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Caulking-Rubber seal for safe's door/pre-drilled holes

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Tactical88, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. Tactical88

    Tactical88 Member

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    Hello folks, new member here, I have a question for sealing my safe.

    To begin with, I've recently bought amazonbasics security safe - 1.2-cubic feet
    https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Security-Safe-1-2-Cubic-Feet/dp/B01BGY6GPG
    which is made of solid pry-resistant steel and has the following dimensions:
    16.93 by 14.57 by 10.63 inches (L x W x H).

    It has pre-drilled holes for bolting and the door rattles/is kind of loose.
    Therefore, I would like to ask you,how can I seal the door and the pre-drilled holes in order to make it airtight?

    Should I caulk it with silicone/polyurethane?Use rubber seal? I want something that can be removed either because I may make some changes in the future(e.g add lighting/power) or in case the door doesn't open after the sealing.

    Thank you in advance.
     
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  2. otisrush

    otisrush Member

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    Are you sure want it air tight? I thought I'd read that safes are designed to not be air tight...the circulation helps reduce condensation.

    OR
     
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  3. jaguarxk120

    jaguarxk120 Member

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    You could use thin foam weather stripping on the door, and the holes can be sealed with
    the right sized bolts.
    But a safe that small will have a air change every time it is opened.
    If your are looking at long time storage for a gun then look into a
    20MM ammo can. the cans have rubber door seals and can be hidden out of the way.
    If the BG's can't find it they can't steal it.
     
  4. Tactical88

    Tactical88 Member

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    @otisrush My dehumidier works best at an airtight container.Also, I leave with roomates so I'd like to cover the holes on the back in order not be able to see what's inside .Unfortunately, bolting in on the wall is not an option right now.

    @jaguarxk120 Thanks for your reply. What if I put the bolts that came with the safe on the pre-drilled holes and tape them outside of it?
    Can foam weathering stripping be removed in case the door doesn't open?
     
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  5. FAS1

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    Use a pan head screw with a lock nut on the inside if you just want to cover the holes.

    How much do you trust your roommates, their friends, or any one else that might be in your apartment when you aren't there? Personally, if you are concerned with holes in the wall, I would secure it to a piece of your furniture, like maybe your bed frame. That little safe is just too easy to walk away with.

    I'm an old guy and have learned over my life that it's not a matter of trust, I just try to eliminate the temptation to begin with. Makes life much easier. ;)
     
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  6. FAS1

    FAS1 Member

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    It's just a $70 Amazon brand lock box.

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  7. jaguarxk120

    jaguarxk120 Member

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    Why not use "U" bolts and clamp the box to a bed frame as said.
     
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  8. TAC

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    Be careful using some silicone sealants as they contain acedic acid and will corrode various metals.
     
  9. Fine Figure of a Man

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    If you don't fasten it to the wall what is the point?
     
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