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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

U.S.
On Vacation
returns 11/03/2014
Expertise

Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 40 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of two Tilton & McFarland Safes from the 1860'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

40 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. 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

Organizations

Safecrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association

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 - 2013 Listed in AllExperts top 50 Experts. All Experts 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, including western Nevada

What do you like about this subject?

This has been more than a hobby for almost 40 years, it is more like a passion. I enjoy researching the antique safes and the histories of the manufactures. This isn't just a career for me, it is a lifestyle.

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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daisy10/21/14Thank you so much for the prompt .....
Marc10/18/14101010Thanks Andy
Marc10/17/14101010Andy's knowledge on the subject save me .....
Diane10/15/14101010 
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Recent Answers from Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

2014-10-23 safe value:

Hi Tony,    Yes I'm very familiar with the safe manufacturer's and the lock.    As far as it being desirable by "collectors" there really isn't a large group of collectors around, if there were values

2014-10-22 whats my safe worth:

Hi George,    Actually you DON'T have a safe made by the union vault and safe company.    This was just a distributor or sales company.    The ACTUAL manufacture of your safe was "Syracuse Safe Company"

2014-10-22 diebold cillinder safe:

Hi Jeremy,    First I'll start with the info that you provided, which is not manufacturer info.    The info from the "Safe Manufacturers National Association" label, indicates the standards the safe was

2014-10-20 Hobbs & Co . Safe:

Hi Daisy,    First off I must disclose that European and English safes are not my area of expertise.   I would recommend your contacting two other individuals on this same site that are both in England

2014-10-19 2 antique safes restoration/value or sale:

Hi Christine,    Both very nice safes though they BOTH need extensive restoration work.    The Diebold is what we term an "automatic".    When the time lock is set, and the door is closed, the lock would

 

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