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22 Apr

Safe Moving

The photos shown in this blog post illustrate a particular type of safe moving called ‘cribbing’. Cribbing involves stacking wood, either 4×4’s or 4×6’s in an alternating square pattern in order to raise an object. In our case, we use cribbing to bring a heavy safe up or down steps. This method involves raising the

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22 Apr

Safe Openings After Botched Locksmith Attempts

In this post, I have photos of two different safes that were destroyed by locksmiths. It is my hope that in reading this people won’t make the same mistake the unfortunate owners of these ruined safes did by calling locksmiths who aren’t trained to service safes. Safes and safe servicing (opening) is a specialty within

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13 Feb

Electronic Safe Lock Installation on Old Safe

This article is about retrofitting an old safe with a mechanical lock to a new modern electronic safe lock. Nowadays, many safe manufacturers install safe locks that conform to a ‘standard’ or ‘magic module’ footprint. Conforming to this ‘standard’ means that regardless of which brand of safe or safe lock you own, it can be

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13 Feb

LKM7000 Lock Install

As an LKM 7000 certified installer, I occasionally get calls from contractors needing this particular lock installed.  For those unfamiliar, the LKM 7000 is a lock used exclusively by the government and its contractors to secure rooms that may contain classified information.  This lock takes the place of the standard lever set and combination lock

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22 Jan

High Security Safe Keylock Retrofit

We recently sold a used high security safe. Every used safe we sell goes through a thorough servicing and inspection to identify any worn parts or items needing service. Worn parts are then replaced. What makes our company unique is our ability to remake many parts that become worn in a safe. In doing so,

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30 Oct

Knock Down Fire Rated Hollow Metal Door and Frame Install

One of our school customers contacted us about installing a new door and frame for a classroom on the second floor of their building. I was taken to the wall seen in photo 1. The school recently had some construction done, some interior walls came down, others went up and in the process, a few

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30 Oct

Wood Door and Hinge Installation

One of our customers, a private school contacted us to have a new door installed in their basement. At some point in time, for some unknown reason, the door was removed from the frame and discarded. The room was purposed for storage. The principal decided he again wanted to use the room for its intended

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30 Oct

Aluminum Stile Lock Installs

Although there are a lot of different types of hardware designed to fit onto aluminum stile doors, this post includes photos from two different jobs. On one job I installed an Adams Rite Hook bolt and on the other job I installed an Adams Rite Electric Strike. Aluminum stiles doors are those that are made

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30 Oct

Pocket Door Mortise Lock Install

A local customer had his bathroom recently redone. He decided to install a pocket door for the bathroom. Pocket doors slide from side to side on a track and retract into a pocket in the wall. Pocket doors require specific types of locks that hook into the strike plate preventing the door from sliding back

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30 Oct

Bischoff High Security Safe Opening and Key Fabrication

We received a safe as compensation from the owner of another safe company. Photo 1 shows a Bischoff TRTL15x6. A formidable high security burglary safe that provides torch and tool resistance on all six sides of the safe. We received the safe locked. Yup, the owner didn’t have the keys or the combination to the

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