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2012-05-03   Views:18

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Safes are designed to lock up objects that you don't want others to have access to. However, even the most secure safe does no good if it can be picked up and taken away. For this reason, all smaller safes should be bolted down to the floor to deter

How to bolt a safe to a concrete floor

Safes are designed to lock up objects that you don't want others to have access to. However, even the most secure safe does no good if it can be picked up and taken away. For this reason, all smaller safes should be bolted down to the floor to deter theft. While the process of bolting down a safe is straightforward for wood floors, it is more challenging for concrete floors, and requires specialised tools and bolts.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

MarkerCorded electric drillConcrete drill bitSafety glassesDust maskVacuumMasonry bolt(s)HammerPliers

Instructions

1 Place the safe onto the floor in the location where you want to install it and open the safe door. Look inside to locate the hole or holes used to bolt down the safe.

2 Reach inside the safe and insert the tip of a black marker into the bolt hole or holes to mark their location on the concrete floor.

3 Move the safe out of the way so that you have plenty of room to work.

4 Insert a concrete drill bit into a corded drill and plug the cord into an electrical socket. Put on a dust mask and safety glasses to protect yourself from concrete dust and chips.

5 Place the centre of the drill bit into the centre of the black marker spot(s) on the concrete floor. Turn the drill on and create one or more 3- to 4-inch deep holes in the concrete floor.

6 Vacuum up all of the concrete dust from the area that was created during drilling.

7 Move the safe back into the original position and line up the hole(s) in the floor with the hole(s) in the safe.

8 Insert a masonry bolt into the hole inside the safe and tap the top of the bolt two or three times with a hammer to drive it down. Place a pair of pliers on the nut at the top of the bolt and turn it clockwise until it is tight and no longer turns. This expands the bottom edge of the bolt into the concrete. Repeat as needed if the safe has more than one hole.

Tips and warnings

It's best to use a corded drill; cordless drills typically do not have enough power to drill through concrete.

If your safe does not have interior bolt holes, you can purchase a bolt-down bracket kit that attaches to the outside of the safe. Bolt-down brackets are not as secure, but will slow the theft of the safe.

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