Posted by Ken Dunckel Safecracker Boxman on September 12, 2008 at 18:35:23:
In Reply to: J.Baum LARGE safe questions/any info helpful|
You'll need to pay an experienced safe technician to get the opening done. Sounds to me from the sketchy description of damage already done that whoever you hire will probably need to do some more work, possibly more drilling.
However, don't try to dictate the opening method. That's generally a no-no. However, if the technician you hire starts talking about big holes or burning, get him away from your safe (and don't give him any money). That's not a safe technician anyway, no matter what his Yellow Pages ad says.
Baum safes are not in realm of "complicated" by safe opening standards (such as our so-called "standards" may be), but previous damage by unskilled/inexperienced technicians usually complicates the task of the person who follows.
Baum made a lot of fire safes and some burglary resistive equipment. Yours sounds like a fire safe. Pretty sure that Baum safes were made before UL rating system existed. A Baum fire safe would be considered to have limited burglary resistance.
Nobody has scientifically tested old fire safes for the level of fire they provide, therefore you might hear lots of opinions about that, but nothing concrete.