Broken Key Inside the Lock: 3 Options for Extraction

Key stuck in a door handle

No one sticks and twists a key in the door, and then expects it to break in half. This may not happen often, but when it does, it is always when you least expect it. The good news is some household items and tools can help you remove the broken key. Whether or not you can extract the key on your own, however, depends on the tools you have and the type of lock you have.

Consider the Remaining Key (Sticking Out)

Sail City Locksmiths and other Auckland locksmiths note that the right method for extraction will also depend on how far the key is wedged into the lock. A spray lubricant (only on the key portion) can be helpful in sliding the key out easily. You can also use long nose pliers, getting a hold of the key and then pulling it out. This is method is particularly helpful is there is enough portion of the broken key sticking out.

Be Careful with Common Household Items

Some also use scissors to get the key out, but note that this is not the best method. If it is the only tool at hand, use a pair with smaller or thinner blades. Tweezers can also be an option, but you have to be careful in using it, as you may push the key further. This is especially true if you use thick tweezers. Others use super glue, but this can only work if the key is visible within the lock.

Don’t Push it Too Far

While it is possible to extract the key on your own, you need to be cautious with your efforts. Many people use the remaining key in conjunction with the broken portion in an attempt to open the door. This is not advisable, as you may run the risk of pushing the broken piece further, making it harder to remove the key. Keep in mind that some techniques may not work if the key is stuck deeply.

Calling a locksmith is always advisable if you can’t remove it alone or if you don’t have the right tools to do so. Locksmiths can effectively extract the key without causing further damage to your lock or door. Contacting professionals is also more advisable than buying certain tools (broken key extractor) and then finding out how to use it later. Besides, not all hardware stores have locksmith tools.


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