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Old 01-06-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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LUBE your locks! (How to get a broken key out of the lock)

Phew.

Dodged a bullet. Just pulled into the garage from a weekend at the family compound. Went to plug in and.....


broke the key off in the lock on the shore power cord compartment.

Pliers. Did not work.

So I searched how to remove a key. I decided to use the saw blade method - lube the lock, insert jigsaw blade and use as teeth of blade against teeth of key.

Jigsaw blade doesn't fit in these small RV compartment locks.

Enter the awl.

For those of us less mechanically inclined, like myself, an awl is an ice pick that is kept in the garage and used to poke holes in leather, mainly, I guess. Anyway, press the awl under the teeth side of the key and now well lubricated - raise gently to top and try to "walk" the key out - pulling it by using the awl as a gear tooth levering against the key.

While I'd like to think it was my genius use of the awl - it was really the lube. I used slide out lube.

Worked so well, I lubed all the locks with it. Which, btw the most common cause of key breakage - stiff locks.

So lube yo' locks.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
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Good reminder! I was just wd40ing some of my equipment locks and latches today, guess I need to go do the trailer too
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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Yep.......several times during the season. I use silicone lubricant, the same stuff for the rubber gaskets and weatherstripping.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
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Sounds like very good advice to me. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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Good reminder! I was just wd40ing some of my equipment locks and latches today, guess I need to go do the trailer too
WD 40 is the worst thing to use to lub a lock (sorry) I use SeaFoam products to ensure they are operational during the summer and winter
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:38 PM   #6
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Maybe so but its either that, carb cleaner, 15w40, hydraulic fluid, 80-90, or grease gun grease cause that what I have around- sooooo I guess i'll have to use the wd40.
Usually doesn't get below 32f (for highs) more than a couple weeks each year here.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:49 PM   #7
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I've always used Lock-Ease.
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Graphite... that will do it. that's one thing it's made for.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:32 PM   #9
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If you do not have any lube on hand you could rub the key across a lead pencil. The graphite in the pencil will help lube the pins inside the lock. This will also work on your home locks.
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Another vote for a puff of powdered graphite or a spray of dry lube into the lock. WD-40 will not stay in the lock after it dries.
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