csm0134 Joe Henderson - Auburn, WA - USA - on January 28, 2010 at 21:34:07
I have noted over the years that many folks have trepidations regarding the use of transferring.
Some new folks here recon it to be an advanced method, while in truth it is a rather simple thing to do.
Transferring is a thing that should be played with some to become familiar with it and to build confidence in using it because it is so handy. We all made mistakes and if you keep opening safes with drilling methods one is bound to guess wrong some day. When this happens you either have to drill a second hole or you just take a few minutes to use the hole that you have by transferring your gates to the fence.
Let's say you are working on a modern safe and you did your drilling under the dial. To use transferring you will need a small dial that can be placed on the spindle. Myself I use the cheep plastic one I can get from Lockmasters. If I remember correctly they cost less than $15 each.
[ed. There is also an item made by Keedex for this purpose.
This is a simple way to practice. Take a lock that was pulled off a safe that you drilled at the fence. What you do is drill a hole 7/8" out from the spindle any place as long as it is 7/8" out from center of the spindle.
Put some tape over the hole that was drilled at the fence. When practicing the spindle is rather long. You will want to cut it shorter, so that it sticks out from the lock about 1/2"
Put your emergency dial on the spindle when doing simple transferring. It doesn't matter where it is placed on the spindle as long as it is secured good and tight to the spindle with the little set screws.
OK, now that you have the hole covered that is at the fence and you have the new hole drilled and the e-dial is attached - make a mark between the hole and the e-dial.
Look through the hole and start dialing left, just like normal and bring up the first gate to the hole. Jot down the number that aligns with your mark. Then dial right and align the second gate and jot down the number at your mark. Now on to wheel 3. Turn left again until gate three is at the hole. Record that number at your mark.
Now without looking into the hole redial your numbers to your mark. After dialing all three number to the mark look in the hole and see how good they are lined up. If they look good you move on to the next step but if they aren't aligning redo your earlier steps and make sure you jotted down your numbers correctly. Recheck them good with just dialing and not looking until you have finished all the dialing.
Sometimes you have to fine tune it to get them lined up perfect. Remember you are practicing and speed is NOT what this is about at this stage of the exercise.
OK let's say you are holding the lock as though it was mounted RH. The locks bolt will be pointing toward your left hand. Move your e-dial so that the (0) is straight up. Make a new mark at 97 just out from your e-dial.
Take the numbers you jotted down and dial them to the new mark you made at 97. Now see if the fence will enter the gate by dialing to the right.
If you want to practice more then drill additional holes in other positions and transfer to drop in, just as you did the first time.
I hope this helps some folks that have not taken the time to get this here process down. Once y'all play with it some, drill a hole on purpose not at the fence and put your new knowledge to work. Before you know it you will say to yourself why did I not learn this before?
When you get real good and comfortable with it you will start doing scope and transfer. Once you do that some you will not be very concerned or wound up about lost combinations and you can move onto more interesting and challenging lock malfunctions.