I went to get copies of my master lock on my storage shed. Lost the key
and never bothered to test the copy. Turns out the copy was bad and
made on cheap metal since it broke off inside the lock. What should I
do. This is one of those heavy duty masterlocks with the shield over the
Any way I can get this lock off? Can these be hacked off?? doubt it so
what to you do to get this fixed??
Yes, with a LOT of work. Probably much more work than it's worth.
If you can extract the broken piece of the key (you may need to lift
pins out of the way to do so, while pulling it back with a bent pin or
straightened fishhook or some similar thin hook or ply), you can take
both pieces to a locksmith and s/he may be able to measure them and cut
a new key for that lock.
Alternative is to get a locksmith to extract the piece for you and then
either make a key for that lock or remove the lock and issue you a
Be glad it's hard to remove. That means it's doing the job you purchased
Next time, put one of the two original keys in a Safe Place, and/or
write down the lock code and put that aside. I recommend that folks pick
a specific place where they'll keep spares and codes, so they know where
to go looking for them when they need them. (A zip-lock bag and/or small
box and/or keychain, in a drawer or on a hook someplace in the house.)
And use a locksmith to cut extra keys - they will use reasonably made blanks
and keep their machines accurate. One local locksmith had a sign saying
they would not guarantee keys cut from xxxxx keys (well known chain who
uses steel blanks - urg!).
"sharifrashedi" firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in
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should always test copies.
it peobably broke of because ya tried to force it.
try to remove the broken key from the lock and take it to a
call the locksmith out to your location.
Also, some of the blanks that the big-daddy store uses are "generic"
within certain terms.
I've seen flat steel, but big daddy don't deal with that too much--not
For example, if some company makes two slightly different keyblanks
that will fit the same keyway.
So big daddy makes one in between.Saves them from making two different
Economical-Looks great on the paper budget, but sucks when it comes to
doing good accurate key generation or duplication in real time and in
I've seen improper tip angles, shoulder cuts off by .017 or more, just
to mention a few.
Given that, it is more probable that the key blanks is "generic", and I
am 98% sure that the machine was off-so copied cuts are off-and pin
tumbler locks like master-especially a lightly used one, will not
accept such slop.
Take the broken key back to big daddy and demand your money back.
Find a real "LockHead" who checks his own work.
They are worth it.
"Peter" firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
One local locksmith had a sign saying
Ahh, .... we have the same company here in OZ. I 'LOVE' their work. We make
good money from people that were foolish enough to have them copy their
keys, ... broken keys in locks, ... locked out as key won't turn, etc etc.
And it's not as if they (company) are cheap with their prices, usually
around $8 for a LW4 copy, on a crap steel blank. I also warn people that I
will not guarantee a dupe from a M.M. copy. I suppose when your key cutting
booth is set up in the middle of a major shopping mall and rent costs you
$6000 per week, ya got to cut a squillion keys just to make rent !!. Imagine
how fast their cutters wear down, cutting steel blanks all day. No wonder
they can't keep up with accurate machine adjustments. I love their work,