How to Dial Open a Combination Lock For Safes





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Published on Jun 2, 2010

Hi, Dye the Safe Guy here to talk about how to open a dial combination lock. I'm going to give you the instructions on how to do it and show you how to find your combination when your new safe arrives. Look at the handle on the safe, you'll find an envelope similar to this one here that is sealed. Open it up and pull out the dial combination card. On this card will be the three numbers that you'll need to open your safe along with instructions on how to open a dial combination lock.

Preparing to open the safe
Okay the first thing you want to do is check the handle to see if the safe is open or closed. If it's open, then you want to close the handle. Sometimes when they ship the handle will be open because it's secured by the packaging. The next thing you want to do is look at this lock. There is two hash marks. The first one at the 12:00 position is the one you use for your combination.

Clearing the lock
First, you want to do what we call "clearing the lock". Turning the knob to the left counter clockwise three or four revolutions and then to the right three or four revolutions. Then stop on 0, right at the 12:00 position. This is where you will start your dial combination.

Combo card instructions
Now look at the dial combination card which has your three numbers and the instructions on how to open your lock. Refer to this and read it carefully while following my next instructions.

Dialing your combination
Okay the first number is 88. So, you want to turn counter clockwise stopping when the first number comes to the mark here on the fourth time. Okay here we go once past 88, twice, three times and stop on 88 right there. Next is 65. So, you want to turn clockwise to the right, stopping when the second number comes to the mark the third time. So, lets go to 65, one, two and on the third time we stop right there. You can go slowly, don't hurry, don't spin it fast. The third number that you have to memorize is 31 in this case. So turn counter clockwise stopping when the third number comes to the mark on the 2nd time. Here we go to 31, one, two. Be sure not to touch the handle during this process.

Opening the safe
The last thing you do to open a dial combination lock is turn it the opposite direction which in this case is clockwise to the stop number. The stop number is a 4th digit that is programmed in the lock but you don't need to memorize it. So lets turn to the stop number to where the dial won't move anymore. You see here, this dial won't move. That is your sign to open the handle. So, let's do that, we're going to open this handle. Boom the safe opens.

Practice, Practice, Practice
Okay just like everything in life, you need to keep practicing with the door in the open position like this. You just close the handle and mimic that the safe is closed. Then continue to spin the dial until it clears, and then run your combination five, six, seven, eight, nine times. Just like when you were in high school and you first learned your first locker combination. If you practice this over and over several times before you actually start opening the safe for real, you will memorize it and it will make it perfect for you.

Secure your combination
Another thing you need to know is this combination should not be kept in your home. You want to give it to your trusted relative or friend. Or if you have a safe deposit box, put it there. Or even take it to work. Do not leave it in the house. When the bad guys break in they can find it and get into your safe easily.

Okay lets review. When your safe gets there and you unpack it, you'll find a brown envelope similar to this sealed. Open it up and take your private combination out. Read the directions on here and then go down and clear the lock by turning it many times to the left and right and then come back to 0 to the 12:00 hash mark. Begin to do your combination and follow the directions here. Then lastly don't forget there is a stop number so that last number you don't have to memorize. You turn the dial to the right or clockwise to your fourth and last number. Finally practice, practice, practice with the door open. Don't do it with the safe closed, do it with the door open. Once you think you have it, you will have many years of enjoyable use of your safe. Thanks



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