Gun Safe

Old 03-02-04, 07:35 AM
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Gun Safe

I am looking into purchasing a gun safe for my home. I have a ranch house, and from discussions with safe movers, it is going to be next to impossible to move the safe into the basement given the limited amount of door space. I am looking to see if anyone has a safe on the first floor of their house, if they reinforced the floor. The safes that I am looking at ranges from 750 to 1,000 pounds, so I am worried that the floor may not hold. If you have reinforced the floor, any advice as to how to go about doing it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Old 03-03-04, 06:22 AM
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if you really want it in the basement, how about one or two lighter ones? i just bought 2 sentry safes (10 gun) and mounted them to the foundation (one story home). they were only about 450 pounds.

sorry, cant help with your reinforcement issue...maybe one of the other forums can help?
Old 03-16-04, 06:12 PM
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Hi ackcpa

I have 1, 1750 lb safe on a wood 1st floor hide away ( Fake wall ). Like the water bed stage we went through (200 gals X 7 lbs ) I used basement steel floor jacks. You can get the jacks at Lowe's or any lumber store.

This is a Safe that was built to my specs by a safe builder here in town. With a 1/2" shell, fire proofing & a 10 gauge liner + a 3/4" door, I feel this will buy me enough time between the alarm, & the police arrival.

I used 4x4s on top of the 4 jacks, to spread the load over the floor joists. I hope this puts your mind to rest, I have no idea what it weighs full, but I have seen no sagging.

PS: Buy the heavy duty steel floor jacks they are not that much more in cost.

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This won't solve your problem, but it is slightly related. I bought a safe at Bass Pro in Springfield a few years ago, and the guy in the warehouse who loaded it up told me he had a smaller version that just fit between the floor joists of his house, and he had it all bolted in and covered with a trap door and rug, just like in the old cowboy movies.

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