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calvary bible church of langford has a vault door and vault that needs to go away. its 108 years old and was in the bank we bought for our new church.4 of us are starting a new church.we don't know how to get rid of it and get a little money for our church.  thanks  Dan

Dan, most often when a bank is taken over for another purpose, the vaults are left in place.  The reason is due to the high cost of cutting it apart and removing it.  So bottom line is you will spending money, not gaining it.  Even removing the vault door without its jamb, will usually only get you scrap value for the door.  Cutting the jamb out (in one piece) is a big job in itself and best left to professionals.  Depending on the door size and type (and its jamb),it is questionable whether it is worth removing it to sell.  I have seen a few cases where the door is opened up all the way and hidden behind drywall.  Remember that the vault was built to be tough just to break into, let alone break it into pieces.  Doug  

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Doug MacQueen


This unusual and highly innovative safe from the later 1800's is a Corliss. William, the much younger brother of George Corliss of steam engine fame, spent several years perfecting this design and it was first displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia U.S. Centennial Exhibition. I do extensive patent research helping me in the study of antique U.S. safes and safe locks. Repairs and part making for antique U.S. safes of the early to mid 1800's, both key and combination. Also the study of early round door chest designs up to and including cannonball safes of the early 1900's.


40 years in the lock and safe trade with a stint in bank service work. Openings, repairs and moving of safes of all types.

Charter member Safe and Vault Technicians Association SAVTA, National Safemans Association NSO, National Antique Safe Association NASA. No longer current.

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CMS (Certified Master Safecracker- NSO) and CPS (Certified Professional Safe Technician - SAVTA)

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2nd place national combination manipulation contest 1986 and now in 2016 1st place

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