Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

How can I fit a power cord inside a locked gunsafe?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by streetlover, Jul 18, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. streetlover

    streetlover Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Messages:
    15
    http://www.drirod.com/faq.html

    I was wondering with people who use drirods or other things that require power to be running the whole time.

    How do you manage to get a power cord inside. There's no permanent holes in my gun safe that could fit the head of a power lead inside my safe.
     
  2. huntsman

    huntsman Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2003
    Messages:
    3,589
    Location:
    ohio's northcoast
    mine has a hole in the back.
     
  3. streetlover

    streetlover Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Messages:
    15
    How big is the hole?
     
  4. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2008
    Messages:
    15,710
    Location:
    Hot and Humid FL
    a Goldenrod has a plug that comes off the wire so you can fit the wire through a small hole and then reassemble it. I had to drill a hole in mine to put one in - works great.
     
  5. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2006
    Messages:
    11,717
    Location:
    Johnson City, TN
    I see no reason why you could not drill one. Use a rubber grommet and perhaps a strain relief bracket where the cord goes in (and emerges through the inside, if the safe has double walled construction), both to prevent chafing/short circuits and to seal the safe from outside air. This may compromise its fire resistance ability to some degree.
     
  6. Guns and more

    Guns and more member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,929
    Most safes come with a hole in the back through the steel but not through the insulation.
    The hole is big enough for only the wire. Drill the insulation, stick the wire through, and add the male plug. My safe guys mounted the dri-rod under the bottom shelf. It doesn't take up any space and it can't be seen.
     
  7. nbkky71

    nbkky71 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2004
    Messages:
    713
    Location:
    Davidson, NC
    If your safe has a fire rating then it probably uses a heat-activated foam sealant around the door and any pre-existing holes (for electrical cords). Simply drilling a hole for an electrical cord may degrade that fire rating.
     
  8. Pack

    Pack Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    198
    Location:
    Elgin, SC
    +1 to what everyone else said regarding installation. It's easily a do-it-yourself proposition if the actual steel of the safe has a hole in it (and maybe even if it doesn't, but is thin enough).

    Just one thing: I've had a goldenrod in my safe forever, and maybe I have an older model, or the goldenrod was never the very best solution, etc.

    At any rate, my safe is on the ground floor of the house, in the morass of humidiity known as South Carolina. The goldenrod by itself is simply not enough here. I also use the canisters of silica crystals that turn color when saturated so they can be dried out in the oven and used again (repeat as necessary).

    Anyway, my whole point here is to get some other dehumidifcation solution/apparatus to put inside the safe as well, if only for the purpose of making sure the electronic one is proving effective.
     
  9. ChaoSS

    ChaoSS Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,111
    I'm no expert on safes, so i can't point you to any specific models, but I am certain there are safes that are designed for just that purpose, with a power cord coming out of it and an outlet inside.

    Others have pre drilled holes, like a few people have already said.
     
  10. Ohio Gun Guy

    Ohio Gun Guy Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    2,470
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    If you drill a hole, you can get some fire safing / caulking from a commercial caulker, plumber, hvac guy if you know one; to keep the fire rating.
     
  11. pbratton

    pbratton Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2005
    Messages:
    76
    Location:
    Sugar Land, Texas
  12. messerist

    messerist Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Messages:
    875
    Location:
    Faribault Minnesota
    If you have to drill a hole in your safe and are afraid it has compromised it's fire protection ability I you could try some fire rated caulk. I use it at work when i have to caulk around duct work that penetrates a fire rated wall. 3M makes it and I have seen it for sale at most hardware stores.
     
  13. allank

    allank Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2006
    Messages:
    129
    You can buy fire resistant caulk at Lowes etc. It is used round flues and chimneys.
     
  14. a1abdj

    a1abdj Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2005
    Messages:
    2,012
    Location:
    St. Charles, MO (St. Louis)
    I wouldn't waste my time with the fire caulk. I have seen plenty of burned gun safes, both with and without electrical access holes. It doesn't make a difference.
     
  15. streetlover

    streetlover Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2009
    Messages:
    15
    [​IMG]

    This is in the bottom of my safe. There is some sticky tape there to hold it pointed downwards so it naturally curves down so it doesnt poke its head out and touch the guns.
    [​IMG]
    This is on the outside of my safe to connect it up to a regular power supply.

    The connection on the right is the part I had to pull apart to get through the small holes. There is 1 screw to unscrew that pulls it apart. Then there is these other two screws that holds the tiny metal caps on each of the two wires. Then you have the 2 exposed wires in your hand and you feed it through the hole tale first. Then once you have it out you reassemble it.
    You may need an electrician to do it depending on local laws.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2009
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page