Locksmithing/hon cabinet


Hi James

I put the wrong key in our Hon file cabinet and now I cannot remove the key from the lock - it did not open my drawers either.  Normally the wrong key does not fit so not a problem but today it went in but will not come back out.  Any ideas?

Hello Irene,

If it went in it will come out but if you had to force it in, it can be difficult to remove it without damaging the lock.

Make sure the key is in the zero position - that is the position it was in when you inserted the key.  With pliers, grab the key and pull straight out.  Don't try to turn or bend the key while pulling as it could break.

If it doesn't come out you'll have to hire a local locksmith.



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