Steve: 1, Fire Safe: 0

A few years ago I received a small fire safe as a gift, which I've used since then to keep important documents, photographs, etc. I typically access the safe so rarely I never bothered to memorize the combination, and instead kept it on a document hidden in a dresser drawer in the bedroom (yeah I know that's smart, whatever). Well, guess what, the combination went missing and I needed to get inside. I know Susan (my ex-wife) accessed the safe a little more than three months ago just before she left. That's the last time I saw that document with the combination.

I looked everywhere, but the combination was nowhere to be found. So naturally I assumed Susan must have accidentally taken it with her. A couple months ago I emailed her and asked her to look for it. After reminding her a few more times (typical) she finally sent me a text message today saying that she looked everywhere, but couldn't find the combination. Crap.

But now I really needed to get in there to get things for my new employer, like my SS card and stuff. So, I decided to try to crack it open, except I don't know how to do that. I first tried to drill a hole to see if I could see the knob thingy and maybe discover the combination from there (like in the movies).



It's amazing how easy it is to drill these things. They're just a thin sheet of soft metal and a bunch of insulation. But unfortunately that didn't work because the knob is all self contained and it would have been pretty messy to try and figure out where to drill.

So then I tried to go for the external hinge and maybe knock the pin out.



Wow, that's a pretty shoddy dremel job, even by my standards. But I was safe-cracking, not carving a fricken statue. Anyway, that didn't work out too well either. Half-way through cutting I remembered that the safe has rods inside that lock on both sides, so attacking the hinge was a bit pointless.

Eventually I just took a crow bar and ripped the door off. That worked surprisingly well. It took about 10 minutes, but I just had a wimpy 12" crowbar. If I had a larger crowbar it probably would have only taken a couple minutes.


Steve won this round.


So, I opened the safe and got all my stuff out. Inside I also found the document with the combination on it. Awesome.

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