Home ImprovementDoor Lock Problems and How to Fix Them
Unless the lock is in your front door, you usually don’t have much of a reason to change it, especially if you don’t have the key. However, having functional locks is always good, because you never know when you might need them.
So, if you:
Then read along…
You will need a screwdriver and some long and thin objects such as picklock, bobby pin, hair clip, or even a paper clip to perform this task.
If the lock is very old and worn out, it won’t be too hard to slot a pin down the side. However, if it’s relatively new, slotting a pin might prove to be nearly impossible. What you can do in this case is to follow the steps until you reach the third one. Then, instead of a pin, use a pair of mole grips and break the lock in two. Grab the lock by the front side and push downward. Hopefully, the cavity of your door will not get damaged in the process. This process is known as lock snapping and cylinder locks build before 2011 are especially vulnerable to it.
Drilling is a last resort measure, but if the door is locked and you can’t remove the lock otherwise, go for it. It won’t become any more locked, right? Mind you: If your tumbler lock has anti-drill pins, you shouldn’t drill it. These locks are designed so that once you drill through the last pin, it will remain permanently locked.
Items you will need:
If you feel like you can’t remove the door lock cylinder without the key by yourself either because of not enough time or the right tools, consider opting out for a locksmith service. Fantastic Services works with qualified and fully equipped door lock specialists who will remove your old lock and install a new one. All you have to do is point us in the right direction and the problem will be solved is a stress-free manner. Have your lock fixed, book lock replacement and installation service today!
And if you do decide to entrust this task to an expert, you might want to take a look at our blog post on locksmith prices in the UK!
Do you have a lock which has now key? How did you remove it from your door? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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