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I bought a house this past year and there's a wall safe in a concrete block wall in the basement. Is there a way to find out what kind of safe this is and what recommendation do you have for getting it open w/o destroying it?

Hi Greg,

The safe isn't a "wall safe", though it is built into a wall!    This was a very inexpensive fire resistant container, manufactured by the Meilink Safe Company.    Generally these safes were sold through outlets like Sears, Montgomery Wards and similar places.

Unfortunately the serial number is not visible (if its still there), so we can't try to contact the manufacturer to see if they any records available.   Chances are they don't as they were acquired by FireKing International around 1990, and they only maintain around the last 10 years worth of records.
The serial number tag would have been on the left side of the safe, next to the upper hinge.   As someone has built the safe into the wall, it isn't accessible any longer.

Again, unfortunately, your options are going to be very limited, depending on how much you are willing to spend.    Cost to have the safe opened and the combination recovered is going to be quite a bit more than the safe is even worth - again, these were inexpensive containers (cheaply made)!

So your options are to test dial all of the 1,000,000 possible combinations or to have it opened and repaired by a safe tech from a local safe company.

As you indicated that you don't want it destroyed, this is about it.

Sorry, I wish the answer was better, but you are limited due to the type and where it is installed.


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