I just took possession of a property and there is a safe in one of the
closets. The safe is about 36"x36"x24" deep. The previous owner was
an elderly man and no longer remember the combinations. Me and a
buddy tried to move it and it would not move an inch...we think it is
at least 500 pounds in weight.
Is there a way to get it opened? If I call a locksmith and they come
open it does it mean they will break it in order to get it open or is
there a way to open it and reset the combinations so it may be used?
A locksmith can *probably* open it and reset the combination for you.
Those old safes were steel & concrete-- huge, heavy, and with a small
compartment. [early ones were fireproof, but not waterproof- so
your papers would not get singed, but would be waterlogged.]
I've seen 'em do it. They drill an itty-bitty hole (quarter-inch) in a
special place and, with the aid of a teeny-weenie light and flexible tools
poke around in the safe's innards.
After getting it open, you can repair the hole.
Probably take a couple of hours.
You'll pay the rate you'd expect from a professional's on-location visit,
I'd guess a couple hundred.
Before you take steps, I'd get a firm commitment as to the ownership of the
safe and its contents.
Realize that the main purpose of a safe is to prevent what you are
describing. There is certainly a way to do what you want, but it might
be costly, and they might have to verify who owns the safe. A
locksmith may have to destroy the mechanism, in order to open it. The
safe manufacturer may charge a lot of money to open it.
My brother once bought an un-opened safe just a little smaller
than yours. He took it to a locksmith who "cracked" it without
damage. Call some locksmiths with the model of the safe and
ask them if they can open it.
call the comapny that made the safe. They will tell you what information to
collect from the case, and can then give you a combination. If that doesn't
work, call alocksmith. A good one should be able to get it open without
damaging it. When you speak to them on the phone, give them as much info
about hte safea s you can.....
In addition to what the others have said, you might want to call the lawyer
you used for your will (simply because it's a name you already have), and
see if he/she can recommend anyone. I can't imagine this is the first time
they would've heard of a situation like this. You might get two benefits
from the phonecall: A bit of advice with regard to the legality of what
you're doing, and the name of an experienced locksmith, as opposed to just
picking a name out of the phone book.
Are the hinges exposed? Maybe they can be cut and replaced later after
combination is reset..Having a safe can actually draw thieves to Your
house if people see it and start flappin thier gums..Will a heavy duty
handcart help with moving it?
It would be a rarity to find a safe (other than a toy) that could be
opened by cutting off external hinges. There are hardened steel pins
in the edge of the door that slip into holes in the jam on the hinge
side when the door is closed.
Oh well,,a career as a safecracker is'nt in My future anyway.It was
just a thought. I spose there was a hint to the quality of the safe
judging by the weight,,but,,how can I know the weight is'nt from
something IN it?On the other hand it was a roundabout way to get to
the info You gave..I'm sure the OP is glad for it..
I'd say you should talk to your lawyer first. Even if the previous owner
gave or gives you a release saying the safe and anything in it is yours
to do with as you wish, there might just be stuff in it which was NOT
his property in the first place.
It's not inconceivable that if there is stuff in it belonging to others
which is really valuable and word gets out you might have to deal with
the rightful owners or their heirs.
As others have already told you,professionals can open ANY safe. Money
is a great lubricant and almost anything can be accomplished if you're
willing to pour enough of it onto the problem. Depending on the quality
and age of the safe that could mean anything from a hundred bucks to "OMG".
Speaking of old folks saving stuff: A friend of mine used to be into buying
and refinishing antique furniture. One day, he and his wife found a really
nice dresser at an estate auction. They bought it for $150.00. As they were
loading it into their pickup, they laid it on its back and heard something
metallic sliding around. They stood it up again, pulled out the drawers, and
under the bottom drawer was a lightweight metal box containing $4,000.00 in
hundred dollar bills. They went home fast.
record. Around here at least, many auctioneers ain't real honest. Yeah,
keeping it was probably technically legal (although there is case law saying
nobody should benefit from an obvious mistake), but it would have left me
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