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Hi, I have seen on postings that someone had mentioned that they had a wall safe with no combination from Security Wall Safe Co , Boston MA.  I have the same type of safe (picture is identical to mine) - this was handed down to me however there is no combination that anyone could find, the safe is old and I would love to use it however I have researched the company with no luck and have no idea how else it could be opened without destroying it.  I do not think that there is anything in it as it doesn't seem to sound it when I move it.  Just looking for suggestions.  Thank you for your time.

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Hi Heather,

It doesn't do any good to reference an old posting, as I don't have access to them, and have answered over 12,000 questions over the past few years.    I try to STRICTLY deal with each safe individually, so that any answer that I give you will pertain to YOUR safe.


Now, assuming that you have the same safe that you are referencing, and I'm assuming that it is a hinged round door type wall safe, with a 100 number dial, then you have a couple of options.

1.   You can test all of the 10,000 possible combinations, or
2.   You can have it opened by a safe technician from a local safe company.

The dialing sequence for the lock which I would expect to find on this safe is as follows:

3 times Right to the first number,
2 times Left to the second number,
1 time Right slowly until the dial stops.

Note:   Left is counter clockwise, Right is clockwise.    Do not count the revolutions of the dial, count the individual number as it arrives at the 12 o'clock index mark.
If the dial does not stop during the last sequence, then the combination was not correct.

While you can use the safe, once it has been opened, I would caution you that this safe does not meet ANY current standards for burglary resistance, and it is NOT a fire resistive container.   It should NOT be used for overnight storage of cash, jewelry or valuable documents.

If you still need help, contact a local safe company.   Check your yellow pages under "safes & Vaults" for nearby companies.

Hope this helps.

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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

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

Publications
The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes AllExperts.com

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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