Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by 49willys, Nov 26, 2022.
If it doesn't work in the morning, then I would call a lock smith.
If digital, check the battery. If mechanical, try to push/pull on the door to see if taking tension off the bolts helps.
medium hard around circumference of handle upon final number
Watch HERE to get a sense of what's got to drop into the right slot(s) at that point on a dial combo.
See HERE for digital
New battery, first thing.
Push in on the door a bit to take any tension off the bolts, work the handle back and forth a bit, just to make reasonably sure it's free/not binding.
Enter the combination and ease the handle to the open position.
Keep trying various iterations of this, perhaps with some jarring, extra pushing on the door, cocking the handle while operating, etc.
My safe had a quirk where I needed to rotate the handle slightly in the latch direction when I enter the combination, then rotate it in the open direction afterwards.
I wouldn't advise getting excessively rough in your operations. This slippage you described sounds like you need finesse and letting your frustrations get the better of you may make things worse.
If you can't get it open, call a professional. I don't know what that might cost, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's less than you cutting the safe open and having to repair/replace it.
I sent an email,I hope they can help.Im just in a bit of panic mode I think.
(and have you already replaced the battery?)
https://nwsafe.com/blogs/tips/electronic-lock-won-t-open#:~:text=Battery failure is the most,doesn't have enough amperage.
> ...without sufficient amperage your lock might make noise but not open
> a battery with the wrong amperage can be deceiving because the keypad
> can still make noise and appear to work normally.
See also temp lockout engaged...
(It matters since it requires true amperage to move metal
pieces around....no longer solid state at that point)
... and enough people mentioned alkaline Duracell to
convince me it wasn't gimmicky brand call...
Duracell just bought at store
Have ,you tried the rubber mallet trick yet?
(We had to regularly use exactly that w/ the big Range safe in the Cluhouse)
I will as soon as everyone in the house wakes up,lol.where would be the best place to whack it with the mallet?
After entering the code, smack the metal face of the door roughly even w. the top of the keypad about
halfway to the hinge and/or opening edge. Then try opening.
All you're trying to do is jar loose what may be a stuck solenoid catch.
little dark humor...
Give Dakota a call 1-888-469-SAFE
Best of luck with the on-line folks at Dakota...
Post: the 1st thing they're gonna ask is "...how many different DuraCells & how new?.... "
From your previous replies you appear to have that covered.
My Liberty manual specifically states Duracell as well.
I checked it a while back and the 9v that was in it had an exp. date of 2017! But i left it since it was still working. The first time i heard it do the battery beep, i changed it. That was about a week ago! I only get in it a couple times a month though.
However, it’s set up that if the electric keypad is damaged or tore off you can insert a specialty key in the keyhole under the pad (twists to remove) that allows you to manually open the door.
A hole in the cover inside the safe?
(or through the outside of the door?)
this old Government lock was crap. The delrin discs had worn. Supposedly the Government wanted plastic discs because they would be invisible to X rays. As if someone who stole a 1000 lb safe was going to try to pick the lock using X rays to determine the combination.
While mechanical locks do fail, the failure rate of electronic locks is orders of magnitude higher. They are a great money maker for locksmiths. Let me recommend, get a good mechanical lock. This is on a gun safe of mine, brass wheels, very reliable.
this is a 6700 series of lock. There are a bunch of R6700 locks for less than $100 on ebay. People remove these good locks and install crappy digital locks, which cost hundreds to drill out. And then there is the door repair.
I installed a lock taken off a Cannon safe. It was a bargain.
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