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Hi Andy. I have a safe we can't get open.  The safe is a Gary.  The plate on the front says Gary Safe Co. City of Industry, 66059.  It is located on a 10" round silver door with the lock in the center of it. The safe is 34"T x 21 1/2" W x 22" D. I think it was purchased in 1970's by my father, who poured about 1000 lbs of concrete into it.  I am unsure if he bought it new or used. We have the combination, which used to work, but now it does not.  We are located in Sequim, WA, about 2 hrs NW of Seattle.  Do you know what the fire rating of this safe is, and any suggestions for getting into it?  Sequim is a beautiful place to visit on vacation....just sayin'!!!  Thank you for any help on this.  Joanne

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Hi Joanne,

There are ONLY three reasons that a safe lock doesn't work - in order they are:

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

As you have indicated you have opened the safe WITH the combination that you have I have to assume that the problem is either 1 or 3 above.    As you possibly (and your father) have NEVER had the safe serviced, there is a good possibility that the problem is mechanical in nature, however as I doubt you open it on a regular basis, it good just as well be a simple dialing error.

Fortunately for you (talk about timing) it just so happens that I AM coming up to your neck of the woods in July!   Just saying!    Actually I'm dropping my youngest grandson off in Port Ludlow on July 11th for a two week training cruise on the tall ship Lady Washington (just in case you didn't know she and the Hawaiian Chieftain were going to be in port.   They actually had to move the schedule from Port Angeles to Port Ludlow due to a dock problem that wouldn't be repaired in time for the visit.   But I digress!

I will possibly have some time on Sunday the 10th and Monday the 11th after dropping him off to look at your safe, if your interested.   We are actually staying in Edmonds, WA and will have to take the Ferry over.

If you are interested let me know and we can discuss the safe.   I would also like to have a couple photos of it, so I can do a bit of research before coming up.

Send an email to me at:   andy@securitysafeusa.com    

Hope this helps,  

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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.

Experience

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".

Organizations
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

Past/Present Clients
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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