Your home is where you store most of your highly-valued possessions. It’s no wonder, then, that burglars target homes the most to get their hands on valuable items. In fact, 2 million burglaries are reported each year.
Luckily, a home safe will keep greedy hands away from your valuables. But to get the most out of these devices, you need to know how to install them first. Check out these important considerations before you whip out your toolbox.
Choose the right safe
Of course, the first step is to obtain the best safe possible. For this step, be sure to set a budget and review which options fall within your range.
What features should you look for? First consider how big the safe should be to ensure that it will fit all of your valuables. Size is also crucial because it determines where in your home the safe can be installed. Next, take a look at the features of the safe, including whether it can withstand damage from fire, a blowtorch, or other tools a thief might use. Lastly, decide what locking mechanism works best for you—options include a number pad or a dial, among others.
Pick a good place for your safe
Once you’ve acquired the perfect safe, it’s time to find the perfect spot for it. Ideally, you should place the safe in a spot where you can easily access it without appearing too obvious to thieves and other opportunists. In general, it’s best to fix a safe into a concrete floor, then cover it with a rug or a piece of furniture to keep it out of sight. If it’s undoable, you can fix it into a wall and cover it with artwork so that it’s out of sight.
Check first before you drill
Before you start drilling, heed a word of caution: Know what you’re drilling into. Whether you choose to fix a safe into a wall or on the floor, it’s important to first check if there are pipes or electrical wiring beneath the surface. Drilling into a pipe or circuitry can cause serious damage to your home and serious bodily injuries. How do you know if there are hidden surprises behind walls and floors? Simple: Just pull up your home’s building plan to know which parts of the home you should avoid.
When installing a safe into a wall
If you decide to install a safe into a wall, make sure it’s between two studs. This is to ensure that the safe will be recessed inside your wall, making it less noticeable. You can use a stud finder, which you can find in local hardware stores, to ensure that a section of your wall is indeed between two studs. If you don’t have a stud finder, simply tap along the wall with a small hammer or something similar while listening for a hollow sound, which indicates a void between the studs in your wall.
When installing a safe into a wooden floor
There are different factors to consider when installing a safe into a floor, depending on the composition of the latter. Installing a safe into a concrete floor is fairly straightforward because such a floor possesses the structural integrity to bear the added weight of a safe. With a wooden floor, however, you need a bit of prep work.
First off, try to find some floor joists under the floorboard, as this will provide added support for your safe. You may also want to use some coach bolts and some Gripfill adhesive to ensure a better fix for your safe.
A properly installed safe provides extra peace of mind because you know it can’t be easily found and won’t be easily dislodged by thieves. Of course, the process requires quite a bit of handiwork, which is why safes in Charlotte, NC are best installed by qualified professionals for the best results.
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