Combination Safe

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Combination Safe
« on: August 10, 2019, 07:03:19 PM »
I mess up and had to break into my safe. I left the cover off the battery area when I changed the code (you have to remove the cover to press the red button). The batteries fell out and I couldn't find the keys. I tried a few YouTube videos that suggested ways to open a safe without the key/combination, but they didn't work. I eventually decided a screwdriver to pry it open would be faster.

So, now I need something new (and I will make sure I don't lose the keys). Any suggestions? Something that doesn't require removing the battery cover to change the code. My last safe was a First Alert 1036885 Digital Safe 0.23 Cubic Ft

Re: Combination Safe
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2019, 08:39:50 PM »
I drilled a hole in the battery cover for that very reason

Re: Combination Safe
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 03:02:22 AM »
I was thinking of using tape to keep the batteries in place if the cover isn't replaced properly.

Ultimately, it was my fault. I have two master keys to open the safe, but stored them both together, so if I couldn't find one, I couldn't find either key. I am thinking of designing a container to key one of the spare keys. (If I just put the key in a drawer, I will eventually use it.) I will either lock it with a combination lock where I don't know the combination and have to try all 1,000 or 10,000 combinations to open the lock or break the container open.

I saw a product called KeySure that is designed for those times when you need to give a neighbor a key that they would only use in an emergency. Once the container is closed, the only way to open is to break the container. If the neighbor returns the key still inside the KeySure container, you know they didn't use the key to go inside. I thought I might be able to use that concept and seal a key in laminated sheets. I would have to physically cut the key free which might reduce the temptation to use the key, but have it still available in an emergency

Re: Combination Safe
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2019, 06:08:25 AM »
I built a little wooden box (easy, cheap, and cute), and put two latches, for 2 (colour-coded) 4-digit luggage locks = 8 digits.

Later, I might buy two more luggage locks of another colour (which I’ll match with the flag colour I’ll assign to a Chastikey lock) so that to open the box and get my key, I’d need the combinations from 2 8-digit Chastikey locks.  16 digits.  Very hard to remember.