Our keys experience excessive use on a daily basis. Because of that keys are prone to wear and tear. No matter how much you clean and lubricate it, these effects are unavoidable in the long run. Because of this effect, keys get worn out and may break into the lock cylinder. This may sound like a minor inconvenience, however, if you are not able to open the door, you may find yourself in a lockout. If it ever happens to you, there are some things you can do to extract broken pieces from the lock.
Using Penetrating Oil
This method is especially effective if the key broke in the middle and the parts you’re holding include some of the key cuts. Spraying penetrating oil into the keyhole will loosen up the works. The lock is probably still aligned to allow the key in and out. So you can grab the key that’s hanging outside and remove it from the keyhole.
This may seem like a simple method, however, there are some things you need to consider before using tweezers for the broken key extraction. You need to ensure that the tweezers aren’t too big for the lock, because if that’s the case you’ll end up pushing the key further in. Ideally, tweezers need to be thin enough to fit into the keyhole, open and go around the key.
Taking The Lock Apart
Another effective way of removing a broken key from the keyhole is taking the lock apart. This way you’ll be able to expose the backside of the lock cylinder and poke the broken key pieces out. If you decide to use this method, you should be confident about your skills, because in another way you may damage something and not be able to put your lock back together.
Calling A Locksmith
As we mentioned above, these methods are effective, but there’s always a chance that you’ll damage your lock while trying to extract the broken pieces. To avoid this, we recommend you to call a professional locksmith. If you’re in the Orlando area, contact Sasi Pro Services for a 24/7 mobile key extraction service. We guarantee fast response and durable results.
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