Broken Key Extraction
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Have you ever experienced that gut-wrenching feeling when you stick your key in your door, give it a twist, and SNAP, it breaks in half? Unfortunately, this happens from time to time and often when you least expect it, but you shouldn’t panic. There are 9 easy ways to do a broken key extraction from the lock using various tools and common household items without ever having to call a locksmith. However, Nashville Locksmiths is always available to help you with any problems you may have with your locks or keys.
The method that will work best for you depends on the type of lock you’re dealing with, how far into the lock your key wedged, what you have on hand. And how much time you have to devote to your key-extracting endeavor.
One thing that will simplify your job significantly, regardless of which approach you decide to take, is spray lubricant (like WD-40). Whatever brand you might already have should do the trick, though graphite or some other form of dry lubricant will be less likely to gum up the lock. Just apply it directly around the portion of the key that is stuck in the lock to help it slide out more easily.
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Winter time is the season when the most number of keys break off in frozen locks, requiring broken key extraction. Thus, the little handle comes off in your hand, leaving the key’s blade deeply embedded in the lock mechanism, disabled. hence, Nashville Locksmiths make spare keys, but in this situation your spare keys (which if you do not have, be sure to get them as part of the repair). Will do no good because the keyhole is blocked by the broken off key. So, you need them to get things back to normal with your completely disabled lock.
The need for a broken key extraction can result from many normal, usual, every day. And unfortunately all too common, unremarkable events. It happens to millions of people every year across the world and is nothing to be ashamed of. Also, our licensed, bonded and insured mobile locksmiths have helped a great many people with a broken key in a lock. Here are the most common causes.
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There was slight moisture in the lock in sub-freezing weather. You are able to get the key in but when you try to yank it out, the blade is frozen in solid ice so it doesn’t give, and the key breaks.
Your growing teenager pushed past you in a crowded parking lot causing your hip to break the key off. So, you slipped while unlocking your car and broke the key off. A freak muscle spasm causes you to lunge to the left while unlocking your door. And the key breaks off in the lock.
Whatever the cause, we can be at your location quickly and can deal with all different makes and models, both foreign and domestic. Therefore, we are the area’s top automotive residential and commercial locksmiths. Also, we can help you with our fair and up front pricing, our expert technicians. Our celebrated fast and friendly 24/7 locksmith service, and our very fast response time. Besides, every one of our locksmiths are licensed and bonded. If you need them to, our technically Nashville locksmiths can rekey the lock or change the lock while they are there. It is your call as to whether it should rekey.
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A broken key extractor tool is the professional solution to this problem. If the locksmith you call does not make their own tools (and chances are they do not), then this will be the tool they use. To use this tool place it inside the keyway along the bitting of the key. To clarify further, you will be trying to hook the teeth on the key with the hook(s) on the extractor. Once placed along the biting, turn and pull, and this should grab and remove the key.
Of course, this may take several attempts. If you are looking to purchase a broken key extractor I would warn you that much like purchasing lock picks, these tools come in sets that include unnecessary variations. I see some people use a single hooked key extractor, and others use a double hooked key extractor (myself included). Other than that, the other profiles are extraneous. So if you can, save some money and get one or two of these.
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