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Old 06-26-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Reinforcing closet/door

I have an old Remington safe in a small closet off of a second bedroom. I am not happy with the security only the RSC safe provides. I am saving for a real safe, but it is going to be a while. Now, I am pretty handy and was thinking I could reinforce the closet entrance with a steel or solid wood door, long throw bolt and heavy duty hinges. I know I will have to beef up the studs in the walls, but I was wondering about if putting heavy gauge steel mesh in the walls would be practical. I would only have to cover one short wall as this closet abuts the outside of the house and a stainless shower in the next bathroom.

My only real goal is to slow an intruder down at least minimally before he gets to the safe. The wife and I don't advertise, and are very hush about our firearms/valuables; the only real threat is the daylight home break in the sort of which have been rising in my neighborhood. I figure something is better than nothing, and whats a weekend for some work, sweat and security. I am actively saving for a monster safe which will replace the Remington (which then becomes a decoy) and be placed in the same closet.

Anybody ever attempt something like this, or any pointers in general? i.e. am I missing something obvious? Thanks in advance.


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Old 06-26-2011, 06:42 PM   #2
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try the shotgun with a string method...dude breaks in and opens your closet door...BANG there goes his face...Safe stays safe and one less knucklehead breaking into houses. i know this doesn't answer your question just a works in the may be missing what u are asking here do u want to tear down the drywall and put the mesh behind it? if so i think that is not bad idea. it would detour someone from just breaking through the wall and should be pretty easily done. i might add that u may want to add a few studs length wise to be able to attach the mesh to keep it nice and tight and adding more screws for strength. also u may need to build out your wall just enough so that the new drywall can be easily hung on top of the mesh and levelly flush by adding shims around the walls perimeter.Good luck and i hope that your wall will never have to be tested out!


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Old 06-26-2011, 10:17 PM   #3
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The first place thieves look will be in the bedrooms. I'd move the safe to a less obvious spot and hide the safe behind a false wall.
And I'd get a good alarm. Thieves don't usually dally with an alarm going off.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
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