to bolt down a safe
|I get a lot of questions in
regards to bolting down a safe. So I wanted to touch on this subject.
You will find that almost all of our models come with a bolt down
kit. 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 to be nothing more than fire protection and just because
it has the word "safe" attached to
it doesn't mean its a bank vault just safe from fire. That being
said let me assure you that bolting down a safe is very easy and
quick to do with the right 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.) You will also
need a concrete drill bit if you are
mounting your safe on your concrete foundation. There is a difference
between a wood/steel drill bit and the concrete one.(Any local hardware
store can elaborate on the difference.) If you use a bit that is
designed for wood/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. 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.
That's all there is to it! 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 the floor to the weight of the safe. The last thing
you want is for some BUM to walk off with your safe.
- I place the the safe where I want to mount 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 black marker to color the floor where you want it
- Move the 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 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 floor.