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I have a halls safe and lock safe and I know the combination had been changes to just one number which I cannot remember what the number is. How can I go about finding it?

Katie, I am sure that you had the combination set to one number to make it easy to open, and to remember as well.  In most cases setting to one number is risky business.  You have now forgotten that one number.  I highly recommend you hire a safe technician to come out to open your safe.  This should not be expensive given the situation.  Once open, have your combination set to a more proper one for security. Then go about deciding on a reliable method of storing the directions and numbers.  The technician should be able to help you with this.  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 No longer current.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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