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my key broke off in the deadbolt and I had to take it apart to get the key out but the pens in the springs fell out the lock how do I put them back in which order Do they go in

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Not easy. You need to insert the pins so that the valleys on the key cause the different lengths of pins to align with a critical point in the turning mechanism. It is often impossible to see the alignment and you are stuck with trial and error. For most locks, a new cylinder is relatively cheap, although it means distributing new keys to all users. – bib Jul 27 '13 at 17:54

This little picture shows how you have to get the pins installed so that the key will allow the lock cylinder to rotate properly.

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