How To Remove a Broken Key Inside a Lock

Have you ever experienced the frustration of trying to unlock a door only to find your key stuck inside? It’s an all-too-common home maintenance issue and one that can be tricky to fix. But with a little bit of time and patience, there may be no need for you to call a locksmith anymore. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1

Squirt spray lubricant into the lock to help grease the key. This will make the key easier to remove.

Step 2

Stick the tips of a pair of needle nose pliers into the keyway and attempt to grasp the key. Pull slowly, wiggling the key slightly when you feel resistance. If the key will not budge, continue to the next step.

Step 3

Slide in a small jigsaw blade or other narrow metal object that is capable of latching onto the cuts of the key. Pull the blade down and toward you. When you feel the blade snag the key, pull it out slowly. If the key won’t budge, turn the blade in the lock to move the tumblers, then try again to draw out the blade and key piece. Source: eHow

Additional Tips

If you don’t have access to the tools you need because they’re inside and you’re locked outside, look at where the key snapped. If only half the key is stuck in the lock and the rest is in your hand, no one will be able to pick the lock while you’re out finding tools. If all the key cuts are still in the lock, anyone can turn it with a screwdriver, so have someone you trust stand guard while you get the things you need — or find something narrow and flat and use it to turn the lock yourself, so you can get inside and access your tools. Source: HomeGuides.SFGate

Of course, if you’re still stuck after trying all of these fixes, rest assured you have given it your best shot—this job is truly one for the professionals. You’ll need to call a locksmith to either retrieve the key or replace the lock altogether. Then, going forward, save yourself the sticky situation! Aim to keep a spare handy to switch into your keychain if your primary one begins to bend with wear—a warped key is more likely to stick down the road than a straight key. Also, give your locks a quick squirt of lubricant every few months to dissolve any gunk and keep the locking mechanisms moving freely. With this minimal effort, you may never have to wrestle with a stuck key again. Source: BobVila

If you don’t have the skills or tools to do this job, don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll get your lock fixed in no time!



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Published Date: January 26, 2023