How to Dial Open a Combination Safe Lock video

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  • Published: 21 October 2009
  • Step by step instructions on how to dial open all group 2 mechanical combination safe lock, the easy way. Works on all Group 2 from Sargent & Greenleaf, La Gard, Kaba.


    40 years of telling people how to open locks over the phone, I hope it works as well on youtube.

    For decades group 2 locks like the S & G and LaGard type were the locks of choice virtually every safe manufacturer in the world, including American Security (Amsec), Cannon, Browning, Fort Knox, Liberty, to name a few.

    Hi, my name is John Dean and I'd like to show you an easy way to open up a group two lock whether it's an S&G, Lagard, Kaba, doesn't matter. All the group two locks open up exactly the same way. Now the first thing I want you to do, trick number one is I want you to write down left, right, left, right and then next to that, four, three, two, one, that's the sequence that we are going to be using to dial this safe open, right now.

    To follow our sequence first thing you do is, you turn it four times to the left. You sneak up on your first number, in this case it's fifty, and you want to make sure that the crows foot is directly above it, ignore the other mark, this is the one that counts.

    Our second number is twenty-four you pass Twenty-four once, going to the right, pass it twice, and we're going to stop at twenty four our third time. Bang there we go. Our last number is sixty-five you pass sixty-five, once, you stop your second time.

    We're almost home.

    Now you go to the right, and right about, somewhere, between ninety-five and five, it kind of pulls itself in, and you want to pull it a little further, it'll stop somewhere between eighty-five and ninety-five, now that's retracting
    the bolts, at this point this safe is unlocked, and you just open it up.

    Now one last note in locking the safe, all group two locks, you must turn them to left four or more times, if you don't do that you're safe is a really locked and it can be easily manipulated opened. Now by the way, if you want these instructions in PDF form, I'm going to put in a link over here on the information thing, on the little more info, so you can go directly and print down a PDF.

    Watch the video couple of times you'll get the drift of it, it's pretty easy to do.

    Thank you very much

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Comments • 399

  • Midnightlies7
    Midnightlies7  2 weeks back

    After dialing to the last number and turning to the left I gave it a little extra turn past 85-90 and I was able to open the safe, but now the dial doesn't spin very smoothly...The safe hadn't been open in a long time and I think I over did it. Any suggestions on how to get the dial to spin smoothly again?

    • DeanSafe
      DeanSafe   2 weeks back

      +Midnightlies7 I would have a safe tech service the door. They should be able get it back into good shape and avoid future issues.
      Thanks for watching, John

  • Pimenta Geimepleis
    Pimenta Geimepleis  3 weeks back

    "Guys, the thermal drill, go get it."

    • Notium
      Notium  3 weeks back

      @deansafe I hope that you die and your wife or daughter has to watch you getting lowered into your grave

      • Cherl Harrison
        Cherl Harrison  1 months back

        Old safe - Reliable Safe Company - Kentucky - RLRL? same procedure?

        • DeanSafe
          DeanSafe   1 months back

          +Cherl Harrison That safe is before my time but I contacted a buddy who is a top safe manipulater and he tells me it’s L R L R. Other than that I have no info. Good luck, thanks for watching, John

      • J M
        J M  2 months back

        what if my combination is total 5 groups? do I turn first one five and next four n so forth??

        • DeanSafe
          DeanSafe   2 months back

          I'm not familiar with any five wheel locks, however I'm sure that somewhere, some time, somebody made one. It's more likely that it's a standard 3 or 4 wheel lock that someone added extra numbers to the combo to confuse others, I've done that on my private combo cheat sheets just in case they're found.good luck, sorry I couldn't provide some better info for you.Thanks for watching, John

      • Rob Ratcliff
        Rob Ratcliff  2 months back

        Thanks Dean for the informative and succinct video! I failed on my own, but got it right the first time with the video!

        • Carlos Rene
          Carlos Rene  2 months back

          Thank you so much!

          • DeanSafe
            DeanSafe   2 months back

            So glad I was able to help,John

        • KYLE Collobert
          KYLE Collobert  3 months back

          Awesome. And it totally works

          • DeanSafe
            DeanSafe   3 months back

            Thanks for watching, I’m so glad It was able to help,
            John

        • THE BIBLE IN PHOTOS
          THE BIBLE IN PHOTOS  3 months back

          Thank you !!!

          • DeanSafe
            DeanSafe   3 months back

            Very happy I could help,John

        • Ray Shuler
          Ray Shuler  3 months back

          John, Thank you for this simple, and great, video. God Bless you and yours. -- Ray Shuler & The Doors -- 70 yr. old 24/7 Locksman -- 6/6/2019 --

          • DeanSafe
            DeanSafe   3 months back

            Hi Ray, So glad this video was able to help. Some times the right video at the right time can be a life saver, Keep up the good work. From a fellow senior, Thanks for watching,
            John

        • gurlee Thiosgo
          gurlee Thiosgo  3 months back

          My combination lock consist of 6 combinAtions, forgot the proper dialing. Help me please

          • DeanSafe
            DeanSafe   3 months back

            I've never seen a safe combination with more than five numbers. Most would be 3 number like "## x ## x ##", a few safes would be a four number "## x ## x ## x ##" Need more information to help.

        • SuperPussyFinger
          SuperPussyFinger  3 months back

          Didn’t work, and the last step was absolutely inscrutable.

          • DeanSafe
            DeanSafe   3 months back

            Maybe you could tell me what type of safe you have and or Lock perhaps I’ll be able to help you. Thanks for watching

        • Qbald12345
          Qbald12345  3 months back

          Thank you!!!

          • Charlene Grunenwald
            Charlene Grunenwald  4 months back

            Thank you so much for your video. I have had to use this video the last 4 times I’ve opened at my job because it’s unlike any high school locker or cheap combination lock I’ve ever used.... the method is different. I appreciate your “how to”!

            • DeanSafe
              DeanSafe   4 months back

              Thank you, I'm so happy my video is helpful.John

          • mahindra@gmail.com mahindra

            How we can change ka codes

            • DeanSafe
              DeanSafe   4 months back

              It's best to fine a local Locksmith that works on safes .Thanks for watching,John

          • Richard Bryan
            Richard Bryan  4 months back

            Thank you so much! I had the combination but was unable to open the safe because the last step of turning the knob back to zero was omitted from the combination instructions.

            • DeanSafe
              DeanSafe   4 months back

              +Richard Bryan Thanks for watching and I’m really glad it helped, you made my evening

          • mAy chAn
            mAy chAn  4 months back

            is it the same to herring hallmarvin safe? cos i hv one with combination but never open it... thanks.

            • DeanSafe
              DeanSafe   4 months back

              mAy chAn I love hearing that 😎

            • mAy chAn
              mAy chAn  4 months back

              DeanSafe try this morning and it works !! Thanks 🙏🏼

            • DeanSafe
              DeanSafe   4 months back

              They often used an older style lock. But I have seen some with a group 2's style locks, give it a try it only takes a Minute.Thanks for watching,John

          • Slyder81
            Slyder81  4 months back

            Thank you!! Had an old safe and couldn't figure out how to open it even with the combination!

            • DeanSafe
              DeanSafe   4 months back

              Glad it helps, I hope to make more like this soon. Thanks, John

          • James Jones
            James Jones  5 months back

            Helped me with my first alert safe. Its helpful advice for a noob.

            • Gloria Vasquez
              Gloria Vasquez  5 months back

              Oh my goodness your video saved me!!! I started a new job and although I had the code I had never opened a safe before. There was no one else to help open the safe and I would have been mortified if I would have had to call my other manager on her vacation just to open a safe

              • DeanSafe
                DeanSafe   5 months back

                I'm very glad we were able to help you out.Thanks much,John

            • I. Hernandez
              I. Hernandez  5 months back

              Very helpful.  Thank you, I forgot that I need to pass the number of the combo instead of 0.  If that makes sense.

              • DeanSafe
                DeanSafe   5 months back

                So glad you found our Video and it helped.Thanks,John

            • Can We get 1000 Subscribers with no video?

              I came here for burglary tips. Wtf is this

              • DeanSafe
                DeanSafe   6 months back

                +Can We get 1000 Subscribers with no video? Sorry to disappoint 😬 but thanks for watching, John

            • Chris Shelton
              Chris Shelton  7 months back

              Dean, its rare that I comment on videos but owe you a public thanks for this one. I was given an old Mosler that I have been trying to open for 2 years now (almost sold it an one point because I was sick of it) I have spent hours and hours trying different variations of the combo but for whatever retarded reason, couldn't open it until I watched this. And actually I owe a thanks to my GF as she suggested YouTube and after we watched it, she walked right out and opened it on the first try and I nearly fainted. Thanks man!!!!!!!!!!!!!

              • Gonzalo sanchez sanchez
                Gonzalo sanchez sanchez  7 months back

                Thank you very much was very helpful. I was turning right at first number, great video, best of youtube

                • DeanSafe
                  DeanSafe   7 months back

                  +Gonzalo sanchez sanchez Very happy to help, John

              • Neutral God
                Neutral God  8 months back

                i have a Sears safe and does it go as you're showing? thanks

                • David Páez
                  David Páez  8 months back

                  Do.not.skip.steps drowned my gold fish

                  • fred davie
                    fred davie  8 months back

                    My safe is a STAR brand. I tried your proceedure and no workee. Any tips for me? I have the serial number but don't know if that company is even still in business.

                    • DeanSafe
                      DeanSafe   8 months back

                      fred davie Star change their name to American security products and they’re alive and doing well.

                      Virtually all of their safes use group 2 locks and open up exactly this way. You may have an incorrect combination. If you happen to have around doors safe followed the instructions the same way but at the end when you come up to zero push it in and then continue turning to the right. This is about the only exception I’m familiar with. All else fails give Amsec/American security products your call I’m sure they will help you.
                      PS their imported fire safes are a bit different.

                  • Abc
                    Abc  9 months back

                    Sorry, doesn't work on a BigHorn combo safe

                    • DeanSafe
                      DeanSafe   9 months back

                      +Abc Then it’s not a UL listed group 2 lock. The only bighorns we sell have type 1 electronic locks. You may want to call Rhino safe @ 208-454-5545 for help. Good luck and thanks for watching, John

                  • Johnny manziel #2hunnit #money #flyhighsquad

                    Instructions unclear, burned down my house.

                    • DeanSafe
                      DeanSafe   10 months back

                      You may have been turning it too fast.Thanks for watching,John

                  • Katie Cook
                    Katie Cook  12 months back

                    Thanks for the easy-to-follow instructions! My boyfriend bet me all of the money in the safe that I wouldn't be able to get it open and now I am $300 richer!

                    • Amy Chow
                      Amy Chow  12 months back

                      Great video - got into safe at work 👍

                      • DeanSafe
                        DeanSafe   12 months back

                        I'm so glad you were able to open your safe with our video and thank you for your kind comments.John

                    • Kadil Ferrer
                      Kadil Ferrer  1 years back

                      i have a sentry safe,and still no luck ,please help me.

                      • Kadil Ferrer
                        Kadil Ferrer  1 years back

                        @DeanSafe thanks for your quick response, i will call them.

                      • DeanSafe
                        DeanSafe   1 years back

                        +Kadil Ferrer just google “opening instructions” for the model number of your sentry safe. You can also call Sentry and they can tell you how.
                        Thanks for watching,
                        John

                    • Umebulue Chinedu
                      Umebulue Chinedu  1 years back

                      pls sir my safe GUBABI 170 got lock and I have forget the pass code can u help with a code to reset it

                      • Xitzy
                        Xitzy  1 years back

                        Thank you!!!

                        • DeanSafe
                          DeanSafe   1 years back

                          +Xitzy Happy to help, John

                      • Celina er meg
                        Celina er meg  1 years back

                        Thanks i did it the first time and i was so happy so i locker it to show it to my mom.....0_0 now i cam’t get it upp agein :(

                        • DeanSafe
                          DeanSafe   1 years back

                          Try dialing the combo and add a 1/2 a number on each of your numbers (your number is 40 dial 40&1/2 and so on). Then a half a number low (39&1/2) and so on. Then 1 full number higher and so on. We do this first when we go out on a job, some times the combo drifts if its used too much or if it gets bumped, etc. Try this first, the next step is too call a lock tech.Good lock,John

                      • Tess Frgelec
                        Tess Frgelec  1 years back

                        Can you make video on Allied Gary safe with two wheels/locks and one handle? I have combination, but do not know how to open it. Thanks.

                        • DeanSafe
                          DeanSafe   1 years back

                          +Tess Frgelec So sorry, Allied Gary never made a safe with a two wheel lock. Most likely someone modified the lock or set the combination to two numbers. Any Locksmith should be able to come out and help.
                          Thanks, I hope this helps.
                          John

                      • Bo Buchanan
                        Bo Buchanan  1 years back

                        Thank you! Awesome directions. Someone gave me the combo to a really old safe, and the dialing instructions were incorrect. You explained it perfectly - I walked to the safe, dialed it according to your directions -and it opened the first time!

                        • L Insight
                          L Insight  1 years back

                          How do I open my safe if I don't have the combination?

                          • DeanSafe
                            DeanSafe   1 years back

                            First contact the Manufacture and give them the serial number of your safe. With any luck, they will have the combo on file. The other option is to find a local safe technician to drill or manipulate the safe open.Good luck and thanks for watching,John

                        • Slavik Kurnosenkov
                          Slavik Kurnosenkov  1 years back

                          Thanks

                          • Chuck Chuck
                            Chuck Chuck  1 years back

                            I don't not own a safe but I watched the whole video because of the way He teaches... also I subscribed. Just to be learning something new everyday 👍

                            • DeanSafe
                              DeanSafe   1 years back

                              Thank you for the kind words,John

                          • BFVG
                            BFVG  1 years back

                            Thank you....much the same as many other comments had the combination but did not know how it worked, I am now $7 richer :D

                            • DeanSafe
                              DeanSafe   1 years back

                              You're very welcome! We are glad our video helped you along the way!John

                          • Sergio Torres Peña
                            Sergio Torres Peña  1 years back

                            clear and simple, thanks

                            • DeanSafe
                              DeanSafe   1 years back

                              So glad we were able to help,John

                          • Chase Wiedenhoefer
                            Chase Wiedenhoefer  1 years back

                            Hey dean, so I’ve got an old safe that I believe is right left right left and I have trouble opening it every time my dad tells me to, my dad is moving now and the safe is full of ammunition (also know as the heaviest metal lol) and I won’t be able to get into this thing to empty it and by extension won’t be able to move it for him... the last two times I’ve tried to open the safe by doing this process just in reverse I haven’t been able to get it open... any advice?. Okay I just got it open trying to reset it after I thought I got it wrong again...so weird

                            • DeanSafe
                              DeanSafe   1 years back

                              Good job.
                              Thanks for watching,
                               John Dean

                          • Nikki Avery
                            Nikki Avery  1 years back

                            Does the combination work after this is done and you close it again. I have combination for my safe but it won’t open. I am going to try this method but what happens when I close it again ?

                            • Nikki Avery
                              Nikki Avery  1 years back

                              DeanSafe
                              Such a fast response. Thank you Dean ! I’ll try this in the morning. So helpful, I have this safe that got stuck or something .

                            • DeanSafe
                              DeanSafe   1 years back

                              In order to relock your safe after you’ve opened it. You need to close the door turn the handle and spend the dial four times to the left.

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                            Thanks this help me in “The Shadows Thrones” #believed it

                            • DeanSafe
                              DeanSafe   1 years back

                              +Gabriel Melena glad to help.
                              Thanks for watching,
                              John

                          • Sachie Reid
                            Sachie Reid  1 years back

                            How do you know what the 1st digit, 2nd digit, etc. to stop on is? My father passed away leaving a heavy safe but nobody knows what the combination is. Don’t even know how many digits are involved.

                            • DeanSafe
                              DeanSafe   1 years back

                              Your going to need some help from a safe Tech... You may want to go to Clearstar "https://www.clearstar.com" where many of us safe nuts and experts hangout. most of it is restricted due to the subject matter, But I think there is a place where you can ask questions and maybe post a photo of you safe. You may want to check out the members list/Yellow pages on Clearstar to see if you can find one in your area. By the very sorry to hear about your Father passing away.
                              Best of luck,
                              John

                            • Sachie Reid
                              Sachie Reid  1 years back

                              DeanSafe Thank you very much for your reply. My father’s safe is very old and he brought it out with him from overseas, so there is no chance of finding its manufacturer, but it will be open one way or other eventually. Thank you for sharing the information.

                            • DeanSafe
                              DeanSafe   1 years back

                              +Sachie Reid Most safes have a lock like The one shown. Your best tact is to first call the manufacture give them the serial number of your safe. They may be able to help you out with the original factory combination.
                              Most combination locks of this type have three pairs of numbers.

                          • Charles Damans
                            Charles Damans  1 years back

                            Awesome tutorial, professional, clear and easy! THX!!

                            • DeanSafe
                              DeanSafe   1 years back

                              +Charles Damans My pleasure, glad we could help,
                              John

                          • James Dennis
                            James Dennis  1 years back

                            I just bought a safe and the guy gave me the wrong combination.. I have the key for it but still will not open.. If I do this sequence and numbers will it open? Just don't want too take in in if I don't need too.. Thank you for reading...

                            • DeanSafe
                              DeanSafe   1 years back

                              +James Dennis if it doesn’t open with that sequence try to google the manufacturers name for opening instructions. Our you could call the manufacturer and I’m sure they will help you.
                              Thanks for watching,
                              John