How to Secure an 'Elevated' Safe

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  1. mmh

    mmh Well-Known Member

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    I just got a 'legitimate' safe. I moved it into the house and now want to secure it. I also want to elevate it a couple of inches so that if the basement floods, the safe & it's contents will be OK. I could fabricate some small steel bases to put the safe on which will elevate it, but if I do this it will be easy to cut the bolts that secure it to the concrete floor. I also though about doing all of this and then building a form around the safe and pumping in some concrete. This would probably work (and inhibit access to the bolts thus making it difficult to cut them), but be somewhat involved.

    With all of the above in mind, what is the simplest way to elevate & secure a safe?
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Use pipe or tube steel (structural) not plumbing. I would suggest at least 1/4" but I don't know how high you really intend to go. Weld the bottoms up with some flat stock then drill the bottom out for some anchors.

    Bolt them to the floor, weld on caps that you have already drilled and tapped for some grade 8 bolts to line up with the hole pattern you already have on your safe. Then just bolt it down from the inside.

    You could also leave the bases open on one side and run the bolts in that way then use a solid sheet of steel over the top.
     
  3. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    I used 4" cement block to create a pad where my safe sits, and glued it down (the block, not the safe:D). Then I bolted the safe to the block pad. Should I ever need to move the safe, I can unbolt it, move it, and then "pop" the glued down blocks off with a steel scraper or pry-bar. I figure there is not much chance of a thief popping the blocks off with 1K+ lbs of safe on top, and you would need a truck to pull it over and break the bond laterally.