Tricky Escapes: The Magic Of Locks, Keys And Safes

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Tricky Escapes: The Magic Of Locks, Keys, And Safes

Good day. I'm Joe Seymour and I work part-time as a magician. Recently, I've had to learn a few new tricks because, quite frankly, people aren't impressed with disappearing coins anymore. My new repertoire involves various tricks that use locks, keys, and safes as props. I've actually become quite fixated on all the different types I've found and how they work. My best trick these days is getting an audience member to put money in a safe and lock it with their own combination. Even in a digital world, people love seeing how quickly I can "crack the code". My newfound fascination with locks, keys, and safes has led me to seek out others who have a little know-how in this area. Hopefully, you'll enjoy my blog and my research will help me to gain ideas for new tricks. Just turn the key and step on in.



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A combination lock safe is one of the most common types of safes you will find in the markets. While these safes will help keep your valuables safe, they may develop a few issues down the line. Your safe failing to open is one of the issues you may be faced with. Unless you forgot your combination code, there are other multiple reasons why your combination lock safe lock won't open. Knowing what the culprit is will help you identify the best solution. Here are some of the top reasons behind your safe failing to open.

A Loose Dial Ring

A loose dial ring affects the opening index of your safe by shifting it. If the opening index mark shifts, your safe won't open even with the right combination. The opening index can shift to either side. If it shifts to the left, you will need to add to your combination. That means if your combination was 20-40-60, you should try 21-41-61. 

On the other hand, if it shifts to the left, try 19-39-59. Add or subtract one number to your combination until the safe opens. If this will not work, call a locksmith as soon as possible. You shouldn't continue operating the safe with the loose dial ring because the lock can fail completely, calling for a replacement. By calling a locksmith early enough, the dial ring can simply be tightened, which means you will spend less.

A Damaged Fly And/or Drive Pins

Flies and drive pins may break or become stuck over time. When this happens, your safe's wheel counting will be affected. That means the safe won't open even if you use the right combination. And in most cases, the solution will be to drill the safe so get in touch with a locksmith the soonest possible.

Jammed Up/Misaligned Bolts

Your safe will also remain closed if the bolts are jammed up or if they are out of alignment. In most cases, if you have this problem, it's the handle of your safe that won't turn, or it may do so only slightly then become stuck. Pushing and pulling on your safe door and handle respectively can help solve the problem. Use one of your hands to push in on your safe's door. Using the other hand, turn the handle while pulling it outwards. Doing this can help realign the bolts to the right position needed to turn the handle all the way and open your safe.

For more information, contact your local locksmiths.