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How to use a Broken Key - something to grip it for one use.

How to use a Broken Key. The key broke off at locks end. It is obsolete now and can not be replicated. I'm trying to think of something that will grip it just for one use.

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  • richard K May 11, 2010

    is it a panel you are trying to get in to?



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Take a car battery connect the - terminal to the lock housing make sure the connection is tight. take the + terminal wire it through a switch take the loose end of wire from switch amd touch only the broken key firmley. flip switch on and off for 1/2 second. the wire should have fused to the key. pull key out and get a new key made.

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