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PinnedAndRecessed
July 2, 2005, 04:30 PM
This may seem to be an odd question but I have a problem. My gun safe is too small but it has a pegboard interior on the door.

I'd like to hang some handguns on the interior of the door. I'm thinking of covering the pegboard with flannel (or felt).

I'm going to use pegboard hooks but don't want to just hang the guns on metal hooks. So I thought of coating the hooks with shrink tubing, the plastic stuff electricians us.

QUESTION: Is there any chance of a chemical reaction of the gun metal to either the flannel/felt? Is there any chance of a chemical reaction of the gun metal to shrink tubing?

Thanks.

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Kamicosmos
July 2, 2005, 04:34 PM
Shouldn't be any chemical reactions.

I have seen many safes setup like you're describing, both from the factory, and modified by the owners.

Jason M.
July 2, 2005, 04:35 PM
On second thought, I'm not a chemist nor do I have much knowledge of such things, so I'll leave it to the experts to answer your question.

Standing Wolf
July 2, 2005, 04:47 PM
I'd be concerned myself. I believe I'd put the guns in rugs and hang those from hooks rather than hanging the guns themselves.

yesterdaysyouth
July 2, 2005, 04:55 PM
only thing i would change ....

instead of using shrink tubing, which will require tools you might not already have and experience you will have to gain from working with the stuff, use the rubber dip that is used on tool handles...

dip it, drip it, hang it in the peg board to dry....

Russ
July 2, 2005, 04:56 PM
You should consider vacuum hoses used in cars. They resist almost every chemical I can think of that would come in contact with them. They come in different diameters and should pose no risk of chemical reaction to your weapons. You can to to Autozone, Pep-Boys or any auto parts store and find this stuff. You buy it by the linear foot. Very cheap. Take one of the pegs in and see which diamter of vacuum hose fits it tightly and buy a couple of feet. This stuff lasts pretty mcuh forever and it will protect the metal on your guns from the metal pegs quite well.

You could probably get more than you need for $2. You cut it off to size with a sharp knife or better yet, single edged razor blades.

Why waste time with all the dipping and other elaborate stuff when this will work great and is very cheap.

If you think some of the solvents you use on your guns might have an adverse effect on it, spend 50 cents and get a small length and leave it in the solvent or oil or whatever chemical for a couple of days and see what happens. This stuff is really quite indestructible and an economical choice that looks good too.

Jim K
July 2, 2005, 05:01 PM
I had the same problem and got hold of a batch of surgical tubing. Works fine and is the right diameter to slip over the hooks.

Jim

PinnedAndRecessed
July 2, 2005, 05:01 PM
You might consider vacuum hoses used in cars.

Thanx Russ. I already tried that. I bought the closest diameter hose to my pegs. I could not squeeze it on. I tried Rem oil. I tried WD 40. I took a file and reduced the diameter of the peg. Nothing worked.

I was able, however, to split the hose down its length. Then I merely "stuck" in on the peg. I think that might work, but it just seems so .......... funky.

Maybe I'll go back and get the next larger size hose. It won't fit tightly but then it really doesn't need to.

Russ
July 2, 2005, 05:22 PM
If you can get a size that is close, perhaps a little tight, you can put the tubing in very hot water which will make it expand somewhat. You may be able to slide it onto the pins while it is still hot. Granted you will need gloves so as not to burn yourself but that may work.

I am a CPA by profession but for much longer than that I have been a shade tree mechanic. I have played many a game with this stuff to make it fits sometimes. Usually I can make it work. Splitting it would work but I would in my opinion, I would rather not have to do that if possible.

The surgical tubing idea above may work also. I don't know what diameters. That stuff may come in a diameter that fits.

Good luck.

RevDisk
July 2, 2005, 05:59 PM
I'm going to use pegboard hooks but don't want to just hang the guns on metal hooks. So I thought of coating the hooks with shrink tubing, the plastic stuff electricians us.

QUESTION: Is there any chance of a chemical reaction of the gun metal to either the flannel/felt? Is there any chance of a chemical reaction of the gun metal to shrink tubing?

No. Notice that most tools are made of steel? If you cut off the shrink tubing, you'd see no damage to the steel underneath.

There are hooks made out of plastic, or plastic coated metal. They should be at any sizeable hardware store. You could save a few pennies by plastic coating metal hooks yourself, but why bother? Come to think of it, the dip-coating stuff is actually kinda expensive. You might actually pay more to dip the hooks yourself than just buying them.

Third_Rail
July 2, 2005, 06:03 PM
I'd be wary of the flannel trapping moisture against the guns.

MechAg94
July 2, 2005, 06:18 PM
My safe has a velcro panel on the door to hang holsters for pistols. It came with the add-on. I think it can be purchased separately. You might be able to work up something similar on your on, I don't know.

http://us.f3.yahoofs.com/users/4281feb6zfe23c55f/a741/__sr_/7bbc.jpg?phaZxxCBAMfsUmv_

Here is the link in case the pic don't work.
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/wpeebles@sbcglobal.net/detail?.dir=a741&.dnm=7bbc.jpg

Bought the safe from Lone Star Gun Safes. http://www.lonestargunsafes.com/

Preacherman
July 2, 2005, 09:30 PM
The velcro panel thing is supplied by Liberty Safes - see here (http://www.libertysafe.com/accessory.lasso?type=pistol%20pocket) for details. I have 15 handguns on the back of my safe door in one of these - highly recommended. Just keep it for lighter handguns, and put the heavy stuff inside the safe.

Glenn Kelley
July 2, 2005, 09:49 PM
Rubber hose slides on metal when it is wet.A little spit in the end of the hose and push it on.

robear
July 2, 2005, 10:56 PM
The heat-shrink works fine.. I have six of my pistols hanging on heat-shrink covered coat/robe hooks on the door of my safe..

Nary a problem in the 3 years they've been there..

Zach S
July 2, 2005, 11:03 PM
Try putting a little bit of transmission fluid on it. You dont have to buy a quart, just pull the dipstick out of your car, wipe the fluid off with a rag, and then wipe the peg down with the same rag. Gives you a little bit of lube, but not so much that it drips out.

Something else that helps is to file the end of the peg so its tapered a little. Most of the time they're sheared rather than cut and you only have to file about half of it, the other half is already tapered some (that is, if its sheared).

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