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I have a safe that held up to an attempted break in. The hinges were side and dial were damaged. It did however not get opened,a great testament to the quality of workmanship. I have not been able to find anyone to repair it.I'd you could give me so direction I would greatly appreciate it. It was my grandfathers and is quite old. I can send pictures and send info ,I can still open and get in. Thanks for the help.

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Hi Alfred,

Several problems - first is there are ONLY a few companies in the entire country that do safe repairs and/or restoration work like this.    The majority of the smaller companies simply aren't equipped to do this type of work.

Second problem is going to be parts - there are no replacement parts available for your safe.   The ONLY parts that even exist today would be from a donor safe, similar to your safe in worse condition.

As the safe was your grandfathers I can understand why you want to keep it and repair it, so the solution to your problem is going to be in several steps.

1.  Find another similar safe to buy and use for parts.   check eBay, Craigs List, etc. to find one for sale.   They do pop up from time to time.

2.  Find a safe company in your area that can do the necessary repairs.   If you don't have one, then you may have to ship the safe to one of the companies that can do the work.

3.  If you can't find anyone then I would need to know where you are located (zipcode) so that I can possibly recommend someone.    Generally most of the companies are not interested in doing restoration work for customers as the idea you have in mind may not be the idea they have in their mind of what it will look like.    Usually they will restore a safe and then sell it to a customer wanting a restored safe.    So many fewer problems this way.

Also, restoration work generally takes quite a bit of time, and usually requires work from several sub-contractors for portions of the work.    This type work ALWAYS takes a back seat to regular work, meaning it can take from several months to well over a year for most safe companies to complete a repair.   Again EVERYTHING else will take a priority over your safe.

Ok, so I've tried to give you some direction for your repair and restoration work, once you have located a donor safe to use for parts, then you will be ready to look for a safe company to take the job on.    Contact me at that time and I'll see who I know and/or recommend in your area.

Hope this helps,

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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

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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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The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes AllExperts.com

Education/Credentials
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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