Posted by Ken Dunckel Safecracker Boxman on May 27, 2008 at 04:47:24:
In Reply to: Safe-Cabinet Company... lost combo|
You need to find a safe technician who knows how to manipulate mechanical combination locks. Yellow Pages under "safes" first, "locksmith" second if no result under safes.
Manipulation is a damage-free process, but not all locks will respond to the process, and for various reasons. A competent manipulator will drill when manipulation is not proving effective. Most techs won't accept such a job with the stipulation "manipulation ony" unless you're willing to pay whether it opens or not by that process. You buy the result, not the process.
The main thing here is that you seem to equate drilling to open with destruction. A competent drilling job will not destroy a safe, and it can be repaired and restored to service afterward. Any holes drilled by a competent safe tech will not be huge gaping wounds, they will be small, most usually 5/16" diameter or smaller.
Alternately, most do-it-yourself safe openings done by people who are appalled at the price of a safe tech's services will result in a lot of needless and probably unrepairable damage, and a ruined safe.
If you opt for that you'll avoid the dollar costs and only be out your time and effort. And a usable safe, of course.