and it’ll be a 15 minute job…’

While filling the hole I noticed some metal shards, but just ignored them as an oddity.

An hour later it was all dry and set to chisel, which is when I discovered what the metal shards were… our door is actually reinforced with steel plates!

So there I was with a door with no way forward and no way back…

A 15 minute job quickly turned into 3 hours of swearing.