Wondering what to do when your key gets broken in the lock?
Yes, you may be helpless, but the first step is not to panic, relax and take a deep breath. Then don’t try inserting the rest of the key believing it might still open the door. Doing this will push the broken part further inside the lock, and it will make it impossible to remove the keys except you call a professional from Top Atlanta Locksmith.
There are numerous methods of removing broken keys from the locks but how successful you can achieve this depends on the following factors:
Assuming you are in a hurry to get into your house or you do not have the necessary tools required for bringing out broken keys, why not call locksmiths from Top Atlanta Locksmith, and we will arrive at your location within minutes because we have an emergency department whose responsibility is to proffer solution to such situations.
Preparation for emergencies
You cannot succeed in such time limited DIY options if you’ve not prepared for it. Most people are helpless during emergencies because of their lackadaisical attitude towards preparation. To adequately prepare for a key lockout or broken emergencies, you need to have graphite spray or oil-based lubricants like WD-40 placed in an accessible position outside your house. Then you also need.
You also need to have key extractors tools or other materials like metal heir clip, paper clip or the swiss army knife. All these are sold at hardware stores close to you and they can be affordable.
Lubricate the locks
Lubricating the locks makes it a lot easier for the broken keys to be removed. Use the graphite spray or oil-based lubricants on the locks and wait for two to three minutes for the lock to get lubricated then apply the next step.
Use professional broken key extractor tools
Once the lock is lubricated, slide the extractor into the keyway and slightly twist it to grab the broken key. Then you can pull out the key by applying a little force. Don’t be discouraged if you couldn’t pull it out the first time, try several times and the broken key will be out.
Use safety or bobby pins
Using pins to bring out your broken keys is recommended because they are tin enough to slide into the keyway and bend to match the internal components of the locks. If you have such pins around (by adhering to our earlier suggestions), you should lubricate the locks and use the pins to bring out the key.
The superglue approach
The approach can be used to pull the broken keys out from the locks if the edge of the broken key is not deep inside the lock. Get bobby pin, paper clip or a piece of wire and super glue from a nearby hardware store. Apply the adhesive on the object and place it on the edge of the broken key, then allow the glue to set and pull it out of the lock.
We have provided simple methods that can be effective when you’re faced with a broken key emergency. However, you can call locksmiths from Top Atlanta Locksmith for professional help.