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This floor safe has been in use and was recently opened about 4 months ago. Serial # 0011146.  Combination will not open it now, after many tries and also trying with reverse directions. Are the numbers of left/right turns standardized for all combinations?  Possibly this is my error. Can you suggest the proper count for direction turns between 39-29-11-95?  Or any other help.
Should this problem be a mechanical one, please suggest a source in the New York area. Thank you.

Hi Joan,

there are ONLY three reasons that a safe lock won't open correctly - in order they are:

1.   Incorrect dialing sequence, operator errors,
2.   Incorrect combination, wrong numbers
3.   mechanical problems.

At this point I would possibly suspect items 1 & 2, however as old as the safe maybe and as it probably hasn't been serviced - ever,  it could also be a mechanical problem.  

In general, with the combination you provided and assuming that the lock is an S&G 6730 series or similar lock, the dialing sequence should be:

4 times left to the first number, 39
3 times right to the second number, 29
2 times left to the third number, 11
1 time right slowly until the dial stops - should be about 95.    this number isn't part of the actual combination, its simply a reference point where you should expect the dial to stop at - or about.

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.    For instance for your first number, just start dialing counter clockwise and stop the FOURTH time the number 39 ARRIVES at the index mark - or,   left to 39 once, 39 twice, 39 three times, stopping on 39 the fourth time.

similarly dial the other numbers of the combination.    If it still doesn't open, then you either have the wrong numbers or they are out of order, or a mechanical problem.

as far as recommending someone in the New York area - New York is a big state - I'll need a little more info to narrow it down - zip code should be fine.

Hope this helps,


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