If this has ever happened to you, then you already know all of the telltale signs. First, the key will refuse to turn so then we apply a little bit more elbow grease. Next thing you know, that signature ‘click’ noise happens and we are left holding a piece of broken key.
Lock services can be expensive! So how do we remove the key from the lock once it has broken inside of it? Let’s take a closer look at the best ways to remove a broken key from your lock in as timely of a fashion as possible.
- Broken Key Extractor Tool
This is a tool that is available to the average citizen but if you do not have one of your own, you can contact an experienced locksmith who will be more than happy to provide their services in a timely manner. Some locksmiths may craft their own tools and have an alternative item that they use but in most cases? A broken key extractor tool is going to be their weapon of choice. Ask a professional for advice should you decide to purchase one of your own.
- Super Glue
Here is a method that might seem somewhat counterintuitive to some but it can work if the proper tools are used. By applying a bit of super glue to the end of a match or a toothpick, you can potentially grab onto the key and pull it free from the lock. This is a method that is not going to work if the key is not visible so be sure to bear that in mind first.
When it comes to removing a broken key from a lock, tweezers are one of the most commonly used tools by homeowners who wish to address the issue in an expeditious manner.
Before using a set of tweezers to remove a broken key from a lock, there are two factors that must be considered: the thickness of the tweezers and how far the key is lodged within the lock itself. If the tweezers cannot open widely enough to reach the broken key with relative ease, do not risk attempting it.
- Removal of the Cylinder
If you have the ability to remove the cylinder from the door, this will allow you to tap on the side and potentially dislodge the broken key. The keyway must be pointed in the general direction of the ground in order for this to work. A hammer is the best tool to use for tapping on the side of the cylinder and it is important not to tap too hard.
Otherwise, you risk destroying the cylinder as well. Don’t strike the back of the lock with the hammer. For the best possible results, strike the cylinder on the side of the keyway or find a solid surface to slam it against.