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    Overview of Safe Installations

    Before you come to a final decision about which safe you want to purchase you should spend a few moments considering where you are going to place the safe and how the safe will be mounted. First, you need to decide if you need a wall safe, an in-floor safe, free-standing safe, or even an under the bed safe?

    For the most part, free-standing safes can be simply carried out of the house by a burglar, however this can be an obscure concept as the weight and location of the safe can make this extremely difficult. For the most part you should use an in-floor or wall-mounted safe. If you select a wall-mounted safe you should choose the location in your home very carefully. Some wall-safes are large enough to extend through the back side of the wall. All the fire rated wall safes are this way because they are especially large to accommodate insulation.

    While choosing the location of your wall safe, check that the area of wall does not contain electrical, plumbing, or heating duct work. If the safe size requirements are such that you have chosen a safe that will protrude through the back side of the wall, remember to choose a location say in a bed room, where the safe could protrude through into an adjoining closet wall (to allow concealment) of the protruding portion. Some choose a wall that might protrude over a utility room.

    Next look up your homeowner’s weight specifications/building plans to figure out if the spot will bear the weight of the safe. Now that you know the specifications of your new safe and where you are going to position the safe, you can go on-line and find dozens of installation tutorials. Here is a really good on-line tutorial: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20177939,00.html If you have decided to purchase and install an in-floor safe your installation procedures and requirements are very different. An in-floor safe is typically mounted in existing concrete, wood floors, or new concrete floors.

    For a wood floor installation you can cut a hole in the floor, add joist reinforcements as needed, and create a wood form to encase the new safe. Installation of an in-floor safe in existing concrete floors requires jackhammers to create the hole and then new concrete poured around the safe. I recommend that you come in to a local safe and security store and talk to an expert about your requirements.

    An expert can also advise you on the best and most economical contractors in your area to help your with your installation.

    Dominic Schwebs

    Dominic Schwebs

    Dominic Schwebs, a home safety and security expert with over 15 years of experience is the Digital Marketing and E-Commerce Manager of the Safe and Vault Store. He thoroughly understands the art of building brand awareness and skillful product marketing using the power of social media, crafting informative and engaging blogs, producing podcasts, YouTube videos, and more. Driven by the desire to provide the ultimate user experience, he has helped to build safeandvaultstore.com into a top-selling, nationally recognized e-commerce site. He is tireless in his pursuit of creatively expanding content, educating about home and business safes and vaults, and taking the website to the next level. Dominic is proud to live, work, and call Spokane, WA home.

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