Locksmithing/Sentry Safe Lever Shear Pin
Someone broke into my house and tried to get into my Sentry 1330 fire safe. The safe has only a combination and a handle or lever. Obviously, the thief kicked down the lever while the door was locked trying to get it opened.
Well, the door did not open, and I was surprised that when I returned the handle to the locked (horizontal) position and entered the correct combination, the door unlocked.
So obviously the jamming of the handle with the door locked sheared off or rounded some pin or bolt.
I am afraid that if I close the door and lock it, that I won't be able to get it open again.
Could you help me??? I have left an e-mail to Sentry, but they have yet to reply.
ANSWER: What more than likely happened is that the inside of the handle rounded out a little.
The handle is plastic, formed around a metal shaft.
When the crook stepped on it, he force the plastic to rotate around the square metal shaft.
When you lifted it back, it went back to it's original state.
It shouldn't be a problem to use it, unless it gets repeatedly forced.
Just be aware that if the handle starts to get loose, you should repair it.
Sentry does not have a bunch of repair parts.
American Safe & Vault Service
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QUESTION: Thanks, Dan!
Can you give me any advice on how to repair it.
It is a good safe and serves my needs, I just don't want to worry about not being able to open it when I need to.
I wouldn't worry about it until it starts causing you trouble.
Then I would drill a 1/8" hole through the handle and the handle shaft and squeeze a 1/8" roll pin in the hole.
There isn't much torque on the shaft when you have the correct combination.