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You put your key in the door and suddenly you hear a stomach curdling snap! The key is broken and you have to do something about it. Before you do anything read my suggestions in full. Hopefully one of them will be your solution for dealing with a broken key inside the lock. 



Your first step is to identify how deep is the broken key and also what tools you have available. 


DO NOT use your key again. Many people think, that even broken in half the key can still be useful in opening the door. That is simply not the case. Leave it aside or put it in your pocket and see what you can with the lock.




This is a stressful situation and it might be difficult to take an inventory of what you have available. Nevertheless here are some examples of useful metal things that you can use to remove the broken key.  

Metal hair clip

Paper clip Safety pin

Button pin

First aid kit

Swiss army knife


Needle nose pliers

You would also require some form of lubricant, preferably the dry version of it, as the WD40 might clog the lock. 


Tweezers are a good option if needle nose pliers are too chunky for the job. Even if tweezers don’t have the same pulling power as pliers they might be your option. They can provide just the right amount of precision so you can remove the broken key.

Pay special attention and avoid pushing the key further into the lock.

When using tweezers is important to use dry lubricant so the half key won’t slip easily. 


2.Tapping the cylinder 

For this method to work you need to be able to point out the cylinder towards the ground.  

This method will work for you especially if your key is broken inside a padlock as you will be able to point it toward the ground. Once you have positioned it tap it with a hammer.

If you could strike a solid surface by slamming the cylinder, this would be ideal. I would recommend striking the keyway side of the lock over striking the back of the lock, but if this is going to work it should work either way.

The trick to this method is to keep the lock still, so that gravity can pull the broken key loose. 





Using the superglue method to remove broken key is a method I see fail quite often. It’s an option for you if you don’t have any other equipment. 

The idea is to glue the key to something like a match, so it can be pulled free.

First off, if your key is pushed back far into the keyway and there is no metal visible, do not try this. The superglue trick works best when the broken key is accessible.

Take a small wire or a match and place some super glue on the end of it.

Before getting this near the keyway, remove any excess glue or add glue if there is not enough.

Too much glue may harm the lock. Not enough will keep the glue from sticking. Hold that match/wire against the edge of the broken key. When you are applying pressure be sure that you are not pushing the broken key further into the lock. Wait the recommended time for the substances to bind and then pull your match away from the lock as if it were the bow of the key.


There is also a professional solution to the problem. You can use a broken key extractor toolset.

Although this is a tool, that most people are very unlikely to keep handy it is definitely the easiest option. You can call me to help you with your broken key extraction or any other locksmith services. Click here to message me on Messenger or call or text on 07866 522422.


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Life is unpredictable and sometimes your key is breaks inside the lock. What should you do? Most importantly WHAT SHOULD YOU NOT DO? There is no simple answer. It depends on where you are, what tools you have available (if any), how deeply is the broken key inserted,  and how much time you have in your hands.

Nevertheless, I hope you find some useful tips here and manage to get your key out of the lock without calling a locksmith in Belfast. 

One of the most important things that you should avoid is to insert the key again. This can push the other half of the key further and create further delays. Some people are under the illusion that if you place the other half of the broken key back inside you might still open the door. 

You should put the broken part of your key in your pocket and give it your locksmith. Sometimes the other half might stick out and in this case, I hope you have a spare key, too.

Before you start trying to get the broken key out of the lock you have to do a bit of preparation. This is optional and it will make your job easier. 

Begin with applying some kind of lubricant on the lock. You can use the most common one WD-40 but for better results, you can use a dry graphite lubricant. You will need a towel to wipe the access lubricant. Once you have done that you can try to get the half key out with needle-nose pliers.

Don’t put too much pressure on the lock just in case you accidentally further damage it. If enough of the key is accessible you can simply pull it out. Here are some examples of what you can use to do that apart from the needle nose pliers-hair pin, metal paper pin, safety pin, swiss army knife. 

What else can you use to extract the broken key? 

broken key extractor

1. Broken Key Extractor-This is a professional tool, that your locksmith will have. To use this tool you 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. 

2. Jigsaw blade-If you don’t want to buy a specialty broken key extractor, you can make one yourself out of a small jigsaw blade. (This will also work with mini hacksaw blades.)

What you want is a thin piece of metal that will be able to fit in your keyway along with your broken key, so the smaller the better. If needed, break the blade with some needle nose pliers so that you can insert the serrated edge into the lock. If the serrations on your blade are on an angle, place the blade in the keyway so that the serrations are pointing back toward you. This will allow the blade to go in easier, and hook the key easier. 

Keys are subject to frequent use and the normal wear and tear happen, no matter how great the quality of the materials is. If you can’t get the broken key out of the lock by yourself, we are here to help you. Call us and we can fix your broken keys. 



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Lock problems that you should never ignore.

There are times that your door or window requires attention which you must not ignore. Some of these problems can be fixed with a lock repair Belfast while some if left unattended can deteriorate into something more serious. So, how do you keep your door lock in the best condition to withstand any security threat? Find out some of those problems and how to deal with them.

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Loose door knobs, handles, and locks.

A door lock has a lot of moving parts as well as several components holding the lock together. Every one of these components is vital for the smooth-working of the lock, and if one of them develops a fault, the entire lock will not function the way it is supposed to. Door locks get loose with time after a long period of us, especially exterior doors that are used the most on a daily basis. When talking about door lock problems, most people do not consider loose door locks as something to take seriously. But until they experience a house or office lockout where they are unable to unlock their door, then they will take it more seriously.

Most home break-ins are done forcibly, and loose locks make the job of a burglar easier. Door locks are easily noticeable, as you surely will notice that there is something wrong with your door lock while using it. It could be that a screw is loose or a component is missing. If you leave it unchecked, breaking open, the door will be easy, and it can as well make it difficult for you to gain access through the door.


How to fix this?

Sometimes, the solution to problems like this is usually Do-it-Yourself, and all you need is a screwdriver to tighten the right screws. In some cases, the connecting screws may be broken, and you will need to remove the lock and open it. If you do not want to bother with all the complexity, contact a locksmith that offers lock repair Belfast to check it out for you.

Misaligned Door Locks

This is when your door locks are not installed properly or when doors and door frames are warping as a result of a change in climate. A misaligned door lock is easy to notice because it will be difficult to operate the door as you should. This leaves the door vulnerable and makes it easy to break into. A misaligned door can worsen your door’s locking mechanism as it can put more pressure on the locking latch or bolt every time you try to close the door forcibly.

How to fix this problem?

A misaligned door can be fixed with some DIY steps but to avoid further damage to your lock, getting a locksmith who specializes in lock repair Belfast is a much better option.

Broken Key inside the lock

Imagine trying to open your door, and you turn the key in the lock. You make the first turn and while making the second urn, the key breaks. The feeling is indescribable as you would feel as though the world is crashing around you. But there is some hope as long you go about it carefully. A broken key in a lock can lead to further problems if care is not taken or if you try to extract the broken key the wrong way. Chances are you have no clue about how to deal with issues like this. Why not just put a call through to a locksmith who does lock repair Belfast to help with this problem. It is much better than damaging the lock further or even completely.

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