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I have two of these safes and I wanna know what it would cost me to get them re-calibrated. We do not have the key to it or the combination, and want to know if there is still any value to this safe. What would that cost if you were able to do that? Or should we just recycle the things. Thanks for helping us out with the possible solutions.

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Hi Paul,

I have no idea what you mean by "re-calibrated"???    I would assume that you mean the combination changed.    You also didn't mention whether or not the containers are open.    As you indicated that you don't have the keys or combination, I have to assume that these containers are locked shut.

These containers are cheaply made Chinese imports, imported by Sisco Products.    The "Brinks" name is simply a brand "logo".    Similar containers were also marketed under the Honeywell and First Alert brands - even though they are the same containers.

Bottom line - cost to open the containers, repair and recover or reset the combinations, AND make keys for them, is going to cost significantly more than they are worth.    

Hopefully you didn't purchase them like this, hoping to save money, as right now, the ONLY value they currently have is a negative one - that being the cost to open and repair them.

"IF" you were to bring them into my shop, I would probably charge you $125 ea to open/recover the combinations, plus another $35-$50 to fit keys to the locks.    In the field, you would be looking at closer to $250 to $375 per container.    Obviously the actual cost to open, repair, recover the combo and fit keys WILL vary by safe company and where you are located.    I would recommend you contact a local safe company to find out what they might charge you to work on the containers.

Hope this helps and gives you some direction.

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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".

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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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