Having your key break in the lock can be a major pain, especially if you are on your way out and need to stick to a schedule. Thankfully you don’t have to be a locksmith or even a great handyman to fix the problem yourself. One option that you can try is to put superglue on the end that you have access to and to gently put it into the keyhole and let it dry to connect to the other side. The thing you have to be extra careful about with this option is not to let the glue drip or get anywhere between the key and the lock because then you will have an even worse problem than before. Try using a gel superglue instead of a liquid to help with this. Make sure that you are super careful either way.
Once you are ready with half of the key with the glue on in only the right places you can put it in and hold it there for a little bit to let it attach to the other side. Then you can try to slowly pull the key out. Do not turn it unless you absolutely have to. If you do have to turn do it slowly and trying not to put pressure at the point of the break if at all possible. If you are able to successfully get the key out make sure to never put it back in again because the previous break will always be a weak point and you risk the same thing happening again. Instead, use another copy of the key and if you don’t have one, get one made at a local hardware or department store. A glued key should never be used if you can help it.
So there you have it- you don’t have to be a locksmith or handyman to give it a shot with a broken key in a lock and you can potentially save yourself a lot of time and money going this route. Sometimes, however, things just don’t work out and you will need to call a professional. In these cases, try to do your homework and go with a reputed locksmith in your area with good reviews and a strong track record. There are unfortunately a lot of scammers out there, so having someone in mind prior to any event and having done your homework on them is the best bet.
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