Overcoming the Nader bolt with a tennis ball


By Mark van der Feyst

When forcing open a passenger door on a vehicle, the toughest part of the operation is getting the door to separate from the Nader bolt. This latch can be a burden on the firefighter who is trying to open the door with a set of hydraulic tools.

One simple trick is to use a squash or tennis ball. Wedge the tennis ball underneath the door handle allowing the door handle to remain in the open position. Doing this releases the door's latch from the Nader bolt making the door easier to open with the tools.

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