How to open a dial safe without the combination

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How to open a dial safe without the combination
Opening a dial safe without the combination at first might seem like a complex operation. (Safe box image by Raulmah� ³n from

If you have a dial safe containing valuable personal possessions but you can't remember the combination, you need to figure out a way to open the safe and access your property. Dial safes are often designed with features built-in that allow you to open the safe even if you do not have the combination. You can accomplish the mission with the emergency key.

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  • Emergency key

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  1. 1

    Pull the dial panel off the combination safe. Usually it simply pulls off.

  2. 2

    Look for the hidden keyhole on the interior panel underneath where the dial rested. This is usually a small round notch in the safe.

  3. 3

    Insert the emergency key into the emergency keyhole slot.

  4. 4

    Turn the key clockwise until you hear the safe lock release. Return the key back to its beginning position and remove the key.

  5. 5

    Turn the handle that opens the safe downward and pull open the safe.

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