Showing posts from October 7, 2012

Do It Yourself: How To Open Your Safe

Copyright 2012 by Ken Dunckel
Safecracker Safe and Vault Service
Serving San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California
Licensed and Insured

In the past month I've followed the work of two misinformed do-it-yourselfers.

1) A property owner found a safe left behind by the previous resident. Not only was it in the way of the remodeling, he was curious about whether there were contents. A contractor doing work there assured the owner that he could open the safe.
Long story short: The contractor failed. He didn't give up until after doing grievous damage to the safe with hammers and grinders. In other words, a safe that could have been opened with zero to minimal damage and made usable was reduced to a piece of unrepairable junk.

After paying me to open it, the owner had to have it hauled out and scrapped.

This was a clear-cut case of "contractor machismo." Plenty of able-bodied guys with pickup trucks and job boxes full of heavy construction…