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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 42 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.

Experience in the area

44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes".

Organizations

SafeCrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association (SAVTA)

Publications

The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes AllExperts.com

Education/Credentials

Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

Awards and Honors

2009 - 2015 - Listed in AllExperts Top 50 Experts. All Expert Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

Past/Present Clients

US Secret Service, FBI, BATF, Local Law enforcment agencies, Diebold, Hamilton Pacific, Red Hawk Int., Chubb International, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Mechanics Bank, El Dorado Savings Bank, many Credit unions and smaller banks. McDonalds, Togos, BurgerKing, TacoBell, Carls Jr. FoodMaxx, SaveMart, Lucky's, Albertson's, Raley's, Safeway, NobHill, Bell Markets, PW Markets. Great America, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, UA Cinemas, and many homeowners and small businesses. Provide warranty service for lock and safe manufactures. Service Area is Northern California (Fresno to Oregon and Western Nevada)

What do you like about this subject?

This has been more than a hobby for almost 45 years, it is more like a passion. I enjoy researching the antique safes and the histories of the manufactures. This is not just a career for me, it is a life style.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I would like to pass on some of my passion for the older safes to the younger generations, while at the same time providing consumer awareness for the current fire and burglary standards that they should be using to protect their valuables. Currently working on a "guide to antique safes" which will list most of the known manufactures from the mid 1800's through the early 1900's.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Knowledge of the antique safes is dying off rapidly. Locksmiths and safemen who are new to the industry don't want to take the time to learn the rich heritage of their profession. The older safemen are not passing on this history and it is fast becoming lost.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Unfortunately the only safes that most people see are the el-cheapo's from the discount stores. It is really pleasing to find people with older safes that want to restore them to their original grandeur. Part of my goal is to educate you on what kinds of protection a real burglary safe or fire safe will provide to make you an informed consumer.

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Recent Answers from Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

2017-02-22 Cary Safe Combination:

Hi John,    If I told you to stand in the corner of a round room - where would you start???    Without a reference point there is no beginning or end.   On a 100 number dial the "0" and the "100" are the

2017-02-21 mpontgomery ward safe 9030:

Hi Forrest,    I'm not sure what your question is???    "how can I open without 63mmb"?????      Montgomery Ward sold safes made by a couple different companies, including some imports.  unfortunately

2017-02-20 Vintage Safe Questions:

Hi David,    You don't have a "Vintage" safe - it was not harvested or bottled from a vineyard, so it doesn't have a "vintage" (year of harvest or bottling of a wine).    What you DO have is an "ANTIQUE"

2017-02-19 Sears Safe Jammed:

Hi Joe,    First question:    Does the combo lock actually unlock???   If the lock does not unlock as normal and come to a full and complete stop, then the handle and bolt work are NOT going to turn.

2017-02-16 Cary Safe Combination:

Hi John,    The sequence you have referenced is for a DIFFERENT type of lock - not the same.    Based on the serial number on your safe, I would expect it to have a Cary C-3 lock and it would have been

 

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