Locksmithing/opening safe


I have a dial safe using the left right left right 4 3 2 1 sequence and the safe still wont lock. I have spent hours trying to get it to lock. Any suggestions.

Hello Jerelyn,

Just to make sure you understand the proper way:

Left means counter-clockwise.
Right means clockwise.

Turn left at least 4 times stopping on the first number in your combination.
Turn right passing the second number in your combination twice stopping on it when you come to it the third time.
Turn left passing your third number once, stopping on it the second time you come to it.
Turn right until the dial stops.
Operate the locking lever to unlock the safe.

If the above doesn't work, let me know the brand of safe and/or safe dial.



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