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Old 12-28-2007, 02:52 PM   #1
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Hey guys, seems that I am having difficulty getting my access door open to my fridge. At best guess it looks like the PO put the wrong key in the lock and broke it off inside, you can see that he tried very hard to open it with a screwdriver due to it being all bent up. Is there a way I can open this without removing the fridge?
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Do you have the right key if the wrong one could be removed?

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The problem of trying to open it with a screw driver is that the cam needs to go clock-wise and the retaining ring on the cylinder is counter-clock-wise. A new lock is very cheap ($5.00). I would drill out the center of the lock all the way through and then you will be able to slide the cam to open.
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I do have the right key, are the lock setups readily available?
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If you have a very small drift pin punch try and hammer a flat spot on the end of the key that is jammed in the lock. Don't put a lot of force into this all you want to create is a flat spot that you can then start a small drill bit, .050, into the key. If yu can drill in about 3/16 then insert the smallest easyout you can find into the key and try to pull it out.

Another way if you can get to the first pin cut on the key with a small pick set you may be able to pull the key out with a pick. Take a straight pick heat the tip and bend a small 90 degree point on the pick. then try to reach in on the top of the key and pull out.
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What size drill bit should I use if I drill it out?
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To drill the lock set out. Start with an 1/8 in. and work up. If you start big it may snag on you.
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I would SuperGlue a small piece of metal to the broken key, and try to remove it.

New locksets are readily available at many places.

Getting one that could be keyed to the rest of your locks might require a trip to a competent locksmith's shop.

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Ahhh, the amazing superglue. Almost as important as duct tape in the world of today. I will try the superglue first then work my way through the drilling process. Start easy then work out from there. Thats why I love this forum, it brings great ideas to light. Thanks

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