A "Key" Strategy That Will Literally Open Doors

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It happens all the time, according to locksmith John Anderson, a partner at Mainline Security, a Diamond Certified company. People try to open their front door and the key gets stuck. Kicking the door is not the best solution, although you may feel like it.

Mr. Anderson says what you can do instead is turn the key to its usual removal position. Place a finger alongside the key and push in on the lock face before slowly withdrawing the key. This will prevent the key from breaking off in the lock. Spraying the lock with a quality lubricant may help, but avoid using graphite. You may still need to call a service technician later to tighten up the fasteners in the back of the lock cylinder, but the recommended strategy will get you inside and out of a jam.