Gun safe opened with orange juice bottle

It's the lockpicking lawyer again, a favorite around these parts, today showing how to open a fancy electrical gun safe with a bottle of orange juice.

"That opened pretty easily. Let's try that one more time just in case it was a fluke."

I'm waiting for the video where he introduces himself – "This is the lockpicking lawyer and what I have fo--" – and the safe just clicks open. Read the rest

Old safe opened; nothing inside

A "time capsule" from 1969, which is to say an old, locked safe, was opened to reveal air inside.

A time capsule in Derry that was sealed 50 years ago was recently opened to reveal its contents -- nothing. "We were a little horrified to find it was nothing in it"

A perfect metaphor for the boomer generation. There's no list of what was originally supposed to be in it, either.

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Watch how to open this hotel safe in seconds

Hotel safes with keypad combinations have become a staple in a certain level of hotel room, but if the administrative override code was not changed from the factory settings, it's incredibly easy to open one. Read the rest

What was in the safe

About a year ago, I reported my discovery of a mysterious old safe at the back of a closet in the old house I'd just bought. After much fooling around with combinations and pointless gadgets in my spare time over the course of many months, you finally insisted I call in the professionals. I ignored this plea until you summoned them yourselves.

It took a little time to actually find one, though: the skills it takes to crack a 1920s safe are both uncommon and in-demand, and local locksmiths in Pittsburgh ultimately sent me on to master safecracker Gary Timchak.

He drilled a hole, slid a rigid borescope within, and had it open in minutes.

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I found a locked safe hidden at the back of a closet in my new house

Moving into the house we just bought, I found to my delight a mysterious locked safe at the back of a closet. I've asked a few people how to get into it, and the consensus is either to use powerful microphones to listen in on the tumblers (apparently stethoscopes don't really cut it) or to see if the hinges are weakened by time and can be removed by force without damaging the door or the mechanisms.

Before I get cracking, though, what do you think? I asked the previous owners for the code, but they don't know. They just assumed it was empty. It's a Yale safe.

I know that it's probably full of air, but you never know. Read the rest