How does the the palm sander method work? I assume you put the palm sander
against the dial and it jiggles the wheels until the slots are at the top.
Then turn the dial ccw to the contact region and see if it engages?
I finally got the safe last weekend and I've spent hours the last few
evenings and today working through mapping the wheels as described in
'safecracking for software engineers'. I have managed to identify high
points on all three wheels but no good low points. I've gone back and
remapped individual wheels with the lowest points found on the other two.
The problem I'm having is that when I go back to fine tune the numbers near
the low point and redo the low point the readings aren't the same and it
doesn't look like a low point anymore.
The safe is pretty rough looking with rust all over so I was starting to
think that some of the wheels are dragging other wheels around and
causing inconsistent readings. I found another article at 'how stuff works'
that tells how to count the wheels. Although I already know this one has 3
wheels I thought if I can feel the three wheels click at the expected place
during the procedure then it would seem that they aren't dragging. The
contact region on the safe is at 98-08. So I parked the wheels at 48 then
turned the dial back to start picking up wheels in the opposite direction.
They should all click when passing 48 where they were parked. In one
direction the wheels click hard all three times. In the other direction it
sort of clicks but more subtle with a lurch.
The safe is old and rusty so isn't worth all that much so I'm not going to
hire a locksmith. I'm getting close to getting out the angle grinder and
cutting out the bottom. Once I find out it is empty, (I'm almost sure it
is) then I could leave it at Hive13 for everyone to to have a chance at
manipulation. I've learned a lot about safes from this experience.
On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 11:08 PM, Jefferson Casavant <