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QUESTION: I bought a home in Houston, TX and we found two safes built into the foundation. They both say "Eagle Safe Corporation San Marcos, CA" with a serial number. One is open and the bolts won't retract enough to close the door fully. The other is shut and won't open. Is there any way to get the combinations or reset them so we can use them?

I can email you pictures if you tell me where to send them.

ANSWER: Ted,

I won't need you to email me photos of these safes - I know what you have.   However you have issues that WILL need to have someone from a local safe company address.   Sorry but this is a hands on problem and solution!!!

Manufacturers NEVER publish or release serial numbers or combination lists for obvious security and liability reasons, and after they go out of business any records that they have (or had) are gone and lost for ever.

So, bottom line you will need a safe tech.    

Item 1.   the safe that is open.   The safe tech will need to check it out to find out why it isn't operating correctly, or the bolt work retracting.   It may simply be locked open.
I would recommend that the combination for this container be recovered as it may be the same combination for both safes.

Item 2.   the second safe (locked up/unknown combo)   will need to be opened and repaired so that it is also operational.   this assumes that the combo for the first safe doesn't work on this one.

Once both safes are operational, the combinations for both locks can be reset to numbers of your choosing.

Sorry, I wish there was a better answer, but this is a hands on project.

If you don't have a local safe company, let me know where you are (zipcode), and I'll see who I know in your area.



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QUESTION: Thanks for the answer.  Can you recommend a locksmith near zip 77018?

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Ted,

First off, I never recommend using locksmiths for safe work, generally they do not have the education, training or tools to work on safes without causing excessive damage and/or charging exhorbant fees.

I would recommend that you give the following company a call, they should be able to assist you.


K & S Security Products,
281-481-8680          Ken Foo
9811 Sagemark Drive
Houston, Texas  77089

Discuss the project with them so that you understand what you are being charged for, the amount of time required, and the end result.   With the exception of repair or replacement parts, they should be able to give you a fairly exact idea of the cost - with NO hidden fees.   Parts are difficult to anticipate until you have actually worked on the equipment and know what problems need addressing.

If you have any questions concerning charges or proposed work, I would be happy to address them.

Hope this helps,

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 42 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. 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 Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes".

Organizations
SafeCrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association (SAVTA)

Publications
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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.

Awards and Honors
2009 - 2015 - Listed in AllExperts Top 50 Experts. All Expert 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 and Western Nevada)

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