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Just bought my first house and found a hidden safe when I was ripping out the old carpet! What’s inside of it?

Questioner said: Just bought my first house and found a hidden safe when I was ripping out the old carpet!

What do you think is inside of it?



Some of the answers were:

  1. I know what’s inside. Disappointment.
  2. Right, but if you expect disappointment, is it really disappointment when you open the safe and get disappointment?
  3. I expect nothing and I am still disappointed
  4. Odds are there’s some untouched dust from 1994.
  5. You don’t necessarily have to drill it. I had a very similar safe (even the same manufacturer) under the carpet in a house I used to own. The locksmith used an auto-dialer on the safe. One of these… straight out of James Bond. Took two days.
  6. If someone was kind they neutralized that safe before covering. Usually either 30 – 60 – 30 or just 30. It can actually be any number between 20 and 80 if they single dialed it but that’s the traditional way most safe guys do it. Go to YouTube and look up how to open a Sargent and Greenleaf safe dial lock and it will explain the sequence better than I can write it out.

    Also. Notice those big springs on the hinge side. This manufacturer was popular because the safe door was easy open. When that bolt is retracted that door will spring up so watch out.

    I was a locksmith for twenty years, I worked on quite a few of these. The first thing the guy who’s coming out is going to do is dial that safe to every multiple of 10 from 20 to 80 and then 30 -60 -30 before he gets out his drill and scope. Even if you tell him you tried it hes still going to do it because you might have done it wrong.

    I’m actually a little surprised how good that door looks. Very little moisture got to it, so that’s good. I would expect traces of rust on the handle especially if it was holding water. If its below the foundation slab of your house having the guy service it is a good idea. The natural fireproofing it provides rivals really good media fire safes which are very expensive.

    If you don’t want to use it plan to have the guy take the door off and fill the void with concrete. He can reuse the door and you don’t want to risk having a hole in your foundation that can hold water and freeze or breed fungus and bacteria in warmer climates.

  7. If the locksmith opens it and it is empty, please go put lots of money in there before taking the pic and updating this post. I really don’t have the energy for another let down. Thanks.
  8. I had a locked safe at work in our server room for the 6 years I been there, which was there for maybe 10 years. Did not know the code or have keys for it and didn’t want to risk throwing it out in case there was data backups left in there. Spent a couple of hours opening it with a grinder only to find out locked inside was the instructions and keys that came with the safe. Waste of time…. stupid safe.
  9. Would be pretty damn cool if there was something good in it. Like 5k to switch from carpet to wood.
  10. Inside are bananas for scale.

Well the OP sent the images and that is what was inside of it:







As any new homeowner would attest, the thrill of acquiring one’s first house is a momentous occasion. The anticipation of turning the key to unlock the doors of a place you can call your own is unparalleled. However, for one fortunate individual, the excitement of homeownership took an unexpected turn when a hidden safe was discovered lurking beneath the surface.

In a serendipitous twist of fate, while renovating and ripping out the old carpet of their newly acquired abode, the homeowner stumbled upon a mystery concealed within the confines of their humble abode. What initially began as a routine renovation task soon transformed into an exhilarating journey of unraveling secrets and uncovering the past.

The discovery of the hidden safe evoked a plethora of emotions – curiosity, intrigue, and a hint of trepidation. What secrets lay dormant within its steel confines? Was it merely a forgotten relic of the past, or did it hold valuable treasures waiting to be unearthed?

As the anticipation mounted, the homeowner embarked on a quest to unlock the enigma that lay before them. With bated breath and trembling hands, they meticulously examined the safe, searching for any clues or indications of its origins. Was there a forgotten code, a misplaced key, or perhaps a hidden compartment waiting to be revealed?

With each passing moment, the excitement intensified, fueling a relentless pursuit to unlock the mysteries within. Hours turned into days as the homeowner delved deeper into the history of their newfound treasure trove. Family heirlooms, precious artifacts, or perhaps even a long-lost fortune – the possibilities seemed endless.

However, as the saying goes, “not all that glitters is gold.” Despite their best efforts, the safe remained firmly sealed, guarding its secrets with unwavering resolve. Yet, in the midst of disappointment, a newfound appreciation for the journey itself emerged.

For the homeowner, the discovery of the hidden safe transcended mere material possessions. It symbolized a connection to the past, a testament to the rich tapestry of history woven within the walls of their home. Each scratch, dent, and imperfection told a story – a reminder of those who came before and the lives they lived.

In the end, while the contents of the safe may remain a mystery, the experience itself became a cherished memory, etched forever in the annals of homeownership. It serves as a reminder that sometimes, the greatest treasures are not found in riches or possessions, but in the journey of discovery itself.

As the renovation efforts continue and the old carpet is replaced with new, the hidden safe beneath serves as a poignant reminder of the unexpected twists and turns that life often presents. And who knows? Perhaps one day, the safe will reveal its secrets, unveiling a tale as captivating as the home itself. Until then, the journey continues, one renovation at a time.

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