Change a safe lock?

Change a safe lock?

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    Change a safe lock?

    Is it easy to change a safe lock? My safe has a dial on it and for whatever reason my wife just can't get the hang of opening it. I've showed her how to open it dozens of times and I've watched her but I cannot figure out what she's doing wrong. The lock works perfectly fine, I open it daily it's something she doing. She's so frustrated with the safe she dreads trying to open it.

    I want to change to a S&G digital code lock. I know not everyone likes them but it's either this or she will stop using the safe which means she can't get to the guns.

    So, how hard are they to change? Is it a DIY thing or do I have to call a locksmith?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Novarider View Post
    Is it easy to change a safe lock? My safe has a dial on it and for whatever reason my wife just can't get the hang of opening it. I've showed her how to open it dozens of times and I've watched her but I cannot figure out what she's doing wrong. The lock works perfectly fine, I open it daily it's something she doing. She's so frustrated with the safe she dreads trying to open it.

    I want to change to a S&G digital code lock. I know not everyone likes them but it's either this or she will stop using the safe which means she can't get to the guns.

    So, how hard are they to change? Is it a DIY thing or do I have to call a locksmith?
    I'm sure it depends on the safe make and model. You might contact the manufacturer. If they don't have an answer, I would go with a locksmith that specializes in safes.

    But it might be easier to find a way to look for new ways to teach your wife how to open it. I think once she gets it, she will have it. The video below is a pretty good tutorial. Another solution is to get another smaller safe just for guns she needs access to. She can wait until you get home to get to the rest.

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    I bought a safe for my kid. Knew exactly what I wanted, but the sales weasel insisted that I needed digital. I refused so I think he jinxed me as I often have to do the combo twice on my safe to get it open.
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    I’ve had to change the combination on a safe a few times which is not too hard but to change out the lock mechanism would better to be done by a locksmith.
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    I recently (within the last few years) changed my combo safe lock to a digital lock and couldn't be happier. After more than a decade, my Combo S&G dial started getting a bit more difficult to open, I didn't understand exactly why. I went to our local gun shop where I had purchased the Liberty safe to discuss the difficulty that had slowly started appearing. It was explained, and confirmed by research, that combo locks can wear over time and the numbers used to open it may appear to be a bit off. That fact, along with my aging eyesight began making opening it a bit frustrating. Additionally, my safe is tucked into the back of a large closet without the best of lighting.

    Fast forward to when I bought the S&G Digital lock which was installed for free (with lock purchase) and took about 15 minutes, and I'm not sure that I would have attempted it myself. It is supposed to be EMP-proof and the pad shines a red libht on the numbers when pushed...makes for zero problems in a dark closet. Opening and closing my safe has now become a quick process that makes access painless.

    I was a extremely skeptical about making the change from combo to digital, but now I know that I have made the much more convenient and correct decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RETSUPT99 View Post
    I recently (within the last few years) changed my combo safe lock to a digital lock and couldn't be happier. After more than a decade, my Combo S&G dial started getting a bit more difficult to open, I didn't understand exactly why. I went to our local gun shop where I had purchased the Liberty safe to discuss the difficulty that had slowly started appearing. It was explained, and confirmed by research, that combo locks can wear over time and the numbers used to open it may appear to be a bit off. That fact, along with my aging eyesight began making opening it a bit frustrating. Additionally, my safe is tucked into the back of a large closet without the best of lighting.

    Fast forward to when I bought the S&G Digital lock which was installed for free (with lock purchase) and took about 15 minutes, and I'm not sure that I would have attempted it myself. It is supposed to be EMP-proof and the pad shines a red libht on the numbers when pushed...makes for zero problems in a dark closet. Opening and closing my safe has now become a quick process that makes access painless.

    I was a extremely skeptical about making the change from combo to digital, but now I know that I have made the much more convenient and correct decision.
    Thanks for this reply. Makes me feel better about the switch it digital. How long do your batteries last?
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    The lock will identify a weak battery, but I change it yearly regardless.
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    Boy, I'm just not a fan of the digital locks - once bitten, twice shy, I guess. My shooting buddy and I both bought quality safes (different brands, different stores) within a few weeks of each other, both with S&G digital locks. Both locks failed within a few weeks of purchase. Locks were replaced under warranty, but his safe had to be drilled out (a hour or more plus a box of carbide-tipped drills). I got lucky, my digital lock magically started working the night before the locksmith's service call. We each replaced with the classic S&G 3-number manual locks.

    Granted, reliability may have improved in the 10 years since that story unfolded, but I'll need a bit of convincing!
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    I’ve considered doing the opposite - either getting a safe with a manual combination or swapping out the lock. If there’s an electrical surge (EMP), an electronic lock gets fried.
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    I have a simplex (five buttons, coded as I want--can be one at a time or two at a time, but each button only once) lock on mine, and like it. I can open it in the dark, should that be necessary. I had initially thought about biometric, but the more research I did, the less I liked the idea and the more I liked manual locks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StripesDude View Post
    I’ve considered doing the opposite - either getting a safe with a manual combination or swapping out the lock. If there’s an electrical surge (EMP), an electronic lock gets fried.
    Do some research, electronic locks are now EMP proof

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    Am I the only one who when locking a manual dial puts the dial back on Zero?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWOUSCG View Post
    Am I the only one who when locking a manual dial puts the dial back on Zero?
    Nope that is my habit too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWOUSCG View Post
    Am I the only one who when locking a manual dial puts the dial back on Zero?
    I do the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StripesDude View Post
    I’ve considered doing the opposite - either getting a safe with a manual combination or swapping out the lock. If there’s an electrical surge (EMP), an electronic lock gets fried.

    Wait a minute...
    https://www.sargentandgreenleaf.com/emp/
    https://www.vaultprousa.com/emp-resi...ectronic-locks
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