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walk in gun safe/room

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by handlepuller, Dec 28, 2012.

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  1. handlepuller

    handlepuller Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to build a walk in gun safe/room in my utility room. Two walls and the floor would already be cement and I'd like reinforced and fire resistant walls on the other two with a steel door, overhead light and probably just run a dehumidifier on the inside. I'm thinking about 6 by 10 feet.

    Anybody ever undertake such a project? Tips, pointers?

    I realize it wouldn't be safe like a vault but I'd think it could be pretty solid and adequate.
     
  2. Stl Flyn

    Stl Flyn Well-Known Member

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    Make the other walls concrete also. Ceiling may be a problem. If you are still planning on it being a utility room also, as in laundry, I would just build a separate room. Humidity would be a problem. My whole gun room is concrete, except the heavy steel door. It is under my concrete front stoop. When I built, it was designed specifically for that, also in case of fire.
     
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    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Ask Jaqua's how to do it..
     
  4. Hammer1

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    You can get plans from Fort Knox, the gun safe people, and they make custom doors to fit your walk-in vault.

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    Grundhoffer also makes a very high quality safe door and frame. Knife and Safe in Rogers, Minnesota handles Grundhoffer. The weekness in your design would be the lack of fire proofing in the ceiling and in the two walls. I'm not sure how you plan to fire proof those two walls but even the fire proof steel safes have a limit as to how long they'll withstand the temperature. A framed in wall with fire code wall board wouldn't last to long in a real house fire. It would also lack security.

    I built a room in one house with fire code block walls and a poured concrete ceiling. It was easy for me because I did it as part of the initial house building. In an existing home it would be challenging but I'm sure possible. It will only take money.

    Mark Zauhar
     
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    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Make sure there is some sort of emergency inside release on the door.
     
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    I had one built by a true Indiana crafstman once, it was 38" steel and he made it in panels then took it down into my basement. I sold it when I sold the house. His name was mark Jones out of Auburn Ind. It was a beauty inside and out. I paid him $3400 in 1985
     
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    Joel Etchen Guns has a vault-like room similar to what you are describing. Just a wild guess from memory as I haven't been in it since 2008 but his is roughly 20' square. Liberty and other safe companies make vault doors.

    Ed
     
  9. handlepuller

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    Lots of good info and ideas.

    I was thinking along the lines of 4X4 framing, spaced close together, with a double layer of fire code sheet rock on the outside and 3/4" plywood on the inside for strength and a steel door with a key pad lock.

    Wouldn't necessary keep a pro out but hopefully someone who is looking to do a smash and grab would have a hard time, and at least keep fire at bay until the FD could arrive.

    Just doesn't seem like a gun safe, even a large one, would give me the room and access I'm looking for.
     
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    If you build it the right way it will keep a pro out too.
     
  11. cubancigar2000

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    Mine was 12X16 and I had plenty of room. I could have made a loading room out of it also
     
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    You Private Message...
     
  13. Stl Flyn

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    Throw up some forms, and pour the concrete. You may need a pumper also. Oh, and a vibration system.
     
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