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| DIY on bolting down your safe:
Most people have never owned a safe much less bolted one down.
Its time for a little Do It Yourself project. Most all of
our models come with a bolt down kit. Which frankly is nothing
more than a bolt. But some do not and are strictly fireproof
fire rated safes. Not meant for the protection against burglary
and theft. I mention this to point out that not all safes
are designed the same and many don't offer fire protection
and just because it has the word "safe" attached to it doesn't
mean its meant to keep out a thief but just safe from fire.
That being said, let me tell you that bolting down a safe
is very easy and quick to do with the proper tools. A good
drill, preferably one that can be plugged into the wall as
most cordless drills are a little weak on power (I find a
hammer drill is fastest on concrete.) You will also need a
concrete drill bit if you are mounting your safe on your concrete
foundation. There is a difference between a drill bit made
for wood and ones made for concrete.(Any local hardware store
can sell you the one you need.) If you use a bit that is designed
for wood or steel on a concrete floor you will only dull the
bit and never make a hole. However, use a drill bit made for
wood if you are mounting to your wood floor. There is normally
about 1 inch of thickness in a wood floor and sub floor which
is plenty to bolt down too. You will also need a black marker
pen, pair of pliers, and a small hammer. When determining
what size concrete bit you need I would just take the bolt
that comes with the safe into the local hardware store and
hand to a salesperson asking if they could get me a concrete
drill bit appropriate for this bolt.
First, place the your safe where you want to mount it. Then open the door and find the mounting
hole in the center of the safe for fireproof safes or in each corner for non- fire rated safes.
Use the marker to mark the floor where you want your safe to go.
Move your safe out of the way. If you have carpet, cut away a hole about the size of a 50 cent
piece so you can gain access to the floor beneath. Drill your hole and vacuum up any dust out of
the hole. In concrete it will be around 3-4 inches deep.
Return your safe back over the hole and line it up.
Take the bolt and push it down through the safe into the hole beneath. However, I find this is not
very easy so I like to smack it two or three times to get it into the hole.
Once down and in place there is a nut on top of the bolt that will need tightening with several
turns to expand the sleeve on the bolt and grab the walls of the foundation or wood floor and sub
That's it, your done! Quick and easy and once your finished you too will agree its easy. Please go
the extra step in adding this as a final layer of security for your fireproof or burglary rated safe.
By doing this you will add the weight of your foundation to the weight of the safe. The last thing
you want is for some thief to walk off with your safe.
Vault and Safe
300 Enterprise Dr. Suite A
Port Charlotte, Florida
Fax: 33953-3801 Phone: 1 (866) 841-3790