Locksmithing/Deadbolt Stuck


My tenant returned her keys in my mailbox and i went to check out the deadbolt.  The key fit.  It seemed sticky so I operated it a couple of times the second time the deadbolt stuck and it seemed the key wouldn't unlock all the way.  I used a set of lineman pliers to unlock it all the way.  The key snapped off.  I am drilling now for 20 minutes and finally peeled off the outer cover.  There are two dimples on the barrel.  Should I just keep drilling or is there an easier way.  There is no back door on the basement apartment and all the windows are locked.

Hello Daniel,

What brand is the lock?    Is the barrel you refer to the area around where they key goes or another part?  Can you remove the broken key?

If you can provide a photo and/or more information I might be able to help but I have to do it privately since the information I may provide could be a way for someone else to bypass a lock illegally



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I do not answer Safe or automotive questions. Period. I am knowledgeable in almost every area of Locksmithing. This includes locks, keys, lost keys, residential and commercial lockouts, rekeying, masterkeying, high security locks, access control, electric locks, security cameras and home safety. I have been running an online business since 2004 where I sell all types of lock and security hardware to everyone from apartment renters to business owners to the US government. Before that I started a locksmith service in 1999. I deal with many types of security equipment including high security safe locks, heavy duty padlocks, exit devices, biometric readers, electric strikes, magnetic locks, full surface hinges and I only sell what I personally stand behind 100%. The online business has given me a more in-depth look at the locksmithing industry, helping me to learn more about each and every product that I offer, as well as products I don't have but end up finding for customers to solve any issues they have with security or door hardware.

Please don't submit any automotive or safe questions as these aren't areas that I can help in.


I have been Locksmithing since 1999 and own my own Locksmithing business. I have many years of hands-on experience through the many services I have performed for my customers. I've run my business the way I wanted, treating everyone as I would like to be treated and knowing that any customer could be my last if I didn't perform my locksmithing duties as I had promised.

I have a diploma in Masterkeying, Advanced Locksmithing & Locksmithing from Foley-Belsaw.

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