Question Hi Andy, the vault door in question has a wheel for the bolts and quantity two combination locks that reside above one another. My question is since the current owner does not have the combination for either lock is there a way to somehow go about determining the combinations or a way in which to 'reset' the locks to a default combination for 'reprogramming'? If yes could I locate a local #Florida# locksmith and pay you to instruct him/her as to proper protocol? Or do you ever travel to the Central Florida area where I could pay you to perform such a service? Or would the locks themselves need to be removed and replaced - if yes then I would probably not be interested in the door as it would no longer be original. Based on your answer if I have an additional follow-up question do I enter it here or could I contact you directly since time would be of the essence? Thanks in advance for your expert assistance.
There is no such thing as a "default" combination for mechanical combination locks. "A" combination would be set on the lock after it was installed, and it could/would or should have been changed on a regular basis for security reasons.
It will require partial disassembly of the lock to either determine what the current combination is set on, and/or to reset it for a new combination. I NEVER recommend lock disassembly as a DIY project for the same reason that I NEVER recommend using locksmiths for safe work. Lack of training, knowledge and/or tools can result in an expensive lockout.
The locks don't need to be replaced, assuming that nothing has been done to them to neutralize them - but again, they would need to be checked out by a competent safe technician.
I would recommend that you contact the following company to discuss having the vault door serviced, and the combinations recovered or reset. At a minimum they will know safe technicians in your area that they would recommend if they can't help.
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