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  1. spittinfire

    spittinfire Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Anyone store their safe in a detached garage? I currently keep mine in an attached garage but have mixed feelings about it being in a separate building. Maybe I’m just paranoid.

    It’s a huge building that would be partially climate controlled(when I’m in it) but I would like to build a small room inside it as a gun room that I would have climate controlled.

    Pros/cons?


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  2. bigfelipe

    bigfelipe I go my own way... Charter Life Member

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    Really situational.. depends on how secure the structure is, where you are located, what sort of security do you have, neighbor situation. Too many things to list...

    You have to make the call based on your comfort threshold and level of responsibility...
     
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    Climberman Unstealthiest Ninja

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    Here are some things you can do to keep your safe safe.

    You can disguise it/hide it. In a separate room or build a closet/cabinet around it. The harder it is for someone to notice the better. Have a alarm system to alert you if someone breaks in to your garage. Anchor it to the floor/slab. Put it in a location that is hard to access or get leverage to use pry bars like a corner or closet. Try to block access to the sides of the safe so you can't just cut through the side.

    Don't talk about your safe. Don't show it to people. OPSEC.

    As for climate, run a golden rod and the silica desiccant crystals. Put a thin rubber mat like a horse stall mat between the safe and the concrete floor to keep it from rusting due to condensation on the concrete.
     
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    Button Pusher Well-Known Member Benefactor Supporting Member

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    Use plumbers putty on the bottom of the safe where the bolt holes are to keep out any moisture should a pipe break or roof leak.
     
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    That is a good idea. Both my safes are in the house but if someone has one on concrete that is the way to go. ;)
     
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    Would do it in a minute as long as lagged to floor and it had a Golden Rod dehumidifier in it, but having said that, my next garage will be climate controlled and my safe will be a built in vault.
     
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    spittinfire Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    My plan would be to have it bolted to the floor and possibly a wall. I would eventually build a small room around it that would be my gun shop and that would be climate controlled all the time.


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    If you do it, secure it very good. Make it very hard to remove the safe. Bolt it down. You’re call based on your area and situation.
     
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    I know a guy who has a number of gun safes in his detached metal building. He has an alarm system on it and a couple video cameras wouldn't be a bad idea either.
     
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    Till my lard ass wants a soda :p:rolleyes:

     
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    wsfiredude Can't starve us out; Can't make us run Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Build a cabinet around it...makes it a bit more time consuming for folks wanting to get into it.

    I had a Polycuramine coating (Rustoleum RockSolid) over the concrete. Put down a 1/4” rubber mat, 3/4” plywood for the cabinet base/sides/face/top.

    Safe is bolted into the concrete floor and block wall behind it.

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    CZfool68 Int'l Man of Mystery Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I’d hide it somehow and then make sure I didn’t advertise it. If people don’t know you are a ‘gun guy’ with a safe in the garage I’d think you are much less likely to have any issues.
     
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    Crazy Carl seriously? Life Member

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    We're moving within a year & looking for places with basements, so I can build a vault room.
     
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    Mine is in an attached former single car garage turned "extra" room.

    It's bolted to the concrete floor and had a camera over it.

    I was becoming a "gun guy" at work, but now, I show of my surveillance cameras.
     
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    spittinfire Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    We looked at one house that had the start to a safe room that the previous owner never finished. Unfortunately that deal fell through.
     
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    Toprudder Be vewy vewy qwiet. Supporting Member

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    I know someone that has a safe in a detached workshop. The safe is HUGE, and bolted to the floor. It would be just about impossible for anyone to move that safe from where it is, even if it wasn't bolted to the floor.

    I had the idea to get an indoor air-handler from a HVAC guy, gut the insides, and install a safe in it. Run ducts from it to make if appear functional. No one would think twice about it.
     
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    Years ago a friend of mines father did this in his single wide trailer. Filter and everything installed as usual on the return. Open the return, pull filter and there's a safe door. I thought it was a clever idea.
     
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    Burt Gummer Nuts Over Lil D. Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    There’s a member here that lives not far from me that has one in a detached garage. Not gonna name names , he can speak up if he wants. Painted the bottom of his safe with some kind of rubber coating I believe, then bolted it to the floor, he had a tool box cover made to go over it. It’s worked out well for him so far.
     
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    I sold a house with a basement two years ago and it is one of the reason’s I sold it. The waterproofing eventually fails and you have a leaky basement. Just install a safe accordingly so you don’t freak out every time it rains hard like I was doing the last couple of years I owned the house.
     
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  22. Have gun-will travel

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    Two safes bolted together and both are bolted to floor and walls . Large golden rods in both and both have rubber mats between them and concrete floor. . Well over a 1000 pounds plus contents. They are not going anywhere. Plus in a gated community. Building is also alarmed.