Now THAT is a great suggestion I had not ever imagined. Simple and
I was intriuged by the discovery method the OP was pursuing but it sure
seems like a lot of fuss for a cheap lock. The factory return postage seems
to be a reasonable alternative to endless dial twisting.
It would be. If it were true.
But it's a myth.
I just found that out by looking here:
Basically, when you buy a retail Master combination lock, it no longer
has a serial number ... and if that's the case (which it is for me), the
company will NOT tell you the combination no matter what you do.
At least that's how I read the FAQ.
On Wed, 22 Aug 2012 05:59:39 -0500, Steve Barker wrote:
That wouldn't be any fun at all ... and who is on these newsgroups who
isn't a fun kind of guy ... but if it isn't a myth, then it would serve
the 'other' goal, which is to obtain the combination.
Looking for details to see if it is a myth, I go here:
They have a FAQ with the exact question:
Q: I've forgotten the combination to my standard dial combination lock.
How do I obtain the combination for personal use?
A: A) My lock does not have a serial number:
To provide enhanced long–term security, Master Lock has discontinued
imprinting a serial number on the lock body on combination locks sold
through retail locations. For greater convenience, we encourage consumers
to store their combination at our secure website, Masterlockvault.com,
which is easy to use and offers 24/7 access. Unfortunately, we are unable
to provide combinations for non–serialized locks, if the user did not
register with Masterlockvault.com. Please see examples of a serial number
or date code if you are unsure if your lock contains either one.
So, unless I read that answer wrong, it's a myth that you can just box up
your retail-bought combination lock and send it to them.
Or did I read the FAQ wrong?
I still have a master combination lock stuck to my bicycle panier bag.
I cannot access the master lock web site to retrieve my combination, and
members from this fine group, rightfully so I guess, are reluctant to
look up the combination for me. The lock is positioned so I could
easily damage the fabric of the bag if I slip with the hack saw blade,
and trying out different combinations is VERY awkward.
So I guess we are both SOL!
On Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:57:56 -0400, Kurt Ullman wrote:
It's a myth that you can 'retrieve' your combination by any means from
the manufacturer for retail combination locks that have no serial number.
But, they 'do' have a method for retrieving combinations for those with
serial numbers. Unfortunately, mine don't have serial numbers.
Here's what this FAQ says:
B) My lock has a serial number:
Use current instructions (see below).
We recommend you validate whether your lock contains a valid serial
number or date code prior to submitting a lost combination form.
Due to increased security concerns nationwide, Master Lock recognizes the
heightened need for additional safety measures. We no longer provide lock
combinations in response to phone, fax, or email requests. Please follow
the procedure outlined below to obtain the combination to your lock and
submit your request to:
Master Lock Warehouse
1600 W. La Quinta Rd
Suite/WHSE # 1
Nogales, AZ 85621
Print out the Lost Combination Form from a printer friendly page, or
download the PDF file.
Have your Lost Combination Form notarized by a Notary Public to prove
that you are the owner of the lock (you can include up to 6 combinations
on one notarized form).
Note: Inmates at a correctional facility - in addition to the
lost combination form, you must submit your request on official prison
letterhead. In lieu of notarization, the form must be signed by a prison
Photocopy the serial number on the back case of your combination
lock. This copy MUST clearly show that the lock is not attached to
anything. Be sure to hand write the serial number on the photocopy.
Mail the original completed, notarized Lost Combination Form and the
photocopy of the back of your lock to the address above.
Note: It will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks to process your request for
Note: If the form is not fully completed and notarized with a raised seal
or rubber stamped seal, or if the serial number is not legible on the
photocopy, your request will not be honored. Master Lock does not
reimburse for any Notary fees.
Store your combination at www.masterlockvault.com - a FREE service from
Master Lock! The Master Lock Vault provides a safe & convenient place to
store all of your confidential data for quick & easy access from your PC,
iPhone, or any other mobile devices!
On Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:53:24 -0500, Steve Barker wrote:
If this is serious, then if the key goal is to remove the lock, then just
use the bolt cutter - as stated above. Cost is about $50 for the bolt
cutter and another $5 for a new lock.
Bear in mind, you will NEVER get the manufacturer to give you the
combination because they expressly say on their FAQ that they will never
give you the combo if the lock is attached to anything.
So, if you're serious, your option is to spend a half hour reading how to
figure out the combination on your own (like I did yesterday), and then
Like all locksmithing ... practice makes perfect.
Why? They aren't locked to any thing.
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
Use a Dremel Tool with a little abrasive metal cutoff wheel and slice
carefully through the shackle of the lock. ^_^
Only one person came close to resolving your problem.
I did this twice with a bunch of Master Locks, but keep in mind, this was
many many moons ago.
I contacted Master Locks and provided them with all the serial numbers for
the locks I had. I then had to let them know the closest Master Lock dealer
in my area, which was a hardware store. They sent the combinations to the
hardware store. I provided the locks along with my ID to the store and they
handed me the combinations. As I stated, this was many moons ago and
everything was sent snail mail. Now, they may simply send it email to the
store "IF" they do it at all anymore.
On the manufacturer's web site is their FAQ which says they no longer
offer 'any' service to open retail combination locks which do not have a
serial number (i.e., mine).
They still 'do' offer that service for commercial locks which have a
I posted the URL in a prior post.
On Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:50:17 -0700 (PDT), jamesgang
like to re-use for my PE for my grade schooler, yet the teen doesn't remember
the combination to any of the padlocks. They're the classic colored-dial Master
combination locks. They're all locked but not locked to anything. There is no
serial number that I can see. It just says "Hardened" on the hasp. Is there a
method for finding the combination?
metal back that you could pry off by starting at the key hole. There was a
heavy metal back under that bu tit had holes in it. You could use a flash light
to look through the holes and line up the wheels so it would open.
You can drill a small hole in the back and do that a whole lot less
destructively. It is easier to just shim the lock open and look
through the shackle hole, line them up and then count back 13.
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