Posted by Ken Dunckel Safecracker Boxman on January 19, 2008 at 05:32:46:
In Reply to: The Safe Cabinet Company Marietta Ohio Safe|
Your safe most likely has a three number combination that starts by turning clockwise (right). 4R, 3L, 2R, 1L.
If the numbers are unknown you should look in the phone under "safes" first. If no listings there, "locksmiths" second.
Manipulation is a damage-free way of determining mechanical lock combinations via the dial, and is the best method for opening old safes with obsolete locks.
Three things to know:
1. Not every safe technician manipulates.
2. For various reasons not every lock that should theoretically be susceptible to opening by manipulation will give up its numbers to a manipulator in a reasonable time frame.
3. If you hire someone to open your safe it's not kosher to dictate the method he or she will use. You are buying a result, not a process. A manipulator will always try manipulation first without being asked or told. However, most manipulators reserve the right to decide to stop manipulating and drill if manipulation doesn't go well.
For example, I refuse "manipulation only" job orders unless the customer understands and agrees that there will be a fee whether or not manipulation is successful. You don't tell your mechanic he can only use one tool to fix your motor. Same with safes. Stay out of the tech's way and read a book while he works, questions afterward.
Manipulation is preferable, but when competently done, drilling and repairing does not ruin a safe.