Has a key ever broken into your lock? Desperation and helplessness are the best two words to describe how you may feel at that moment. A broken key in a door lock it is not the end of the world –though you may be feeling like it- it is an emergency, and the best thing you can do is to look for help by calling a top notch locksmith company like Orlando Locksmith.

I know, getting a stranger to open the lock to your house may be risky, even if this emergency happens during the day, that is why our locksmith Orlando teasuggests you to always look for a trustworthy company. If you are the handy person, the chances are that you will be able to fix this problem just by using a few simple tools.

picking your own lock

There are different methods to remove a broken key inside of a lock, and it all comes down to how stuck the key is in the lock and the tool you will be using. Most locksmiths use small and barbed tools that are designed specifically to extract keys.

Today, we will provide you with some DIY tips to remove a broken key inside of a lock. Among the methods to remove cracked keys, the most common are hooking the key with an extractor tool or pulling it out using a saw blade extractor, nose pliers, tweezers, or even a set of nail clippers.

Hook the key with an extractor tool

Lubricate the lock


Before you have anything done on the lock, it is necessary that you find a spray to “smooth” the process. A spray lubricant like WD-40 will help the key slide out the shaft easier. If you are not able to find this lubricant, you can use graphite powder as well.

Move the cylinder to a neutral position

After the lock is all well lubed, you will need to align the lock whether to a lock or unlock position for you to remove the leftovers of the key from the door. It is imperative that you align the key before you attempt to remove it, otherwise; the key will remain stuck. Using needle nose pliers you will be able to align it.

Analyze things

Take a look at the broken fragment of the key, you will see some grooves in the shaft and some teeth standing out. In one side of the teeth, the key shaft is thinner, you may want to slide your extractor tool in this area, as it is the best spot!

The extraction

key extractor tools

At this point you should have already chosen the best tool to extract your key, but if you are unsure, we recommend you look for key extractor tools that can be easily found at any hardware store, these look like small harpoons, with thin rods and different shapes and sizes of hooks.

Since there is a variety of tools that may work with different keys if you are still unsure of which one to use, stick with the small hook tool, as these typically take most of the key types and shapes.

Make sure the tool is facing upward so you can hook it to the teeth. Slide the hook along the groove, on the side of the key. After, turn the tool to the key and pull back while you plug the end of the handle away from the lock. You should try this until the hook grabs one of the teeth and you can pull out the key fragment.

A saw blade extraction

saw blade extractor

Work on your extraction device:

You will need to break a piece of the blade to get your tool. Since coping saw blades are made of thin metal, they are easy to cut. Just by bending it, they will fracture. Using pair tweezers break off the end of the blade; just make sure to check the angle before.

Be safe!

screwdriver and pliers

Once you have cut it, wrap the end of the blade with duck tape until the blades are fully covered. This wrap will allow you to manipulate the tool without getting any cuts on your skin.

Flush the lubricant and align the lock into a neutral position – these steps are the standard-

The extraction

busted key

Place your extraction tool inside the cylinder with the teeth pointing up. Shake the device until the blades are squeezed next to the key fragment.

Turn and pull

Turn the blade about a quarter and pull it out toward the side away from the lock. You may need to repeat this action until the blade grips the key.