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Rye Miles #13621

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My son has an old safe I gave him, it's about 50-60 yrs old. He lost the combination and I don't have it either. I gave it to him about 5 years ago. I know he can call a locksmith and with the serial number and make of the safe they may be able to get the combination. I got this from a really old dude who has since passed. 

 

Any locksmiths that can give some advice??

 

Much Obliged Rye

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Not a locksmith, but I'm answering just in case nobody else is either. I don't know about the cheaper personal safes you can buy, maybe there's shortcuts for those, but as I understand it whether it's digital or dial combo the only way into a safe is to destroy it, get the contents, and then either replace that drawer or replace the whole thing. A locksmith can get in without damaging the contents. 

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6 minutes ago, Chicken Rustler, SASS #26680 said:

Not a locksmith, but I'm answering just in case nobody else is either. I don't know about the cheaper personal safes you can buy, maybe there's shortcuts for those, but as I understand it whether it's digital or dial combo the only way into a safe is to destroy it, get the contents, and then either replace that drawer or replace the whole thing. A locksmith can get in without damaging the contents. 

That's probably what's going to happen because it's an old safe. My son has called a couple locksmiths so I guess we'll see..........

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By coincidence, my combo is the same as the serial number on my carpenter level with a zero added to each number!

I've seen video of those inexpensive safes being opened with a magnet.

Good Luck

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1 minute ago, Rip Snorter said:

Closing the barn door after the horse is lost, half a dozen years ago, I put all the combinations and passwords in a sealed envelope in the bank safe deposit box.  Accident, senility, just forgettery who knows.

 

I know people who write the combinations down as phone numbers in their personal phone directories. Could probably do that on a cell phone directory also.

 

Hopefully, a good locksmith can get some help from the manufacturer or get it open without destroying the integrity of the safe. Some of those old safes were built like bank vaults, unlike most of the stuff that's built today.

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1 minute ago, Cypress Sun said:

 

 

I know people who write the combinations down as phone numbers in their personal phone directories. Could probably do that on a cell phone directory also.

 

Hopefully, a good locksmith can get some help from the manufacturer or get it open without destroying the integrity of the safe. Some of those old safes were built like bank vaults, unlike most of the stuff that's built today.

That is a good idea as well - when I used credit cards to get cash in younger years, part of Sally Silverstein's number among others in my little black book would do the trick

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19 minutes ago, Rye Miles #13621 said:

That's probably what's going to happen because it's an old safe. My son has called a couple locksmiths so I guess we'll see..........

I had an old locksmith that would change the combo on the accounting room safe several times a year. Monster heavy duty safe from the early 60’s-70’s  came into change one day and asked me for the combo. As I’m digging around in my wallet for the combo he says never mind, I got it :o  He was able to open it by feel in under a minute. 

Maybe he will get lucky and won’t have to destroy the lock? 
LF. 

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16 minutes ago, Long Fingers, SASS#56813 said:

I had an old locksmith that would change the combo on the accounting room safe several times a year. Monster heavy duty safe from the early 60’s-70’s  came into change one day and asked me for the combo. As I’m digging around in my wallet for the combo he says never mind, I got it :o  He was able to open it by feel in under a minute. 

Maybe he will get lucky and won’t have to destroy the lock? 
LF. 

Just like the safecrackers in the movies!! Cool!B)

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I took some locksmiths courses a long time ago, you don't have to destroy  it, but if you don't know what you are doing will cause bigger problems. If you know where to drill you can put a scope in the hole and get things lined up. The whole listening  to the safe takes ton and tons of practice plus you have to know what to listening for to do it

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