Garage safes?

Garage safes?

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    Garage safes?

    Is it a good idea to keep a safe in the garage?

    Heat, humidity, cold...

    In the south especially South Carolina, is it a good idea? I'm not comfortable with the idea of a 1,400 pound safe on the second floor of my house... there's no where to put a sizeable safe up there anyway... and on the first floor, forget it. The house isn't set up to keep something that size there and I think my wife would object highly... so that leaves me with the garage... concrete slab...


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    the only up side is it is easy to install and bolt to the floor... on the down side, Temperature change draws moisture, more visible and hence prone to theft, all a BG has to do is to wrap a chain around it and yank it out of the floor and leave with your stuff...

    As your negatives in the house, weight a water bed can hit that... size of a double refrigerator for one of the larger ones, So no basement?
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    Looks like you have three choices:

    New House

    New Wife

    Safe in the Garage

    Kidding aside... add the largest Golden Rod for the humidity and keep a close check for rusting issues. That said I'm in SC also and my Gunsafe is in "my living room". I have some say In my own home... I'm divorced!
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    No, we tend not to have basements in the south... :)

    As for bolting it down... I'm thinking of having 4 of those 2 - 2 1/2" bolts that you see holding light ploes in parking lots down and mounting them in the slab... then placing the safe on top of those and locking it down with nuts and washers. I don't think it would go anywhere with that...

    Then again, lifting the 1,400 pound behemoth would be tricky and then drilling the holes to mount it to the bolts would not be fun either...

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    No, I'm keeping the house... we had it built.

    I'm also keeping the wife. I'm especially fond of this model... the previous one expired... :(

    I guess I'll keep it in the garage... maybe put it on a platform so the metal isn't in direct contact with the concrete... bolt it to the floor somehow and possibly build an insulated box around it... keep a golden rod in there and a couple of buckets of dessicant as well...


    That's IF I ever get a safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion12 View Post
    I guess I'll keep it in the garage... maybe put it on a platform so the metal isn't in direct contact with the concrete... bolt it to the floor somehow and possibly build an insulated box around it... keep a golden rod in there and a couple of buckets of dessicant as well...


    That's IF I ever get a safe.
    Turn the garage into your personal space "mancave" A huge gunsafe will look great along side your tool box, reloading bench and other "guy" stuff. I'm out In my garage about everyday piddling around and with the sheetrock and insulated walls my kerosene heater keeps it nice and toasty even during the latest cold snap.

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    I agree turn the area into your man cave and build a new garage.... but in todays world 1,400 pounds is not very much, one newer model PU can manhandle it n hence so can any BG, bolted down or not....
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    I keep mine in the garage, I don't have quite the humidity that you do but ours stays in the 70% range. I use a couple of those reusable desicant packs and haven't had rust issues in the 2 years it's been there. I'm very careful to keep a close eye on the moisture meter. You would be suprised at how stable the temp is in your garage. I'm not sure about how cold it gets there but in the winter it's routinely below freezing and the garage stays around 50 degrees inside when it 10 outside. Summer it is usually 5-10 degrees cooler than outside temps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon J View Post
    in todays world 1,400 pounds is not very much, one newer model PU can manhandle it n hence so can any BG, bolted down or not....
    I was appalled at how easily the one delivery guy manipulated and maneuvered my safe off the truck and into place. Of course, he didn't have to get up and over anything ugly, nor go through a flight of stairs. His special-purpose hand truck did just fine. Though, I am still amazed that a ton of steel was zipped around by that little bean pole of a man, spiffy hand truck or not. It was discouraging to realize that if he could do it, so could a robber.
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    Dang, that's a nice garage. Mind if I ask how much it cost to remodel it?
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    Nice setup Shadow!

    Makes me wanna clean mine up and make a man cave outa it too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    I was appalled at how easily the one delivery guy manipulated and maneuvered my safe off the truck and into place.
    Heck ya me too! I've since then had mine bolted to the floor. It may not stop um entirely, but between that and the home alarm, I hoping they'll run outa time before they can score on my weapons stash....
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    I keep mine in my farm shop in Mississippi. So far so good. I had orginally planned on putting cutting tourch head and grinders in the safe so I wouldn't be providing the tools for them to get into the safe but after I stored the powder I didn't have room.
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    I had the same problem not much room in my house for a large safe. It's very humid in Oregon, and I was worried about the same thing. I like the garage option cause you can bolt it down to concrete. I know 2 people who have had their safes cut out of the wood floor when somebody broke in. Anyway I would for sure get a golden rod and one of those rechargeable silica gel packs from cabelas. It's worked for me so far.
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    OK heres a thought.... instead of one big how about 2 or more smaller hence easer to take up the steps....
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