Safe Opening: Photos For Price Quotes


Safe Opening Prices:
Wanted: Usable Photos Of Your Safe 
When It Needs Service

When your safe needs service there are a few things you can do to help the servicing go smoothly. 

Used Safe Prices
Blue Book for Safes
Safe ID When you need a price quote for safe work, the first order of business is to tell the safe company what you have. When the safe company knows what you have (make, model, rating (if known), the price quote will be that much more comprehensive. This is especially important if your safe won't open because of a mechanical problem.

Case in point: As I was heading out one morning the phone rang. When I answered, a distressed-sounding lady began breathlessly telling me about her company's emergency:
"Our vault won't open, and we can't open our business until it opens. Can you come right away?"

Such calls usually qualify for immediate attention. A call from a business that can't operate until it has access to safe …

Safe Signage

Making Sense of Safe Signage and  Labels

What does it all mean?
When someone calls a safe company about solving a safe lockout, the first thing the safe company
needs to know is the safe maker's name. After that, model, rating, and a small handful
of other questions arise.
In the Bad Old (pre-phone camera and texting) Days, this meant a protracted Question/Answer session that
usually left one or both parties frustrated and annoyed. Nowadays, safe techs who have
experienced the exquisite anguish of the safe and vault Question/Answer Game have come to regard texted

digital photos as huge timesavers. Painted maker names, cities, etc.
if the maker's name is painted on, it will usually be painted on the door. The names that so often
appear on the frame over the door are (usually) not safe makers' names. Back in The Day it was a
standard frill on the purchase to offer safes personalized with owners' names.

Painted illustrations
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