Woman Finds 'Secret Floor Safe' Hidden Under Carpet of New House She Bought

A woman stumbled across a floor safe in the new home she bought, after finding it under the carpet while vacuuming.

Liz shared a clip to TikTok saying that the safe appeared to be in full working order but was locked.

The homeowner uploaded the clip to the site in January under @imthefookinlizardking, where she explained more about how she stumbled across the safe.

"I bought a house in November and just found a hidden safe in the floor. The house was built in the late 70s. How the heck do I open it?" the on-screen captions said.

The video has amassed more than 6 million views, and can be seen here, as Liz shared multiple updates as she documents her efforts to open, or crack, the safe.

Liz said she had tried calling both the makers of the safe, Bundy's, as well as multiple locksmiths.

In another clip, she said: "I'm not here to waste time so: 1. I called Bundy, they don't open till Monday. 2. I've called locksmiths, got a few bites. Monday for next steps. 3. I found it while vacuuming. Clean ya floors, nasties."

Liz, who didn't disclose which state she's from, revealed it was harder than expected trying to find someone to open the safe for her.

"I've called the locksmith, actually I've called like 10 of them. I'm not kidding when I say about four or five of them said they don't mess with floor safes. They're like, 'is it cemented into the floor, yes, great we don't do that.' Why, I guess they're really challenging," she said.

And she revealed exactly how she found it, recounting: "I noticed it when I was vacuuming, as you can see there's little frayed pieces of the carpet there, and then right here is a line, which shows up.

"So when I ran my vacuum over it, I noticed those things weren't coming up. Got down to investigate, was able to pull the carpet right up, and then boom, hidden safe."

In another update, she wrote: "SUMMARY: 01. Bundy's doesn't have the combo 02. Said I need to find someone local 03. Said it's an old safe."

She recorded herself on the phone to someone who claimed to be a Bundy's worker, confirming they don't keep combination records, and any documents relating to the safe, if there were any, would have been destroyed many years ago.

He did confirm the safe was old, saying: "It's a U.S. safe, been gone, long, 20 years at least."

Liz also replied to various comments on the videos, as she admitted: "I'm expecting it to be empty, but this sure is a fun mystery to try and solve."

She seemed to have a breakthrough after calling a man named Jim, the "infamous safe opener," as she claimed she'd previously been quoted $700 to drill and open the safe.

In the comments Liz confirmed she was scheduling a time for Jim to come and take a look, confirming "I got his estimate tho and he's not taking me to the cleaners."


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With Jim swinging by on Tuesday, Liz shared a video where she joked: "I'm going to use my newly purchased stethoscope to try and break in, but let's be honest, it's not going to yield the result we all want. I'll film it for your viewing pleasure."

In the comments she joked she was going to "hide some crazy stuff in it for the next sucker who buys this house, and the tradition continues."

Commenting on her most viral video, George jokingly suggested: "Dynamite or nitroglycerin."

Lisa asked: "Why aren't you tracing past owners and just ask them?"

zZzs Coffee advised: "Keep it closed…most likely dark secrets are being hidden there!"

Shlongbongchewy wrote: "Wedges into the seam where the hinges are. Then crowbar. Or pop off Manual dial and use punch to hammer out internal lockpiece."

Léah Pierre added: "Did y'all not learn after Coraline?"

Opening a locked safe is a tall order, but it's not impossible, say website LocksmithNewscastle.

They recommended first contacting the manufacturer, but if that's not successful, as in Liz's case, they advised: "You can manipulate the safe by listening to the clicks associated with the correct numbers.

"It'll take a little time to get used to the sound, but once you've got it, you'll be able to figure out the right numbers. You can also try prying the door open, but this will likely break the safe for good.

"There are some safes that have multi-tiered security measures. These can be especially difficult and may require a high level of expertise and time in order to crack into it. Fortunately, there are some direct methods that work pretty well.

"For example, you could consider getting out a drill and going to town on the safe. This approach will also be recommended for people wondering how to open an old safe without a key. Other cutting tools can also come in handy."

Newsweek reached out to @imthefookinlizardking for comment.

File photo of a safe.
File photo of a safe. A new homeowner has revealed that she found a floor safe hidden underneath carpet. allanswart/Getty Images

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