Deadbolt Stuck

Old 07-02-14, 08:14 AM
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Deadbolt Stuck

My key almost got stuck in my deadbolt - I managed to get it out after a while of jiggling, but now when I put the key in the tumbler won't budge at all. I can still lock it from the inside with the hand-lock, but the key won't move at all if I try. Is there any way to fix this, or is the lock finished?

Old 07-02-14, 09:15 AM
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Try squirting powdered graphite into the key slot. It is sold in most home centers specifically for lubricating locks. Many will protest but a squirt of WD-40 into the key slot will also probably get it working again.
Old 07-02-14, 09:33 AM
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Cheap home center locks eventually wear out. Sticking, worn, broken pins and springs, worn cylinder, etc.

A locksmith could probably re-pin it if thats the only issue. Or he could make you a whole new cylinder set to your key and lock. Cheaper if you remove the handle and take it to him.
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A stuck key can mean a number of things, singularly or in combination, but if you have man-handled it trying to remove it, and now it won't operate at all when re-inserted could mean damage was done beyond economic repair. If it is consumer-grade, it would cost more to repair then replace.

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