Posted by Bob DeWeese, CML, CPS (Baltimore, MD) on February 26, 2008 at 06:54:36:
In Reply to: repairing locksmith opened safe?|
Also, just for curiosity, how does the locksmith acquire the combo thru a 1/4inch hole from the back?
Seriosly though, that kind of infomation is not given out in the public forum.
As far as your repair question, a lot depends on the kind of safe. You said you don't know if it's fire rated. How thick are the walls? if you dig into the hole, does fire-proofing material (powder) come out?
I don't know Empire's part numbers, but the "FB" would lead me to thing "F"ire. But that's just a guess.
If it is a fire safe, they sell fire-proffing material that you can mix up with water and fill large voids. But if it's just a 1/4" hole, it's more of a hassle than it's worth.
For small holes, I've used chimney sealer, but that usually comes in a big "caulking" tube and dries up way before I ever got a chance to use more than a small portion of it. (And I hate wasting money unnesessarily)
Something I like more is muffler sealer. It comes in a much smaller tube with s screw on cap.
A suggestion that I heard in a safe class is to use a wooden dowel. Never tried that, but the instructor who suggested it is very reputable in the industry, so I would assume it would work.
Or, as you said, you can just weld it up.