Question MY husband and I do storage lockers for 7 years now yes like on tv. and we found a big safe in the locker it is Alled Gary CVS C3221 I saw you talk about one on your web site, We have proff positive we got it out of a storage locker the manager can attest to that. for a year now we cannot figure out how to get it open husband was going to burn the bottom but the safe is in excellent condition and iwould hate to ruin it or distroy anything inside we really want to get it open i called lock smiths and they want $500 to open and then the safe may be distroyed can you please tell me if you have no key or combination and can prove you bought it. is there a way to reset the combination or open without damaging the safe. please help cant wait to get into it to see if anything inside(probably not but have to know) thank you for any information. Sue
Answer Hi Sue,
As this manufacturer has been out of business since the 1980's, the original combo and/or keys are not going to be available. Combinations can ONLY be reset "IF" the safe door is currently open. If you have no combination, then it will need to be opened first, and then the lock can be reset or recovered.
generally I never recommend using locksmiths for safe work as they usually do not have the training, knowledge or tools to work on safes without causing excessive damage. While $500 may seem like a lot up front they usually have a number of hidden charges which can exceed that amount, especially if there is damage done.
You wouldn't take your car to a mechanic who indicated that they can change the oil, but then find out the way they change the oil is by swapping engines out!
Contact a local safe company to discuss the work with them. Anyone who knows what they are doing will probably give you a flat rate up front so you know exactly what to expect.
Secondly, if the $500 is a total charge, that would be about right. While I'm in one of the more expensive areas in the country, we would charge $375 to open and repair the safe, and a $105 mobile, plus any parts. We routinely open 3 to 5 safes every day and do not ruin any of them.
While "burning the bottom", may seem like a good alternative - it isn't. You may get the safe open, however, there is a good possibility that you will ruin it and possibly burn up anything inside the safe. Excessive heat can warp the walls of the safe, and misalign the door and frame. We NEVER use a torch as a safe opening option!
I would recommend that you contact Wilson Safe Company in Philadelphia to discuss having it opened. If they can't help, they will be able to direct you to someone in your area.
Wilson Safe Company - 800-345-8053
If you can't find someone, let me know where you are located (zip code) and I'll see if there is anyone I know and/or would recommend in your area.
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