How to reset combination for a Mosler bank safe, installed in 1930 approximately

How to reset combination for a Mosler bank safe, installed in 1930 approximately full size image
How to reset combination for a Mosler bank safe, installed in 1930 approximately full size image
I have a bank vault in my office building that was probably installed in 1930 as
that is the corner stone on the building and it was built to house the Bank of
Farmingdale.The door as you can see is open. I spoke with the last branch
manager, Frank Bondietti who remembers the vault as functional but does not
remember the combination. Frank is in his 90's. Any ideas on how I can reset
the vault combination so I can use the room to secure documents in a fireproof
environment?
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Gregory Carman
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I have a bank vault in my office building that was probably installed in 1930 as that is the corner stone on the building and it was built to house the Bank of Farmingdale.The door as you can see is open. I spoke with the last branch manager, Frank Bondietti who remembers the vault as functional but does not remember the combination. Frank is in his 90's. Any ideas on how I can reset the vault combination so I can use the room to secure documents in a fireproof environment?
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Gregory Carman
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Look up the oldest locksmith in the city and ask them. You have a huge advantage in that the door is open. Safes and vault doors have safety interlocks that may permanently render them unopenable without extraordinary measures if tampered with or if they must be cut open when closed.
I say the oldest locksmith in the city, because they are most likely to have somebody who has worked on a safe door of that age or know somebody who has.
I recently asked a local locksmith I trust about opening a couple safes I had the combination to, but would not open. She said I was most likely running the combinations wrong, but they charged by the hour to cut them open. Since both have high ratings the time to cut them open might have been greater than the value of the safe or the contents. Not related to your dilemma, she gave me the correct instructions to run the combinations and they opened for me.
When you consider the value of a high quality vault or safe even several hundred dollars is quite cheap to have a professional manage it for you. In my example above the two safes would costs thousands of dollars to replace. In addition the locksmith can inspect it for service wear while they are there and let you know if it needs and repair or maintenance.
If you happen to have run across my posts elsewhere on Usenet or on forums you might be aware I despise when somebody asks a question and somebody else says "call a pro." In this case I really think this is the best answer. Financially its sound and decent quality safes and vaults can be rendered inoperable. I'm not happy with this answer myself, but it may be the best answer in this case.
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Bob La Londe

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