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Meilink CSC safe
Meilink CSC safe  
I am seeking specifics and value for a small cream colored Meilink CSC Safe.  I only have pictures at this point so measurements are approximate.  Overall approximately 25 x 25 x 25". It was previously owned by a bank (US Bank, I think). Numbers found on stickers in several locations are:  SPF1997049066 MFG 4-1997. Locking Device # AA217846 (last number might be an 8). Sargent and Green leaf   The dial lock and handle are on top of a rectangular chrome plate with the handle on the left side.  Two door Hinges are on the right. There are 5 metal (steel?) bars approx 1 - 1.5" long in the interior side, top and bottom of the door that go into matching holes when door is locked.   3 on the left side of the door that go into three holes in the interiors side wall, 1 each bar on the top and bottom.  There is an opening (drop slot?) on the top right rear corner about 1/2" by 4".   I would like to know the ratings for fire, burglary, etc; composition, weight, value, and any other details you can provide.  I have the combination but would like to know the cost to have it changed and what that involves. Driving/shipping it to you or if there is someone you recommend in the Sacramento area. I will send all pics I have and try to get exact measurements.  
I appreciate your help and look forward to hearing from you soon


I'll start with the "ratings" - "IF" the safe is a rated safe, then it will have either a manufacturers label or a "UL" label, specifying "WHAT" that rating is!    As you didn't mention any ratings when you listed all of the labels on the safe, then it may NOT be a rated safe.
If your safe has a drop slot in its top, then the best rating that you will get on it, would be the "MINIMUM" burglary rating, and NO fire resistance rating.   This safe is no longer on Meilink's list of current models, but based on similar safes, you are looking at around 600 lbs for weight.   Value is about $600 to $800.

You can always contact the manufacturer with the serial number of the safe to see if you can get a spec sheet on the safe, and/or any documentation on its abilities.

You can contact Meilink at the following:

As for combination changing, I'm usually in the Sacramento area at least once or twice every week, so coming by would not be a problem.   Cost for combination changes are (trip charge) $105 and the combination change $50.   If the operating system, lock and/or bolt work needs service, this is $95 and would include the combination change.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at:   510-732-8710.


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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.


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".

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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 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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