Posted 4/13/2019 23:33 (#7438102 - in reply to #7437883) Subject: RE: Need a safe cracker
North End I-15
As mentioned if door is open , it's a easy job to remove inside door panel to access the inside dial.
The number of lock plates will determine how many numbers are in combo. Standard is right turn past 0 the same as number of lock plates . Then turn right till first plate lines up then left till 2nd plate lines up then right to next one . Write down the numbers on dial face in sequence as you locate them.
One can also start by turning left , only difference will be the the numbers on the dial.
Most of the old safes had threaded holes in the lock plate with a stud pin threaded into . Those could be changed to change combination.
My old safe has 4 tumblers or lock plates . So to start one turns the dial 4 complete revolutions to right to make sure all the plates are pulling one on the other . Starting from 0 turn till the the first plate lines up. Reverse then till second lines up ,reverse till 3rd lines up and reverse till the last plate lets dog drop in to all the plates .
Back when I was on a Credit Union Board we attended a security meeting . They had a training video showing opening one of those old safes with a big hammer and a punch . Took less than a minute to open .
As Director of a Co-op we would change the office safe combo with any manager change. Same with Credit Union . With 2 people , one on each side of door the combo can be changed and the only person knowing the numbers will be the person on the numbered dial side.
One a safe has been through a fire it's fire rating is 0. The old safes lining was mostly plaster of Paris. Once the plaster has been "Fired" it losses it moisture which it will not regain.