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I have a old HH&M safe that I would like to get restored.  As you can see from the picture, someone sheared the dial trying to break into it.  There are also a couple of holes, one about the size of a baseball, one a golf ball, and the top has been peeled back some.  I can make the metal plate repairs, but want to have it completely restored.  The safe is located in northwest Louisiana.  Do you perform restorations, or know someone in the NW Louisiana/East Texas/DFW that does?

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Rick

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Hi Rick,

While yes we do some restorations, it isn't a big part of our business - or for that matter ANY safe companies business.    It is either done as a side business, or there are a couple individuals that do it totally separately.

I do have two safes in the shop right now for restoration, and both are taking WAY more time than I have available.     Unfortunately the actual safe business keeps getting in the way of what I would like to do!

Second problem, is that there are ONLY a few individuals throughout the US who do restoration work on safes, which means that you can either count on shipping your safe to them or being able to take it to them.

Third problem is available time -  The majority of these companies are easily 3 months to a year out on restoration work, so hopefully you aren't in a big hurry.

Possibly the nearest company to you is going to be around St. Louis, MO,

Frank Zykan Safe & Vault
636-328-2929
St. Charles, MO
www.zykansafe.com

the next closest person, and probably one of the best safe restoration artists around is:

Matt Lamborn
419-606-3168
Ashland, OH

While Matt would be your best bet, he is going to be much further away.   Feel free to contact them both to discuss your project with them.

Your other options would include making it a DIY project, though this would depend on your metal working skills, wood working skills and more importantly painting and art skills.    If you lack in a certain area, you can always contact someone local to assist in those areas.   Ideas for painters / artists would include local art colleges or departments or even some tattoo artists

Hope this helps,

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 44 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.

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44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes". Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf

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Safecrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association

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Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

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2009 - 2015 Listed in AllExperts top 50 Experts. All Experts Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

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US Secret Service, FBI, BATF, Local Law enforcment agencies, Diebold, Hamilton Pacific, Red Hawk Int., Chubb International, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Mechanics Bank, El Dorado Savings Bank, many Credit unions and smaller banks. McDonalds, Togos, BurgerKing, TacoBell, Carls Jr. FoodMaxx, SaveMart, Lucky's, Albertson's, Raley's, Safeway, NobHill, Bell Markets, PW Markets. Great America, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, UA Cinemas, and many homeowners and small businesses. Provide warranty service for lock and safe manufactures. Service area is Northern California - Fresno to Oregon, including western Nevada

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