- But it took more than 200 years for
- someone to figure out what to do
- when one breaks off a key in a lock.
- If a key breaks off, try inserting a coping-saw blade into the lock, teeth-side down. Then hold it toward the top to push tumbler pins up, using the jagged teeth to grasp a high point on the key shank. Work gently to avoid damaging the lock, slowly drawing out the key tip. If this doesn't work, call in a pro, but most times it does