Have you ever experienced this annoying moment? The key is locked in the lock. You use a little force and rattle back and forth, only to find out that you only have half of it in your hand. What should you do now? You can call a locksmith, but these are often very expensive and it is not always necessary. You can also use these tips and take out the broken key yourself, without the need to call a locksmith.
A locksmith is not necessarily our best friend. Of course they can solve the problem within a few minutes, but they also charge a lot of money. Especially at night, in the weekend or during holidays they can charge you up to a few hundred dollars. And of course you decided to break your key at the most inconvenient moments. Luckily we have a great tip that will save you a high bill.
Can you see a piece of the key protruding from the lock? Use a little oil or WD-40 to grease the lock. WD-40 is the best option because you can use the long, thin spout to spray as close to the key as possible. Carefully spray the oil into the lock, between the key and the cylinder. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the oil. Then use pliers to pull the broken key out of the lock. Is the key broken in the lock and you can’t reach it? Don’t despair, because you can still easily repair the lock with a few tools.
For example, you can use a strong magnet to pull out the rest of the key. Of course, not everyone has a strong magnet and the key may be too tight for this trick to work. You can also use tweezers or a straightened paper clip. If all this doesn’t work, consider applying a little glue to the other half of the key and then pushing it back into the lock, right on the pasted piece of key. Once the glue has dried, you can pull the key completely out of the lock. No success with these methods? Go to the next page to read about the ultimate method that is absolutely waterproof!