On Tuesday morning, the key broke in the lock. It was my idea to use chewing gum and a coat hanger to try to retrieve it but luckily my husband put the kabash on that. We contacted a locksmith. Because we have a fancy-schmancy Medco lock, the cost could be up to $300.
We googled "how to get a broken key out of a lock" and a tough guy type explained how to do it using a little wire "broken key retriever" tool. Our locksmith does not sell them. Neither do the hardware stores. Luckily Amazon did so we decided to risk the $17.50 it would cost to buy and ship the tools overnight to us (This was $17.50 total with shipping). They came the very next day (gotta love Amazon!) and they loooked like a lock picking kit or something. No directions or anything.
My amazing, wonderful, handy husband was able to retrieve the key using the tool and some wd-40. Woo Hoo$ 283.00 saved! Shoe money!
Here is the dead key!
Isn't my spouse fabulous? Aren't I the smartest girl EVER to marry such a home-improvement stud?