Key Stuck Halfway In Door Lock

     

This is very scary: you finally arrive home, usually tired and in a hurry, và you want to lớn rest và relax, maybe serve yourself a little drink. Và then you can’t enter your own house because your key won’t go inside the lock. This is not a good experience to have. Scary và frustrating. This is never the right moment, the right day. How long will it take to lớn finally have the lock to work? Should we call a professional, a locksmith? How much will it cost?

Is it hard to push your key in your door lock? Try these simple steps. 1. Usually, the lock is too dry. 2. Something is stuck inside the lock. 3. The key is bent & the lock is straight. 4. The tip of the key is blunt or dull due khổng lồ abuse. 5. Stuck pin due khổng lồ dust or wear. 6. Wrong key.

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1. Dry lockBlow strongly in the lock and put WD40 or graphite inside (but not both).2. Debris inside the lockRemove it gently with a piece of steel wire (a small guitar string for example).3. Bent keyTry lớn insert gently the key và apply some lateral force in order lớn straighten the key. Alternatively, hit the key with a small hammer (or stone) on a hard surface.4. Blunt key tipThe profile of the key is flattened. Use a nail file (or bastard file) to lớn get back lớn the original shape of the key as much as possible.5. Stuck pinOnce again, blow strongly in the lock & put WD40 or graphite inside (but not both). Try to lift the sạc with a paper clip.6. Wrong keyDouble & triple kiểm tra the key you want to lớn insert because you just might be mistaken.
There are several reasons a key won’t go inside a lock. We did a menu for you but read on because a detailed how to lớn process is crucial to lớn understand và execute properly. The good news is you will usually manage to operate your lock without too much cost or hurdle. Breathe, be patient & read on.

A lock is a very precise mechanism. It is made of small pins (usually five) pushed by small springs in small chambers. Many things can prevent the key to lớn go inside your lock.

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After years of use, rain, wind, dust, cold và heat, the mechanism of a lock is stuck. The pins don’t move anymore and the springs are not strong enough to overcome the added friction. There is no longer a single molecule of grease inside.When you insert your key, the pins don’t go up anymore but sideways, at an angle, and the friction is just too strong. Don’t put anything inside just yet because it will khung some sort of paste with the present dust.

Blow a couple of times, as strongly as you can, lớn remove dust. Alternatively, you can, of course, use compressed air.Then, you can add some lubricant: WD40 or graphite powder, but not both as it might once again combine into a thick paste. If you’re in a hurry, don’t have anything on you, just use water or spit on the key… But lubricate as soon as you can afterward.Your key should now go inside the lock.

Something is inside the lock


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My DIY debris extractor! Notice the small hook.
Take a light, maybe the light of your phone or smartphone. Look closely inside the lock.

There might be something in there, a debris, a foreign object: usually wooden matches, some paper, some electrical wire, a piece of broken key, or glue.That is to say, someone is angry at you. Or it is a bad joke. Either way, here is how to lớn take the object out of the lock :MatchesYou are in luck, well kind of.You should take a small wire if possible made of steel. Steel wires are stronger than iron wires or copper wires. You can use a piano or guitar small string. Try lớn make a small tiny hook with the wire cutter at one end. The wire shouldn’t slide easily: it should have a kind of rubber kết thúc to grab the pieces of matches. With this homemade tool, try lớn take everything out of your lock. You should succeed in a couple of minutes. Kết thúc with a good blow inside the lock lớn remove the remaining dust. Insert your key.PaperSame method as above with a steel wire. Might be a bit longer khổng lồ take out. Blow strongly. You should insert your key now.Wire or paper clipEasiest foreign object lớn take out: should go out in one go, no dust, nothing. A piece of cake.Piece of broken keyDepending on where the key has been broken, it is deep or not. With your small steel wire, with trial & error, you should take the broken key out. With the wire cutter, improve your hook several times if needed. Remember lớn extract the broken key with a lock which hasn’t turned or start khổng lồ turn, even slightly: if so, it will be impossible. Vị NOT use glue to try lớn get the piece out. Read my complete guide on how to lớn remove a broken key from inside a lock here.

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GlueNo luck this time. There is no easy way khổng lồ insert a key in a glued lock. You might over up drilling the lock, breaking a window, etc. Sometimes, if you heat up the lock & the key, really really hot, you can manage with melted glue khổng lồ turn the lock just once & get inside. The lock is definitely broken & this trick is difficult to vày with little tools just by yourself.

The key is bent, even slightly.

A key suffers wear và tear. It is always in your pocket, with you, on a ring together with other keys. This in itself can lead khổng lồ wear.The temptation is big to lớn use a key as a tool, this is oh so common và we have all done so.You might have (but shouldn’t have):

Used your key to mở cửa a bottle as a can opener,Used your key khổng lồ dig a hole as a drill,Used your key to xuất hiện a box as a lever,Used your key khổng lồ cut a rope as a saw,Used your key to xuất hiện a door as a handle

The danh mục goes on & on and reflects our love and dependency towards this everyday object. Try to vì all this with an RFID card!The key is bent and the lock barrel is straight: it won’t fit. You should straighten the key, adjust and refine it as much as possible in order to be able to lớn insert it into the lock. How to vày so?Ideally, use a vice bench and a small hammer: gently & slowly hammer the key on a straight và hard surface. You don’t want lớn be hard và flatten the key profile: you won’t be able khổng lồ insert your key, this time for another reason. If the profile of the key is fragile and complicated, use a piece of wood between the key và the hammer.If you don’t have a vice bench và a hammer, it might be a bit more complicated to straighten your key on the go, standing in your driveway or corridor.

First, you can try khổng lồ insert the key as much as possible inside the lock & apply lateral force, gently once again, to lớn straighten the key as much as possible. Don’t be too hard because you might break the key. Insert the key a bit more and repeat.Or you can also try khổng lồ put your key on a hard surface and use a heavy object lượt thích a hammer. Try khổng lồ be as gentle as possible. A stone might be of help. Try not to lớn flatten & damage the profile of the key.A straighten key should go inside the lock, even with a little force applied and some lubricant, & you should mở cửa your lock.Remember to replace your key, because a key which has been bent once will remain fragile. Replace it with a new key as soon as possible.

Blunt tip of the key

The key, when you look at it from the front, forms a shape, a special shape. This shape is an element of security (you can’t insert any key in any lock).


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This shape is machined when the key is made. The higher the security of the lock, the more complicated this shape is. It is called the key profile.Again, with the same types of abuses that we discussed in the precedent point (bent key), the key itself is not well machined anymore, especially the tip.A damaged key profile presents thicker parts that can’t fit in the (inverse) profile of the lock. The tip of the key might get blunt or dull due to abuse, or the profile of the key flattened.How to repair your key in order to be able lớn insert it again in your lock?

The best way is to lớn have a close look at your key, from the front, compare it with the shape of the entry of the lock. Use the light of your smartphone if needed. Then you can see if the profile is damaged at the tip of the key. Usually, there is not much matter khổng lồ remove in order khổng lồ be able to lớn use the key again.Use a small bastard tệp tin to remove the excess of metal where needed. If you don’t have such a tool, a nail tệp tin might be enough. You can’t remove too much and go too far: there is no risk. Be patient, especially if you operate with a nail file, take your time. Try regularly to kiểm tra your progress. With the help of some lubricant, you should be trang chủ in less than 15 minutes.

Stuck pins

The teeth of the key push upwards pins in the lock that go up against springs. With wear & tear and lack of lubricant, the pins become blunt at the tip và smaller in diameter. They can become really stuck. They become too small for their chamber, come up at an angle and stop on fatigue striations.
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Lock pick that can help a stuck pin to lớn move
In that case, applying a lubricant can be enough. But usually, it isn’t. You should use a paper clip (or ideally a lock pick) to manually push up the pin. Once it goes up once, victory, you can insert the key and xuất hiện your door.

Needless khổng lồ say, even with good lubrification the problem might occur again. You should change your lock (or have a good locksmith re-pin it: it might be sometimes comparatively as expensive).

The user might be the problem

Check và double check: make sure your hand holds the right key. Many times we make a mistake & present the wrong key. This sounds silly, I know. But when we are tired or emotionally chocked our brain reacts strangely, & something that seems normal or usual can, in fact, be erroneous. It happened khổng lồ me once.For the birth of my first child, a little baby boy, ten years ago. My wife woke me up in the middle of the night because of water breaks. The bag was ready. I rushed out of bed và got dressed in the blink of an eye. The only thing I had to bởi was khổng lồ take the car out of the garage và put the bag into the trunk… I couldn’t put the key in the lock! I just couldn’t và I tried very hard for long minutes. No way. My wife eventually went down & found me sweaty and shaking. She just took my key and turned! I won’t forget that sometimes locks won’t work because of us… Oh, và everything went well for the baby.So keep calm, relax, breathe, double check your key và try again.


BEZIANI have been passionate about locks và safes for so long; it is a family speciality since 1898. I hope I can giới thiệu with you all the simple tips that can make the difference for your security. & that you"ll buy the right products for your needs.

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