Key Snapped Off In Lock
I arrived home on the cold snowy Wednesday night of 1/27/2009. I inserted my key into the dead bolt lock and turned as I've done a hundred times before and pop! Without warning my key snapped off in the lock. I first felt kind of panicked. Then I remembered I had my Leatherman Squirt P4 in my left trouser pocket. I didn't want to pull the key out yet but turn it so I could get the door open. I first used the needle nose pliers to grab a portion of the key and tried turning it. I couldn't obtain enough grip so I decided try and turn the lock with the Philips screw driver tool. I inserted the driver between the key and the side of the lock and turned. The lock turned and I had the dead bolt side open. I turned then door knob and entered. I then had to get the broken portion of the key out of the lock. I used the driver once again to turn the lock back to where it normally needed to be to withdraw key, I then used the needle nose pliers to pull it out!
The Leatherman Squirt P4 is a marvel of design. It's small enough to make it disappear and be non intrusive in the pocket, yet strong and functional enough to tackle a MacGyver like emergency. My Squirt P4 turned a bad situation into a positive experience. It likewise further strengthened my new found loyalty to the Leatherman brand. I plan to purchase a Leatherman Blast now because it has a better price than the Juice XE6, but similar size and weight and tool functions. I find the Blast to better fit my budget and needs than a less expensive Juice model.