Three Practical Tips for Installing a Floor-Bolted Safe


Residential safes are ideal assets for securing valuable items within the home. The storage space can be used for keeping documents, cash and jewellery safe from intruders, visitors and even unscrupulous family members. In general, acquiring a secure safe for your home is not difficult, and you can choose second-hand safes to minimise your expenses. However, the effectiveness of your safe can be compromised by poor installation.

In simple terms, if you purchase a safe and simply place it somewhere in your home, it will be vulnerable to burglars and robbers who are willing to haul it away. Therefore, you should think about bolting the unit to the floor. This practice limits the movement of the safe, making it impossible or at least difficult for people to remove the safe and carry it away. If you are interested in performing the safe installation work without professional help, consider the tips below for success.

Choose a Suitable Spot

You should pick a perfect place for the installation of your floor-bolted safe. Ideally, your safe should not be exposed to everyone because an opportunist might take advantage of the knowledge. You should look for a concealed spot where the presence of a safe will not be apparent, such as inside a closet or under a durable desk. However, you should not hide the safe too well such that convenient access will be difficult during your time of need.

Evaluate Your Floor

You should evaluate the type of floor in your chosen spot for installation. Under ideal circumstances, a safe should be installed on a concrete floor. This material is strong and durable. Therefore, the unit will be secure, and the flooring will not sustain extensive damage. However, you can still install the safe on a wooden floor. You will need some coach bolts instead of the standard alternatives. These fasteners are long and strong. They will allow you to fasten your safe to the floor through the joists instead of just bolting the unit to the floorboards.

Check for Potential Dangers

You should make sure that there are no potential dangers beneath your flooring before installing your safe. Simply speaking, you should not bolt your safe on a flooring area with underlying utility networks such as pipework or heating channels. You should check your building plan or lift the wooden floorboards before proceeding with the actual installation. If the drills pierce the pipework, the damage to your home could be extensive. If you cannot find a safe place for bolting, you should use a strong adhesive. 

To learn more about safes, contact a company like the Askwith Company.


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Five Star Security: Options For Locks, Keys And Safes

As the manager of a five-star hotel, I face many interesting challenges. There's never a dull moment! One of my biggest problems is security. I spend a lot of time obtaining quality keys, locks and safes and ensuring they are well-maintained. There's nothing worse than a tired guest and a broken lock at 3 am! Over the years, I have trialled many different types of locks and safes. I also keep up with the latest technology in this area. I am therefore quite the expert when it comes to advising family and friends about the best systems for their homes and businesses. Given that so many people ask me for advice, I figured that there may be others who are overwhelmed by the plethora of options out there. This blog may give you some ideas and help you make good decisions in your search for superior locks and safes.