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I've been searching far and wide for a multi outlet or power strip with a detachable cord. The purpose of the detachable cord is so that the the multi outlet or power strip can be placed inside the safe and the cord could be run through a small hole and out to the AC outlet.

(ETA: The purpose of having electricity in the safe is to provide interior lighting and a de-humidifier, possibly another small electrical appliance)

Having no luck finding something like this, I'm starting to realize that this might be better done as a 'DIY' project. That being said, I'm looking for some ideas and/or answers to some questions:

Should I just use your basic everyday power strip, cut it, run the wire through, and then just reconnect the wires?

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Should I build an outlet box from scratch and if so, what exact parts/materials should I use? I'm a total newbie to this kind of stuff so I'd need to know very specifically what I need as I have no idea what a lot of stuff is called.

I'm leaning toward my first option (everyday power strip) being that it just seems so simple. I'd be curious to hear anyone's opinion on these ideas.

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I've been searching far and wide for a multi outlet or power strip with a detachable cord. The purpose of the detachable cord is so that the the multi outlet or power strip can be placed inside the safe and the cord could be run through a small hole and out to the AC outlet.
not allowable per code.

why don't you just run power in to the safe just as if it were a room? You know, recep on the wall. Conduit for exposed wire. A switch for the light.

outlet for a security camera so when gp-wa comes over to see the safe (when you aren't there, of course)
 

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not allowable per code.

why don't you just run power in to the safe just as if it were a room? You know, recep on the wall. Conduit for exposed wire. A switch for the light.

outlet for a security camera so when gp-wa comes over to see the safe (when you aren't there, of course)
Thinking about doing that. Running power into the safe and having a 2 outlet 'box' to plug stuff into.

Speaking of light switches, I want to have the lights come on automatically when the door is opened, but not with a motion sensor, but a physical switch that is activated when the door opens. Any ideas on where I can find something like this?
 

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UPDATE:
I decided to step up the idea a bit and instead of having a multi strip outlet just sitting in the safe, I thought it would look more 'professional' to actually have a wall outlet installed. So I picked up the following items:

14 gauge medium duty power cord, 9 ft long, with a plug already on one end and pre stripped (bare) on the other + 'On Wall' metal outlet box/kit



Here's the outlet kit out of the package (screws not pictured). This seems like it will come out very nicely when it's all done.



The funny thing is I don't even have my safe yet. It will be delivered next week, afterwhich, I will post pictures of this little project as I do it.

ETA: Can anyone tell me if there is any risk of electrical shock with the ground wire being bonnected to the box which will be screwed into the interior steel panel of the safe?
 

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actually, the ground wire connected to all metallic items is what makes them safe. The equipment ground conductor (EGC) is a unbroken path back to the panel and its purpose is to facilitate the breaker to trip if or when there is a short circuit.
 

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I guess I'm going to need some sort of clamp around the wire that will keep it from being able to be pulled out of the outlet box. Maybe another clamp on the other side of the box too just to hold it in place extra well. Any electrical people here know what that's called so I know what to ask for?
 

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Update

And here's the electrical work.



The extra slack that you see there just needs to be pulled out of the back of the safe.

I haven't gotten the lights yet but when I do, I will update.
 

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Yeah this looks like a portable* safe, in which case building codes wouldn't apply, just common sense and good engineering practices.

*or at least, movable.
 

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And here's the electrical work.



The extra slack that you see there just needs to be pulled out of the back of the safe.

I haven't gotten the lights yet but when I do, I will update.

I hate to be harsh in here but you have wrong box for that useage due you have no cord clamp.

What if someone yank on the cord and it come apart you will have heckva a mess to deal with it.

If it was for moi .,, Just grab a simple handy box with NM clamp to hold the cord in proper way IMO it little stronger that way plus with the clamp you will really reduce the chance of get it damaged.

Merci,Marc
 

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I hate to be harsh in here but you have wrong box for that useage due you have no cord clamp.

What if someone yank on the cord and it come apart you will have heckva a mess to deal with it.

If it was for moi .,, Just grab a simple handy box with NM clamp to hold the cord in proper way IMO it little stronger that way plus with the clamp you will really reduce the chance of get it damaged.

Merci,Marc
What is an "NM clamp"? I agree, there should be something preventing the cord from being yanked, but in all honesty, that will most likely never really happen.
 
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