Snapped off in Lock
Don't worry! It is actually quite a common thing to
snap a door key clean off inside a lock.
The most common reasons for this happening are fractures
in the metal of the key developing over time, resulting
eventually in a complete break, or alternatively, excess
force being used to turn the key, or a lock being stiff
and resisting attempts to turn it. Dropped and poor
fitting doors can also add stress to the keys when operating
Whatever the causes, the undesireable result is that
your key is broken off inside the lock and it is imposssible
for the average person to open the door, or get the
broken piece out.
The good news is that a trained Locksmith can actually
extract the broken key piece quite easily, using a specialised
key extractor and should then be able to pick the lock
if necessary to gain entry for you.
The worst case scenario would be if the broken key
cannot be extracted and the lock must be drilled to
open it - usually destroying the lock in the process.
This would then incur the cost of fitting a replacement
lock, although (depending on the scenario) the whole
job should take no more than about an hour including
fitting a new lock.
If you would like to discuss any aspects of this process,
or request immediate help from an expert locksmith click
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