Picture of A bit of safe cracking...
So my safe is locked, the batteries are dead and the key is somewhere on a beach about 50 miles away....

Sorry for the lack of photos, I documented this after the fact... needed my emergency cigarettes and the staple gun, also I wasn't throwing out twenty quid...

By the way this is entered in the tool tips month, don't know if it counts though, it does use tools in a different way but it's ultimately just busting in to a safe...

DISCLAIMER - I take no repsonsibility for any readers misuse of this information or any readers who hurt themselves attempting this, by reading this instructable you, the reader takes full responsibility for his/her actions.

EDIT: more photos added, I couldn't help but abuse the poor thing some more.
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Step 1: Ripping it open...

Picture of Ripping it open...
So you'll only need:

Baby flathead screwdriver

A larger flathead flathead screwdriver (about the same width as the keyhole)

A pair of pliers (you can do without)

A set of dextrous fingers... (you can learn how to have these, don't worry no opposable thumbs required...)

This should work on all cheaper safes, this one was a 5 hours fireproof, resistant to brute force and poking at through the bolt holes...

My brother forgot his code and it took me an hour of solid hammering with a 10lb sledghammer, this takes five minutes to half an hour, depending on how skillerd you are at prying...

Step 2: Remove the faceplate...

Picture of Remove the faceplate...
So you need to remove the plastic faceplate.

Try kicking it from the side... that may knock it off, I eventually resorted to prying it with a screwdriver simply because mine was a bit low on the profile for kicking...

as a tip save the keypad, that way you can replace the batteries and it will still work afterwards...
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jlund3 years ago
O by the way Mike Tyson would just bite the lock off lol
jlund3 years ago
K nvr mind a hk91 set up 100 yard down range rite into we're the lock mech is wala your in
jlund3 years ago
I'd take it out back and empty a 12g in to it lol
zack2474 years ago
I was going to get a electronic safe, but i am not so sure about batteries, since if they burn out im screwed, And thers no way i'd remember where i put the key. what is the hinge like? is there any way to fish some wires to the base so it can be hooked up to an external power supply?
killerjackalope (author)  zack2474 years ago
Sure, depending on the batteries it takes, most of them are four D or AA cells, so 6V power supply run the cable in to one of the bolt holes and wire it up. Be warned that if you removed the power supply you'd be locked out.
yea but i dont think id ever remove the power supply from something that important...
killerjackalope (author)  zack2474 years ago
Aye, just power outages etc. though a set of rechargeables hooked up to a charger powering the safe would save you the worries.
A, Maybe easier way could be to but a bit of home-made thermite on it..... Good instructable anyway, 4/5 star rating.
Thats a fun idea but I do not think it would be a good idea. Think about how hot thermite burns now think about the contents of the safe. Maybe if you could control it and just hit the hinge or something but chances are you might melt or at least partial destroy the contents of the safe if you did that.
Yeah, but if you loked a safe you didn't want anymore it would be a different story...
spelled "locked" wrong
The mythbusters tried something similar to opening a safe with thermite, they used a welding tool instead, and then water to blast open the door, ( look the episode up for more details, it was a relocker safe) point is, the air inside got so hot all the play money and jewels melted and burned to ash.
ya i have seen that episode the got it from a movie but if it were real diamonds they wouldnt melt but the paper would burn but the paper would prob be in a metal box in the safe
diamonds are carbon -- they do burn.
Right but I am not talking about what would happen to the safe. If you had something in it that you want or even be able to tell what it was the thermite would have destroyed it. Plastic, paper, fabric, maybe some metal any of it in the safe would prob be destroyed while trying to open it with thermite.
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Sorry but for a normal safe that would not work evilfrogie. Think about how a normal safe locks. There is normally a metal bolt that locks the safe on three directions. If not three at least two. Since that it the case even if you destroyed the hinges the locking bolts would still keep the door in place with little to no movement after the hinges are gone.
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Unlikely that would work. Go to a store and look at the build of most safes. They are made so that you can't get to the locking rods even without hinges in most cases. And simply applying thermite to the dial or keypad will not result in the locking rods release.
nice idea,I read that the only metal that can survive thermite was titanium
_soapy_ Derin6 years ago
And sadly, what you read was wrong. It should have said "Tungsten".
Yeah, Tungsten will not melt without a bloody big fight (I hope "bloody" isn't considered as a curse...)
Nahm use a thermic lance. It'll melt through fire bricks. In moments. That's why good safes have thermal relockers in them - they pick up the heat, melt, and then the door won't open even with the key(s) or code(s). Sure, you can then try and melt the relocker, but you are more likely to weld the door closed.
 ...or an oxy-acetylene torch. I'v melted ceramic in minutes with mine and with the cutting head I'm sure you could blast even graphite with enough oxygen to mess it up somehow.
Yeah, Just change what oxides you are using and you can get a lot of molten stuff.
asanaya5 years ago
this is a great Instructable by the way but i notice that there are two panels before in the safe and it shows the circuit board i would have cut half way down the red and black cables going in the safe, rig some batteries and wa-la the keypad works :) then after open tie the wires back tape over them and replace the batteries lol :)
MaXoR5 years ago
That Mythbusters episode used a "Thermal Lance" to burn a holeinto the top of the safe.... the thermal lance is a controlled versionof thermite in HOW it cuts. It's HIGH heat. It also liquified themetal as it made it's way through the top. It proves that point someoneelse was trying to make about using heat to get into a safe simply isn'ta good idea. I'm sure the burn holes in all the $100's will give you away.

As well, best method to gain access to a safe is to use your brain,learn how that certain model works, then find it's weak point. Afterthat it's usually only a few hours and a drill to get in.
sharlston5 years ago
i just put a bit of explosive powder or charge in the key hole to shatter the pins
fwjs286 years ago
haha...just take a few M-80 of the black market and blast 'em beside the safe.....
killerjackalope (author)  fwjs286 years ago
Wouldn't bust it... Might fire the safe across the place though, they're tough bits of kit, I took a sledgehammer to one out of boredom, couldn't really do much to it, we also propped a forklift up on one once, they used to end up kicking around the yard a lot for whatever reason...
true......well, it would still be fun...with explosives and all..
There is a much easier way to open these low cost safes. Simply turn the handle, while banging the top of the safe with a rubber mallet or heavy book (e.g. dictionary). It helps if they are on a surface with a little spring, like a carpet or rubber mat. The banging will move the solenoid against its spring. If you turn the handle while the spring is compressed, the door will simply open.
I did try banging the top of it but didn't stick at it for too long... A lot of them are better being hit from the side, since the solenoid is usually flat across the door, though which way matter...
Kind of reminds me of the Italian Job, with that girl that cracked safes for a living. I'll remember this if I ever need to break open some safe.
R4Man186 years ago
Lol nice ins, if I ever needed to crack one open it was small enough that I could just drill out the locking mech (when you open a safe you should write down where the locks are incase you ever need to open it forcefully).
killerjackalope (author)  R4Man186 years ago
Well this one was guarded on the inside of the door aswell and it never had problems until then... The hardened steel or whatever it was would wreck my drill bits but it's brittle, by prying it apart that way it tends to snap, hammer blows can work as well but then you'd ruin a nice chisel, the lock mech just chipped away in small bits compared to attacking the tensile strength of it...
Un-temper it and then drill
Big Bwana6 years ago
Bolt it down, add some bondo and paint, glue the keypad back on it and you'd have a new safe ... Most thief's won't bother checking it with a magnet for bondo, if it looks like metal it is metal and they will either try taking it or leaving it this is where the bolts holding it down are a fun time waster... Or you could just quit smoking .....
killerjackalope (author)  Big Bwana6 years ago
Well I did use it for my valuables and whatnot aswell, Someone threw the safe out after this, otherwise it was going to be the test chamber for my projects that are likely to go wrong...
nature2236 years ago
you also could simply use a 10RPM grinder with a cut off wheel and hack off the hinge pins that one doesnt have lock pegs on both sides of the door.
you STILL could salvage it...take it to a welder,have him weld on a heavy duty "theft proof"(nothing truly is theft proof,but time and noise stop most theives)hasp,that is sheilded,THEN obtain a serious padlock that has a sheiled locking pin...that'll still cost less then a new safe,and is ALMOST as good,and you keep your safe.
now that's ANOTHER potential instructable.. =)
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